Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

This is the first step on the journey to riding a moped, motorcycle or scooter.

It must be completed by all riders before they can take to the road as learners on a provisional licence. The only exception is full car licence holders who passed their driving test before 1st February 2001 who can ride a moped without taking a course of CBT (although they would be well advised to do so).

The syllabus for Compulsory Basic Training is set by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (formerly the DSA). It comprises 5 mandatory elements:

  1. Element A: Introduction, licence and eyesight check, equipment and clothing
  2. Element B: Practical on-site training (controls, safety checks, stands, etc)
  3. Element C: Practical on-site riding (learning to ride on our dedicated off-road area)
  4. Element D: Practical on-road training (preparing to go out on the road)
  5. Element E: Practical on-road riding (minimum 2 hours of road-riding instruction)

Here is the latest video from the DVSA on what to expect from a CBT course:

We offer 2 Compulsory Basic Training courses at our training centre in Stockport:

Standard CBT

This is a one-day course covering all 5 elements above. It is aimed at new riders who are fairly confident and have some experience of negotiating traffic on our busy roads.

The course starts at 8.30am and finishes around 4pm.

Extended CBT

This is a one and a half-day course covering all 5 elements above, allowing extra time for elements C, D and E above. It is ideal for people who have never ridden before, or who are a little nervous, or who have limited experience of negotiating traffic.

On day 1 we will cover elements A-D, spending longer developing your confidence and your riding skills on our dedicated off-road training area. We will also spend longer discussing riding on the road and how to safely negotiate the many hazards we face on the road.

On day 2 we will briefly recap day 1’s learning points before warming up on our dedicated off-road area and then venturing out onto the road for at least 2 hours.

The course starts at 8.30am and finishes at 3.30pm on day 1. Day 2 starts at 8.30am and finishes at 12 noon, or starts at 12.30pm and finishes at 3.30pm. We also offer evening sessions during the lighter summer months.

What do I need to bring and what should I wear?

Put simply:

You must bring:

  • Your driving licence (the photocard or if you have the old paper-style licence that plus photo-ID such as your passport)
  • Your glasses if you need them to see distance
  • Money for lunch or a packed lunch

Your must wear:

  • Sturdy over-ankle boots (not trainers, shoes or canvas shoes)
  • Motorcycle gloves (we carry a small stock of cheap gloves you can buy but we can’t lend you a pair for hygiene reasons)
  • Jeans or thick trousers (no tracksuit or jogging bottoms or leggings)
  • Warm clothing, preferably in layers
  • If you have a motorcycle helmet and jacket, please bring them otherwise you can use ours

For more details, see Your Responsibilities.

What bike will I ride?

You can take your CBT on either a geared 125cc motorcycle or an automatic (twist and go) 125cc scooter.  If you are 16, then we have a 50cc automatic scooter (moped) for you to use, please enquire for details.

You can use your own motorcycle / scooter for your CBT but note you are not legally allowed to ride it until you have completed your CBT. If you are buying one and want to use it for training, then please contact us and we can arrange to have it delivered to our training site ready for you to use, then when you have finished your CBT, to ride home on! Note you must have your own insurance to use your own bike, and you must bring your insurance certificate (or cover note) with you.

CBT Completion

A course of Compulsory Basic Training does not involve a test, but you do need to complete the course to the required standard before we can award you a Certificate of Completion (DL196). The standard is not as stringent as the practical motorcycle test, but you must be judged to be safe to ride a 125cc motorcycle (or moped if you are 16) unsupervised (with L-plates displayed, of course).

Our courses are structured to give you the best chance of completing the course at the first attempt. That’s the reason we don’t train 4 trainees per instructor during the practical off-road element like most schools do. However, as with all learning experiences, sometimes it just takes a little longer. Should this be the case, we will offer you a CBT Completion course within a week of your original CBT course. This will last for a minimum of 3 hours and include a refresher and a minimum of 2 hours instruction on the road.

At the end of this you should be ready and confident in facing the hazards on the roads without supervision.

Already got a CBT?

If you already have a CBT then bear in mind it is only valid for 2 years, after which you will have to repeat the course. As an alternative, why not take your motorcycle theory and practical tests and get rid of your L-earner plates? We offer a training course to help you pass these tests, with sessions that you can pick-and-mix to suit your needs, meaning it is much cheaper than going the Direct Access (DAS) route! Whilst you will still be restricted to a 125cc bike, you will have a full motorcycle licence (category A1) and won’t have to take another CBT or Theory Test again!

For full details of our 125cc A1 courses, see here.

 CBT Course Prices


Course Duration Price Notes
Compulsory Basic Training
Standard CBT 1 day £125  Max of 2 trainees per instructor for ALL practical lessons 
Extended CBT 1.5 days £160
CBT Completion 3 hours £75


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