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Competency-based training and assessment (CBTA)

Competency-based training and assessment gives you an option to have your riding skills assessed by an approved assessor instead of taking the practical riding test. This page contains all you need to know about CBTA.

CBTA is a way to ensure you’re a competent rider

Instead of taking a practical test at the restricted and full stages of your licence, you can choose to have your riding skills assessed by an approved CBTA assessor.

Although training isn't compulsory, we 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 roads.

There are a number of benefits

If you choose the CBTA option:

  • it can reduce the time it takes you to gain your restricted and/or full motorcycle licence – completing the CBTA course is the only way you can reduce the required minimum time during the learner and restricted licence stages

  • it improves your riding skill levels by targeting high-risk riding behaviours, which allows for a safer road system for you and other road users

  • If you choose 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.

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You can train with any qualified instructor

You can do your training with any qualified motorcycle riding instructor. All approved CBTA assessors are qualified motorcycle instructors and are able to tailor training to suit you. 

There are also government-subsidised and tailored training courses available through the Ride Forever National Training Programme. Ride Forever courses provide extensive on-road training. The core competencies covered are based on the skills required for the assessments. The courses are available throughout New Zealand. 

Contact Ride Forever about doing a course (external link)

You can start training for either stage at any time after getting your learner or restricted licence, so you're fully prepared to undertake the assessment. Once you're satisfied that you're competent in the skills required for the assessment, you can book and undertake the assessment ride.

Then take your assessment with an approved assessor

CBTA uses the knowledge and experience of industry based assessors who have been approved by the Transport Agency to train and assess motorcyclists riding skills.

Download the motorcycle CBTA course guide to get the full picture of what the assessment involves [PDF, 419 KB]

Once you have your learner or restricted licence, you can sit your assessment ride for CBTA 6R or 6F as soon as you feel you’re ready to.

When you’re ready to sit your assessment, contact one of the assessors listed below to book in for your assessment appointment.

Once you’ve passed your assessment you’ll be issued with a Transport Agency motorcycle competency certificate for the appropriate CBTA course. Once you’ve held your learner/restricted licence for the minimum period, you’ll be eligible to apply for your restricted/full licence. You’ll need to present this certificate to a driver licensing agent when you apply for the related licence.

Download Factsheet 28: Learning to ride – getting your motorcycle licence [PDF, 94 KB]

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers

Auckland

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Auckland

Brian Riley

Auckland/Waikato

| Mobile: 027 935 5815
Email: bnriley@slingshot.co.nz

David Horner

Northshore/Takapuna/Auckland, Albany/The Bays

| Freephone: 0800 124 530 | Mobile: 021 970 648
Email: david@motorbiketrainingnorthshore.co.nz
Website: www.MotorbikeTrainingNorthshore.co.nz

Drivetime
Phillip Powell

15 Noble Street
Waiuku

| Mobile: 022 653 2701
Email: phillip@drivetime.co.nz
Website: www.drivetime.co.nz
Auckland/Northland/Hamilton

Passmasters Rider Training
Chris Smith

Pukekohe, (East & South Auckland)

| Mobile: 021 02366503
Email: info@passmasters.nz
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Paul Laugalis

Auckland

| Mobile: 0274 966 029

Pro Rider Ltd
Erik Kampkuiper

Auckland South

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: admin@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Pro Rider Ltd
Grant Greenwood

Auckland

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: admin@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Pro Rider Ltd
Howard Mansell

Auckland (North, East & South Akld)

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: admin@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Pro Rider Ltd
John Redman

Auckland

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: admin@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Pro Rider Ltd
Karel Pavich

Auckland (North, East & South Akld)

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: admin@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Pro Rider Ltd
Ken Nightingale

Auckland (North, East & South Akld)

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: admin@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Pro Rider Ltd
Mark Jones

Auckland North

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: admin@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Pro Rider Ltd
Paul Pavletich

Auckland South

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: admin@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Ridecraft
Neil Mackay

Auckland

| Freephone: 0800 228 226 | Mobile: 021 474 709
Email: ridecraft@vfrc.co.nz
Website: www.ridecraft.co.nz

Rider Training NZ
Dawn White

Auckland

| Freephone: 0800 576 273 | Mobile: 021 033 4766 (text)
Email: info@ridertraining.co.nz
Website: www.ridertraining.co.nz

Riderskills Motorcycle Training
Philip McDaid

Auckland

| Freephone: 0800 245 387 | Mobile: 021 710 792
Email: info@riderskills.co.nz
Website: www.riderskills.co.nz

Roadcraft School of Motorcycling
Patricia (Tricia) O'Connor

North Shore, Silverdale & Orewa

| Mobile: 021 269 3246
Email: triciaoconnor@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.rcsom.co.nz

