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College of Southern Maryland
kpbonek@csmd.edu
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
301-934-7526

Schedule of Classes

Fall 2014 Schedule

Community Education - Fall 2014 (.pdf)

Workforce Development - Fall 2014 (.pdf)

Please be advised that the Interactive PDF versions of the continuing education schedules†are for reference only and do not reflect course availability or cancellations. For the most up-to-date information about course availability, please use Online Services.

Coming Soon...

Did you know our Lead Coordinator at the La Plata campus was a Kid' and Teen College student, became a counselor, then an assistant coordinator, a teacher of our courses and then a coordinator.  That is dedication to our program.  Thank you to Sarah Massie for all your hard work.

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MOTORCYCLE SAFETY FAQ

Registration for the 2014 classes will begin on Feb. 3, 2014

Motorcycle Safety Training Program

Riding a motorcycle requires special skills and concentration. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) offers motorcycle rider training courses for new and experienced riders. The courses teach the participants the special skills and mental strategies necessary for responsible motorcycle operation. Statistics show that more than 90 percent of riders involved in crashes had no formal training, were self-taught or learned from family and friends.

  • Instruction is provided by the Motor Vehicle Administration and Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified instructors.
  • The curriculum is approved by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and meets or exceeds the standards set by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

2014 Student Information Sheet

Students registered for the Basic Rider Course (BRC) and Personalized Basic Rider Course are REQUIRED to pick up their course materials in advance at either:

  1. La Plata Campus Building CS 106/107 during regular office hours (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) or
  2. 5825 Radio Station Road, La Plata, MD, 20646 - hours 5:00 - 6:00 PM when classroom is scheduled, normally Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu (see course schedule to ensure class is in session for a particular date)

Map to Motorcycle Range

TRA 8000 Basic Rider Course - $295

This 17-hour course is designed for the true novice rider who has little or no riding experience. It includes 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. You should be able to ride a bicycle to participate in this course.

During the seven hours of classroom time participants will discuss topics that include responsible riding, selecting proper riding gear and the basic riding skills. Other topics include defensive riding strategies and how to handle a variety of riding situations. Participants receive approximately 10 hours of riding on a training motorcycle practicing clutch-throttle control, stopping, turning, shifting and basic crash avoidance skills. Throughout the course the instructors evaluate and coach each riderís performance. Participants who do not achieve the minimum performance standards will not be allowed to continue in the course.

Course participants get approximately 17 hours of instruction, 7 hours in the classroom, and 10 hours on-cycle.

TRA 8300 Personalized Basic Rider Course - $350

Exactly the same course as the Basic Rider Course except that the class size is limited to six students. The ratio is 2 instructors to 6 students in the Personalized BRC, versus 2 instructors to a maximum of 12 students in the regular BRC. Some students are more comfortable in a smaller class size environment in which to learn.

If you have a group of 6 or more participants, we may be able to assist you in setting up a course specifically for your group. Contact the Training Center Manager for more information: Mr. Ken Bonek at kpbonek@csmd.edu or calling (301) 870-3008 extension 7209.

TRA 8100 Alternate Basic Rider Course - $295

This seven-hour course provides another option for an individual to earn their license without having to take the full 17-hour basic course. It is only for individuals that have some riding experience and are seeking a Class "M" license.

The pre-requisites for this course include the ability 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;
  • Up and downshift smoothly; and
  • Achieve a speed of at least 25 mph.

During the initial riding activities, each rider's ability to operate a motorcycle will be evaluated by the 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 may have to pay an additional fee to be enrolled in a Basic Rider Course.

All learning activities are conducted at the riding range. There is no formal classroom, however various topics including preparing to ride, road management and advanced riding techniques are discussed during the course.

TRA 8200 Basic Rider Course II (Formerly Experienced Rider Course) - $150

Formerly known as the Experienced Rider Course (ERC) this six-hour course is for the licensed rider who wants to improve or refresh their skills, 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. Students must have a valid Class M motorcycle license and are expected to use their own motorcycle.

During the initial riding activities, each riderís ability to operate a motorcycle will be evaluated by the instructors. Riders that 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 may have to pay an additional fee to be enrolled in the Basic Rider Course.