Compulsory Basic Training, CBT 2 & CBT Renewals


To undertake any course at WLMT, you must be able to at least ride a bicycle to show that you have good balance. If you can’t ride a bike and have poor balance, please do not book as we are unable to train you for safety reasons.

If you have never ridden a motorcycle or scooter and would like some experience prior to taking a CBT course, may we recommend the ITM course (see course list for details). It will help build your confidence and riding skills and may save you money in the long run.

In order to undertake ANY of the training courses provided at WLMT, you will be required to have a basic knowledge of the Highway Code – for more information, please see Important Links. And you must have a good command of the English language.

You will be required to take an eyesight check. If you use your glasses for the eyesight check, you will be required to wear them on the road. You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

  • 20 metres for vehicles with a *new-style number plate
  • 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate (*New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, for example LU65 XYZ).

Firstly, please allow one day for training for your CBT course. It is a legal requirement that your road ride alone is a minimum of 2 hours, so please do not ask to finish this early.

This also applies for renewal CBT’s, however, if you are able to satisfactorily demonstrate your knowledge within each element and at a quicker pace, your instructor can progress you through the syllabus. The road ride is still legally required to be a minimum of 2 hours.

Helmet, jacket and a geared or automatic bike are included in the price of your CBT. Tracksuit bottoms/gym trousers and trainers of any kind are not permitted on any of our courses. No sports footwear of any kind are acceptable. You must also bring your own armoured road motorcycle gloves ONLY. Only strong boots, jeans and motorcycle clothing are permitted. If you are unsuitably dressed, you will be sent home and your money will not be refunded.

*PLEASE NOTE: We reserve the right to reschedule a CBT course if there are less than two people booked on to it.

Compulsory basic training bikes

The Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) syllabus builds on the 5 elements of approved DVSA training by adding guidance for each element. This will make it easier for learners to understand what is required of them. Please see Important Links for more information about each element.

In order to be a road legal learner, you must be at least 16 years of age (a restriction of 50cc applies at 16 yrs). You must also hold a UK full or UK provisional licence and wear an approved motorcycle helmet.

Once you have shown that you have reached the required standard by completing ALL of the 5 elements successfully, you will be issued with a CBT (DL196) certificate. You can then continue to ride unaccompanied up to a 125cc automatic scooter or geared machine. Please note that your instructor’s decision is final. If you do not successfully complete your CBT, any subsequent training will be charged £100.

Your CBT certificate is valid for two years from the date of issue. You will have to display L-plates on your bike and you are not permitted to carry passengers or ride on motorways. You may renew your CBT certificate after two years or continue your journey to achieving a full motorcycle licence.

If you passed your UK car test prior to 1st February 2001, you are permitted to ride a 50cc moped/scooter without L- plates or a CBT certificate and carry a passenger.


This is a standard CBT course with an extra day of road training. Ideal for newly qualified CBT holders who would like to build their confidence and experience for commuting or commercial riding. Please call for more details.

CBT Renewal

Book onto one of our fast track CBT courses in advance if your CBT certificate is still valid or about to expire – ideally you should aim to book within one month of your CBT expiring. This way we will be able to ensure that you are only placed with other riders who are also renewing their CBT, which could make your day significantly shorter.

The length of your day depends on you and your ability to successfully complete the syllabus. Demonstrate to your instructor that you know Elements A to D and you will be out on the road in no time! Your road ride is still legally required to be a minimum of 2 hours. Please do not ask us to cut this time. We do not cut corners. Your safety is our business! Please call for more details.


CBT ONLY £165 FOR RETURNEES Just email us a copy of your CBT certificate issued by us. Please call for details.

CBT £185

CBT Retake £100 (please call to book)

Student/Instructor ratio

*Minimum 2 students

Up to 4-1 (class sessions)

2-1 (road ride)


Price £375

Student/Instructor ratio

Up to 2-1

CBT Renewal

£185 / £165 WLMT Returnees

Student/Instructor ratio

Up to 4-1 (class sessions) 2-1 (road ride)

Important Links

CBT Syllabus & Guidance Notes

Highway Code Road Safety

From £165