Motorcycle Rider Training Scheme

If you live in a declared area, you need to complete the Motorcycle Rider Training Scheme in order to get your rider licence.

What is the Motorcycle Rider Training Scheme?

The Motorcycle Rider Training Scheme is a training and testing program specifically designed to help people gain basic riding skills, before riding on the road.

There are two levels of training:

  • Pre-learner
  • Pre-provisional.

The training includes both on and off-road activities.

Pre-learner course

The pre-learner course is required if you want to apply for your learner rider licence and you live in a declared area. It’s designed for people with no motorcycle riding experience.

The course is held over two days, for 3.5 hours each day. Motorcycles, helmets and gloves are all provided at the training centre.

The pre-learner course is a competency based course, with pass/fail criteria. You’ll only be permitted to continue riding, if you’ve passed all of the competencies, in order.

You need to be at least 16 years and six months old to attend a pre-learner course, although please note that you can’t apply for your learner rider licence until you are 16 years and nine months old. The Certificate of Competence you receive when you successfully complete the course, is valid for three months.

Attending a pre-learner course

Riding a motorcycle requires a high level of balance, coordination and concentration, and not everyone has these skills. If you can ride a bicycle and drive a manual car, you probably have the necessary basic skills. If you can’t, or it’s a long time since you did, you may require time to progress through the training.

For your own safety and the safety of others, the instructor may stop you from riding during the course. If you’re stopped from riding, the instructor will advise you of the best way to proceed with your training.

Plan to arrive at the course location at least 20 minutes before the scheduled start time. If you arrive after the course has started, you will not be allowed to join the course. Course fees are not refundable in this situation.

You need to bring:

  • Your booking receipt
  • Proof of your identity.

You need to wear:

  • Jeans, leather or other sturdy pants
  • Boots or sturdy shoes
  • Long sleeved leather, denim or other sturdy long sleeved jacket
  • A hat and sunglasses

Motorcycles, helmets and gloves will all be provided by the training centre.

Pre-provisional course

The pre-provisional course is required to progress from a learner rider licence to a P1 rider licence, if you live in a declared area.

The course runs for seven hours, and you need to provide your own motorcycle. You may be able to hire a motorcycle from the course provider, but this will need to be arranged at least five days in advance of your course.

At the end of the course, you’ll undertake the Motorcycle Operator Skill Test (MOST) to assess your riding ability. If you pass, you’ll be issued a Certificate of Competence, valid for three months.

Attending a pre-provisional course

Plan to arrive at the course location at least 20 minutes before the scheduled start time. If you arrive after the course has started, you will not be allowed to join the course. Course fees are not refundable in this situation.

You need to bring:

  • Your booking receipt
  • Your current learner rider licence
  • Your motorcycle. It must be registered and in roadworthy condition, with a current number plate and L plate attached. You will not be allowed to complete the course if your motorcycle is not registered and roadworthy.

You need to wear:

  •  Jeans, leather or other sturdy pants
  • Boots or sturdy shoes
  • Long sleeved leather, denim or other sturdy long sleeved jacket
  • Gloves
  • Approved helmet. The Australian Standards AS1698 sticker must be displayed on the helmet
  • A hat and sunglasses.

Booking a rider training course

Search for a rider training provider near you. Once you’ve found a convenient training centre, you can book online, by phoning 13 22 13, or in person at any registry or service centre. You’ll need to pay the course fee at the time of booking.

Important: If you wish to learn to ride a motor scooter, please let us know when you make the booking.

Changing your booking

You can change your booking, provided you give at least two clear working days’ notice.

Phone Roads and Maritime Services on 13 22 13 to change a booking – do not change the booking directly with the training provider. All bookings must be managed by Roads and Maritime.

Course fee refunds

There are no refunds in the following situations:

  • Lateness in attending the course
  • Proof of identity issues
  • Problems with mechanical (or other) fitness of the motorcycle
  • Delays caused by traffic or motor vehicle incidents
  • Bad weather conditions.

Training centres

Town Location and contact details Street Address
Armidale NSW Traffic Education Centre
Wheel Skills
Telephone: (02) 6687 9222
www.wheel-skills.com.au

Cnr Mann and Castledoyle Sts Armidale
Bathurst Police and Community Youth Club
Stay-Upright
1300 366 640
www.stayupright.com.au
Morrisset Street (Cnr Commonwealth Street), Bathurst
Bomaderry 313 Princes Hwy, Cnr Moss Vale Road and Princes Hwy
Ride it Right
1800 351 666
Bomaderry (Opposite McDonald's, right turn at McGuires Smash Repairs, near Avaleen Lodge Motor Inn)
Botany Behind Service NSW
Ride it Right
1800 351 666
5 Lord Street, Botany
Campbelltown Car park P1 at Campbelltown TAFE
Ride it Right
1800 351 666
Entrance via Narellan Road. Turn left at first roundabout and proceed to first car park (P1) on the right.
Clyde Rider Training Centre
Stay-Upright
1300 366 640
www.stayupright.com.au
Cnr Wentworth and Martha Sts, Clyde, (near Parramatta Speedway)
Coffs Harbour John Paul College (car park)
Wheel-Skills
(02) 6687 9222
www.wheel-skills.com.au

Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour
Lismore Wollongbar TAFE College (car park)
Wheel-Skills
(02) 6687 9222
www.wheel-skills.com.au

Sneaths Road, Wollongbar
Loftus Loftus TAFE College
Ride it Right
1800 351 666
Pitt Street, Loftus (entry Rawson Ave roundabout, follow to E Block)
Newcastle Rider Training Centre
Ride it Right
1800 351 666
Court Street (northern end, near Gates Hotel), Adamstown
Penrith Sydney International Regatta Centre
Ride it Right
1800 351 666
Old Castlereagh Rd, Penrith
Queanbeyan Rider Training Centre
Stay-Upright
1300 366 640
www.stayupright.com.au
65 Hincksman St, Queanbeyan East NSW 2620
Rouse Hill Rider Training Centre
Stay-Upright
1300 366 640
www.stayupright.com.au
344-348 Annangrove Rd, Rouse Hill
St. Ives Honda Australia Roadcraft Training
(02) 9391 5110
hart.honda.com.au/New_South_Wales
451 Mona Vale Road, St. Ives
Tamworth Tamworth High School
Wheel-Skills
(02) 4920 8028
www.wheel-skills.com.au

Jean Street (Near Scully Park Football Complex), South Tamworth
Taree Fine Line Motorcycles
(02) 6558 8546
www.finelinemotorcycles.com.au
132 Manning River Drive, Taree South
Tuggerah Wheel-Skills
(02) 4920 8028
www.wheel-skills.com.au

148 Pacific Hway, Tuggerah (Next to Metro Service Station, approx 700m north of Tuggerah Railway Station)
Tweed Heads Kingscliff TAFE Campus
Wheel-Skills
(02) 6687 9222
www.wheel-skills.com.au

"D Block", Cudgen Road, Kingscliff, NSW, 2487
Unanderra Roads and Maritime Services Building
Wheel-Skills
(02) 4920 8028
www.wheel-skills.com.au

242 Nolan Street, Unanderra
Wagga Wagga Wagga Wagga Showground
Stay-Upright
1300 366 640
www.stayupright.com.au
Bourke St, Wagga Wagga (first gate over railway crossing)
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