Warkworth Motorcycle Academy
Neil Collings

Orewa, Warkworth & Wellsford

| Phone: 09 425 0557 | Mobile: 021 182 7258
Email: n.collings@icloud.com

Bay of Plenty

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Bay of Plenty

Bill Hadley

Tauranga

| Phone: 07 543 3967 | Mobile: 0275 743 377
Email: bill@riderqual.co.nz
Website: www.riderqual.co.nz

Eduquip Motorcycle School
Gordon Sherwood

Tauranga/Whakatane/Rotorua/Taupo

| Phone: 07 323 4005 | Mobile: 022 6323 534
Email: eduquipmotorcycleschool@gmail.com
Website: facebook.com/BHSEBoP

Glenn Berridge

Tauranga

| Mobile: 0274 690 237
Email: motorcycleroadcraft@live.com

Pro Rider Ltd

Tauranga

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: admin@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Revs Motorcycle Training
Mark Revill-Johnson

Rotorua/Tauranga

| Freephone: 0800 687 387
Email: mark@revs.co.nz
Website: www.revs.co.nz

Western Bay Riding
Christine Welch

Tauranga/Bay of Plenty

| Freephone: 0800 923 000 | Mobile: 021 888 865
Email: info@drivewbd.co.nz
Website: www.drivewbd.co.nz

Canterbury

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Canterbury

2 Drive Safe Rider Training
Duncan Seed

Canterbury – Christchurch & Rangiora

| Freephone: 0508 863 748 | Mobile: 021 734 484
Email: info@2drivesafe.com
Website: www.2drivesafe.com

AJL Driver Training
AJ Longbottom

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 349 4787 | Mobile: 021 02559192
Email: ajl273trices@xtra.co.nz

CnB (Carz n Bikez) Training Ltd
Caron Bedwell

Christchurch

| Mobile: 027 533 2108
Email: training@cnbtraining.nz
Website: www.learntoridemotorcycles.nz

Dan Ornsby Motorcycle Training
Dan Ornsby

Canterbury - Christchurch & Timaru

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729 | Mobile: 027 482 3510
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Dan Ornsby Motorcycle Training
Pete Daly

Canterbury - Christchurch & Timaru

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Graham Sherrell

Christchurch

| Mobile: 022 601 7431
Email: graham.sherrell@gmail.com

Mainland Motorcycle School
Mike Flowers

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 974 3136
Email: info@motorcycleschool.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycleschool.co.nz

Gisborne

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Gisborne

Roses Driver Training Services
Rose Kennedy

440 Palmerston Road, Gisborne

| Phone: 06 868 3844 | Mobile: 027 3062247
Email: rosesdrivertrainingservices@xtra.co.nz

Hawke's Bay

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Hawke's Bay

Alert Rider Training
Bruce Porter

Napier, Hastings, Hawkes Bay

| Phone: 06 844 8492 | Mobile: 027 310 6383
Email: bport_tutor@hotmail.com

Ken Nightingale

Hawkes Bay

| Phone: 06 835 4912 | Mobile: 021 170 1896
Email: kennightingale50@gmail.com

Passmasters Rider Training
Chris Smith

Hastings, Napier & Havelock North

| Mobile: 021 02366503
Email: info@passmasters.nz
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Manawatu-Wanganui

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Manawatu-Wanganui

0800 2 wheels
Glen Christensen

Palmerston North/Whanganui

| Phone: 06 344 4294 | Freephone: 0800 2 WHEELS | Mobile: 027 4832 062
Email: tgtc@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.08002wheels.co.nz

Australasian Driver Training Services
Dave Jenkins

PO Box 200, Feilding 4740

| Mobile: 0274 714 861
Email: dave@adts.co.nz

Nelson-Marlborough-Tasman

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Nelson-Marlborough-Tasman

Academy of Motorcycling
Tim Holt

Richmond/Nelson

| Mobile: 022 1998 363
Email: info@aom.net.nz
Website: www.aom.net.nz

Jason Howcroft

Nelson

| Mobile: 021 706 852
Website: www.Nelsonmotorbiketraining.co.nz

Kevin Guthrie

Nelson

| Mobile: 021 238 0553
Website: www.Nelsonmotorbiketraining.co.nz

Marlborough Motorcycle Riding School
John Laing

Blenheim

| Mobile: 021 08288713
Email: johnlaing.mt@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.motorbikeschool.co.nz

Northland

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Northland

Drivetime
Phillip Powell

15 Noble Street
Waiuku

| Mobile: 022 653 2701
Email: phillip@drivetime.co.nz
Website: www.drivetime.co.nz
Auckland/Northland/Hamilton

Lance Goulsbro

Whangarei & Dargaville

| Mobile: 021 147 4344

Pro Rider Ltd

Whangarei

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 746
Email: admin@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Steve Rossell

