CHP MTC (Motorcyclist Training Course)

The California Motorcyclist Safety Program Motorcyclist Training Course (CMSP MTC) is designed for the novice rider with no (or limited) street-riding experience. This course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction. You will learn fundamental skills required to operate the motorcycle and progress to street riding skills and strategies. The course is based on the most current research in rider safety and utilizes modern training methods.

Here are some of the topics covered in class and riding exercises

  • risk awareness & how to manage the risk 

  • hazard identification & crash avoidance strategies

  • fear and how to manage and overcome it

  • proper cornering techniques and strategies

  • effective braking techniques 

  • emergency crash avoidance skills

Though designed for new riders, any rider who has not taken a motorcycle course will benefit from this course. Motorcycle, helmet, and gloves are provided as part of the fee.

Upon successful completion of the CMSP Motorcyclist Training Course, students will receive a DMV DL389 certificate that may waive the riding skills test requirement at the DMV, the DMV written test would not be waived.


  • You should be able to balance yourself. Examples include riding a bicycle, skateboard, surfboard, skis/snowboard, gymnastics, or others ways of showing yourself you can balance.

  • Minimum age is 15 ½ with parental approval needed for those under 18.

  • A valid governmental ID card from a country, state, public college or high school.

  • Ability to sit on motorcycle, manage its weight with control, and the physical strength to balance yourself and the motorcycle.


  • Knowledge and skill to acquire M1 license from the CA DMV after meeting all of their requirements.

  • Most insurance companies offer discounts for passing this course.

  • Basic level of skill to attend AMO’s other early-level and intermediate rider courses.