Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle Safety

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.
Students registered for the Basic Rider Course (BRC) will be provided their course materials at the first classroom session.

2022 Training Calendar

Registration is open for CSM Motorcycle Safety Classes starting between March 10 – July 7, 2022. 

Beginning July 13, 2022, the College of Southern Maryland will be transitioning to a new registration system for continuing education classes.  All motorcycle safety classes starting between July 13, 2022 and December 15, 2022 will be available for registration beginning July 13, 2022.  Please view the CSM 2022 Motorcycle Training Calendar from the link below to see class schedules for classes starting after July 13, 2022.

CSM 2022 Motorcycle Training Calendar

NEW MVA Requirement

Motorcycle Safety Foundation online eCourse component now required. Learn online and be prepared for your safety class. CSM students REGISTERED for a motorcycle course will receive a coupon CODE to register for FREE.  Contact our Motorcycle office at: to request a code after completing your CSM registration.  Course must be completed 0-30 days ahead of your Motorcycle Safety Course.

Current Classes

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. Motorcycles are provided for training.  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 rider’s 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.

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Formerly the Alternate Basic Rider Course (ABRC), this updated course is for riders with current street riding experience and are seeking to get their motorcycle license. This 8-hour course includes 3-hours of formal classroom and 5-hours of riding exercises. It also includes 2-hours of independent study done at home via an online eCourse prior to class. Once enrolled, the eCourse code, instructions, and link are provided via e-mail at no additional charge. Participants are required to use their own motorcycle and it must be properly registered and in safe mechanical condition. Ask yourself two questions before enrolling in TRA-8150 1) Do you own a motorcycle? 2) Have you ridden on the street within the last year? If you answered “yes” to both questions, then this is likely the right course for you.

A learner's permit is not required for course participation. But if you have a learner’s permit and ride your motorcycle, introduce your accompanying rider to one of our RiderCoaches. If you don’t have a learner’s permit, you will have to transport your motorcycle and the RiderCoaches will direct offloading. CSM is not responsible for any violation obtained by an individual who fails to operate their vehicle in accordance with Maryland law. You must pass a written and riding skill test in order to earn your license.

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