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Motorcycle Safety

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All Motorcycle Safety Courses are developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), taught by professional rider coaches, recognized and approved by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). All course hours for licensing, skill practice and retest courses are approximate.

 

Motorcycle Safety Announcement

Late summer Motorcycle classes still available. (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  

The Fall 2021 motorcycle safety program at Montgomery College has been cancelled due to a move to new a space. We hope to resume the program in Spring 2022.   

All Motorcycle Licensing Courses Include:

Online eCourse – This course is approximately 3 hours, online interactive video learning, created by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Completion of this online course is mandatory and is a prerequisite for the rest of the course. Students will be provided information to complete the course 1-week prior to the in-person session(s).
Classroom Activities – Each Course will have a dedicated classroom portion at an affiliated campus focusing on safe riding strategies and practices and a knowledge test. Completing the classroom is a prerequisite for the riding section of the course. 
Riding Session(s) – Each Course will have dedicated riding hours on our range taught my MSF Rider Coaches. 

Throughout the course the Instructors/RiderCoaches evaluate and coach each rider's performance. Participants who do not achieve the minimum performance standards will not be allowed to continue in the course.

To complete the course, riders must pass a knowledge and skill test administered at the end of the course. Riders who pass will receive a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Card. Riders with a Maryland Driver’s License will also receive a Completion Certificate to get the Class M license added to their current license.

There is no guarantee that an individual enrolling in this course will pass or become eligible for a motorcycle license or endorsement.

 

When you take our Courses:

Each course is taught only in English – All class content including discussions, text reading, exercises and exams are conducted and administered in English and translators are not allowed. 

Attend the Virtual Preparation Session – Students will need to attend the virtual preparation session for their class. This session is hosted on ZOOM. Students will be provided information on how to register for the virtual session 1-week prior to the in-person session(s).

Please arrive early to all class sessions – students are expected to be on time/early for their class.  Due to MVA and MSF guidelines, any students who arrive after the class has started will not be allowed to participate. Students will be provided full schedule information for the virtual session and in-person sessions 1-week prior to the in-person session(s).

Students must provide all their own riding gear - students are expected to arrive and ride motorcycles in proper and approved  attire. The course Instructor shall be responsible for inspecting a student’s riding gear. If any item of the student’s gear does not meet the required standards the student will not be allowed to participate in the course.

Approved attire is as follows: 
  • Jacket or sturdy long-sleeved shirt
  • Sturdy long pants (NO tears or holes)
  • Over-the-ankle NON-canvas footwear with a low heel
  • Full fingered gloves
  • DOT-compliant full-faced helmet (equipped with a face shield) or;
  • ¾ helmet (with eye protection such as eyeglasses, sunglasses, goggles)
Your helmet should meet the following standards:
  • ​A Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218 compliant helmet:
  • Any style of compliant helmet may be worn, but the Program recommends the full-face, or modular, a.k.a. flip-up and open-face, a.k.a. ¾ style helmets because they provide the most protection for a novice rider. Any student with a helmet less than full-face with a face shield should also provide eye protection such as eyeglasses, sunglasses, goggles.
  • All labeling, exterior and interior, must be intact;
  • Be in good condition with no damage to the outer shell or have an excessively worn interior lining; and
    Must fit properly.
  • If the helmet appears old, the interior liner will be checked for the sticker indicating the month and year of manufacture. If it is more than 5-years old, the helmet should not be used.
Students without proper riding gear will not be allowed to participate in the course. Montgomery College will not have gear available to borrow.

Motorcycle Licensing Courses

Register / Schedule / Cost

Licensing Course – This Maryland MVA-certified Motorcycle Basic Rider Course (BRC), is approximately an 18-hour course designed for those who have little or no riding experience, or who haven’t ridden in a long time. It includes distance learning (MSF 3-hour eCourse), classroom (5 hours), and riding instruction (10 hours) on the basic riding skills and strategies necessary for an individual to begin and/or practice street riding.   

