Basic, Experienced, & Advanced Courses

Please call the office of Continuing Education for available dates, 910.938.6294.  Call today, classes fill up quickly.

Basic Rider Course

This 20 hour course is designed for new riders who have never ridden a motorcycle, and for re-entry riders who have not ridden in a long time. You do not need a driver’s license or learners permit to take this class. You must be able to ride a bicycle, and you must possess some degree of strength. This course is physically demanding! You should be able to support a 300-pound motorcycle while straddling it, and have the ability to push the motorcycle for short distances. Hot, cold, and/or rainy weather can add to the strenuous conditions you’ll encounter while taking the course.

Completion requirements include 100% attendance for all classroom and range exercises, a riding skill evaluation, and a 50 question multiple-choice written exam. Motorcycles are provided for the Basic Rider Course through the Dealer Loan program and the NC Motorcycle Safety Education Program.

All students are required to sign the motorcycle course waiver and indemnification at the first class meeting. Parental permission is required for students between 16 and 18 years of age and a parent must be present Friday night to sign the waiver forms.


Friday  |  5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday  |  7:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday  |  7:00am – 4:00pm

Women’s Only Basic Rider Courses are Available

Women's Only Basic Rider Course


Weekday Class Schedules are Available

Required Equipment

  • DOT approved helmet (the college has loaner helmets available)
  • Eye protection (the college has safety glasses available)
  • Full-fingered gloves (preferably leather)
  • Long sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Long pants (preferably denim)
  • Over-the-ankle footware (covers the ankle and is reinforced with padding and thick canvas or leather)


There are five classroom units with use of visual training aids; Units I-III on Friday, Unit IV on Saturday, and Unit V with written exam on Sunday.

Range Exercises

There are 17 riding exercises divided into two levels; Level I on Saturday and Level II with Riding Skill Evaluation on Sunday.

Experienced Rider Course

This one day course will help hone riding skills and fine-tune the mental skills needed to survive in today’s traffic conditions. Most of the course is conducted on the motorcycle range. Passengers are allowed and encouraged if you ride two-up frequently.

You will discuss with your peers how to balance the mental and physical aspects of riding, manage risk, increase visibility, and optimize your lane position.

There will be a riding skill evaluation at the end of the day. You also take a 20-question written exam. If you possess a motorcycle learner’s permit you will earn a NC DMV waiver card that will exempt you from the riding portion of the DMV licensing requirements.

Advanced Rider Course

The ARC-ST is the public version of the Military SportBike Rider Course (MSRC), and may be taken by riders using any type of motorcycle. It is a one-day course consisting of approximately 4.5 hours of classroom activities and 5.5 hours of riding. There are eight riding exercises. There is no formal test, but there is a knowledge test that will be given as an end-of-course assessment.

Classroom activities include small group discussions and interactive activities to: address personal risk management strategies; discuss options for cornering, braking and swerving; and improve visual perception for identifying collision traps. Riding exercises provide practice in cornering, braking and swerving.

Prerequisites for ERC & ARC

  • Have a motorcycle endorsement
  • Provide a street legal motorcycle and pass a MSF safety inspection by the instructor (loaners accepted with written authority)
  • Provide proof of current registration and insurance
  • Provide parental permission for students between 16 and 18 years of age (a parent must be present to sign waiver form)
  • Complete waiver form
  • Have six months or 3,000 miles of riding experience
  • Wear the proper protective gear: Helmet, eye protection, full-fingered gloves, long sleeve shirt, long pants, over-the-ankle footwear