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

Owain Stark

Training was very good. All the instructors were spot on. Passed both modules first time.

Owain Stark
Callum Woods

Training was very good, all instructors from my CBT to my module 2 were fantastic. Very clear instructions and would recommend to anyone.

Callum Woods
Darren Phillips

Have to say ProScot are very welcoming and professional. They ensure you are both ready for test and safe on the road. Very pleased with the training experience and have already recommended to friends!

Darren Phillips
Keir Herriot

Had a great time learning with ProScot, nailed all the tests first time. Very kind staff. Thank you!

Keir Herriot
Pitlessie
Mark Forrest & Mark Baillie

Very good instructors, we couldn't be happier. Will definitely recommend.

Mark Forrest & Mark Baillie
Boness
Rodger Campbell

Excellent tuition from all the instructors. Would highly recommend

Rodger Campbell
Caitlin Jones

Really fantastic and down to earth instructors. Loved it! Thanks everyone

Caitlin Jones
Edinburgh
Scott Cheape

Very helpful instructors, dealt with about 4 of them and they were all excellent.

Scott Cheape
George Peggie

Great training from the team at ProScot. Very knowledgeable and reliable. Highly Recommend!

George Peggie
Lynne Montador

Fantastic training, awesome instructors. Keep up the fab work!

Lynne Montador