Everyone has to complete a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) to validate the provisional entitlement on their licence. The course is aimed at the complete novice and the CBT gives you a basic understanding of motorcycle skills.

It lets you ride on L plates but you can’t take a pillion or go on a motorway and it has a life of 2 years. If you don’t pass a motorcycle test in this time you need to retake the CBT course.


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A moped has a maximum design speed not exceeding 50 kilometres per hour (approximately 31 miles per hour). It has an engine up to 50 cubic centimetres (cc)


A learner motorcycle has an engine up to 125 cc and a power output not exceeding 11 kilowatt (kw)


The CBT course involves 5 elements:

A. Introduction
B. Practical on-site training
C. Practical on-site riding
D. Practical on-road training
E. Practical on-road riding

The 5 elements have to be completed in sequence
This is usually a 1 DAY COURSE.
You will receive your CBT certificate at the end of Element ‘E’ your instructor is satisfied you have learnt the necessary theory and demonstrated the practical skills to a safe basic level.


When you complete the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course you will be given a certificate of completion – sometimes called a DL196.

This is a legal document which validates the relevant entitlements on your driving licence.


  • A CBT certificate entitlement lasts for 2 years.
  • CBT will have to be retaken if both theory and practical tests are not passed within the 2 year certificate life, no expiry reminders are issued.

What happens next…

• After completing your CBT you will then be able to ride a moped, scooter, or motorcycle up to 125cc (not exceeding 14.6bhp) on the road.
• Please note, you need to be 17 or over to ride a machine over 49cc.
• At 16 years of age you are limited to riding a moped (this will be 49cc or less, limited to 31mph and can be either automatic or geared).
• You will still be subject to learner restrictions, for example you cannot carry passengers and must display L plates front and rear.

Once you have successfully completed your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) training, your next step to obtaining your full motorbike licence is to pass your motorcycle theory test, and then decide whether you would like to sit the Direct Access Scheme (DAS) or the Restricted Licence.

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