CBT or compulsory basic training is something that everyone in the UK who’s 16 years of age or older and interested in operating a motorcycle or moped on public roadways must complete. Compulsory basic training is a one-day training programme that’s intended to teach participants the basics of riding these types of vehicles. There is no need for previous training to enroll in the CBT course, but compulsory basic training is absolutely essential and DL196 certification is necessary for operating motorcycles and moped legally after a provisional license has been obtained. If a person has received a full moped license after December 1, 1990 or if a license to drive a full car was obtained before February 1, 2001 given that this provides a full category P entitlement.

Ahead of setting up your CBT course at any one of the many CBT test centres throughout the UK, you will need to obtain one of the following – a provisional motorcycle license, a provisional moped license or a full driving license with a category A or P entitlement.

Once you have acquired any of the licenses mentioned above, you will need to book a course at one of the CBT test centres found throughout the UK. These courses cost approximately £100 and you can always find lists of CBT test centres online. Among some of the CBT test centres that you can use are Keltic Horizon, Kent & Sussex Rider Training, CHOICE Driver and Rider Training, and United Motorcycle Training.

Every CBT course has five distinct sections. These are:
– A 30 to 45-minute Introduction. The introduction portion of CBT reviews the goals of compulsory basic training, includes an eyesite exam, and entails a license inspection.
– A 45 to 60-minute Practical On-Site Training Session. This will teach you all of the required equipment inspections for ensuring that your bike is in good working order. You will learn how to wheel, stand and brake your bike correctly, and how to start your engine up and stop it
– 2 to 3 hours of Practical On-Site Riding. Riders are going to learn the most basic of riding skills such as parking, changing gears properly, and braking.
– 45 to 60-minute Practical Road Training. Students will learn safe driving techniques, the basics of defensive driving, proper road positions and many other practical topics.
– 2 hours or more of Practical On-Road Riding. This instructor-led segment covers on-road driving. Instructors will review the maneuvering skills and other basic skills that trainees have learned.

Even though compulsory basic training isn’t really a test that can be passed or failed, it is a vital step in getting your full motorcycle or moped license. This simple, instructional programme will teach you a wealth of essential riding skills.