The compulsory basic training (CBT) course usually lasts a full day. It can take longer depending on how quickly you learn.
There are 5 parts to the course:
- introduction and eyesight check
- on-site training
- on-site riding
- on-road training
- on-road riding
The CBT course syllabus tells you more about what’s involved in each part.
You move from one part to the next when your trainer is happy you’ve:
- learnt the theory
- shown the practical skills to a safe basic level
The on-road riding part must last at least 2 hours. Complain to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if the trainer cuts this short.
How many people you’ll train with
You might train with other learners. There’s a maximum number of:
- 4 learners per trainer for on-site parts
- 2 learners per trainer for on-road parts
Complain to DVSA if there are more learners than this.
When you complete the course
You’ll get a ‘certificate of completion’ (sometimes called a ‘DL196’) when you successfully complete the course.
You can then ride a moped or motorcycle up to 125cc and with a power output of up to 11kW on the road with L plates (L or D plates in Wales).