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How to Become a Motorcycle Instructor

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In order to legally operate a motorcycle on the streets, you must have a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement. While it’s possible in most states to get this by simply taking a written and driving exam at the local department of motor vehicles (DMV), most people choose to take a motorcycle training course instead. If you have motorcycle riding skills and enough experience, you can turn them into a ticket as a motorcycle instructor.

Hold a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement. Not only must you have a license to operate motorcycles on streets and roadways, but many places won’t hire you if you have more than one or two moving violations in the past three years.

Get experience riding motorcycles. Most places that hire instructors to teach motorcycle training want experienced riders that have been on motorcycles for several years. The more time you spend driving motorcycles, the more experience you get in navigating the road and staying safe alongside bigger vehicles.

Obtain certification in CPR and first aid. To be certified as a motorcycle instructor, most states require you to go through a RiderCoach course. In order to be admitted as a student in one of these courses you must have current CPR and first aid certification. If you don’t have this, you can get certification through your local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Complete a RiderCoach course. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers RiderCoach courses that teach you how to become a motorcycle instructor. The class includes 80 hours of instruction that ensures that you know how to teach a person to ride a motorcycle and stay safe while doing so. At the end of the course you are required to complete both a written and riding skill test as well as teach a motorcycle training class to qualify for certification through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.


Many employers look for certification from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in prospective motorcycle training instructors.

Good communication skills are important if you plan to become a motorcycle instructor.