CBT Explained

How the training works

The compulsory basic training (CBT) course usually lasts a full day. It can take longer depending on how quickly you pick up the skills and develop your confidence.

There are 5 parts to the course:


The CBT course syllabus tells you more about what’s involved in each part.

You move from one part to the next when your trainer is happy you’ve:

On-road riding

The on-road riding part must last at least 2 hours.

How many people you’ll train with
You might train with other learners. There’s a maximum number of:

When you complete the course

You’ll get a ‘certificate of completion’ (sometimes called a ‘DL196’).

You can then ride a moped or motorcycle up to 125cc and with a power output of up to 11kW on the road with L plates (L or D plates in Wales). You cannot, at this stage, ride on motorways or with a pillion passenger.

You must pass your theory test and full moped or motorcycle test within 2 years otherwise you’ll need to complete CBT again or stop riding.

Full explanation and syllabus on DVSA website