Requirements to Complete the CBT course

There are five steps involved in the CBT, all of which have to be completed:

  1. Introduction

  2. On-Site Practical Training

  3. On-Site Practical Riding

  4. On-Road Practical Training

  5. On-Road Practical Riding

During the training and riding you will be tutored through basic maintenance, theory, manoeuvres and more. You must also complete at least two hours of riding on the road.

Once your instructor is satisfied you have completed all five steps successfully you will be issued with a certificate of completion, called the DL196. This is a legal document that will allow you to ride up to a 125cc ( 50cc if 16 ) for a maximum of two years. If you do not complete your full theory and practical motorcycle tests in this time, the compulsory basic training will have to be repeated.

Where Can I Take My CBT, And How Much Does It Cost?

Only DVSA approved instructors are eligible to teach compulsory basic training, and only at an Approved Training Body. ATBs must have sites approved by the DVSA for off-road training, and their instructors must have completed a two day assessment.

The cost of the course typically varies between £80 and £150. Most ATBs will loan you the motorcycle and helmet for the course, and some even offer full training courses with the cost of compulsory basic training included.

A word to the wise, a properly run CBT for a new rider should involve 6 to 7 hours of training not including breaks, for the typical new rider. It could take longer !

If you are renewing a CBT or have previous motorcycling experience and a full car licence then it will take at least 4 to 5 hours to run through the syllabus.

If the CBT you take is cut short, has parts of the syllabus not covered or the road ride is less than 2 hours you are being ripped off, do not hesitate to take your issues to the Driving and Vehicles Standards Agency.

Full CBT syllabus

Each Module must be completed satisfactorily before moving on to the next. Once the last Module has been completed satisfactorily a CBT certificate will issued.

Module A €“ Introduction

  • The aims of the approved training course

  • The importance of the right equipment and clothing

Trainees eyesight must be tested. Trainees must be able to read in good daylight a vehicle registration mark containing letters and figures 79.4 mm high at a distance of 66 feet (20.5 metres) (with the aid of glasses or contact lenses if worn).

Module B €“ Practical On Site Training

  • Trainees must receive practical on site training at the conclusion of which they must fulfil the following requirements, that is to say they must:

  • Be familiar with the motorcycle, its controls and how it works

  • Be able to carry out basic machine checks to a satisfactory standard and be able to take the bike on and off the stand satisfactorily.

Module C €“ Practical On Site Riding

Trainees must undertake practical on site riding at the conclusion of which they must be able to:

  • Ride the machine under control in a straight line and bring the machine to a controlled halt

  • Ride the machine round a figure of eight circuit under control

  • Ride the machine slowly under control

  • Carry out a U €“turn manoeuvre satisfactorily

  • Bring the machine to a stop under full control as in an emergency

  • Carry out controlled braking using both brakes

  • Change gear satisfactorily

  • Carry out rear observation correctly

  • Carry out simulated left and right hand turns correctly using the Observation-Signal-Manoeuvre (OSM) and Position Speed-Look (PSL) routines

Module D “ Practical On Road Training

Trainees must understand the following

  • The need to be clearly visible to other road users (the use of conspicuity aids)

  • The importance of knowing the legal requirements for riding on the road

  • Why motorcyclists are more vulnerable than most road users

  • The need to ride at the correct speed according to road and traffic conditions

  • The importance of knowing the Highway Code

  • The need to ride defensively and anticipate the actions of other road users

  • The need to use rear observation at appropriate times

  • The need to assume the correct road position when riding

  • The need to leave sufficient space when following another vehicle

  • The need to pay due regard to the effects of varying weather conditions when riding

Trainees must be aware of

  • The effect on a vehicle of the various types of road surface that can be encountered

  • The dangers of drug and alcohol abuse

  • The consequences of aggressive attitudes when riding The importance of hazard perception

Module E €“ Practical On Road Riding

Trainees must undertake on road riding for a period of not less than two hours. They must encounter all the following traffic situations and demonstrate their ability to handle each one competently and safely

  • Roundabouts

  • Junctions

  • Pedestrian Crossings

  • Traffic lights

  • Gradients

  • Bends

  • Obstructions

Trainees must also repeat the following exercises in normal road conditions: €“

  • Carry out a U €“turn manoeuvre satisfactorily

  • Bring the machine to a stop under full control as in an emergency