This 17-hour course is designed for beginning riders who have little or no riding experience. It includes seven hours of classroom and 10 hours of riding instruction on the basic riding skills and strategies necessary to practice street riding. It covers responsible riding, proper riding gear and defensive riding strategies. Students practice clutch-throttle control, stopping, turning, shifting and basic crash avoidance skills. Instructors are certified by both the Motor Vehicle Administration and Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
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You may register for open courses in person at the CALT building (room 115), by fax (410-777-4325), or by mail (AACC Continuing Education, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold, Md. 21012). Questions? Call 410-777-2325.
The handbook will be handed out at walk-in registration. If you register by other means after walk-in registration, please take your receipt to one of the registration sites or the College Bookstore to obtain a copy of the handbook.
Other registration sites include the Glen Burnie Town Center (call 410-777-2945 for hours) and AACC at Arundel Mills (call 410-777-2010 for hours).
Students with out-of-state licenses will receive an MVA card but not a certificate of completion upon successful completion of the course.
The course now requires that you must take and successfully complete and online eCourse to prepare for the riding portion of your course. Once registered, you will receive an email with an attached letter listing your coupon code for the online course (the cost of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course is included in your course fee). The eCourse covers all of the material in the Basic Rider Course Handbook 1.0 and will prepare you for your first riding session. If you do not have access to a computer, you are welcome to use our computer labs, click here for more information. PDF
After successfully completing the eCourse, print out a copy of your certificate and bring it with you to class. You will not be permitted to ride unless you have provided proof of successful completion of the eCourse.
To enroll in this course, you must:
- Be able to ride a bicycle.
- Possess a valid driver’s license, a Class “M” (motorcycle) learner’s permit or be eligible for a learner’s permit (a motorcycle learner's permit is not required to participate).
- Have your parents or guardians must sign a consent/release form if you are under the age of 18.
- Use motorcycles that we provide. Personal motorcycles may not be used.
- Wear protective clothing including helmet, eye protection, long sleeves, medium- or heavy-weight long pants, full-fingered gloves and over-the-ankle footwear during the riding portion. Students are encouraged to bring their own helmets, but loan helmets are available. All helmets must be DOT certified, and in good condition with labeling intact.
- Arrive within 10 minutes of the class start time and participate in all course sessions. Failure to do so will result in dismissal with no refunds.
To pass this course, you must pass a knowledge and skill test administered at the end of the course. Riders who pass will receive a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Card and are eligible to receive their Class M license at the MVA. There is no guarantee that an individual enrolling in this course will pass or get his or her license.
Course is $327 for in-county residents.
For registration information, call (410) 777-2325. For questions only regarding the program, call Pat Barnhart at 410-777-2939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.