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The system shown below came into effect from January 19th 2013

Training for full motorcycle licence (AM, A1, A2, A)

After completing their Compulsory Basic Training riders can train with us to achieve the required standard to pass the DSA motorcycle test for a full motorcycle licence.

Licence options which are available to you depend upon your age, the type and power of motorcycle on which you choose to train and take your test, and on the type of test which you apply for.

We can offer training on your own bike, or on one of our school bikes.


Entry at age 16 Years: Moped Only (Category "AM")

At the age of 16, following CBT, a learner may only ride a moped which is defined as having engine capacity not exceeding 50 cc and a maximum speed not exceeding 45 km/h (28 mph).

They can go on to pass a Theory Test and a Practical Motorcycle Test in order to gain full moped entitlement.
However at 16 the Practical Test may only be taken on a moped and this will give you a Category AM licence which only allows you to ride a moped

A CBT taken on a moped will entitle the holder to ride of up to 125cc bike as a learner once they are 17

Entry at age 17 Years to 19 Years: Restricted Licence (Category "A1")

At the minimum age of 17, following CBT a learner can go on to pass a Theory Test and a Practical Motorcycle Test in order to gain full A1 motorcycle entitlement.
The Practical Test must be taken on a bike of not more than 125cc.

This gives you an A1 or light motorcycle licence. The A1 licence restricts the holder to riding a motorcycle not more than 125 cc with a maximum power of 11 kW (15 hp).

This licence will however include a full licence to ride a moped as a no cost extra.

Entry at age 19 Years to 24 Years: Medium Weight Licence (Category "A2")

At the age of 19, if you have already passed the test on a 125cc bike, you can take a further Practical Test, on a machine of over 400cc and between 33 and 47 horsepower. It is not necessary to take another Theory Test.

This will allow you to ride a medium weight or A2 motorcycle.

If you are a beginner aged 19 you start with CBT, go on to pass a Theory Test and then a Practical Motorcycle Test using the Direct Access Scheme in order to gain the A2 motorcycle entitlement.

For Direct Access the Practical Test must be taken on a motorcycle of over 400cc and between 33 and 47 horsepower and you are then restricted to such a motorcycle for either 2 years or until you turn 24 when you may take another Practical Test for Full Motorcycle Entitlement.

Prior to passing an A2 test a beginner may only ride a machine of not more than 125cc and must wear "L" plates

Entry at Age 24 or over or having held an "A1" licence for 2 years. (Category "A")

2 years after passing an "A2" test you can then take a further Practical Test on a machine of over 600cc and at least 54 horsepower to qualify for a full "A" licence. Once again it is not necessary to take another Theory Test

If you are a beginner aged 24 or over you can go on from CBT to pass a Theory Test and then a Practical Motorcycle Test using the Direct Access Scheme in order to gain full "A" motorcycle entitlement.

Prior to passing a Category A test a beginner may only ride a machine of not more than 125cc and must wear "L" plates

Candidates following the Direct Access route may not ride the larger bikes whilst training unless they are supervised by a licenced instructor who is in radio contact with them.

A video explaining this may be viewed here:-

A flow chart showing the routes to test can be seen if you CLICK HERE. To download it right-click HERE and then click "Save Link As"

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