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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the maximum number of students in a class?

In a typical BRC or BRC2U course, the maximum number of students participating in the classroom setting and riding portion are 24 and 12 respectively. For individuals that want more individualized training during the riding portion of the course, there will be one (1) instructor for every three (3) students during the riding portion of the BRCSP course. For those individuals that want private lessons during the riding portion of the course, there will be one (1) instructor for every one (1) student during the riding portion of the course.

What are the Rider Coach Qualifications?

Each of our professional instructors have an extensive background and experience in riding motorcycles, the motorcycle industry and in providing valuable instruction. In addition, each instructor is certified and licensed by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) and by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), a nationally recognized curriculum provider.

To become a professional motorcycle safety trainer, these dedicated individuals undergo an intense Instructor Preparation (IP) course that takes months to complete. Once the training program is complete, each instructor is placed on a probationary period to help reinforce the techniques learned during the IP program. In addition to the IP course, some instructors have obtained specialized training including 3WBRC, SRC and others. Finally, each instructor is required to attend annual continuing professional education to update and refine their skills.

Each candidate must meet the following minimum qualifications and expectations for the position:

  • Ability to possess active listening skills, proactive evaluation and provide focused and pointed feedback to students;
  • Knowledge and experience with classroom and range site management including experience with minimal motorcycle repair issues;
  • Ability to know and understand the process to prepare and document all student training process, inluding preparing all the necessary training forms such as accident / incident reports, student withdrawl forms and course completion reports;
  • Knowledge of the state jurisdiction's training specific requirements/laws;
  • Ability to operate a motorcycle safely on a frequent and routine basis;
  • Maintain a good riding and driving record; and
  • Attend professional training to update and refine skills relating to motorcycle safety.
  • What time do I need to report to class?

    Each Class starts promptly at the time noted in the schedule. Each student must realize that if a person is late for class, he/she will not be allowed to continue. Each student must also understand that if class has started, he/she is not entitled to a refund and must re-register for another course and pay the appropriate fees. We recommend that each student arrive at least 15-20 minutes prior to the start of class and allow plenty of time for traffic, weather, etc.

    If I don't pass either the written or riding portion of the class, what is the process to retake the test?

    There is no guarantee that an individual enrolling in this course will pass, or get their license.

    Students who do not pass the Knowledge Test (written) or the Skill Test (riding) may be given one (1) opportunity to retake these tests. Retests need to be completed within thirty (30) days of the original course end date. The cost of the retest is free. If a person does not pass the retest, he/she must retake the course and pay the appropriate fees.

    Do I get a motorcycle license when the course is finished?

    There is no guarantee that an individual enrolling in this course will pass, or get their license.

    If you successfully pass and meet all the requirements in the BRC (or an variation such as BRCSP) or BRC2U course, you will be given a MVA Completion Certificate. This certificate may be taken to any full service MVA branch office to obtain a license. The holder of this certificate will also be vision tested, charged the administrative fee and issued a Class M License. You do not need to take any additional "motorcycle related" testing at the MVA. Individuals with an out-of-state license will not be issued a completion certificate. Out-of-state participants should check with the department of motor vehicles in their home state to find out if they will issue a motorcycle license for a course completed in Maryland.

    Do I need a learners permit prior to the start of class?

    For the BRC Course (or any variation such as the BRCSP) there are no pre-requisites for the course and you don't need a learner's permit. However, we do recommend that any course participant be able to ride a bicycle.

    Do I need to bring anything to the first class?

    It depends. If you are registered for the BRC course, riding gear or other safety equipment is not required until a person starts practicing / training on the motorcycles. In a typical BRC course, students will be in the classroom for two (2) evenings sessions prior to practicing on the motorcycle. If you are registered for a BRC2U course, students typically start riding at the start of class and need to have the required safety equipment.

    What forms of payment do you accept and when do you need the payment?

    A student can register for this course either on-line or by calling the office. Payment can be made via major credit card, money order, cashiers check or cash. However, NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED. Also, payment needs to be made prior to the start of class and a person will not be officially registered for class until payment is received.

    What safety gear will I be required to wear?

    Each student will be required to wear the appropriate riding gear, which includes a DOT certified helmet, eye protection, long sleeve shirt or jacket, full-fingered gloves, long pants and sturdy over-the-ankle footwear.

    If you need to purchase a helmet, jacket, gloves or any other riding gear, please call the office immediately. We have close relationships with dealers and can get a variety of riding gear at WHOLESALE PRICES. Some of the manufacturers include Shoei, HJC, Joe Rocket, Alpine Stars, Tourmaster, Cortech and many more. We are happy to get your DISCOUNTED gear sent directly to the training center prior to the start of the course. However, if you are in a time crunch, we do have a very limited selection available at the training center for purchase.

    Do you provide motorcycle? If yes, what kind?

    The Motorcycle Safety Academy provides motorcycles for use for a students use during the Basic Rider Course (BRC) and Basic Rider Course 2 (Advanced) (BRC2U). A student may choose to use either the school's motorcycle or decide to bring their own in the BRC2U course. For the 2-wheel courses, the motorcycles are the Suzuki GZ250s which is a cruiser style motorcycle with an engine size of 250ccs. For the 3-wheel courses, the motorcycles are the CanAm Spyder or Ryker with various configurations.

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