Compulsory Basic Training

Be safe on the road

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is legally required for anyone wishing to ride a motorcycle or moped on public roads.  It is not an exam, it is a course of training you are required to complete satisfactorily. It is a basic course in motorcycling, however you must show a safe level of competence while on the public road for the last element of training. CBT is designed to be helpful, and not obstructive, and will give you a good start to your riding.

The course is conducted at weekends by the Jersey School of Motorcycling Ltd who are approved by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Department (DVS) as the sole provider of CBT in Jersey. Below we have listed some of the more commonly asked questions relating to the training we provide.

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Important Information

What should I read before attending the course?

As Jersey has agreed a reciprocal licensing agreement with the UK and the EEC, all standards have to be the same. You will therefore need to read and understand the “Jersey Highway Code”, (available from your Parish Hall) and the “UK Highway Code” (available from book shops), to cover the sections relevant to the U.K. eg motorway speed limits etc.

The Jersey Highway Code is only a small leaflet stating rules that are not the same as the UK.  You must also make sure you read and understand the UK version which is also available online at

“The Official DSA Guide to Riding – the Essential skills”, (available from bookshops and some motorcycle dealers), should also be read. If you are riding an automatic machine you will also need to know about riding geared motorcycles. You should read and understand the owner’s manual relevant to your machine. If you have a second hand machine with no manual one can easily be obtained from your motorcycle dealer.

Finally, take a look at the “Learning resources” section on this website.  There are practice theory questions and diagrams and explanations of the safety procedures required at roundabouts, merge systems and the turning sequence.

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

Yes as long as you have a provisional licence.  To apply for a Provisional Licence contact your Parish Hall.

What should I check on my motorcycle?

Please note that it is now compulsory for mopeds and motorcycles to undergo an inspection if they are aged 3 years and older. Please read this information on the Government of Jersey website for more information. You will be required to verify that your moped or motorcycle has passed inspection if it is aged 3 years or older.

Your motorcycle must be roadworthy and must be equipped with the following:

• A right hand mirror fitted (although two mirrors are strongly recommended)
• 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-badge
• Indicators and lights must work
• A working brake light from front and rear brakes
• A legal speedometer showing mph
• A working horn
• Effective brakes
• Self-closing throttle
• Road legal tyres with correct tread depth and inflated to correct pressures (pressures found in your owners manual)
• Chain properly adjusted and lubricated (refer to owners manual)
• Good sprockets without worn teeth
• An approved silencer

Make sure you arrive early (at least 20 minutes before your course is due to start) and be ready with all your documents to sign in.

It is a long day and there is a lot to take in and learn so come with a good attitude and be prepared to listen, ask questions and have some fun!

It is important to realise not everyone gets through first time and if you have not met the required standard then additional training will be arranged at a cost of £65.00 for a full day or £55.00 for an on road section. Your Instructor will advise you which you require.

Where is the course held?
The course is held at Gate 3, Bellozane Valley, St Helier.

What will I need to bring for the course?

  • A safety motorcycle helmet in good condition with a clear visor or goggles conforming to current regulations and which is a proper fit for you. We do not reccomend using a second hand or used helmet.
  • A Roadworthy Motorcycle (With tyres inflated to correct pressure and as a minimum a right hand mirror). Please note that it is now compulsory for mopeds and motorcycles to undergo an inspection if they are aged 3 years and older. Please read this information on the Government of Jersey website for more information. You will be required to verify that your moped or motorcycle has passed inspection if it is aged 3 years or older.
  • Window Insurance Disc (WID) fitted to the bike
  • An Integral L-badge Number Plate, fitted to the bike (unless the rider holds a valid full licence for that category of machine)
  • Insurance certificate
  • Provisional Licence or full licence if valid for riding a 50cc moped.  Make sure it is the correct licence for the bike you want to ride, e.g. “P” Licence for a 50cc and “A1” Licence for a 125cc machine
  • Vehicle Registration document
  • A signed letter of consent and a copy of the vehicle registration document if you are borrowing a motorcycle
  • Spectacles / Contact Lenses (If worn normally)
  • A full tank of fuel and oil if your bike is a two stroke
  • Something for lunch to eat and drink there will not be time to go to a shop

What should I wear?

  • A Protective Jacket
  • Proper motorcycle Gloves
  • Suitable footwear with ankle protection (Trainers not suitable)
  • Sturdy trousers, e.g. ideally, protective motorcycle trousers or jeans.  Not shorts or nylon based, e.g. tracksuit bottoms
  • Waterproofs (optional)

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 trainees basic theory surrounding motorcycle safety and hazard perception.

