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Motorcycle Safety Classes
Course Information and Requirements

FCC on campus Motorcycle Safety courses are approved by the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). Training, consisting of classroom and riding time provided by certified MVA and Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructors, meets MVA requirements for a Class "M" license. 
  
Upon successful completion, individuals with a Maryland driver’s license receive a Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Certificate indicating the student has met MVA requirements and is eligible to receive a Class "M" license. This certificate is valid for six months from the date of issue and may be presented at any MVA full-service office to receive the Class "M" license.



BASIC RIDER COURSE INFORMATION

Delivering basic riding skills and strategies, this 17-hour course is designed for true beginners, those with little or no experience, seeking a Class “M” Motorcycle license. Training includes the online Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) eCourse as well as classroom and riding instruction focusing on the basic riding skills and strategies required to begin practicing.

During the seven hours of classroom instruction, discussions focus on responsible riding, selecting proper riding gear, basic riding skills, defensive riding strategies, and riding in a variety of situations. In addition, approximately 10 riding hours take place on a training motorcycle to practice clutch-throttle control, stopping, turning and shifting as well as basic crash avoidance strategies. Instructors evaluate and coach your performance throughout the course.

Upon successful completion of the Basic Rider Course (BRC), an individual with a Maryland driver’s license will receive a Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Certificate. This certificate may then be presented at any MVA full-service office in exchange for a Class "M" license. 

BRC Instructional Materials
While FCC provides each student with a Student Rider Handbook at the first class, participants are asked to view the book prior to the class start date at Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and answer the study questions found on pages 51 and 54. The information and questions will form the basis for classroom discussions and serve as insight on riding instruction provided during the range training lessons.

BRC Training Motorcycles
Training motorcycles are provided to students as personal motorcycles are not permitted for use during this course.


BRC Sample Schedule
Below is a sample schedule for a standard course.  Course times, formats and structures may vary. Be sure to check the dates, times and locations on your registration receipt. Students arriving late to class will not be permitted to participate in class activities.
  • Wednesday & Thursday / 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. / Classroom Training
  • Saturday / 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. / Range Riding
  • Sunday / 7:30 a.m. – 2: 30 p.m. / Range Riding followed by Classroom Training.

BRC Course Fees

  • $309 – Frederick County Residents
  • $314 – Maryland Residents outside of Frederick County
  • $319 – Non-Maryland Residents

BRC Enrollment Requirements

  • Students must possess a current driver’s license or hold a learner’s permit (C or M) for at least 9 months.
  • If you do not have a driver’s license, review Graduated Licensing System information. A valid license is required prior to adding Class M certification.
  • Guardians of students under the age of 18 must accompany the student and sign a consent/release form at the beginning of instruction on the first day of class.
  • Course payment must be received in full at the time of registration.  

BRC Required Gear

  • Protective clothing and eye protection
  • Suitable jacket
  • Long sleeves, long pants
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • Over-the-ankle footwear
  • Dept of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet (helmets are available for class use)

BRC Course Summary 

  • First classroom night – Rider perception activities
  • Second classroom night – Rider perception (con’t) with more emphasis on the decision making process;
  • First range day – Practice on basic motorcycle control skills; and
  • Second range day – Street skills practice with emphasis on cornering.  Riding Skill Test. Written knowledge test and course wrap-up

BRC Completion Requirements

  • Participate in all course sessions
  • Pass a written skills test
  • Pass a riding skills test

BRC General Information

  • A motorcycle learner’s permit is not required for participation.
  • Course instruction consists of approximately 7 hours of classroom and 10 hours of riding time.
  • Course curriculum, approved by the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), meets or exceeds the standards set by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
  • Students are not guaranteed to complete the course, pass the test or obtain a license. (The course Completion Certificate is valid for 6 months from date of course completion.) Learn more about obtaining your motorcycle license at MVA.Maryland.gov >>
  • The Late Policy indicates students arriving late to class will not be permitted to participate in class activities.
  • Instruction is provided rain or shine.





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ALTERNATE BASIC RIDER COURSE INFORMATION (BRC2u-LW)

Delivering advanced riding skills and strategies, this one day course is intended for riders who have on-street riding experience who are seeking a class “M” Motorcycle license. This course includes three hours of independent, online study at home, three hours of formal classroom, and five hours of riding exercises. Participants are encouraged to use their own personal motorcycle, transported legally to the training center, but may utilize a training center bike. Upon successful completion of the BRC2u-LW, an individual with a Maryland driver’s license will receive a Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Card and Certificate. The certificate may then be presented at any MVA full-service office in exchange for a Class “M” license. Please note: This course is not intended or designed for beginner riders. 

BRC2u-LW Instructional Materials
Participants are encourage to review the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Experienced Rider Course
SM Classroom Cards prior to the start of the course. The information will form the basis for classroom discussions and serve as insight on riding instruction provided during the range training lessons. Participants receive a Rider Handbook for use during class and as a takeaway item.

BRC2u-LW Training Motorcycles

Participants are encouraged to utilize personal motorcycles. After legally transporting the motorcycle to the training center, the participant must show proof of vehicle ownership, registration, insurance and pass TCLOCS Pre-Ride Inspection Checklist by a RiderCoach prior to start of the program, in order to use the motorcycle for training.

BRC2u-LW Pre-Requisites
During the initial rider activities, rider abilities to operate a motorcycle will be evaluated by instructors. Riders unable to demonstrate minimum riding proficiency will not be permitted to continue and will not receive a refund.  These riders may be candidates for the Basic Rider Course (an additional fee may be required for enrollment.) To participate in the BRC2u-LW course, riders must be able to:

  • Ability to use the clutch and throttle to get the motorcycle in motion
  • Successfully stop the motorcycle properly in a designated area
  • Correctly execute gradual and tight turns
  • Demonstrate smooth upshift and downshift
  • Safely achieve a speed of 25mph

BRC2u-LW Course (BRC) Fees

  • $289 – Frederick County Residents
  • $294 – Maryland Residents outside of Frederick County
  • $299 – Non-Maryland Residents

BRC2u-LW Enrollment Requirements

  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Payment in full at the time of registration.
  • Printed documentation indicating successful completion of online eCourse portion of training on the first day of class

BRC2u-LW Required Gear

  • Protective clothing and eye protection
  • Suitable jacket
  • Long sleeves and long pants without holes
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • Over-the-ankle footwear
  • Open (a.k.a. 3/4) or full-face helmet

BRC2u-LW Course Completion Requirements

  • Printed documentation indicating successful completion of online eCourse portion of training
  • Participate in all course sessions
  • Pass a written skills test
  • Pass a riding skills test

BRC2u-LW General Information

  • A motorcycle learner’s permit is not required for participation.
  • Course curriculum, approved by the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), meets or exceeds the standards set by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
  • All learning activities are conducted at the riding range, including discussions preparing to ride, practice riding, road management and advanced riding techniques.
  • Students are not guaranteed to complete the course, pass the test or obtain a license. (The course Completion Certificate is valid for 6 months from date of course completion.) Learn more about obtaining your motorcycle license at MVA.Maryland.gov >>
  • The Late Policy indicates students arriving late to class will not be permitted to participate in class activities.
  • Instruction is provided rain or shine.




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Taylor Smith • Lifelong Learning Program Manager
(301) 624-2820 • TaSmith@frederick.edu

Continuing Education & Workforce Development
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