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Competency-based training and assessment (CBTA)

From 1 February 2018, a licence holder will not be able to sit their CBTA 6F assessment until they have held their 6R licence for at least 9 months.

Find out more about CBTA 6F

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]

Getting a restricted licence

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

When you've successfully completed the assessment, the assessor will give you a Transport Agency CBTA 6R certificate. You can then apply for your restricted motorcycle licence at any time (provided you're at least 16½ years old). 

Find out how to apply for your restricted licence

Getting a full licence

You can sit the CBTA 6F assessment once you've held your restricted licence for at least 9 months.

When you've successfully completed the assessment, the assessor will give you a Transport Agency CBTA 6F certificate. You can apply for a full motorcycle licence when you've held your restricted licence for at least 12 months (provided you're at least 17½ years old).

Find out how to apply for your full licence

Sitting the assessment

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

You must present a current driver licence to the course provider when you do a CBTA assessment. If the expiry date of your motorcycle licence has been extended but doesn’t show on your licence card, you’ll need to get a replacement driver licence with the new expiry date or call us on 0800 822 422 to arrange for a temporary licence to be issued for the day of the assessment.

More information about the changes to learner and restricted driver licence expiry dates

The new licence or temporary licence will take a few days to get to you in the post, so you need to take this into account when booking the date for your CBTA assessment ride.

Download Factsheet 28: Learning to ride – getting your motorcycle licence [PDF, 90 KB]

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers

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Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Auckland

Aaron Carr
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Andrew Ansell
Passmasters Rider Training

Auckland/Waikato

| Phone: 09 947 9409 | Mobile: 021 479 408
Email: info@passmasters.nz
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Benjamin Alexander-Witty

Auckland

| Mobile: 021 077 0386
Email: b.alexanderwitty@gmail.com
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Brian Riley

Auckland/Waikato

| Mobile: 027 935 5815
Email: bnriley371@gmail.com

Christopher Sinclair
Passmasters Rider Training

Auckland

| Phone: 09 947 9409 | Mobile: 021 479 408
Email: info@passmasters.nz
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Damian Woolfall
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

David Horner
Accelerated Rider Training

Northshore/Takapuna/Auckland, Albany/The Bays

| Phone: 09 363 2757 | Mobile: 021 970 648
Email: david@acceleratedridertraining.co.nz
Website: www.AcceleratedRiderTraining.co.nz

Dawn White
Rider Training NZ

Auckland

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

Dugal Matheson
Lagud Training Ltd

Auckland/Waikato/Bay of Plenty

| Mobile: 021 284 2224
Email: dmridertraining@outlook.com

Erik Kampkuiper

Auckland South

| Phone: 09 947 9409
Email: info@passmastsers.nz

Grant Greenwood
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Howard Mansell
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland (North, East & South Akld)

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Jared Greenwood
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland/South Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

John Redman
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Jude Sibley

Auckland West

| Mobile: 021 292 5817
Email: Jude.f2013@hotmail.com

Karel Pavich
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland (North, East & South Akld)

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Kedar Suvarna
Passmasters Rider Training

Auckland

| Mobile: 021 02689820
Email: kedar.suvarna@gmail.com

Kevin Kinghan
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Mark Jones
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland North

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Paul Laugalis
Absolute Motorcycle Training

Auckland/Auckland West

| Mobile: 027 4966 029
Email: laugalisp@gmail.com

Paul Pavletich
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland South

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Peter Marriott
Passmasters Rider Training

Auckland

| Phone: 09 947 9409 | Mobile: 021 479 408
Email: info@passmasters.nz
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Philip McDaid
Auckland Riderskills

Auckland

| Phone: 09 555 7374 | Mobile: 021 710 792
Email: info@riderskills.co.nz
Website: www.riderskills.co.nz

Phillip Powell
Drivetime

15 Noble Street
Waiuku

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

Robert Van Proemeren
Passmasters Rider Training

Pukekohe/Auckland/Waikato

| Phone: 09 947 9409 | Mobile: 021 479 408
Email: info@passmasters.nz
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Vinodh (Neil) Singh
Competence Zone

Auckland

| Mobile: 022 098 0602
Email: sinvin25@yahoo.com.au
Website: competencezone.co.nz

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