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Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) for motorbikes and mopeds

​Compulsory basic training (CBT) is legally required for anyone wishing to ride a motorcycle or moped on public roads. The CBT course is not an exam. It is a course of training that you are required to complete satisfactorily.

All learner riders who want to ride a moped or a light motorcycle, and who received their provisional licence after 1 September 1997, must complete the compulsory basic training (CBT) course. 

If you have been disqualified from riding a heavy motorcycle, you must take a CBT course if you want to renew your licence.

If you are a car driver and your full licence entitles you to ride a 50cc moped, then you can use your car licence to complete the CBT on a moped up to 50cc. You do not need a provisional licence and do not need to display an 'L' plate.

The course is specifically designed for novice riders to provide them with the machine handling, road awareness and maintenance skills necessary for safe riding. Previous experience is not necessary.

The Jersey School of Motorcycling website

When do courses take place and who runs them?

The course takes place at weekends and is run by the Jersey School of Motorcycling Ltd.

I took my CBT in the UK / Guernsey. Is it valid in Jersey?

No. If you are riding with a UK (or Guernsey) CBT certificate you are riding illegally. You must take the CBT in Jersey to ride legally.

How do I book a course?

You can book a course by completing an application form. These are available from: 

  • parish halls
  • all motorcycle dealers
CBT application form


How much does the CBT cost?

The CBT costs £122.37 This is non-refundable unless a valid doctor’s certificate is produced.

If you arrive late or do not turn up for your course then a further fee of £122.37 will be charged to cover the cost of issuing new course dates.

How long does the course take and where is it held?

The course will last approximately 6 hours.

You must arrive at least 20 minutes before the start of your course to allow for registration and for your bike to be checked.

The course is held through Gate 1 at the Department for Infrastructure, Bellozanne Valley, St Helier.

Should I do any preparation before attending the course?

You will need to read and understand the Jersey Highway Code (available from parish halls). This includes the sections relevant to the UK (eg motorway speed limits etc). 

You should also read and understand the owner’s manual relevant to your machine. If you have a second hand machine with no manual, you can get it from your motorcycle dealer.

If you are riding an automatic machine you will need to know about riding geared motorcycles.

You could also read the 'Official DSA guide to riding – the essential skills'.

Jersey safe roads website

The Jersey Highway Code

Can I take my theory test with DVS before I do my CBT course?

Yes, as long as you have your provisional motorcycle licence. You will find that this will help a great deal when you come to do your CBT course.

What does the course cover?

The CBT course syllabus consists of 5 elements. You will only progress onto the next element when you have demonstrated that you have learned the necessary theory and demonstrated the practical skills to the expected standard level within that element.

The elements are:

  1. introduction – to instruct candidates on the aims of the training course and the importance of having the right equipment and clothing
  2. practical on-site training – to assist candidates to familiarise themselves with their motorcycle, how it works, its controls and how to carry out basic machine checks
  3. practical on-site riding – conducted in a safe, enclosed environment and designed to instruct the candidate on how to handle, ride and fully control their machine in various simulated situations
  4. practical on-road training – a comprehensive discussion about riding safely on the road to ensure that candidates are fully aware of the legal requirements, the rules of the road, and the need to ride defensively
  5. practical on-road riding – candidates will be required to put into practice the skills that they have learned during the four previous elements. For safety, candidates are kept in contact with an instructor via radio headsets

What do I need to bring with me to the course?

You should bring the following with you to the course:

  • a provisional licence for the relevant vehicle category (available from your parish hall)
  • your original certificate of insurance
  • your vehicle’s registration document. New machines delivered by dealers to our site are exempt from producing a registration document, but you must provide the manufacturer’s warranty document instead. If the machine has been borrowed, a signed letter of consent from the owner will be accepted 
  • a good fitting helmet with a BSI or ECE mark to show that it meets current standards
  • tough clothing, which must include strong jacket, long trousers (preferably jeans not nylon or thin material), strong gloves, sturdy footwear with ankle protection and waterproof clothing (if necessary)
  • glasses or contact lenses if worn normally
  • something to eat and drink

Are there any criteria that my motorcycle needs to meet?

Your motorcycle must be roadworthy and should have the following:

  • a right hand mirror fitted (2 mirrors are preferable) 
  • a full tank of fuel and oil 
  • a current insurance disc (WID) fitted to the machine and clearly visible 
  • a rear number plate with integral 'L' plate
  • working indicators (if fitted)
  • a working brake light 
  • a legal speedometer showing both mph and kph markings 
  • a working horn
  • effective brakes
  • self-closing throttle
  • road legal tyres with correct tread depth and inflated to correct pressures (pressures found in your owner's manual)
  • chain properly adjusted and lubricated (refer to owner's manual)
  • good sprockets without worn teeth 

Can I ride my motorcycle to the training site?

No. You must not ride your motorcycle to the training site. Arrangements will need to be made for it to be taken there for you.

If you are buying a new motorcycle the dealers will usually arrange for your motorcycle to be delivered for you.

If you have bought a second hand motorcycle then you can ask a license holder to bring it to the site for you on the day of your training. Make sure this person is insured to ride your motorcycle.

Breakdown recovery services are also willing to deliver motorcycles.

Can I ride home as soon as the course has finished?

Providing you have met the required standard you will be issued with a CBT certificate. This will validate your existing provisional licence and enable you to ride unaccompanied with immediate effect.

If you have not met the required standard then additional training can be arranged at a cost of (£65) for a full day course or £55 for an on road section. 

Does CBT enable me to take a pillion passenger?

No. You cannot take a passenger whilst riding on an ‘L’ plate under any circumstances.

How long does the CBT certificate last?

The CBT certificate is valid indefinitely.

Do I have to do a separate CBT course for an automatic and a geared motorcycle?

No. Once you have successfully completed your CBT you are legally allowed to ride any motorcycle which your licence permits. ​

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