Remember the day you rode a motorcycle for the first time? Or the day you passed your riding test and got your motorcycle license? The excitement, the eagerness, the sense of pride and accomplishment – that’s what I remember feeling and now I relive this experience through new riders I frequently encounter.
A few months ago, I had an epiphany – why not contribute to the growing “bike fam” by helping new riders learn how to not only ride but ride safe? I would never consider this option a few years back but I now have enough riding experience and confidence in my ability to effectively pass on the knowledge to make being a riding instructor a plausible option. I started doing some research on what it takes to become a riding instructor in California and after gathering info from several different sources, I finally figured out everything I would need to do.
In an effort to save some time for others interested in getting certified as motorcycle riding instructors in California, I thought I’d put all my research in one place so here is goes.
First and foremost, you’ll need to find and existing California Motorcycle Safety Program (CMSP) school that is willing to endorse you and take you under their wing. Not only will they be able to help you through the process, but you’ll also need to use their training facility to fulfill several of your own requirements.
To be eligible for the instructor training, you must:
Prior to taking the Instructor Training Course, you must complete the following prerequisites:
After completing all the prerequisites, you may sign up for the Instructor Training Course. The course lasts 7 days (60 hours) and has a pretty steep cost of $595. The fee is non-refundable and there is no guarantee of successful completion. To see the course schedule and sign up, click here:
If you’ve successfully completed the Instructor Training, you must also get CPR and First-Aid certified. The certification must be obtained at a hands-on training site, online certifications are not permitted. (Cost: $45-80)
Got everything done? Congratulations, you’re now ready to embark on your journey as a riding instructor! But in order to maintain your trainer certification, you must:
The process is a major financial commitment so talk to your endorsing CMSP school to see if they can at least cut you a break on the cost of the basic rider course and possibly cover your Instructor Training fee if you commit to teaching with their school.
As a certified CMSP instructor, you won’t be limited to just teaching in one school. You are eligible to teach at any motorcycle riding school in California.
I’m currently finishing up my prerequisites and getting ready to complete the Instructor Training in March. The level of commitment to this program is intense but it is undeniably rewarding to be a part of new riders’ excitement of learning to ride.
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