Continuing Education & Workforce Training

Motorcycle Safety Training

The New Basic Rider Course (BRC-u)

This course is designed for the true novice rider who has little or no riding experience. It includes at home, formal classroom, and riding instruction on the basic riding skills and strategies necessary for an individual to begin to practice street riding. Courses are taught by Motor Vehicle Administration and Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified Instructors/RiderCoaches. You should be able to ride a bicycle to participate in this course.

What is new about this course is that about 6-hours of relatively fast-paced classroom instruction has been replaced by an online eCourse.   The eCourse can be done in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace prior to the start of the Basic Rider Course.  There is no additional charge for the eCourse as it is included in the cost of registration.  The eCourse will prepare you for your first riding experience and covers topics like basic operation, preparing to ride and some more advanced topics like risk and riding, and basic street strategies.  Prior to your first riding session you must present a copy of your eCourse Completion Certificate to your Instructor/RiderCoach.

Please see the Motorcycle safety Foundation's website for more information on the eCourse.  Remember, the eCourse is included in the course registration fee.  A valid email address is required at the time of registration, as a "Coupon Code" along with instructions in how to access the online eCourse will be emailed to you directly. If you pay out-of-pocket for the eCourse, the training center where you have registered for the course or the Motor Vehicle Administration will not be able to reimburse you for it.

There are approximately 6-hours of formal classroom instruction that covers rider perception and decision making.  A variety of inter-active activities are used to help explain and illustrate important concepts. 

The riding activities for the new BRC-u have been updated as well.  Participants still receive approximately 10 hours of riding instruction on a training motorcycle practicing clutch-throttle control, stopping, turning, shifting, and basic crash avoidance skills. However, there is more emphasis placed on decision making and cornering skills.

Throughout the course the Instructors/RiderCoaches evaluate and coach each rider's performance. Participants who do not achieve the minimum performance standards will not be allowed to continue in the course. To complete the course, riders must pass a knowledge and skill test administered at the end of the course. Riders who pass will receive a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Card and Completion Certificate.There is no guarantee that an individual enrolling in this course will pass, or become eligible for a motorcycle license or endorsement. All students pay $299 course fee (includes $35 MVA fee).

Participants in a BRC-u should not ride their personal motorcycle to class unless done so legally. Please see the Program's policy about riding a motorcycle to class.

Enrollment Requirements

  • Individuals who possess a valid driver's license, a Class "M" (motorcycle) learner's permit or individuals that are eligible for a learner's permit may enroll in the basic course. Parents or guardians of individuals under the age of 18 enrolling in the course must sign a consent/release form.
  • Wear protective clothing (eye protection, suitable jacket, long pants, full-fingered gloves and over-the-ankle footwear) during the riding portion. Students are encouraged to bring their own helmets, but loan helmets are available at the centers. All helmets must be DOT certified, fit properly and in good condition with all labeling intact. Only open-face (3/4), or full-face helmets may be used.  Partial coverage, or half-helmets, even if DOT certified may not be worn. Course participants are to bring their riding gear to the first class session for evaluation by the course Instructor/RiderCoach.
  • Pay the course registration fee to be officially enrolled in a course. You may attempt to enroll in a course as a stand-by student by reporting to the center on the first day of the course and if selected paying the fee by credit or check card.

Course Completion Requirements and Getting Your License

To pass the course you must complete the eCourse, participate in all the course sessions and pass a knowledge test and on-cycle test. Riders satisfactorily completing the Basic Rider Course are eligible to receive a Maryland Completion Card and their Class M license.

General Information for BRC

  • A motorcycle learner's permit is not required to participate.
  • Individuals applying for a motorcycle license as a first license will still have to complete the requirements of the Graduated Licensing System and must be eligible to be issued a full license before their Class M License Certificate expires.
  • Training motorcycles are provided.
  • A participant may use their personal scooter in a BRC if it has an engine displacement of 51 cubic centimeters or more. Personal scooters must be in good operating condition and be transported to the training center legally. A personal scooter must be insured and the owner must assume all liability for its use in the course. The Program will not be responsible for any damage to a personal scooter as a result of participation.
    Note: Please contact the Program office or the training center where enrolling to make arrangements.
  • Some insurance companies offer discounts on motorcycle premiums to course graduates.
  • The eCourse takes approximately 3-hours to complete.
  • Course participants get approximately 17 hours of formal instruction: 6 - 7 hours in the classroom, and 10 hours on-cycle.
  • The curriculum is approved by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and meets or exceeds the standards established by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
  • Course participants are required to report to all scheduled sessions regardless of weather.
  • Lateness policy.
  • Participants are eligible for one retest of both tests within 30-days of their course completion date.

Alternate Basic Rider Course (ABRC)

Designed for individuals that have some riding experience, this seven-hour course provides another way to earn a Class "M" license without having to take the full 17-hour basic rider course. All learning activities are conducted on the riding range located at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills campus. Instructors are certified by both the Motor Vehicle Administration and Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

To enroll in this course, you must be able to:

  • Use the clutch and throttle to get the motorcycle in motion
  • Stop the motorcycle properly in a designated area
  • Execute gradual and tight turns
  • Shift gears smoothly
  • Achieve a speed of least 25 mph

During the initial riding activities, each rider’s ability to operate a motorcycle will be evaluated by instructors. Riders who cannot demonstrate minimum riding proficiency will not be allowed to continue and will need to consider enrolling in the Basic Rider Course. Riders who are not allowed to continue will not be eligible for a refund and will have to pay an additional fee to enroll in a Basic Rider Course.

To pass this course, riders must pass a knowledge and skills test administered at the end of the course. Riders who pass will receive a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Card and Completion Certificate. Certificate holders are eligible to receive their Class “M” license added to their MD license at the MVA. Out-of-State license holders receive only the MSF Completion Card, not the Maryland MVA Completion Certificate. There is no guarantee that an individual enrolling in this course will pass or get his or her license. All students pay $199 course fee (includes $35 MVA fee).

Requirements for ABRC

  • You must be eligible to apply for a Maryland license.
  • If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian must sign a consent/release form.
  • You must wear protective clothing including helmet, eye protection, jacket, long sleeves and long pants, full-fingered gloves, sturdy over- the-ankle footwear and rain gear during the riding portion. Students are encouraged to bring their own helmets, but loan helmets are available. All helmets must be DOT certified and in good condition with labeling intact.
  • You must be on time for class. If you are late you may not be admitted. It is your responsibility to be in class on time.
  • You may elect to use a program training motorcycle or your own personal motorcycle as long as it is street legal, in good operating condition, passes a pre-ride check, and is transported to the training site legally.

Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2)

Formally known as the Experienced Rider Course (ERC), this six-hour course is for the licensed motorcyclist who wants to improve or refresh his or her skill or who has recently completed the Basic Rider Course and wants additional practice on their personal motorcycle. The class consists of nine riding exercises.  Eight of the exercises are borrowed from the Basic Rider Course (BRC) with some minor enhancements for the more experienced rider and one completely new exercise.

All learning activities are conducted on the riding range located at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills campus. Instructors are certified by both the Motor Vehicle Administration and Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Individuals enrolling in this course must have a valid motorcycle (Class “M”) license and provide your license number on your registration form.

During the initial riding activities, each rider’s ability to operate a motorcycle will be evaluated by instructors. Riders who cannot demonstrate minimum riding proficiency will not be allowed to continue and will need to consider enrolling in the Basic Riders Course. Riders who are not allowed to continue will not be eligible for a refund and will have to pay the additional fee to be enrolled in the Basic Rider Course.

To pass the course, riders must pass a skills test administered at the end of the course. Riders who pass will receive a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Card. There is no guarantee that an individual enrolling in this course will pass. All students pay $149 course fee (includes $35 MVA fee).

Requirements for BRC 2

  • You must have a class M license.
  • If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian must sign a consent/release form.
  • You must wear protective clothing including helmet, eye protection, jacket, long sleeves and long pants, full-fingered gloves, sturdy over- the-ankle footwear and rain gear during the riding portion. Students are encouraged to bring their own helmets, but loan helmets are available. All helmets must be DOT certified and in good condition with labeling intact.
  • You must be on time for class. If you are late you may not be admitted. It is your responsibility to be in class on time.
  • You are expected to use your own motorcycle. Personal motorcycles must be street legal, in good operating condition, and capable of passing a pre-ride check.

