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Basic Handling Skills



The basic handling skills course is the first step in your roadcraft and is designed to fit in with the graduated licensing system to enable the rider to develop their skills in a safe environment prior to undertaking the NZTA Basic handling skills assessment. On successful completion of the assessment the rider is presented with a certificate that can be used as part of the process to gain a learner licence.

We offer training options for both new and experienced riders, with a test only option available for those who feel they do not require any training.


New riders


The basic handling skills test and training course for new riders is provided as a first step in motorcycling and is aimed at familiarising the rider with the techniques required to start, stop and control a motorcycle. Our experienced instructors will work with you to help you gain confidence with the bike and build on your achievements.

Instruction is given on the following:

  • Motorcycles and their Controls
  • Basic safety checks and the use of stands
  • Starting and stopping the engine
  • Riding in a straight line and smooth throttle control
  • Slowing down and braking to a stop
  • Riding curves
  • proper use of gears and clutch
  • Balance and directional control
  • U-Turns
  • Observation and blind spots


Upon mastering the core control skills, the rider will be coached on the exercises required for the basic handling skills test

Course time up to 2½ hours (test will be conducted within last 20 minutes for candidates that achieve the required level of proficiency)

We set our course duration and content based on many years of experience in coaching riders to test standard with a high pass rate for first time riders. However we recognise that some riders take a little longer to become proficient. If additional training is required to achieve test standard following one of our scheduled training courses, we can offer this at our standard hourly rate by arrangement.


Experienced riders



We also offer a basic handling skills test and training option for riders who already have the core skills of balance, throttle control, gear changing, cornering and braking.

The emphasis on this course is to consolidate core skills and specifically coach the rider through the exercises required for the basic handling skills test. At the end of the course the basic handling skills test will be conducted if the rider has shown the capability to ride up to test standard throughout the coaching phase.

Course time up to 1½ hours (test will be conducted within last 20 minutes for candidates that achieve the required level of proficiency)

All riders are welcome to use a bike from the well maintained Riderskills™ fleet at no extra charge, or alternatively bring your own motorcycle and we can help you to become familiar with it.

Option Cost
Basic Handling Skills Training and Test
(New Rider)

$180
Basic Handling Skills Training and Test
(Experienced Rider)

$150
Basic Handling Skills (Test Only)
$110


Basic handling skills test animation



The basic handling skills test consists of four stages:
  • basic turn and stop
  • figure of eight and park
  • linking figures of eight
  • increased speed and emergency stop

Each stage is broken down into varying combinations of the following tasks:
  • move off
  • straight ride
  • corner
  • stop
  • park

In completing the tasks above you will be assessed against the relevant assessment items below:
  • looking in the correct direction
  • signalling correctly
  • making head checks before changing position
  • lateral position of motorcycle
  • control of motorcycle
  • using appropriate speed
  • parking observation
  • parking movement.


Once you have your Basic Handling Skills Certificate, you can then apply for your learner licence at a driver licensing agent.

Applying for a learner licence

You will need to:

  • fill out an application form at your local driver licensing agent you'll be asked if you want your licence to identify you as an organ donor
  • produce your full birth certificate, passport or other proof of your identity and age and another ID that shows your current address (for a full list of acceptable forms of ID refer to NZTA Factsheet 20 - Acceptable ID for driver licensing or call 0800 822 422)
  • present your Basic Handling Skills Certificate
  • pay the appropriate fees for the learner licence test and the learner licence application
  • pass an eyesight screening check
  • have your photograph taken
  • provide a signature
  • pass a written theory test (a comprehensive 35-question written test based on your knowledge of the Road Code, requiring you to get at least 32 questions right to pass the test).

Once you pass the test, you will be given a temporary licence, valid for 21 days, to use until you receive your learner licence in the mail. Your learner licence should arrive within 2-3 weeks.

Course Pre-Requisites

  • You must be at least 16 years old
  • You must be able to ride a bicycle
  • You must provide identification and proof of age. See this link for acceptable forms of ID
  • You must wear suitable clothing to minimise risk of injury and protect you from adverse weather conditions. In particular, footwear should be fully enclosed. Shorts or skirts are not acceptable on the course. Arms and legs must be covered. Helmets will be provided.

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