Compulsory Basic Training
for motorcyclists and
moped riders

Most learner motorcycle and learner moped riders must complete a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course before riding on the road.

CBT courses can only be provided by Scotriders and other DSA Approved Training Bodies (ATBs). If you do not complete the course in one day, you can return to us - free of charge - to complete it.

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) for Motorcyclists and Moped Riders

Duration: Minimum 6hrs

All learner motorcycle and learner moped riders must complete a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course before riding on the road.

You will need to complete a CBT if:

  • You want to ride a motorcycle.
  • You want to ride a moped.

However, if you obtained your car licence before February 1, 2001, you do not need to complete a CBT to ride a moped.

A moped has an engine not greater than 50 cc with maximum design speed not exceeding approximately 31 miles per hour (50 kilometres per hour).

CBT courses can only be provided by DSA Approved Training Bodies (ATBs), including Scotriders.

The CBT course syllabus includes five elements that have to be completed in sequence:

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

We also provide the opportunity for you to combine your CBT with additional on-road training. More details are here.

Please note:

The CBT is not a test, but a progressive assessment. If you do not complete the course in one day, you are welcome to come back to Scotriders - free of charge - to complete it.

When you have satisfactorily completed all five elements, you will be issued with a Certificate of Completion of Training (DL196).

Two-Year Entitlement

The DL196 is a legal document, which serves to validate the relevant entitlements on the driving licence. It is important that the holder of a DL196 certificate considers the following points:

  • A DL196 certificate entitlement lasts for two years.  CBT will have to be retaken if both theory and practical tests are not passed within the two-year certificate life.
  • For moped entitlement only, if you pass your car driving test whilst your DL196 is still current or complete a CBT course and obtain a DL196 after passing your car test, the certificate is not subject to expiry.

    Please note that this applies to mopeds only ... the DL196 remains valid for two years for riding motorcycles as a learner.

With effect from February 1, 2001, riders completing their CBT course on a moped with more than two wheels or who use a motorcycle/sidecar combination will be restricted to riding those machines as a learner.

Once you have your certificate (DL 196) you are advised to take additional training to pass your tests and qualify for a full motorcycle or moped licence.

CBT must be completed before riding on the road by all learner riders (and moped riders using a full car licence gained after February 1, 2001) who are resident on mainland Great Britain, islands that are connected to the mainland by a road, and the following islands:

Wight, North Uist, Lewis, South Uist, Harris, Benbecula, mainland Orkney and mainland Shetland.

Residents of all other islands will be exempt from the need to take CBT, but only if riding on roads which are on an exempt island.

Scotriders motorcycle training centre:

74 East Dock Street, Dundee, DD1 3LH.

I have been with Scotriders from my CBT, through both modules one and two, in the big bike Direct Access Scheme. Having been born in Greece and lacking the necessary skills to ride a motorcycle in a sensible manner initially, not only I had to learn how to operate a motorcycle, but also adapt in a totally new way of thinking and riding on the road. Thanks to the patience and skill of both instructors at the training school, I managed to do just that. I sincerely cannot express with words my gratitude to them. They were at my side from day one, supporting me all the way; enabling me not to just to pass my test, but more importantly, to ride in a way that is enjoyable and safe. I would say to anyone who is looking for a riding school to train, 'Look no further, Scotriders is the place to go'.

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