CBT motorcycle and moped training

5. How the training works

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

On-road riding

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).

You must pass your theory test and full moped or motorcycle test within 2 years otherwise you’ll need to complete CBT again or stop riding.