Pre-learner course

You need to complete the pre-learner course to apply for your learner rider licence if you live in an area where training is available (a declared area).

To find out whether you live in a declared area, check the list of approved training centres for one near you, or call Roads and Maritime on 13 22 13.

About the pre-learner course

The pre-learner course is designed for people with no previous motorcycle riding experience.

It is held over 2 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.

When you pass, you’ll be issued with a Certificate of Competency, which you’ll need to take with you when you attend a registry or service centre to do your rider knowledge test.

The certificate is valid for three months. If you haven’t got your learner rider licence before your certificate expires, you will have to do the course again.


You need to be at least 16 years and 6 months old to attend a pre-learner course.

Note: You can’t apply for your learner rider licence until you are 16 years and 9 months old.

Remember the Certificate of Competence you receive when you successfully complete the course is valid for 3 months.

Booking a pre-learner course

You need to book directly with your chosen training course provider. Our Rider training centres page lists all the providers and their contact details. You’ll need to pay the course fee when you book, so if you book online or by phone you’ll need a credit card.

You should also let the training provider know if you want to learn to ride a motor scooter.

Important:  You must have a current NSW driver licence, NSW Photocard or Roads and Maritime Customer Number before you can book a course. If you don’t have at least one of these, you will need to go to a service centre in person and apply for a Customer Number. You will need to provide full proof of your identity to apply.

Changing or cancelling a booking

If you need to change or cancel a booking, contact the training provider directly. Changes are subject to the terms and conditions of your booking, as are refunds of course fees. 

On the day

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.

You need to bring:

Check with your rider training provider for details on what you need to wear and any other requirements for training.

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