Compulsory Basic Training - CBT

All you need to know about your one day CBT course in Oxfordshire with Oxford Motorcycle Training.

What is a motorcycle CBT?

The Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is a one day course that everyone must complete in order to be able to ride a motorcycle on the road. It is designed to ensure you are safe and competent on the public roads. It’s valid for two years, after which you will either need to take your Full Motorcycle license test or take the CBT course again. 

A CBT certificate will qualify you to ride a 50cc at 16 years of age, and a 125cc from 17 years of age. There are some restrictions with a CBT certificate – you have to display L-plates, you cannot ride on motorways and cannot carry a passenger. 

If you are thinking of taking a motorcycle test to ride more powerful bikes, you will still need to start with a CBT. Our DAS and restricted access courses include the CBT as part of their package.

Our CBT is provided by friendly and professional instructors, who ensure that every student receives the individual attention and training necessary for them to be safe and confident riders. We carry out CBT training in both our Oxford and Witney locations. 

The Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course

There are 5 elements to the one day CBT course, involving a mixture of training and riding in both on-site and on-road settings. Once we feel you have demonstrated the skills to a safe and confident level, we will issue you with a certificate of completion.

Element A: Introduction to the course

We begin the course by running you through some of the basics. This involves making suitable decisions about equipment and clothing, and meeting the eyesight rules. Our instructors are very patient, and are on hand to answer any questions you may have. 

Element B: Practical on-site training

The practical part of the course begins in a safe on-site area, where we give you a little theory lesson about how the motorcycle works, what maintenance checks are needed, and getting a feel for the weight and balance of the vehicle. This element does not involve riding the vehicle.

Element C: Practical on-site riding

This is where you will progress to carrying out manoeuvres safely and under full control, changing gear and using the breaks. By the end of this part you should have developed enough basic skill to ride your bike safely before going out onto the road.

Element D: Practical on-road training

We will train you up to meet the legal requirements to ride, looking at attitude, positioning, separation distances, speed, anticipating what other road users may do, and preparing for developing hazards. This will make sure you are ready to ride legally and safely.

Element E: Practical on-road riding

This section will be where you can show us the skills you have learnt by riding in typical traffic conditions like roundabouts, junctions and bends, and you will carry out a u-turn and an emergency stop. You will ride out on the road, with a qualified trainer, for at least 2 hours.

What do I need to complete a CBT?

You need a valid driving licence to be able to complete a CBT. This includes, a provisional UK driving licence, a full UK driving license or an EU driving license (this must be supported by a D91 form issued by the DVLA. Applications for a D91 can be obtained by completing a D9 form).

Sturdy clothing

Tough shoes or boots

Glasses or contact lenses if you require them

A packed lunch and drink are advised

* Please note you do not need to complete the theory test in order to complete your CBT.

FAQs about our CBT course

Hopefully we can answer some of your CBT related queries here. If not, please get in touch with us.

How long does it take to complete a CBT course?


It takes one day to complete a CBT course. If you are an absolute beginner with no road experience, you may wish to get in contact with us about some training first.


Do I need to take the theory test to complete the CBT?


No, the CBT just qualifies you as a learner for two years so you don’t need to take a theory test. However, you will need to pass the theory test before a full motorcycle test can be taken.


Does the CBT course include bike hire?


Yes, our CBT course can include bike hire. Please note that you can also complete the CBT course on your own bike.


Do you go on the public roads during the CBT course?


Yes, part of the course involves riding on public roads for a minimum of two hours, navigating typical traffic conditions like roundabouts, junctions and bends, and carrying out a u-turn and an emergency stop.


What do I need to bring along to the CBT course?


You will need to bring a valid driving license (provisional, full or EU – this must be supported by a D91 form issued by the DVLA. Applications for a D91 can be obtained by completing a D9 form), sturdy clothing, tough shoes or boots, glasses or contact lenses if you require them, and a packed lunch and drink are advised. We will send you a list of everything you need once you have booked on to a course.

How much does the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) cost?

Please see our pricing page for the current price of our CBT. The course includes everything you will need to complete the one day training, including a bike. 

If you would like to use your own bike you will need to bring the following along with you – original insurance note or certificate, valid MOT certificate if your bike is older than 3 years, valid “Road Tax” and the bike mist display L-plates on both the front and rear.

At Oxfordshire Motorcycle training, we have 30 years of experience of training riders to complete their CBT. We are use to teaching people of varying levels of riding, and all our instructors will ensure that you feel comfortable, confident and safe during the training so that you feel ready to take to the open road.

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