Rider Requirements


The CMSP Motorcyclist Training Course is a pass or fail course.

The most successful participants are those who are able to listen to and follow directions. In order to pass the MTC, students must:

    1. Attend and participate in the classroom and riding sessions in their entirety.
    2. Pass the written knowledge test at the range before Range 2.
    3. Pass the riding-skills evaluation at the end of Range 2.
    4. Read the CMSP E-Book prior to Classroom 1.
    For the Range/Riding: bring and wear sturdy over the ankle boots, long sleeve shirt, long durable pants (jeans),  long sleeve shirt (or jacket) and bring full-fingered leather gloves (or street riding specific gloves).
    1. Upon passing the MTC students earn a DL 389 certificate within 10 days via USPS, WMA®

Please note: The classroom and riding range instruction is presented in English. Students who do not understand English, or for whom English is a second language, may bring an interpreter to the classroom and riding range sessions.


Students must attend two classroom sessions (currently via ZOOM) and pass a multiple-choice test at the range, before riding  Range 2. Note: Students with a California M1 permit must take and pass classroom sessions and the CMSP-MTC written test to complete the course.


Students must attend both Range 1 and Range 2 riding sessions and pass a riding-skills evaluation at the end of Range 2.


Students who fail either the knowledge test or the riding skills evaluation may re-test  once within 60 days. There is a $50 retest fee that applies to each test required (knowledge and/or skills). Retests must be scheduled with the office. Riding Retests are scheduled on Saturdays at either 10 am or 3pm. The retest fee must be paid in advance of the retest. Retest riders are given a “few warm up laps” to get practice. Written knowledge retests can be scheduled on Saturdays as well.


The MTC is designed for novice riders with no motorcycle experience. Students must strive to meet the objective of each riding exercise before continuing to the next. A student will continue in the program as long as they are safe to do so. A student may elect to self-drop or an Instructor may counsel out a participant when the student’s safety, or the safety of others, becomes an issue. Self-dropped and counseled-out students (riders uncomfortable or unsafe at novice level speeds in a safe, controlled environment) are dismissed from the program. If a student is dismissed for being unsafe or because they feel unsafe to continue, they may choose to re-enroll for a class in the future, at the full course fee and must start from the beginning.


Per the California Motorcyclist Safety Program, no late arrivals to any portion of the course are permitted. There are no refunds or reschedules for late arrivals. Any student who arrives late or fails to attend the classroom or riding may complete the MTC one time (within 60 days of their originally scheduled classroom 1 date) for a $100 fee, on a standby basis only. There is NO grace period for tardiness at the classroom or range. Stand-by riders are eligible to get into a riding session when a registered rider arrives late or is a no-show. If there is more than one standby student attempting to get into a riding session, a lottery style drawing will determine the order standby riders may be assigned into a riding class. Standby riders must check in with an Instructor 15 minutes prior to the Range 1 start time. A stand-by rider who gets into Range 1 (and passes Range 1) is automatically confirmed for Range 2 at the same time the next day. WMA® cannot guarantee that stand-by riders will get into any riding range session. There is no standby option for Range 2; any student who passes Range 1 and is late or a no show for Range 2 must pay a $100 course change fee.


Students must arrive on time at the range, even when rain is in the forecast. Riding will take place during inclement weather unless an Instructor determines the conditions to be unsafe. If a class is cancelled due to weather conditions, the class will be suspended and students will be rescheduled by WMA.


Medical clearance must be reported to WMA prior to any riding session; if WMA® is not properly notified, the student assumes all risks and releases WMA® from all liability. WMA® encourages all students who may have short-term injuries (e.g. sprained ankles, wrists or broken bones) to enroll in the MTC after they heal completely.


The MTC tuition does not provide for refunds, re-scheduling or course changes. Registration is not transferable. Any student who fails to appear, arrives late (even one minute) or shows up inappropriately attired for a riding session may repeat a riding session one time only on a stand-by basis for a $100 fee. There are no course refunds for any reason.