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Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

Please note: this course is offered through The Car College. The information shown on this page is still relevant, and you can still enquire through this page.

What is Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)?

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is a vital course that new riders usually need to take before riding a moped or motorcycle on the road. It ensures that you can ride safely while preparing for your full moped or motorcycle test. Unlike a traditional test, CBT is not something you pass or fail.

After completing CBT, you can ride a moped if you’re 16 or over, or a motorcycle up to 125cc with a power output of up to 11kW if you’re 17 or over. You must display L plates and pass your full test within two years, or you need to either retake CBT or stop riding.

The Importance of CBT Training

Preparing New Riders

CBT is designed to ensure new riders can safely handle their vehicles on public roads. It covers essential skills and knowledge, such as road safety and handling the motorcycle. This training is crucial for building confidence and competence before taking to the road independently.

CBT Training Requirements

Anyone intending to ride a moped or motorcycle in Northern Ireland must complete a CBT course and hold a valid CBT certificate. This applies to learners of mopeds (category AM) and light motorcycles (category A1). After completing CBT, these riders can travel unaccompanied as long as their certificate remains valid or until they pass their moped or motorcycle test.

Who Needs to Take CBT?

Mandatory CBT

Most new riders need to complete CBT before riding on public roads. This applies to anyone holding a provisional licence for a moped or motorcycle and those who obtained a full moped licence after passing a car test since February 2001.

Exemptions from CBT

Some riders do not need to take CBT, such as those who want to ride a moped (up to 50cc) and passed their car driving test before 2001. Other exemptions include those upgrading to a new motorcycle category or riding on offshore islands.

CBT Training Process

Five Elements of CBT

The CBT syllabus comprises five elements grouped into three modules. These elements cover theoretical training, practical training, practical riding skills, a pre-road ride briefing, and practical on-road riding. Each module focuses on different aspects of motorcycle riding, with a strong emphasis on safety and skill development.

Course Duration and Scheduling

CBT courses vary in length depending on your ability, knowledge, and skills. While the practical on-road riding element requires a minimum of four hours, the other elements are not time-bound. The overall course duration will depend on how quickly you master each stage.

Contact Us to Begin Your CBT Training Journey!

Ready to take the first step toward becoming a confident and competent rider? Fill out our contact form today to start your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) journey with Taggart Transport Training. Our experienced instructors are here to support you and guide you through every stage of the process.