Motorcycle Safety Education Program

Motorcycle Safety Education Program

man wearing a helmet, long sleeves, blue jeans, boots,and a yellow safety vest on a red motorcycle

This Basic RiderCourse developed by The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has been updated as part of the MSF Rider Education and Training System designed to "develop a novice rider into an excellent rider." The Basic RiderCourse is conducted at a pace that results in successful completion for most novice riders. The course begins on Friday evening with a self-paced e-Course; Saturday and Sunday consists of classroom and actual motorcycle operator training in a controlled, off-street environment. No experience is necessary; a good sense of balance is required (you must be able to ride a bicycle). If you experience significant difficulty or become a safety risk to yourself or others, you will not be permitted to continue to ride.

To receive the NC Motorcycle Safety Education Program endorsement card you must attend one hundred percent of all scheduled course hours, pass the written test and skills evaluation.

You will learn:

  • To have more fun by riding your motorcycle safely.
  • The basics: what to wear, how to start and stop your motorcycle, and motorcycle controls.
  • Street strategies to avoid trouble and stay safe.
  • How to maneuver your motorcycle in tough situations: swerving, avoiding collisions, special situations, lane changes, passing and avoiding hazards.

Reasons why you should take this course:

  • Licensing Test Waiver – NCDMV waives the skills portion of your motorcycle-endorsement test, if you've completed successfully the RiderCourse.
  • Insurance Discounts - Many insurance companies offer discounts on motorcycle premiums to students who have successfully completed a RiderCourse. Be sure to ask your insurance agent.

Required Gear for Saturday and Sunday: 

  • Long pants
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Over the ankle boots
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • Eye protection (sunglasses or prescription eyewear is permissible)
  • DOT approved helmet
  • Motorcycles are provided. Helmets are available, if needed.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students under the age of 18 must have the written consent of a parent or guardian.
  • You do NOT need to possess a driver’s license or learner’s permit to take the course.
  • You must possess some degree of strength, be able to support a 300‑pound motorcycle while straddling it and have the ability to push the motorcycle for distances up to 120 feet.
  • Heat and cold weather conditions can add to the strenuous conditions you'll encounter while taking the course.
March 3 - March 5, 2017 CSP-4258-191MS FULL
March 10 - March 12, 2017 CSP-4258-193MS CANCELED Due to threat of snow.
March 17 - March 19, 2017 CSP-4258-195MS FULL
March 24 - March 26, 2017 CSP-4258-197MS FULL
March 31 - April 2, 2017 CSP-4258-199MS FULL
April 7 - April 9, 2017 CSP-4258-201MS FULL
April 14 - April 16, 2017 CSP-4258-203MS OPEN
April 21 - April 23, 2017 CSP-4258-205MS FULL
April 28 - April 30, 2017 CSP-4258-207MS FULL
May 5 - May 7, 2017 CSP-4258-211MS OPEN
May 12 - May 14, 2017 CSP-4258-213MS OPEN
May 19 - May 21, 2017 CSP-4258-215MS OPEN
June 2 - June 4, 2017 CSP-4258-473MS OPEN
June 9 - June 11, 2017 CSP-4258-475MS OPEN
June 16 - June 18, 2017 CSP-4258-477MS OPEN
June 23 - June 25, 2017 CSP-4258-479MS OPEN

Times and Locations - Rain or Shine:

Friday, 6 - 10 p.m., Room 121, Ferguson Center for Allied Health and Workforce Development, Asheville Campus

10 Genevieve Circle, Asheville NC

  • Self-Pace, Computer-based e-Course
  • You must have a valid email address and know how to operate a computer.

Saturday and Sunday, 7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Room 203 Advanced Manufacturing Center Building, Asheville Campus

  • Wear motorcycle gear listed above
  • Rain gear when necessary
  • One-hour lunch break each day
  • Bring plenty of fluids to keep hydrated
  • Optional - a portable canvas chair

Registration Fee: $190 (includes the e-Course Authorization Code, Basic Rider Course Handbook and a $4 comprehensive insurance fee)

                           To register on line go to:

                            For general information call 828-398-7817 or 828-398-7369

*All NC Motorcycle Safety Education courses are self-supporting and tuition fees will not be refunded if you fail to show up or don't complete the course for any reason. Transfers will be considered on a case by case basis and must be requested at least one week in advance of the original course date.  No fee exemptions. No refunds after registration.