Motorcycle training courses in Ireland


Motorcycle, moped and scooter users can be vulnerable road users. These vehicles are capable of travelling at high speeds and in varying weather conditions. Motorcycling can be a safe means of transport but being aware of the various dangers on the road, your own driving style and your obligations as a road user will help to ensure that you travel safely.

Participation on a good-quality motorcycle training course contributes to improved safety for both the rider and other road users. Any instructor providing motorcycle training in Ireland must be approved by the Road Safety Authority.

Initial Basic Training

Since 6 December 2010, when you obtain your first learner permit for a particular category you must complete Initial Basic Training (IBT) before you can ride your motorcycle on the road unsupervised by your IBT instructor. IBT is a modular training programme, which has been developed by the Road Safety Authority and is delivered by approved IBT instructors. . The IBT modules you must do depend on your learner permit category as follows:

Initial Basic Training
Category IBT training modules
AM modules 1, 2, 3 and 4
A1 modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (if not already completed under category AM)
A2 modules 1, 3 and 5 on an A2 type motorcycle
A modules 1, 3 and 5 on an A type motorcycle

You cannot ride a motorcycle on the road unsupervised by your IBT instructor unless you have done your IBT training and received a certificate of satisfactory completion.

If you have completed your IBT training and you want to upgrade the motorcycle you ride to a more powerful motorcycle (or from automatic to manual or tricycle to two-wheeler) you must complete IBT module 5. Module 5 is a progression module and is a repeat of modules 2 and 4 as well as some additional topics.

Further information on IBT is available on the Road Safety Authority website.

Hints for safe motorcycling in Ireland

As a motorcyclist in Ireland, you have certain obligations when driving your motorcycle:

  • You must know the Rules of the Road and be aware of your obligations as a motorcyclist
  • You are required to ensure that your motorcycle is roadworthy at all times; this includes ensuring that your tyres are of correct tread depth and that all lights and reflectors are functioning correctly
  • You should concentrate on driving 100% of the time, all of the time.
  • You should try to foresee danger on the road
  • If you need to stop, you should drive at a speed that enables you to stop within the appropriate distance
  • You should always maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you
  • You should be aware of adverse weather conditions and poor road conditions
  • You should be seen at all times.

The Road Safety Authority has produced a safety guide for motorcyclists (pdf).


It is a requirement to satisfactorily complete the Initial Basic Training (IBT) programme in motorcycle driving techniques as part of the motorcycle learner permit scheme in Ireland.

There are a number of driving schools offering instruction in motorcycle driving techniques throughout Ireland. All instructors for these courses must be approved by the Road Safet Authority. Where they are delivering IBT the IBT centre must also be approved.

You must always carry a valid driving licence/learner permit for the correct category of motorcycle you are driving. Failure to produce your driving licence/learner permit when requested is an offence.


Motorcycle driving lessons vary in cost and duration. Check in advance with your training instructor or driving school.

How to apply

The Road Safety Authority has a list of approved IBT instructors on its website as well as a list of approved driving instructors including motorcycle instructors.


MAG Ireland

(Irish Motorcyclists Action Group)

94 Merrion Square West
Dublin 2

Tel: (01) 602 0695

Page edited: 25 November 2014