Kerikeri

| Phone: 09 405 9771 | Mobile: 021 071 0518

Warkworth Motorcycle Academy
Neil Collings

Orewa, Warkworth & Wellsford

| Phone: 09 425 0557 | Mobile: 021 182 7258
Email: n.collings@icloud.com

Otago

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Otago

Bill Kidney

Dunedin

| Phone: 03 477 4004 | Mobile: 021 2649598
Email: wgmakidn@ihug.co.nz

Grant Somers-Edgar

Dunedin

| Phone: 03 482 1053 | Mobile: 021 132 5663
Email: grantedgar@vodafone.net.nz
Website: www.dunedindrivingschool.co.nz

Ralph Burrell

Oamaru

| Phone: 03 439 5355 | Mobile: 027 434 5179
Email: rbmech@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.rbmdrivertraining.co.nz

Southland

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Southland

Neil McKenzie

C/- Drivetech Limited, 156 Longbush Road, RD 1, Invercargill

| Phone: 03 230 4326 | Freephone: 0508 237483
Email: info@drivetech.co.nz
Website: www.drivetech.co.nz

Taranaki

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Taranaki

Academy of Riding
Lance Munroe

New Plymouth

| Phone: 06 755 1656 | Mobile: 027 436 7573
Email: lancemunroe@gmail.com
Website: www.academyofdriving.co.nz
alternative website www.lance@aod.nz

Don McLachlan

New Plymouth

| Freephone: 0800 559 462 | Mobile: 027 559 4628
Email: donmclachlan@xtra.co.nz

Lanfear Driver & Rider Training
Ian Lanfear

133 Powderham Street
New Plymouth 4310

| Phone: 06 759 6959 | Freephone: 0800 333 390 | Mobile: 027 759 6959
Email: ian.lanfear@xtra.co.nz

Waikato

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Waikato

Brian Riley

Auckland/Waikato

| Mobile: 027 935 5815
Email: bnriley@slingshot.co.nz

Colin Manion

Taumarunui

| Phone: 07 896 6607 | Mobile: 027 295 9704

Drivetime
Phillip Powell

15 Noble Drive
Waiuku

| Mobile: 022 653 2701
Email: phillip@drivetime.co.nz
Website: www.drivetime.co.nz
Auckland/Northland/Hamilton

Holden Driver Training
Wayne Holden

Waikato

| Freephone: 0800 855 7521 | Mobile: 027 444 5816
Email: holdendrivertraining@hotmail.com
Website: www.holdendrivertraining.co.nz

Passmasters Rider Training
Chris Smith

Hamilton

| Mobile: 021 02366503
Email: info@passmasters.nz
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Pro Rider Ltd
Howard Mansell

Auckland/Waikato

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: admin@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Pro Rider Ltd
Karel Pavich

Auckland/Waikato

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: admin@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Pro Rider Ltd
Ken Nightingale

Hamilton

| Phone: 09 973 3456 | Freephone: 0508 776 743
Email: admin@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Revs Motorcycle Training
Mark Revill-Johnson

Rotorua/Tauranga

| Freephone: 0800 687 387
Email: mark@revs.co.nz
Website: www.revs.co.nz

Steve Gane

Te Awamutu

| Mobile: 027 412 5000

Wellington

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Wellington

Don McLachlan

Kapiti

| Freephone: 0800 559 462 | Mobile: 027 559 4628
Email: donmclachlan@xtra.co.nz

Leigh Elliott

Upper Hutt

| Phone: 04 526 8138 | Mobile: 021 0559492
Email: info@bikerbasics.co.nz
Website: www.bikerbasics.co.nz

Roadsafe Rider
Andrew Templeton

Wellington

| Phone: 04 232 0110 | Mobile: 027 2459510
Email: admin@roadsafe.co.nz
Website: www.roadsafe.co.nz

Roadsafe Rider
Lynne Templeton

Wellington

| Phone: 04 232 0110 | Mobile: 027 4349038
Email: admin@roadsafe.co.nz
Website: www.roadsafe.co.nz

Two Bald Bikers Motorcycle Training
Ross Gratton

Lower Hutt

| Mobile: 027 453 7377
Email: ross@twobaldbikers.co.nz
Website: www.twobaldbikers.co.nz

Two Bald Bikers Motorcycle Training
Stuart Nelson

Lower Hutt

| Mobile: 027 372 6114
Email: stuart@twobaldbikers.co.nz
Website: www.twobaldbikers.co.nz

West Coast

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / West Coast

Petre (Peter) Kalinowski

Greymouth

| Phone: 03 789 8849 | Mobile: 022 011 7001
Email: roadcraftnz@outlook.co.nz
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Roadcraft-NZ/

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