How to become an advanced motorcycle instructor

Can you remember when you first passed your motorbike test? That moment of euphoria when you realised that all those motorbike driving lessons had paid off, and you were free to ride the open roads on your own?  It probably felt amazing and you were filled with pride and excitement.

Hopefully, as you’ve become more experienced, your riding skills have improved even further. Not to mention the fact that you feel more knowledgeable, safer and confident in what you’re doing.

Here’s a crazy idea then…why not turn your passion into your job and become a motorcycle instructor?

OK, it’s easier said than done, but becoming a motorcycle instructor isn’t as far-fetched as you may think.  And there’s a whole host of reasons why you should take the plunge and do it:

  1. Get even better at riding

We’ve established you’re a great rider, but there’s always room for improvement right? All of RoSPA’s motorcycle trainers are qualified to the highest possible level, meaning that you are benefitting from their wealth of experience and knowledge. After all, they want you to have the skills required to be able to teach others to a high level.  After the five day Diploma in Motorcycle Instructor Training course you’ll have the ability to train to an advanced level, both in the classroom and on-road.  You’ll learn methods to coach and develop motorcycle licence holders to an advanced level.

  1. Expand your repertoire

Most of us use our vehicles primarily in one area – be that motorways, country roads or urban areas. One of the great aspects of RoSPA’s Diploma in Motorcycle Instructor Training is that it gives you a detailed overview of all of these areas. Learn how to observe, signal and review no matter where you are riding. In terms of being a trainer, you’ll be taught instructional techniques and the role and responsibilities of being an advanced instructor. At the end of the course you’ll have the skills to deliver instructions on both strengths and areas that may require further development.

  1. Learn from mistakes

Things can go wrong with your bike and accidents can happen – after all, no matter how safe a rider you are, you’re still human.  Fault analysis, remedy and evaluation are all vital in developing the skills of both yourself and others. Our Diploma in Motorcycle Instructor Training will see you assume the roles of both motorbike instructor and student in a variety of scenarios and role-plays, giving you a ‘360 degree’ look at the teaching process.

  1. Become a teacher

Not surprisingly, a lot of the motorcycle training takes place on the road. But an important part of being a rider trainer is being able to communicate your message to delegates in a classroom environment. One day of the course takes place exclusively in the classroom, focussing on instructional techniques and the role and responsibilities of the advanced motorcycle instructor.  You’ll discover how to plan and deliver training programmes, manage a classroom and rehearse your presentations.

  1. Use your own bike

That’s right, assuming your bike is insured, roadworthy and fit for a full day of riding in various weather conditions, then you can use it.  After all, if you’re comfortable on the bike you’re riding, you’re more likely to be able to learn effectively and teach others.  It will also help you when it comes to the examination at the end of the course.

  1. We’ll come to you 

Perhaps ironically for a rider training course, you don’t have to travel for it! As well as offering courses in Birmingham, Sussex and Somerset, we also provide an in-company service. Less travel costs, hassle and time out of work for you. Wherever you do the Diploma in Motorcycle Instructor Training our trainers will assess the level of skill of each rider undertaking the course, to ensure that standards are maintained and consistent between delegates.

  1. Show off

Finally, we all like showing off a bit when we’re good at something. As a motorcycle training instructor there’s no better way to show off than by gaining a (course name).  Not only will you be eligible to use the RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle Instruction logo, but you’ll also be able to gain entry onto the DSA register of Post-test Motorcycle Trainers (RPMT), which in turn opens further doors.  So with a Diploma in Motorcycle Instructor Training you’ll really stand out from the crowd.

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