Motorcycles are provided. You must wear appropriate range gear/attire. Upon successful completion of both a knowledge and riding skills test, you will receive a certificate and course completion card recognized by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.  for Motorcycle Skills Licensure requirements, also known as “M” Endorsement.  

 Note: Students will not be admitted to class after the class start time; we encourage all students to arrive 20 minutes early.

 Textbook provided in class. Class materials, eCourse instructions and correspondence will be sent to your MyMC email account and any secondary email you have on your MyMC account. E-course must be completed before first class session; must bring printed certificate to first class

Licensing Course – This course is NOT for beginners! This approximately eleven-hour course is for individuals that have current street riding experience and are seeking a class “M” license. This course includes three hours of formal classroom and five hours of riding exercises. It also includes three hours of independent study done at home via an online eCourse prior to class.  

Participants have access to use college motorcycles but are able to use their own motorcycle by transporting them legally to the range. Upon successful completion of both a knowledge and riding skills test, you will receive a certificate and course completion card recognized by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.  

 Note: Students will not be admitted to class after the class start time; we encourage all students to arrive 20 minutes early.   

Class materials, eCourse instructions and correspondence will be sent to your MYMC email account and any secondary email you have on your MYMC account. eCourse must be completed before first class session; must bring printed certificate to first class.

Licensing Retest – This course is for students who have taken, yet failed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Basic Rider Course at Montgomery College. Students are required to pass the state preparatory licensing test in order to obtain a certification to apply for an M driver license endorsement. This section should be taken within 30 days of completing the Motorcycle BRC or BRC2-LW. Scheduling is done through the Training Center Manager. 

Students requiring a retest will receive a document after class with specific next step instructions. Students have one retest opportunity per test. A failure on a retest means the student would need to take another full BRC or BRC2-LW course to obtain a license waiver.

Advanced Rider Courses

A one-day course that complements your basic skills and helps with personal risk assessment. It includes a fast-paced  classroom segment with several fun interactive activities to improve perception and hazard awareness. Range exercises enhance both the basic operating skills and crash evidence skills. Improving your braking and cornering finesse is emphasized. The course is beneficial for riders on any type of street motorcycle. 

Skills Enhancement Courses

Basic Skills Enhancement Course:  This os a five hour on-cycle program consists of select BRC riding exercises. It is for riders who have participated , passed, failed or have been counseled out of a BRC to practice the basic riding skills. There is no formal classroom instruction. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use. This course is not a licensing course and students will not receive a license waiver or completion card. 

Advanced Skill Course: This is a half-day on_cycle program consisting of riding exercises only and there is no testing. This course is for riders who currently possess a motorcycle  license and own an insured vehicle. There is no formal classroom instruction. Riders use their personal motorcycle in this class. It is a perfect way for you to practice and refresh your riding skills. 

Required: After registering, students will be required to present a valid motorcycle license and proof of insurance to a member of the program before being eligible for the course. 

Motorcycle Maintenance- NEW Summer 2020

This course is designed for someone who needs training on how to maintain and repair their own personal  motorcycle. Focus will be on the fundamentals of performing basic motorcycle maintenance and inspections. The better you know your bikes and the mechanics that make it function, the more confident you will be as a motorcycle rider. Classes are taught by highly qualified instructors with many years of motorcycle maintenance and repair experience. 

Motorcycle Safety Resources

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All Montgomery College motorcycle courses are administered by following the curriculum and guidelines created by the Motorcycle Safety Program and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. For more information visit MC's Motorcycle FAQs website. Please check our BRC or BRC2-LW Registration/ Schedule/ Cost for more information. You may register for a class by web, fax, mail, or in-person. If you register Online, you must create and access your "MYMC account" to select an appropriate class.  Alternatively, student may register at any WDCE Customer Service Office. See Registration Information, Options and Policies for more information on Customer Service locations and information on how to register by Web.

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