Sunday, 05 January 2014 08:12

CBT training, Compulsory Basic Training

What is CBT?

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

CBT logo

If you want to ride a Motorcycle, Scooter or Moped on a public road, you must undergo a CBT course. (An exception relates to those who passed a car test before 1 February 2001. These people can ride a Moped if their licence shows Category P as a Full entitlement).

CBT is not a "test", it's a training course with a certificate at the end. The CBT certificate validates your Driving Licence, allowing you to ride Mopeds and Motorcycles for 2 years from the date of issue. You must ride unaccompanied. You cannot ride on Motorways. You must display "L" plates clearly to the front and rear of your vehicle.

The content of the CBT course is laid down by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). It contains five elements, all of which are concerned with SAFETY. You must be able to demonstrate that you are safe to be on the road, unaccompanied. At Valley Bike School we aim to complete our CBT course in ONE day but if you do not achieve the required standard, we will re-assess you at a later date to suit you. There will be a £60 charge for the re-assessment. 

Whilst riding a bike you will encounter hazardous situations. There is no mileage in rushing your training or short-cutting the system. Unlike some, our prices are all inclusive - there are no hidden extras such as bike hire, insurance and petrol. Obviously, there is a charge for any damage caused (See our terms and conditions link below)


The five elements of the CBT course are:

1. Introduction

2. Practical on-site training

3. Practical on-site riding

4. Practical on-road training

5. Practical on-road riding


Even if you don't intend taking your test just yet, it is a good idea to "gen up" on the Highway Code. This is especially true of younger riders who have little or no experience of the "rules of the road".


For details of the Practical Test, click here


For details of our Terms and Conditions, click here




Published in FAQ

About Us

Valley Bike School was set up in 1999 by Stuart Nelson following his retirement from the police. Whilst still training, Stuart has taken more of a "back-seat" role and will be concentrating more on Advanced Courses which will be based in Mid Wales.

Joe Vaiders 007

  Joe Vaiders - Chief Instructor

Like Stuart, Joe is a retired police officer. He is totally committed to safer riding. He is trained to Police "Advanced" standard and is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Joe has a life-long passion for riding motorbikes and has had a whole array of them over the years - usually BMW's. When not training is usually out riding his Honda Pan European. His philosophy - "Growing old is compulsory... Growing up is optional."
Like most men, his toys have just got bigger as he grows older.
Other hobbies:  When not riding or training, Joe is a keen photographer and follows football. When on holiday he can usually be found sea fishing, but, as he does not possess "sea legs", he stays firmly on the shore .
Joe Cobia
Joe with a Cobia off the coast of Dubai


Published in Quick Links