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Compentency Based Training and Assessment (CBTA)

What is Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBTA)?


Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBTA)Is a new training and assessment option for people getting their motorcycle licence that came into effect from the 1st March 2014.

Instead of taking a practical test with a Testing Officer (VTNZ) at each stage of your licence, you can choose to have your riding skills assessed by an approved CBTA assessor (Motorcycle Instructor). Although training isn't compulsory, it is recommend you complete training before attempting the assessment ride. This will ensure that you have the necessary riding skills and you're fully prepared to do the assessment. The assessments are designed to ensure you're competent in a prescribed range of riding skills, which are important to keep you safe when riding on our NZ roads.

Rider Training is a certified trainer and provider of both Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) courses.   This is the only way to reduce your time towards your Full Licence.

What are the benefits of doing the CBTA?


If you choose the CBTA option, there are a number of benefits:

  1. The CBTA is the only way you can reduce the required minimum time during the Learner and Restricted licence stages.
  2. Improves your riding skill levels by targeting high-risk riding behaviours, which allows for a safer road system for you and other road users.
  3. By choosing to do your training through an approved CBTA assessor, you'll get feedback on your riding skills and you'll get tips on how to ride smarter and safer. These improvements will help prepare you for the CBTA assessment and help you make smarter choices on the road.
  4. The assessment / training can be conducted out of business hours - We offer session times on weekends so you don't have to take time off work to get through your licence.

How is the CBTA conducted?

CBTA is not a classroom or theory based test, it is an On-road practical assessment ride conducted with one of our Motorcycle Instructor / Assessors.  Not only will you progress through your licence but you will get real feedback on your riding. 

After meeting and completing paperwork, we will conduct a pre-start check of your Motorcycle together, then fit one of our easy-to-use Bluetooth 2-way Intercom into your helmet.

If you have booked the training session, we will conduct this first (believe me its well worth it!). This is a great way to assess your riding and a chance to correct any bad habits and show you new techniques - the Instructor follows you from behind on a Motorcycle and gives a running commentary via the Intercom*. Then there will be a quick debrief before starting the actual Onroad CBTA Test. The CBTA Test is similar to the Training session with the exception of the Instructor is now Assessing your ability (Testing you) and can only give you directions.

*Training and Test Package only.

Which Course do I choose?

CBTA Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to supply my own Motorcycle?

Yes you will need to have a LAMS (Learner Approved) Motorcycle and also display a L Plate if you are on your Learners Licence.

If you don't have your own Motorcycle, there are shops that hire out to people on Learner and Restricted Licences:
Colemans Suzuki - 40 Mackelvie Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland. Ph:093031786   
Cycletreads / Motorcycle Central - Barrys Point Road, Takapuna, Ph:092764065
Holeshot Motorcycles - Barrys Point Road Takapuna, Ph:094896185 

How many people are on the course?

This is strictly 1-on-1 due to being a Licence test. If you and a friend want to do it together / or share a Motorcycle, we can try to book you back-to-back.

How long does it take?

With Training, the CBTA1+ (Training and Test) takes approx 2.5 - 3hrs of riding and the CBTA2+ takes approx 2.5hrs. This includes time for paperwork and debriefing. Test only, CBTA1 takes approx 1hr, CBTA2 takes approx 30m.

What are common mistakes people make?

Not ensuring they arrive at the correct time / their Motorcycle is not Road Legal (Expired Rego / Wof). Not wearing suitable safety gear. Not displaying an L Plate (Learners Only). Speeding. Road Positioning. Failing to stop or give way. Leaving the lane.

If you are not sure, do the Training and test package - also helps with the nerves as we go through a practice ride before sitting the test.

I've been riding for a while, how do I know if I will be ready to take the test?

As a guide, the NZTA recommends 120hrs of road riding practise - if you are unsure of your ability or feel nervous, the training session will make you more confident, relaxed and show you what is expected of you in the test. If you have done a recent Rideforever (Bronze or higher) course, you should have the basic knowledge of what is in the test (but no guarantee of a pass).

‚ÄčIs the test hard?

You will need to have a good knowledge of Road Law and Roadcraft.  Study up on the Roadcode to ensure you know the rules.  If in doubt, do the training session - we can guarantee that you will learn something!

Can I do just the test?

Yes you can do the test without training but we only recommend doing this if you have done at least a Rideforever Bronze Course.  Make sure you read the course criteria so you know how you will be assessed.

More information on CBTA

CBTA Explained -Explains the difference between the new CBTA and the standard / older 'Practical' system and the benefits involved for getting your Restricted and Full Motorcycle Licences.

CBTA Course Guide -Important reading for those intending to do any CBTA course, gives you an understanding of what is expected for the assessment - should put your mind at ease.