Motorcycle Safety Training - Upcoming Classes

Course No./Title/Description/Dates/Times
CEI 100 Motorcycle Training - The New Basic Rider Course (BRC-u)
This course is designed for the true novice rider who has little or no riding experience. It includes at home, formal classroom, and riding instruction on the basic riding skills and strategies necessary for an individual to begin to practice street riding. Courses are taught by Motor Vehicle Administration and Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified Instructors/RiderCoaches. You should be able to ride a bicycle to participate in this course. Please see full description and enrollment requirements above.
Section 9A10
5/5/2015 - 5/7/2015
T/Th  6:00 - 9:30 pm
TBD
Sat, 5/9/15, Sun. 5/10/15 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Motorcycle Range (Registration deadline - 4/28/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section A11
5/26/2015 - 5/28/2015
T/Th  6:00 - 9:30 pm
TBD
Sat, 5/30/15, Sun. 5/31/15 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Motorcycle Range (Registration deadline - 5/19/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section 9EE
6/2/2015 - 6/4/2015
T/W/Th  T: 8-11:30 am, classroom; W:8 am - 5:30 pm, classroom/range; Th: 8 am - 4 pm, range/classroom
TBD
Weekday Classes! (Registration deadline - 5/26/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section 9A12
6/9/2015 - 6/11/2015
T/Th  6:00 - 9:30 pm
TBD
Sat, 6/13/15, Sun. 6/14/15 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Motorcycle Range (Registration deadline - 6/2/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section 9FF
6/16/2015 - 6/18/2015
T/W/Th  T: 8-11:30 am, classroom; W:8 am - 5:30 pm, classroom/range; Th: 8 am - 4 pm, range/classroom
TBD
Weekday Classes! (Registration deadline - 6/9/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section A13
6/23/2015 - 6/25/2015
T/Th  6:00 - 9:30 pm
TBD
Sat, 6/27/15, Sun. 6/28/15 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Motorcycle Range (Registration deadline - 6/16/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section 9A1
7/7/2015 - 7/9/2015
T/Th  6:00 - 9:30 pm
TBD
Sat. 7/11/15 - Sun. 7/12/15 - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Motorcycle Range (Registration deadline - 6/30/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section 9AA
7/14/2015 - 7/16/2015
T/W/Th  T: 8-11:30 am, classroom; W:8 am - 5:30 pm, classroom/range; Th: 8 am - 4 pm, range/classroom
TBD
Weekday Classes! (Registration deadline - 7/7/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section 9A2
7/21/2015 - 7/23/2015
T/Th  6:00 - 9:30 pm
TBD
Sat, 7/25/15, Sun. 7/26/15 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Motorcycle Range (Registration deadline - 7/14/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section 9BB
8/4/2015 - 8/6/2015
T/W/Th  T: 8-11:30 am, classroom; W:8 am - 5:30 pm, classroom/range; Th: 8 am - 4 pm, range/classroom
TBD
Weekday Classes! (Registration deadline - 7/28/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section 9A3
9/8/2015 - 9/10/2015
T/Th  6:00 - 9:30 pm
TBD
Sat, 9/12/15, Sun. 9/13/15 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Motorcycle Range (Registration deadline - 9/1/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section 9A4
9/22/2015 - 9/24/2015
T/Th  6:00 - 9:30 pm
TBD
Sat, 9/26/15, Sun. 9/27/15 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Motorcycle Range (Registration deadline - 9/15/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section 9A5
10/6/2015 - 10/8/2015
T/Th  6:00 - 9:30 pm
TBD
Sat, 10/10/15, Sun. 10/11/15 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Motorcycle Range (Registration deadline - 9/29/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section 9A6
10/20/2015 - 10/22/2015
T/Th  6:00 - 9:30 pm
TBD
Sat, 10/24/15, Sun. 10/25/15 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Motorcycle Range (Registration deadline - 10/13/15)
Instructor: Staff
CEI 102 Alternate Basic Rider Course
Choose this course if you are an accomplished rider with recent riding experience and are interested in a license earning course.
Section 9J
5/3/2015
Sun  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Motorcycle Range
Registration deadline: 4/17/15
Instructor: Staff
Section 9K
6/7/2015
Sun  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Motorcycle Range
Registration deadline: 6/1/15
Instructor: Staff
Section 9EE
6/8/2015
M  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Motorcycle Range
Weekday Class! (Registration deadline: 6/1/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section 9FF
6/22/2015
M  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Motorcycle Range
Weekday Class! (Registration deadline: 6/15/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section 9AA
7/13/2015
M  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Motorcycle Range
Weekday Class! (Registration deadline: 7/6/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section 9A
7/19/2015
Sun  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Motorcycle Range
Registration deadline: 7/13/15
Instructor: Staff
Section 9BB
7/27/2015
M  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Motorcycle Range
Weekday Class! (Registration deadline: 7/20/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section 9CC
8/3/2015
M  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Motorcycle Range
Weekday Class! (Registration deadline: 7/27/15)
Instructor: Staff
Section 9B
8/9/2015
Sun  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Motorcycle Range
Registration deadline: 8/3/15
Instructor: Staff
Section 9C
8/23/2015
Sun  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Motorcycle Range
Registration deadline: 8/17/15
Instructor: Staff
Section 9E
9/20/2015
Sun  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Motorcycle Range
Registration deadline: 9/14/15
Instructor: Staff
Section 9F
10/4/2015
Sun  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Motorcycle Range
Registration deadline: 9/28/15
Instructor: Staff
Section 9G
10/18/2015
Sun  8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Motorcycle Range
Registration deadline: 10/12/15
Instructor: Staff
CEI 107 Basic Rider Course 2
Formally known as the Experienced Rider Course (ERC) this six-hour course is for the licensed motorcyclist who wants to improve or refresh his or her skill or who has recently completed the Basic Rider Course and wants additional practice on their personal motorcycle. The class concists of nine riding exercises. Eight of the exercises are borrowed from the Basic Rider Course (BRC) with some minor enhancements for the more experienced rider and one completely new exercise.
Section 9B
6/21/2015
Sun  8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Motorcycle Range
Instructor: Staff

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