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For individuals who want to learn how to ride a motorcycle or improve their current riding skills and knowledge, courses are offered throughout the state through the Indiana Motorcycle Operator Safety Education Program. The program is administered through the BMV and courses are conducted through ABATE of Indiana, Inc. A standard curriculum is taught at all training sites by rider coaches who are nationally certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), and who meet the additional requirements of the state program.
Why Take a Motorcycle Rider Education Course?
ABATE of Indiana, Inc. offers courses throughout the state – including Crown Point, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Muncie, Richmond, South Bend, Terre Haute, and Washington. For additional information or to register for a course in your area contact:
Basic Riding Course (BRC)
The BRC is designed for the beginning rider, but is not limited to only new riders. Riders with experience also find the BRC to be an excellent course. Riders with more experience may consider the Experienced Rider Course.
Courses can take anywhere from 15 to 20 hours to complete depending on weather, overall class progression and other factors. The BRC consists of classroom and on-cycle training, and can be completed in one weekend or four to five weekday evenings. Schedules, cost and locations are subject to change.
Indiana residents: $75 ($50 tuition and a refundable $25 registration fee.)
Out-of-state residents: $185 ($160 tuition and a refundable $25 registration fee.)
Experienced Rider Course (ERC)
The ERC is designed for experienced riders who want to increase their knowledge of motorcycle dynamics and street riding strategies, practice advanced street riding skills on their own motorcycle in a controlled environment, and obtain his or her motorcycle endorsement if still riding on a permit.
Courses consist of five to six hours of on-cycle training with discussion sessions conducted between riding sessions. Schedules, cost and locations are subject to change.
Indiana residents: $50 ($25 tuition and a refundable $25 registration fee.)
Out-of-state residents: $75 ($50 tuition and a refundable $25 registration fee.)
All participants must have a currently valid motorcycle permit or endorsement. Motorcycle groups and organizations may arrange to take the course as a group.
All participants must have street riding experience and must ride their motorcycle to the course training site. All participants must provide proof of insurance and their motorcycle must pass an on-site safety inspection.
To continue in the course, all participants must successfully meet the objectives of the first riding exercise (control at low speeds) and all subsequent exercises. To successfully complete the course, participants must pass a riding evaluation. Successful completion will waive the state skills test for permit holders seeking a motorcycle endorsement.
Rider Coach Preparation Workshop (RCPW)
The Indiana Motorcycle Operator Safety Education Program is continuously looking for men and women who are interested in becoming motorcycle rider education coaches. The RCPW is described by rider coaches as one of the most rewarding experiences they have had in their motorcycle careers.
The 65-hour workshop is offered two to three times each year and provides the knowledge and skill needed to teach the BRC.
Successful completion earns you national certification to teach the BRC anywhere in the United States and anywhere in the world where MSF curriculum is used. In Indiana, rider coaches are paid for the courses they coach, and are invited to attend state, national and international motorcycle safety conferences.
For an application to become a motorcycle rider education instructor, please contact:
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
100 North Senate Avenue, Room 481
Indianapolis, IN 46204