You need to have a motorcycle instructor qualification approved by the DVSA (Driving Vehicle Standards Agency).
You should be aged 21 or over and hold a full category A or A2 British motorcycle licence for at least 3 years.
You should be employed by a DVSA approved training body (ATB).
There are two routes to becoming a fully qualified compulsory basic training (CBT) motorcycle instructor.
The first is to train as a Down-trained CBTinstructor. This allows you to deliver compulsory basic training to learners. Learner motorcycle and moped riders must take compulsory basic training before riding on the road.
The second is to qualify as a DVSA assessed CBT instructor.This allows you to deliver CBT and down-train up to 10 other instructors.
Once qualified as a DVSA CBT instructor you can qualify as a Direct Access Scheme (DAS) Instructor. DAS instructors train riders over the age of 24 to ride on bigger motorcycles over 125cc, through DVSA's Direct Access Scheme (see 'More Information' below). They also down-train other instructors.
Some employers may ask for a car driving licence.
You can find jobs on the internet, advertised on individual riding school websites. As well as advertising for instructors at all levels, they usually offer instructor training. Many advertise vacancies for trainee instructors.
good verbal communication skills for explaining and giving instructions to others
good people skills
patience and understanding
thorough knowledge of theory and practice of riding
good working knowledge of motorcycles
awareness of changes in regulations for motorcycle tests as well as riding instructions
a good sense of safety and responsible attitude.
Becoming a down-trained instructor involves taking a 5-day training course at your training centre. Training is ongoing until you reach the required standard. You would learn how to deliver lessons and how to conduct on-road training.
For DVSA assessed CBT instructor training, you attend a 3-day training course at your training centre, and then take the 2-day assessment at DVSA's centre in Cardington, Bedfordshire.
To get your CBT1D certificate to become a DAS instructor involves a 2-day in-house training course before taking a half-day assessment at DVSA's training and development centre in Cardington, Bedfordshire. You then update your registration with DVSA once you have passed.
You can go on to become a DVSA enhanced rider scheme trainer. This allows you to train qualified motorcyclists to improve their skills and to teach the Enhanced Riding Scheme (see 'Further Information' below).
Once you are a fully qualified instructor, you can have your skills tested to the highest standard by taking the DVSA special test. This shows your commitment to continuing professional development.
Becoming a DVSA enhanced rider scheme trainer advertises your advanced level of training and allows you to teach experienced riders looking for advanced training, such as the enhanced rider scheme.
Many motorcycle instructors work on a franchise basis for a company or establish their own training centre.
If you are self-employed you usually need to provide a motorcycle for your pupils to practise on and ensure that it meets the correct standard. Pupils can use their own motorcycles to learn on if they choose, however it is better for you to provide a motorcycle for insurance purposes.
The DVSA Direct Access Scheme (DAS) does not restrict motorcycle size, and allows people over the age of 24 to get a full Category A motorcycle licence without first needing to hold a licence for 2 years for a smaller motorcycle.
Becoming a DVSA enhanced rider scheme trainer allows you to teach riders holding a full licence who have just passed their test, are upgrading to a bigger motorcycle, are returning to riding after a break or want to bring their skills up to date.
The DVSA replaced the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) in April 2014. Its aim is to promote road safety through improving driving standards, testing drivers, motorcyclists and driving instructors, maintaining the registers of Approved Driving Instructors and Large Goods Vehicle Instructors and supervising training for learner motorcyclists.
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