2. Practical on-site training – to assist trainees to familiarise themselves with their motorcycle, how it works, its controls and how to carry out basic maintenance checks.

3. Practical on-site riding – conducted in a safe, enclosed environment and is designed to instruct the trainee 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 trainees are fully aware of the legal requirements, the rules of the road, and the need to ride defensively.

There will be a multiple choice theory test before going on the road.  Failure to pass this will mean not going on road.  A further £55 will be charged to retake the on road session the following week.

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.

Address for your CBT course:

Gate 3
Bellozane Valley
St Helier

Note:  please arrive no later than 20 minutes before your course start time.

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.

Does CBT enable me to take a pillion passenger?
No, you cannot take a passenger whilst riding on an ‘L’ plate under any circumstances. You will need to pass your theory and practical tests with DVS first.

How long does the CBT certificate last?
The CBT certificate is valid forever but you must attempt your (DVS) practical test before your Provisional Licence expires, (6 months from the date of issue). If you do not attempt a test within this time, renewal of your Provisional licence will be refused for one year. This would also affect an application for a car licence. Please note duplicate CBT Certificates can only be issued by DVS (Tel: 448600).

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

All learner riders with a licence since 1st September 1997, who wish to ride a moped or light motorcycle must complete the Compulsory Basic Training course (CBT). Also, if you have been disqualified from riding a heavy motorcycle, you must take a CBT course if you want to renew your licence.

It is a good idea to take the motorcycle theory test before your CBT but at the moment it is not compulsory. Later in the year the law will be changing so that the theory test will have to be passed with DVS before you can take your CBT course.

The course is specifically designed for novice riders to provide them with the machine handling, road awareness and safety procedures necessary for safe riding. You don’t have to have had any previous experience. It may take further modules of training to obtain your CBT certificate at additional cost.

No. If you are riding with a UK, or Guernsey CBT certificate you are riding illegally.


Please be aware that your clothing must meet a minimum standard to ensure you are properly protected whist undertaking training with us.  If you attend training and are not suitably dressed  you will not be allowed to complete the training and will need to re-book.
Please refer to our FAQ’s page for more information. If you have any questions or require clarification please contact us. As a general guide the following is an indication of the minimum level of clothing that is acceptable:

  •  Motorcycle boots or sturdy footwear, that provide support and ankle protection.
  • Leather/Textile motorcycle trousers or heavy denim trousers.
  • Leather/Textile motorcycle jacket or heavy denim jacket with several layers underneath.
  • Motorcycle gloves.
 The following are guidelines for clothing that is NOT acceptable:
  •  Lightweight training shoes, canvas basket ball trainers/boat shoes.
  • Any form of clothing with areas of exposed skin i.e. skirts or shorts.
  • Tight fitting leggings/jeggings etc.
  • A shell suit or lightweight tracksuit.
  • Ripped jeans/trousers.
  • Lightweight fleece or hoody.
  • No gloves or ski gloves.

Motorcycle Helmet

There’s much more to buying a helmet than choosing the colour or style that you like! Firstly the helmet must meet UNECE Regulation 22.05 standards. We strongly recommend that you never purchase a second hand helmet or order from a website! You really need to try on a few helmets from different manufacturers to find what fits best.

The UK Government launched the SHARP Helmet Safety Scheme website where you can see the safety ratings for helmets as well as great advice.

We do not have any foreign language instructors at the Jersey School of Motorcycling. It is therefore important that you have a reasonable standard of English and are able to understand what the Instructors are teaching you to be able to complete the course.

You can book via our website or at  Hard copy forms are available from your Parish Halls, all Motorcycle Dealers or the Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS) at La Collette.

Hard copy forms must be posted to the address provided with the required fee. Your training date and information pack will be sent to you a few days later.

£130.00 This is non-refundable unless a valid doctor’s certificate is produced. If you arrive late, do not turn up for your course, fail the eyesight test or due to a faulty or unroadworthy machine cannot start the course, then a further fee of £130.00 will be charged before a new course date is issued. You have the opportunity to advise us of your availability when you complete the application form however, if you wish to change your date you must advise us no later than the Tuesday before the weekend of your date. A small administration charge of £5.00 will be charged.

The course will last approximately 7 hours and start at either 8.00am; 8.30am; 10.30am or 11.00am (you must arrive at least 20 minutes before the start fo your course to all for registration and bikes to be checked).

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