IBT Course

Motorcycle IBT CourseBefore you can ride a motorcycle/scooter on the public road you must undergo an Initial Basic Training Course or IBT Course.

IBT was introduced in December 2010 as part of the RSA initiative to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that inexperience motorcyclists were involved in. IBT can only be delivered by IBT certified instructors which are regulated by the RSA (Road Safety Authority) It is now the law and you won’t get insurance unless you can produce a certificate of completion.

From the 19th of January 2013 new licencing laws will come into effect that will alter the present IBT course requirements and modules. The listing below takes into account these changes.

IBT Course can be 11hours, 16 hours or 18 hours depending on the course required. The 11 hour IBT Module 5 is for riders who have already undertaken an IBT course in a lesser category and wish to upgrade to a larger size bike. ie A1 to A2

The 16 hour course is spread over four IBT Modules 1,2,3 & 4  which introduce the rider to the equipment required, and the skills needed, to take a motorcycle out onto the public road. The rider must pass each section before he/she can progress to the next level. The modules are a combination of theory and actual motorcycle riding in a secure RSA approved compound. The final module involves riding the motorcycle on a public road.

The 18 hour course is over three IBT Modules 1,3 & 5 is designed for the category A2 and A.

Motorcycles and PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) can be supplied for both male and female riders and the off road training takes place in an RSA approved compound. You can find details of costs involved on the IBT Course Prices

Module 1 (required for Am, A1, A2 & A category permits)

  • Personal protective equipment (P.P.E.)IBT Course
  • Introduction to motorcycle controls
  • Technical checks – P.O.W.D.E.R.
  • Placing the motorcycle on and off the stand
  • Walk alongside the motorcycle
  • How to start and stop the engine the engine (inc precautions when mounting & dismounting)


Module 2 (required for Am & A1category permits)

  • Move off and stopping
  • Correct use of brakes
  • Use of clutch control & gear changing
  • Slow riding – controlling a motorcycle at walking pace
  • Figure of eight
  • U-turnA1 Motorbike IBT
  • Slalom
  • Rear observation and mirrors (O.S.M.- P.S.L.)
  • Turning left and right
  • Emergency adjustment of speed


Module 3 (required for Am, A1, A2 & A category permits)

  • Legal requirements for riders
  • Rules of the road
  • Being seen
  • Road surfaces
  • Road and lane position
  • Rear observation and mirrors
  • Speed
  • Anticipation and reaction (inc dealing with emergency vehicles)
  • Weather conditions (inc model choices & route planning)
  • Fatigue


Module 4 (required for Am & A1 category permits)Motorcycle IBT Course

  • Gradients
  • Junctions
  • Traffic lights
  • Roundabouts (O.S.M.-P.S.L.)
  • Safe distance
  • Anticipation and reaction (inc emergency vehicles)
  • Pedestrian & Rail crossings
  • Bends

Module 5 (required for A2 and A category permits)

  • Moving off and stopping
  • Use of brakes
  • Use of gears
  • Slow riding exercise
  • Figure of eight exercise
  • U-turn exercise
  • Slalom exercise
  • Rear observation and mirror work
  • Turning left and right
  • Obstacle Avoidance
  • Emergency adjustment of speed
  • Emergency Stop
  • Overtaking
  • Carrying pillion Passengers
  • Using a Sidecar / towing a Trailer
  • Gradients
  • Junctions
  • Traffic lights
  • Roundabouts
  • Safe distance
  • Anticipation and reaction to hazards including dealing with Emergency service vehicles.
  • Pedestrian & rail crossings (rail where possible)
  • Bends
  • Socially responsible Riding/driving

Module 5 (Progression Module)
This module includes topics previously covered during Modules 2 & 4 with some additional new content to allow ‘progression’ the training needs to be undertaken on the new vehicle type, you wish to change to, e.g. from ‘automatic’ to ‘manual’.

This progression Module will facilitate changes in your entitlements without you having to undergo the full program again and in limited circumstances without you having to undergo a practical driving test.

For Direct access purposes to Category ‘A’ or ‘A2’ motorcycles, you will need 13 hours to complete this module. Where IBT has already been completed and you are availing of ‘progressive access’ then you will need 11 hours to complete this module.

Once the correct modules have been completed and you have received your certificate of completion you can take a learner legal motorcycle onto the road and begin your biking experience.

For pricing on this course please go to IBT Course Prices

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