Friendly and professional motorcycle training in Laindon, Basildon, Essex SS15 6PX providing CBT courses,
training for A1, A2 and A motorcycle licences. We teach you how to ride not just how to pass your test. CBT courses also available in E16.


Where do we do the CBT course?

Please refer to our locations page.  We run CBT courses in Laindon, Basildon (SS15 6PX) and East London near City Airport (North Woolwich, E16). Please note bike hire is not available in East London.

What is the CBT?

CBT Stands for Compulsory Basic Training. If you want to ride a moped, scooter or motorcycle it is a compulsory training course. It's designed to get you up and riding safely and confidently by the end of the training course. We keep our CBT groups very small to ensure you get the instruction you require. We can even offer one to one training if you require.


It is not a test, as there is no exam, but you do need to reach a required standard. We also expect you to have a good working knowledge of the Highway Code so please ensure you read through it before you come in for your CBT course. It is available in shops for £2.50 or for free online


What do I need to bring with me for my CBT course?

On the day of your CBT course, we must see your photo ID card or your UK provisional/driving licence. If you still have the older styled paper licence, we must see an additional form of photographic ID ideally a valid passport. We will perofme an online check of your provisional motorycle entitlement - you must know your National Insruance Number for us to do this.


The only other requirement is that you are appropriately dressed. This means you must be fully covered up in a long sleeve top/jacket and trousers (denim jeans preferred).


Gloves (not compulsory but advisable)

It is only advisable that you bring your own pair of gloves (leather is ideal - cotton gloves or ski gloves are not). We do have gloves to lend you on the day if you do not have anything suitable or you can purchase your own pair of leather gloves for £20 on the day. 


Headphones (not compulsory but advisable)

When you are out on the road with your instructor you will be given a radio. Some students find that the D-ring earpieces we give you uncomfortable. Most commonly used personal headphones (in-ear bud types for iphones, smartphones etc.) are suitable should you wish to use your own.



What footwear shall I wear?

You will learn about safety equipment and clothing during your CBT. Motorcycle boots are best suited but we understand that not everyone can afford the right equipment for their CBT. As long as your feet are fully covered up then that is the basic requirement. Bring boots with you if you wish but some people will find that their boots are not best suited. It is a good idea to bring footwear you are comfortable in (not flip flops or sandals).

What do I get at the end of the course?

The CBT certificate you receive is valid for 2 years and gives you the ability to ride up to 125cc on the road as a learner (or up to 50cc if you are 16 years old). This means you cannot ride on main roads (i.e. motorways), must display L plates on front and rear of your bike, and you cannot carry passengers (pillions).

What happens when the CBT certificate expires after 2 years?

If you have not passed the tests for a motorcycle licence and want to continue riding a small bike, you must re-new your CBT certificate by completing the course again. However, if you want to progress onto a larger motorcycle you should go for a motorcycle licence within the 2 year validity of the CBT certificate. (There are special cases for full licence holders riding mopeds of 50cc)

Do you need a theory test in order to do CBT?

No, you do not need to have completed a theory test before coming in to do your CBT. However, you do need to read through the Highway Code as a requirement to sit the CBT. The Highway Code  which is available for £2.50 from most bookstores. If you are looking to get a motorcycle licence, it is also a good idea to do the theory test as well although it is not a requirement for CBT. It is also accessible online for free from the following link:


What is your cancellation policy?

You can only make changes to your training or tests with at least 4 working days’ notice without charge (i.e for Monday bookings you must cancel or amend by Monday the week before at 4pm). Any last cancellations or changes made within 4 working days incur costs of £40 for re-scheduling CBT courses.

How long is the CBT course?

The CBT course is a training course which you cannot fail. Most people will have enough time to complete the course within one day. However, if we do not manage to complete all the training course in the first day we will ask you to return another day to continue the training and spend as much time as you need to complete. Extra sessions cost £60 for bike hire and instruction.




£120 CBT with bike hire


£100 CBT without bike hire

*We will perform an online check for validity of MOT (if applicable), Road Tax and Insurance


£350 CBT starter package with bike hire, your own safety helmet, motorcycle jacket, trousers and gloves to take away

*£150 deposit required to book (please see Motorcycle Clothing for the basic starter package to see the clothing and helmet you will receive with this option)


£220 CBT with bike hire, exclusively one to one student to instructor ratio – no extra cost to complete if you do not finish the course in one day


There are no hidden extra costs with ART. All costs include:

  • Bike hire (unless stated) for the whole duration of your training.
  • Free use of our safety equipment (helmet, jacket, gloves, waterproof clothing)
  • Insurance which covers damage to any bikes hired, third party only. Personal injury is not covered and you partake in training at your own risk.
  • Fuel
  • Riding instruction is always carried out at a 2 to 1 student to instructor ratio (unless 1 to 1 has been requested and paid for). We believe this provides a better quality of service to you compared to the DVSA’s legal maximum ratio of 4 to 1 on CBT courses.


Please note that it is a common myth to believe that the CBT is a one day course. If we run out of time on the first day and you have not completed the course we will ask you to return another day to complete - the charge is £60.




ART Rider Training terms and conditions:

  • Bookings of all types are provisional and only confirmed once a minimum deposit of £40 is received. If no payment is received your space will not be confirmed and offered to those on a waiting list if booking is within 7 days / 1 week. Bookings made within 7 days require minimum of £40 deposit on the day the booking is made.
  • All participants are to behave in a responsible and courteous manner to all other riders, members of staff and the general public throughout the duration of their training. Participants that ride in an irresponsible or dangerous manner will have this noted. If this behaviour continues we reserve the right to call an end to the participants training and any future training without giving a refund of any moneys paid.
  • Any riders suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be refused participation without refund.
  • You understand that your participation in a training session with ART is undertaken at your own risk and you understand that the company is not liable for any personal injuries incurred as a result of the rider’s actions.
  • Even though all fees include a damage waiver and third party insurance, all ART Rider Training Ltd equipment, including motorcycles and all other property owned by the company, must be treated with respect and participants found deliberately abusing our equipment will be politely cautioned and if this behaviour continues, be asked to leave without refund.
  • The judgement of all staff members is final.
  • In the event that you do not turn up for your training on time as agreed, ART Rider Training may not carry out the training and a refund will not be given. Nor can it be transferable to another date.
  • Any credit you have with ART Rider Training ltd is non refundable if you have a gap of greater than 3 months between training. A refund of any outstanding credit will only be granted within 3 months of your last training date. A £40 charge will be applied per 3 months including the first 3 months.
  • Any lost property found/ left at our premises or in our property will be left unclaimed for 28 days and held for safe keeping. On the 29th day we have the right to remove, destroy or sell the unclaimed property.
  • We will not escort candidates to test who have review markers on file with the DVSA due to previous incidents at DVSA test centres.
  • If there are any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. Contact details are on our Location & Contact page.
  • Our terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.


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