CBT, Compulsory Basic Training

Our Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course is a one day course which teaches you the basics of bike control and road craft.

It is the starting point for any rider whether they wish to ride on L plates or wish to gain a full motorcycle licence. 

If you are aged 16 you can ride up to a 50cc, if you are aged 17 or over you can ride up to a 125cc. Normal learner restrictions apply, you can't go on a motorway, you can't carry a pillion passenger and you must display full size L Plates front and rear.

In short, if you want to ride a motorcycle then you need a CBT pass from ProScot riding school!

If you do not achieve your CBT on your first visit, you can return for another visit. This will be subject to a 50% discount.

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DSA CBT Video

Compulsory Basic Training

By undertaking our Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course, you'll learn the basics of bike control and road craft from our highly-experienced motorcycle trainers. There's no test - with our assistance, you simply work through all the elements until you have successfully completed the course. See the Driving Standards Agency's CBT video for a full breakdown of what ProScot cover on this course.

ProScot offers a One day CBT course up to 8 hours duration.

Our Course is delivered to a high standard, ProScot's standards have set the benchmark for Motorcycle training since 1996. We do not cut corners, unfortunately the standards are not the same at all training schools. Some offer what seems like a cheap CBT and riders are simply rushed through the day and handed a certificate without developing the machine control and roadcraft skills required to ride safe out on the road. This is especially true if you want your CBT to just commute on a 50cc moped or a 125cc Motorcycle. If you want to sit your motorcycle test some schools simply issue a certificate and then take extra lessons from their students during their A2 or DAS training to teach the skills that should have been taught in their CBT. We feel this is very unprofessional, motorcycle riding can be very dangerous if you've not been taught to a high standard. If you have a full car licence and already have experience riding motorcycles the one day CBT course is far more relaxed and enjoyable. But what if you've never ridden Motorcycles before? In this instance we highly recommend you attend our two hour introductory course. This course is far more relaxed and not nearly as intense.

Introductory Course (2 Hour)

We highly recommend students who have never ridden a motorcycle before or who rode many years ago attend our two hour Introductory Course. The opportunity to attend our unique two hour Introductory Motorcycle Lesson is designed to get you up and running if you lack experience or feel nervous before undertaking the CBT Course. The two hour introductory course is optional and is not compulsory, you can simply book straight CBT Course if you prefer. However in our experience we find that students who have never ridden a motorcycle before can find the 8 hour CBT very challenging. It also increases the chance of achieving your CBT on your first visit and not having to pay for further CBT visits.

Having achieved your CBT certificate, which is valid for two years, if you're 16, you are restricted to riding a 50cc moped and, if you're aged 17 or over, you're restricted to riding a 125cc motorcycle. Normal learner restrictions apply: you cannot carry a pillion passenger or ride on the motorway and you must display L plates.

You must successfully complete CBT training before undertaking the Part II Restricted Access Course to gain a category A1 light motorcycle or A2 medium motorcycle licence or the Part II Direct Access Course (DAS) to gain a full Category A unrestricted motorcycle licence.

Clothing rules

The Driving & Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) state you must wear appropriate clothing for test (we have extended this to cover all training from Intro to CBT to Mod 1/2 and tests):

  • a motorcycle helmet that meets British safety standards (this doesn't apply if you're Sikh and wearing a turban)
  • motorcycle boots or other sturdy footwear that provides support and ankle protection
  • textile or leather motorcycle trousers or heavy denim trousers
  • a textile or leather motorcycle jacket or a heavy denim jacket with several layers underneath
  • motorcycle gloves

Clothing can be purchased from the ProScot Shop.

On The Day

  • The CBT sign-in is 7:45am for an 8:00am prompt start, and finishes around 5:00pm. If you turn up late, your CBT will be cancelled with FULL loss of money paid
  • CBTs are normally available 7 days a week (check when booking)
  • You must bring your photocard licence - if you don't have your licence, your CBT will be cancelled with FULL loss of money paid
  • Students who still have the old-style paper licence must bring it with them along with a valid passport or, again, the CBT will be cancelled with payment non-returnable
  • It's a good idea to study the Highway Code before attending
  • If you wear glasses, bring them
  • Wear suitable outdoor clothing and sensible footwear, (see above). If you don't wear appropriate clothing, your CBT will be cancelled with FULL loss of money paid. We want you to be safe.
  • Sandwiches and drinks are available at the nearby supermarket

Additional CBT information

A full breakdown of what is covered in the CBT is listed above - but you can also find out more at our FAQ section. Check out Licences and Law for more detailed information on the legal requirements for getting your motorcycle licence.

What Our Learner Riders Say

Jake Reid

Overall great experience. Every instructor very professional and helpful. I would have no hesitation in recommending ProScot.

Jake Reid
Dunfermline
Andrew Langham

Every instructor from CBT onward have been amazing. Office staff very helpful and friendly.

Andrew Langham
Dunfermline
Logan Henderson

Fantastic experience all round! All the instructors are friendly and make the training enjoyable. Will be back to get my full A licence. Strongly recommend

Logan Henderson
Dunfermline
Juan Chavez

100% happy with the results especially after the hard work done by the instructors. Would definitely recommend.

Juan Chavez
Edinburgh
Kevin Bonner

First class instructors, would recommend to anyone who wants to be a rider. Built my confidence from very timid and nervous to just a joy to be on a bike. Office staff couldn't be more helpful either. 10/10

Kevin Bonner
Kinghorn
James Taylor

First class instruction from Colin with intro, Paul with CBT, Ian and Ruth with MOD 1 and MOD 2. Lovely trainers. A massive thank you to all the guys.

James Taylor
Methil
Paul Mulvanny

Excellent instructors with really high standards. Helped me feel prepared and confident for the test. Thanks again ProScot, happy to recommend.

Paul Mulvanny
Edinburgh
K Vunnam

Excellent training. Every minor detail explained with patience. Always encouraging and guided all through my bike training journey.

K Vunnam
Falkirk
Fraser McGlone

Massive thank you to all the instructors at ProScot for sailing me through my test first time.

Fraser McGlone
Oban
Yvonne Platt

Excellent training. Passed 1st time on both MOD 1 and MOD 2 due to the instructors. Will always recommend ProScot. Ian and John thank you very much.

Yvonne Platt
Rosyth