CBT is not a test and there is no exam

The Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is the “first step” you must take when learning to ride a moped or motorcycle and is a course of training you are required to complete satisfactorily.

All new riders must by law, complete this course before they are legally entitled to ride a moped or motorcycle on the road, including when they are on riding lessons.

Dressing appropriately


When attending the CBT course, you will need to be dressed appropriately, suitable jacket, motorcycle jeans or motorcycle pants heavy jeans are fine (must be no holes in clothing) sturdy footwear must have ankle protection, Must use only motorcycle gloves.

Waterproof clothing is highly recommended also if it looks like it might rain, as your course will go ahead whether it rains or not.

The CBT course syllabus includes five elements and these five elements have to be completed in turn.

You can only move on to the next element when your A1 instructor is satisfied you have learnt the necessary theory and demonstrated all the practical skills needed to a safe basic level.

Ensure you have your UK licence with you (your photocard licence) and have your glasses or contact lenses with you if normally worn.


Using your own bike


If you are planning to use your own bike, you will need to have valid motorcycle insurance, valid MOT certificate (if your bike is more than three years old) and full sized L-plates clearly displayed both front and rear.




Module 1

  • Conducted on a safe, off-road site and taking approximately 20 minutes
  • At least 2 manouvres carriued out at slow speed, including a slalom. At least 2 manouvres carries out at higher speed
  • One exercise should be in second or third gear, at a speed of at least 30 km/h (approx. 19 mph)
  • One exercise avoiding an obstacle at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (approx. 32 mph)
  • At least two braking manoeuvres, including an emergency brake at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (approx. 32 mph)


Module 2

  • Conducted on-road and taking approximately 60 minutes
  • Includes an eyesight test and road safety questions
  • Requires at least 30 minutes of road riding
  • Covers a variety of road and traffic conditions
  • Will also include normal stops, hill and angle starts


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