CBT Explained

How the training works

The Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course isn’t a test. It’s a rider training course that has a syllabus of bullet points across 17 pages of A4 so there is much to learn and achieve.

Widely misunderstood, spoken about, written about, wrongly applied and generally misused, it happens to be the most important introduction to motorcycling that your money can buy. Your choice of training school at this crucial stage is really important.

All budding riders must complete the course and how long that takes aside from proper tuition, will largely depend on your confidence co-ordination and balance. We’ll work with you on those key requirements. You will, though, need to be able to ride a pushbike competently before attending this course.

There are 5 parts to the course:

  • introduction and eyesight check
  • on-site training
  • on-site riding
  • on-road training
  • on-road riding

The CBT course syllabus tells you more about what’s involved in each part.

You move from one part to the next when your trainer is happy you’ve:

  • learnt the theory
  • shown the practical skills to a safe basic level

On-road riding

The on-road riding part must last at least 2 hours.

How many people you’ll train with…
You might train with other learners. There’s a maximum number of:

  • 4 learners per trainer for on-site parts
  • We have a maximum of two new riders to one trainer when you start Element C. This makes a significant difference to the learning that takes place
  • 2 learners per trainer for the on-road Element E

When you complete the course

You’ll get a certificate on completion of the course, the ‘DL196’ that validates your driving licence.

You can then ride a moped or motorcycle up to 125cc and with a power output of up to 11KW on the road with L plates, (L or D plates in Wales). You cannot, at this stage, ride on motorways or with a pillion passenger.

You must pass your theory test and full moped or motorcycle test within 2 years otherwise you’ll need to complete CBT again or stop riding.

Full explanation and syllabus on DVSA website