Motorcycle Instructor Training Course
(CBT & DAS)
The Department for Transport's Driving Standards Agency
(DSA) is the regulatory body that supervises Approved
Training Bodies (ATB's) and tests all Instructors. Our
training is conducted to meet their requirements, for
you to qualify through their examinations.
Channel Rider Training are an ATB, authorised since
1990 by the DSA as an Instructor Trainer.
Training with us is wholly professional, helpful and
fun - exactly as the training you give will need to
be and how the DSA want to see it too.
The Instructor Qualification process is under review
but at present:-
There are varying levels of Instructor qualification
a) CBT 1 a "Down-Trained" Instructor,
(qualified by an ATB, hence a CBT1 licence is only valid
for use at the issuing ATB.)
Qualified CBT1 Instructors can undertake the training
of novices in CBT, and up to 125cc (A1) Motorcycle test.
They can teach novices up to 125cc and issue CBT certificates
but not carry out any A2 or Full A ("Big Bike")
To retain your licence, both the ATB's Chief Instructor
and the local DSA Examiners must periodically review
your performance. This is the minimum standard for Instructor
b) Cardington Assessed Instructor After undertaking
a 2 day assessment at the DSA's Driving Examiner's Training
Centre at Cardington, Bedfordshire you get the "C
The ability to teach novices and (the hardest bit)
to supervise other Instructors will be stringently tested.
Cardington isn't a training course, it's a 2-day examination.
Failure isn't tolerated, the DSA will normally
revoke your existing authorisation as well. Quite rightly,
the DSA are extremely strict, to the point of being
So, you must be well prepared for the Cardington exam.
You are allowed 1 retry but if you fail a second time,
a one-year ban automatically applies.
If you pass, you will be qualified as a CBT, Supervising
and Monitoring Instructor able to "down-train"
other Instructors to CBT1 standard; train novices up
to A1 (125cc) Motorcycle test pass and issue CBT Certificates.
You are now qualified in your own right. You still can't
carry out any A2 or Full A training but the demand from
ATB's rises with this qualification.
c) Direct Access (DAS) Instructor Only after
passing stage b) above, will you be qualified to attend
at Cardington for DAS assessment, at a ½ day
examination for the "D licence".
On passing that, you will have reached the top DSA
Instructor level, qualified to teach novice motorcyclists
through all stages, up to and including "Big Bikes"
of unlimited power.
So, how do we do this ?
The only qualification actually required is a full
Motorcycle Licence, held for at least three years. (You
can train earlier but can't qualify until the 3-year
threshold has been reached.) Any serious convictions
(motoring or otherwise) will mean the DSA declining
to accept you. Even too many minor convictions will
rule you out, normally the limit's 5 points on your
licence. If in doubt, we can clear this up before your
You can then apply to join one of our 5 day intensive
courses. This will "Fast-track" you to taking
the DSA Cardington assessment / examination, or simply
prepare you to become a "Down trained" Instructor.
Your training, in both the Theory and Practical modules
of the CBT course takes place at our Training Centre
in Cheriton, Folkestone, Kent.
a) You will be taught to teach all the elements of
CBT training. In fact we go beyond the DSA requirements.
We intend that all our candidates are comfortably
above the required standard. For Cardington, you will
need to be extremely well practised, to the point that
you can undertake their examination in confidence. (Remember,
they use "role play" not real pupils and intend
to really test you.)
With us, wherever possible, you will also have the
opportunity to work with genuine pupils of varying abilities;
gaining real experience as well as with our Instructors
providing more demanding "role play candidates".
All under the direct and close supervision of our Instructors
of course !
b) We complete your training with specific preparation
for the Cardington Assessment, to brief their "role-play"
pupils and to understand what they are expecting from
you. You must be extremely well prepared, if not you
will be unlikely to pass.
c) When ready you can apply for a Cardington Assessment.
You then attend their 2-day examination.
Cardington are presently considering integration of
the CBT and DAS assessments. However, at present these
are separate and the DAS element can only be taken after
achieving the C licence.
Once you have your "C licence", come back
and see us about further training before:-
d) We can then prepare you for the Cardington Direct
Access Instructor assessment. When ready, you then attend
their ½ day DAS examination.
On passing, you will be qualified as CBT Supervising
& Monitoring Instructor with Direct Access.
That's it, you've finished !, so what else?
Accommodation can be arranged where needed.
You need to have a motorcycle of 500cc or above and
be able to demonstrate a high standard of riding yourself.
The provision of training, motorcycles, insurance,
pupil fuel, overhead costs etc. and all test fees (including
re-test where applicable) are paid by Channel Rider
Course documentation (training manual / aide-memoir
(approved for use at Cardington during exam) are provided.
We will insure you to ride our and our pupil's machines
We normally run our courses (subject to demand) in
the Spring and again in the Autumn (being a very successful
school, Summer is usually too busy and winter's not
It's a lot to go through but we aim to be thorough,
as you must be.
We hope this tells you all you need to know about training
to be a Motorcycle Instructor and look forward to hearing
Needless to say, of course we "Cherry Pick"
the highest calibre candidates and may offer them the
chance to join our team.