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

Rider training courses held from 1 March 2018 must be booked directly with a rider training provider.

Find a rider training provider near you

IMPORTANT: To book training you must have a current a NSW Driver licence, NSW Photocard or Customer Number. If not, attend a Service Centre or Registry to apply for a Customer Number.

Full Proof of Identity (POI) will be required to obtain a customer number.

You’ll need to pay the course fee at the time of booking, so if you book online or by phone you'll need a credit card.

IMPORTANT: If you wish to learn to ride a motor scooter, please let the training provider know when you make the booking.

Changing your booking

From 1 March 2018 you must change the booking directly with the training provider. Bookings for courses after 1 March 2018 will not be managed by Roads and Maritime Services.

Changes are subject to the terms and conditions of your booking.

Course fee refunds

Contact the rider training provider you booked with. Refunds are subject to the terms and conditions of your booking.

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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