Compulsory Basic Training

Explanation about Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

The CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) was introduced in 1990, and is now something that everyone has to do before they can ride on the road with a 125cc machine. The CBT has to be done before a motorcycle test can be taken. Everyone with a provisional licence has to take the CBT to ride a moped; the only exemption is if they have a full UK car licence that they passed before Feb. 2001 and they want to ride a moped. You can book a CBT online by following this link.


1/. Do I need to do the Theory Test first?
No, the CBT and Theory Test are unrelated.

2/. How long does the CBT last?
The CBT certificate lasts for 2 years. However, if you have a full UK car licence and only ride a moped then it lasts for as long as your licence.

3/. Can I fail the CBT?
No, it is not a pass/fail course; it simply takes as long as it takes. In many cases it takes only a day, but some may need more than one day.

4/. Is there any preparation for the CBT?
There are only two things that can be done to prepare for a CBT. Firstly, it is easier to learn balance on a push bike, and secondly, reading the Highway Code.

5/. Is the CBT a test?
No it is definitely not a test. The instructor is there to teach you how to ride a moped or motorcycle. The course takes as long as it takes. A majority will complete it in one day; but some will need longer. At the end of the training the instructor has to be satisfied that you can ride safely on the road without hurting yourself or anybody else.

6/. Has the CBT been changed by the new motorcycle test laws that came in during April 2009?
No it is still the same and there are absolutely no changes.

7/. How long can I expect the CBT to take?
Even if you have done the CBT before the course takes a whole day starting at about 9:00am and finishing in the afternoon.

8/. I have done my CBT before and I am just renewing it - do I need to do the whole thing again?
Yes, you will need to retake the whole CBT including the talk about clothing and helmets. This is supposed to encourage you to take further training and pass your test before your current CBT expires.

9/. What happens if I don’t complete the CBT?
You cannot fail a CBT; however you can take longer than one day to complete it. In this event you can either come back and re-do the whole CBT at the heavily subsidised rate of £75.00, or take further training by way of personal tuition for £40.00 per hour (this would be suitable for someone who is not likely to complete the CBT on the second attempt). Please ask your instructor which option would suit you best.

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