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The Motorcycle Safety Academy is an approved motorcycle training provider for the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP).

Courses are conducted at multiple training sites throughout Pennsylvania. Click this link for a full list of locations: CLICK HERE


We offer motorcycle safety training classes for various skill levels. These courses were developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), a nationally recognized organization.

The MSF has been designing novice and advanced rider training curricula since 1973 and is currently taught in 45 states. Since the beginning, MSF's mission had been to promote, foster, and encourage the safety of riders and provide high quality, research-based education and training consistent with the public interest. Even today, MSF employs field-based experimental research to examine the effectiveness of new curricular programs, as well as refinements in current curriculum strategies and procedures. For example, MSF partnered with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute on the world’s first large-scale, naturalistic motorcycle riding study. The 3.5-year study began by collecting data from instruments installed on motorcycles owned by study participants in Virginia, California, Florida and Arizona as the bikes were ridden in normal day-to-day use. Sensors and video cameras recorded all motorcycle operator inputs such as steering, acceleration, braking and lean, as well as recording all motions of the motorcycle, current riding conditions and the actions of surrounding traffic.

MSF learner centric training model focuses specifically on how people learn complex skills. Motor skill development principles embrace the three-stage development process of (1) early or cognitive, (2) intermediate or associative, and (3) integrated or automated. It is important for skill development to move from simple to-complex activities, and to ensure riders are provided feedback not only from the results of their performance, but also effectively augmented by a well-prepared and motivated RiderCoach. Ensuring a low-risk environment is of utmost importance. Integral to the BRC is the MSF Basic e-Course, which provides online learning for the general public as well as MSF course participants. This e-Course mirrors the content of the BRC Rider Handbook, and serves as the basis for the Street Strategies eCourse used for riders who already possess basic skills. MSA fully believes the MSF curriculum is more focused at the needs of beginner riders. The MSF curriculum is structured to allow individuals with no experience the time necessary to develop skills and adapt to the challenges of learning complex multiple controls with the student's trepidation taken in account.


The Motorcycle Safety Academy offers motorcycle safety training classes that will include the Pennsylvania motorcycle skills test licensing waiver. These courses include the following: Basic Rider Course (BRC), Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2) (Advanced Course) and the 3-Wheel Basic Rider Course (3WBRC). To get additional details on these courses, please CLICK HERE to visit our course catalog.

Successful completion and passing of a PAMSP Basic or Advanced Course waives the requirement to take a skills test at a PennDOT Driver License Center and automatically earns the permit holder their motorcycle license. Motorcycle permit holders who complete a 3-Wheel Basic Rider Course will earn a motorcycle license with a restriction prohibiting the operation a of 2-Wheel motorcycle.

Courses at a Pennsylvania training center, operating under the PAMSP, are free to Pennsylvania class M permit and license holders. To register for one of these courses, please CLICK HERE to visit our training schedule. For your convenience, you can find your specific Pennsylvania training center location by using the filter feature. If you are an out of state resident and want to take the course at any of our Pennsylvania training center locations, please call the office for further details.


Pennsylvania residents that want to take a motorcycle safety course at a Pennsylvania training center are required to have a valid Pennsylvania motorcycle learners permit or Pennsylvania motorcycle license.

Individuals under the age of 18, please CLICK HERE. for additional information on the process to obtain a motorcycle license.


Once a student passes a license earning course, the student's Pennsylvania motorcycle learners permit will be stamped by the instructor. This stamped motorcycle learners permit is considered a temporary motorcycle license and a student can ride legally with this document.

Once the course is completed, both the student and the instructor need to sign the PennDOT Form 402, which will be mailed to PennDOT. After PennDOT receives the signed Form 402, they will mail the student documentation on how to obtain a permanent motorcycle license. It is strongly recommended that if a student does not receive any information from PennDOT within 90 days of completing the course, to email PennDOT directly at msp-info@pa.gov to follow-up on the missing paperwork.

For those students that completed a 3-wheel course, this license will be restricted to only ride 3-wheel motorcycles. Taking a 3-wheel course DOES NOT earn a student a general motorcycle license.

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