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CBT (Compulsory Basic Training FAQs

We run the CBT course at our Wembley training site in North London, seven days a week, all through the year. You will get a map of where we conduct the courses on the location page of our website.

Typically, it takes a person one day to complete successfully. Approximately 90% to 95% of people get through the course first time. It typically starts at 10 a.m. and runs till approximately 6 p.m

Whatever the weather, you must wear the correct clothing, as failure to bring the right gear will result in no training. You need to wear a strong jacket, long trousers (jeans are fine), sturdy footwear (strong shoes or boots) and gloves. Waterproof clothing is strongly recommended as well if it looks like it might rain, as your course will continue whether it rains or not.

If you normally wear glasses or contact lenses, you will need to bring them, as you will need to be able to read a registration plate at a minimum distance of 66 feet (20 metres).

If you have booked to use one of our motorcycles then we will supply you with a motorcycle safety helmet.

If you are supplying your own motorcycle, you will need to bring your own helmet, proof of valid motorcycle insurance, valid MOT certificate (if your bike is more than three years old) and your motorcycle will need to be taxed. You will need to have full-sized L–plates clearly displayed on your bike both front and rear. Your motorcycle must be in a good roadworthy condition.

All learner motorcycle and learner moped riders must complete a CBT course before riding on the road. Also, with effect from 1st February 2001, all new car drivers wishing to validate the full moped entitlement granted with a full UK car licence, must complete a CBT course.

If you have a full UK car licence issued before February 2001, you may ride a 50cc moped only without doing CBT. It would be very wise to complete CBT in any event because you will be that much safer on the road.

You need to be in possession of one of the following licences to take part in a training course.

  • a full UK car licence
  • a provisional UK car licence with valid provisional motorcycle entitlement (Category A) or provisional moped entitlement (Category AM) if you only want to ride a moped
  • an EU licence with a valid UK counterpart (D91) showing provisional motorcycle entitlement (under additional UK provisional entitlement)

If you do not hold any licence, licence applications forms can be collected from larger Post Offices (form D1) or ordered by visiting the following page of the GOV.uk website here

If you hold an EU licence but do not have a UK counterpart (D91) showing provisional motorcycle entitlement (under additional UK provisional entitlement), then you will need to phone the DVLA on 0300 790 6801 and ask them for a D9 form, or alternatively you can download an application form here.

If your licence is from outside the EU and you are able to swap it to a UK licence then you will need form D1. For a list of countries which are able to convert their licences to a UK one, please visit the following page on the GOV.uk website.

For all fee information and a wealth of other licensing information, visit the following page on the GOV.UK website or contact the DVLA via telephone on 0300 790 6801.

You will need to have a good understanding of The Highway Code to have the best chance of getting through your CBT first time. You will also need to have ridden a bicycle or anything with two wheels recently.

Most people (approximately 90 - 95%) do get through the CBT course at the first attempt, but not everyone does. If you are unsuccessful, the course will finish at the point where we feel it will be more beneficial for you, the trainee, to come back on another day for further practise.

Most people do complete the CBT course successfully first time. However, everyone learns new skills differently. If, in the event that we cannot get you through your CBT on your first attempt, we will give you a further two attempts at it where you would pay a reduced rate.

All new CBT certificates issued after 1st February 2001 validating a provisional moped or provisional motorcycle entitlement last for two years.

All certificates issued before this date have expired.

You will have to retake CBT if both a motorcycle theory and practical test are not passed within the two-year certificate life if you want to keep on riding.

A DL196 (CBT) certificate validating full moped (a 50cc motorcycle with a top speed of 31 m.p.h.) entitlement on a full UK car licence is not subject to expiry.

Full UK Car licence holders.

On a full UK car licence, a CBT certificate (DL196) allows you to ride a motorcycle up to a maximum of 125cc, either automatic or manual, with a power output of no greater than 14.6 b.h.p. (11 kW). You have to display L-plates and you may not take passengers. You are not allowed to ride on motorways.

However, if you only want to ride a 50cc moped and you gained your full car licence before February 2001, you do not need to complete CBT, but it would be very worthwhile doing so. You will be a lot safer on the road. You may carry passengers and you do not need to display L-plates. A moped is defined as a motorcycle with a maximum design speed not exceeding 31 m.p.h. and with an engine capacity not exceeding 50cc.

If you want to ride a moped and gained a full car licence after February 2001 you may not ride on the road until you have obtained a CBT certificate.

Provisional UK licence holders.

On a provisional UK car licence, a CBT certificate (DL196) allows you to ride a motorcycle up to a maximum of 125cc, either automatic or manual, with a power output of no greater than 14.6 b.h.p. (11 kW), providing you have valid provisional motorcycle entitlement (Category A) on your licence. You have to display L-plates and you may not take passengers. You are not allowed to ride on motorways.

If you do not have provisional motorcycle entitlement on your licence and only have provisional moped entitlement (Category P) then you may only ride a moped once you have completed CBT. A moped is defined as a motorcycle with a maximum design speed not exceeding 31 m.p.h. and with an engine capacity not exceeding 50cc.

At age 16, you will only have provisional moped entitlement.

If you have the old-style paper provisional licence, your Category A most probably has expired and you will need to renew it.

If you are not sure about your licence and require further information, please use the view your driving licence information service or call the DVLA on 0300 790 6801.

No. CBT is a basic training course, but you will need to display a good understanding of the Highway Code when you come along for the course.

For CBT courses, we require one week's notice to change dates or cancel. Failure to attend, lateness, or failure to give sufficient notice will result in the monies being forfeit.

CBT FAQs

Further information about the CBT can be found here

CBT Syllabus

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