The Modules

The Initial Basic Training course is made up of four modules, which you must complete in sequence to get your Certificate of Satisfactory Completion

IMPORTANT Before you begin your training, you should check that both centre and instructor are currently approved for the delivery of IBT.  On the day of your training your trainer will be happy to confirm their continuing RSA approval.  Only undertake IBT training once you are satisfied that your trainer still holds RSA approval.  Training completed with an individual who does not currently hold RSA approval cannot count as part of your IBT and will need to be repeated with an RSA approved IBT Trainer.

Module 1

Module 1 focuses on theory and practical skills and will take place in the classroom and the off-road training area. It will take at least three hours to complete and has six objectives:

1. Personal protective equipment (PPE)
2. Introduction to motorcycle controls
3. Technical checks
4. Placing motorcycle on and off the stand
5. Walking alongside the motorcycle
6. How to start and stop the engine ((including precautions for mounting and dismounting)


Module 2

Module 2 focuses on practical skills and will take place solely in the off-road training area. It will be the first time in the training programme that you will ride your motorcycle. This module will take at least five hours to complete and has 10 objectives:

1. Moving off and stopping
2. Use of brakes
3. Use of gears
4. Slow riding
5. Figure of eight exercise
6. U-turn exercise
7. Slalom exercise
8. Rear observation and mirror work
9. Turning left and right
10. Emergency adjustment of speed - emergency stop

Module 3

Module 3 focuses on theory and practical skills and will take place in the classroom and the off-road training area. It will take at least two hours to complete and has ten objectives:

1. Legal requirements
2. Rules of the road
3. Being seen
4. Road surfaces
5. Road and lane position
6. Rear observations and mirrors
7. Speed
8. Anticipation and reaction(including dealing with emergency vehicles)
9. Weather conditions(including modal choices and route planning)
10. Rider fatigue (causes, consequences and strategies for avoidance)

Module 4

Module 4 takes place on the road. Your instructor will use a radio head-set to keep in contact with you during this module. He/She will provide the radio equipment but you may need to provide your own PPE. Check with your instructor for more details. This module will take at least six hours to complete and has eight objectives:

1. Gradients
2. Junctions
3. Traffic lights
4. Roundabouts
5. Safe distance
6. Anticipation and reaction to hazards, including dealing with emergency vehicles
7. Pedestrian and rail crossings, rail where possible 
8. Bends

Progression module (5)

The Progression module is a repeat of Modules 2 and 4 as well as some additional topics (see details below). If you are upgrading your vehicle, i.e. to a more powerful bike or from an automatic to a manual, you can complete this module to get the necessary training without having to go through the whole IBT programme again. You will need to give details of your previous IBT to your instructor before completing the Progression module. For direct access purposes to Category ‘A’ or ‘A2’ motorcycles, you will need 13 hours to complete this module. Where IBT has already been completed and you are availing of ‘Progressive Access’ then you will need 11 hours to complete this module.

Please Note: Progressive access is not available between category ‘AM’ and ‘A1’. The progressive access route available will depend on your age and previous permit/licence entitlement. If the full licence held for the lower Category is limited to automatics (Code 78) then it is only possible to undertake the IBT training on an automatic bike in the higher Category in order to take the Progressive Access route.

This module covers:

1. Moving Off & Stopping
2. Use of brakes
3. Use of gears
4. Slow riding exercise
5. Figure of eight exercise
6. U-turn exercise
7. Slalom exercise
8. Rear observation and mirror work
9. Turning left and right
10. Obstacle avoidance
11. Emergency adjustment of speed - emergency stop
12. Overtaking
13. Carrying pillion passengers
14. Using a side car/ towing a trailer
15. Gradients
16. Junctions
17. Traffic lights
18. Roundabouts
19. Safe distance
20. Anticipation and reaction t hazards(including dealing with emergency vehicles)
21. Pedestrian and rail crossings (rail where possible) 
22. Bends
23. Socially responsible riding/driving

Repeating a module

You must successfully complete each module before moving onto the next and completing the course. If you have difficulties with a particular module, you can repeat it until you reach the necessary standard.

Assessment by the RSA

If you are unhappy with the progress you are making in the IBT programme you can apply to the RSA to have a member of staff carry out your assessment. The fee for this is currently €70.

However, if is deemed that you have not reached the necessary standards, they may refuse to stamp your logbook or issue you with a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion.