What is Initial Basic Training?

Initial Basic Training (IBT) is a mandatory training course that teaches basic riding skills to learner motorcyclists. It is part of the RSA’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) and is intended to improve road safety.

It is a modulated course, and depending on the licence category being covered consists of either a 16 or an 18 hour course.

Call for further details or if you’re unsure about which IBT Modules you need to do for the licence category that you want.

All IBT off road (compound) and on road training is conducted on a 1:1 basis.

What does IBT involve?

IBT for a small motorcycle category ‘AM’ or ‘A1’ – is a 16 hour course broken into four separate modules 1,2,3 and 4 which must be completed in sequence.  Completing IBT for the first time on a larger motorcycle in category ‘A2’ or ‘A’ is an 18 hour course and involves completing three modules 1,3 and 5. These modules are a mixture of theory and practical riding skills.   

When you have completed an  IBT module your instructor will record the details of your training in your logbook. When you have completed and passed all modules, your instructor will issue you with a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion.  

The Progression module

If you want to upgrade the bike you ride (e.g. from automatic to manual or tricycle to two-wheeler) you can complete a progression module. This module allows you to get the training you need to operate a different type of bike without having to repeat the whole IBT course.

You can also use progression to move from one full licence category to another. Progression requires you to do additional IBT training, IBT module 5 and does not require an additional practical motorcycle test.
It can also be used to go from A1 to A2 but is not commonly done, as you can only use the progression module once to move up a licence category. It is therefore more usual to do the motorcycle test on an A2 category motorcycle, and to use progression module 5 to obtain your full unrestricted A category licence.

You will find more details in the Road Safety Authority video below. If you are unsure about what IBT modules you need to do then give us a call – we’re always happy to help.

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