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.


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

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

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

Booking a pre-learner course

Find a rider training provider near you.

Once you’ve found a convenient training centre, you can book:

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 us know when you make the booking.

Changing your booking

You can change your booking, provided you give at least 2 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.

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. Course fees are not refundable in this situation.

You need to bring:

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.

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