Motorcycle training courses


Motorcycle, moped and scooter learners must take compulsory training known as Initial Basic Training (IBT). Instructors providing motorcycle training in Ireland must be approved by the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

Initial Basic Training (IBT)

When you obtain your first learner permit, you must complete Initial Basic Training (IBT) and receive a certificate of satisfactory completion before you can ride your motorcycle on a public road unsupervised by your IBT instructor.

IBT is a modular training programme, which has been developed by the RSA and is delivered by approved IBT instructors. You must complete certain IBT training modules depending 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

If you have completed your IBT training and want to upgrade the motorcycle you ride to a more powerful motorcycle (or from automatic to manual or from 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 with some additional topics.

A number of driving schools offer IBT and training in motorcycle driving. All instructors for these courses must be approved by the RSA.

You can find further information in our document on safety advice for motorcyclists.


You must complete the Initial Basic Training (IBT) programme in motorcycle driving techniques as part of the motorcycle learner permit scheme in Ireland.

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 or 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.

Further information

The RSA website provides more information on IBT.

It has a list of approved IBT instructors. It also provides a safety guide for motorcyclists (pdf).


MAG Ireland

The Irish Motorcyclists’ Association

85 Hyde Court
Townsend Street
Dublin 2

Tel: (01) 602 0695

Page edited: 28 May 2019