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Motorcycle Safety Education

Thank you for your interest in the Motorcycle Safety Education Program offered through Central Carolina Community College, Community Outreach and Education Department.

Current Programs offered at the Emergency Services Training Center (ESTC): Basic Rider Course, Three Wheel Basic Rider Course, Experienced Rider Course/Basic Rider Course 2, and Advanced Rider Course.

All NC Motorcycle Safety Education courses are self-supporting and tuition fees will not be refunded if you fail to show up or you fail to complete the course. No fee exemptions. No refunds or transfers are available after registration.

Basic Rider Course (BRC)

The goal of the BRC is to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of safe, responsible motorcycling. This includes the knowledge and skills that lead to licensing and motorcycle operation on streets and highways. Certified MSF Rider Coaches provide a safe, positive learning environment. The BRC is designed for riders who have never ridden a motorcycle and for re-entry riders who have not ridden in a long time. Persons taking the BRC must be 16 years of age or older. Students under 18 must have the written consent from a parent or guardian. Students enrolled in high school must have authorization from their principal. A driver's license or learners permit is not required to take the course and motorcycles are provided.

The BRC consists of classroom and on-motorcycle instructions. A BRC handbook is available at:

Course Requirements:

  • It is a prerequisite that you be able to ride and balance a bicycle.
  • The class will start and stay on schedule. If you miss a classroom session or range exercise, you will be dropped from the course.
  • You are required to wear the proper riding gear (listed below) during all range exercises.
  • Instructors/Rider Coaches (RCs) will strive to provide a safe and orderly environment.
  • Instruction is given in a group environment. RCs will do their best to provide some individual coaching and instructions to students. However, time is limited and the class must stay on schedule.
  • The course takes a building block approach to learning to ride. Each exercise builds on the skills, knowledge and confidence acquired in the previous exercises. You must consistently and confidently achieve each exercise objective to continue.
  • Pass a written exam and a riding evaluation by the RCs.
  • Successful graduates will receive a MSF completion card and DMV waiver card.

Three Wheel Basic Rider Course (3-WBRC)

The 3-WBRC is a basic, entry-level, learn-to-ride, 3-wheel motorcycle training and education course. It provides the same fundamental skills as the MSF BRC, but on three wheels. The course consists of both classroom and hands-on instructions. This is a two-day, 16-hour course.

Upon completion and passing both the written and riding skills evaluation, the student will receive the DMV Waiver Card. Students may provide their own trikes and must show proof of insurance and registration. Student's 3-wheel motorcycle must pass a T-CLOCKS inspection by the Rider Coach or they may borrow one with written permission from the owner.

To see if your 3-wheel motorcylce meets the definition of "3-Wheel Motorcycle", go to the MSF website at:

Experienced Rider Course (ERC/BRC2)

The ERC is a one day course to help hone those riding skills and fine-tune the mental skills needed to survive in today's traffic conditions. This one day course covers street riding strategies and reinforces important information about traction, cornering and counter-steering. Passengers are allowed and encouraged to attend, especially if you ride two-up frequently. The ERC may be taken as a License Waiver Rider Course, or the Skills Plus Rider Course. The License Waiver Rider Course is for experienced riders that have a permit to obtain their endorsement (no co-rider). The Skills Plus allows a Co-Rider and the exams are optional. Successful graduates of the ERC will receive the DMV skills waiver card.


  • Valid driver's license with motorcycle permit or endorsement
  • Street legal motorcycle that passes a T-CLOCS inspection by the RCs.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • PPG as listed below
  • To obtain the DMV license waiver card, the student must pass both knowledge and skills riding exams.

Advanced Rider Course (ARC)

The goal of the ARC is to provide riders with a way to further develop personal riding strategies to minimize risk with emphasis on the Search-Evaluate-Execute. This one day course is for experienced riders who desire to learn and practice more in-depth riding techniques. The course focuses on the behavioral aspects of riding such as attitude, personal risk, assessment braking, cornering techniques and traction management.

Range exercises build on topics by providing riders the opportunity to develop and improve skills and discuss options for braking, cornering and swerving and to improve visual perception to identify collision traps. Included is a demonstration of the components of total stopping distance and practice in obstacle avoidance and evasive maneuvers.


  • Completion of a MSF Basic Rider or ERC Course
  • Valid driver's license with motorcycle endorsement
  • Street legal motorcycle that passes a T-CLOCS inspection by the RCs.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • PPG as listed below.

Participant provided riding gear (PPG/PPE) required for all courses:

  • DOT approved helmet (Some sizes are available/you may bring your own)
  • Long pants, preferably jeans or leather
  • Long sleeved shirt or jacket
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • Over-the-ankle boots or shoes
  • Eye protection (including non-tinted face shield, sunglasses, goggles or glasses)

For more information or to register, contact Central Carolina Community College, ESTC at: (919) 777-7755 or visit us on the web at: