When you took your CBT, bike test or any further training, who did you chose? The one that was closest? Probably, but how did you know if they were any good?
The governing body of the motorcycle industry, the MCI, have announced a scheme offering all motorcycle instructors and trainers the chance to earn a vocational qualification. The aim of the scheme is to offer customers the reassurances they might look for when choosing their motorcycle instructor or Approved Training Body (ATB).
The two vocational qualifications are voluntary and are the equivalent to A-level standard with the first course, for ATB's, beginning this April at the cost of £1,575. Discounts apply to members of the Motorcycle Industry Association Trainers Association (MCITA). Those willing to invest time and money into the scheme should benefit in the long run as customers who are either new to motorcycling or who are looking to enhance their skills being are offered peace of mind when searching for their instructor.
The Instructor course won’t be in place until January 2015 but will only be available to those who are part of an ATB which has gained the original ATB qualification.
The MCI are, in their terms, “professionalising the industry” ahead of the car training industry by offering the qualifications which have been approved by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). An education centre has been set up at the MCI’s Coventry-based headquarters which will provide the programme of qualifications.
Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association explained: “Driver and motorcycle training has been left behind other training sectors in introducing a framework of recognised qualifications. This move should help to change that. Motorcycles should be a natural choice as a means of personal transport and for fleet operators too, but both need clearer signposts when choosing quality instructors."
“We are particularly proud to be able to launch this ahead of anything similar in the car driver training industry and before any compulsory requirements to do so by government bodies,” he continued.
Ian Biederman, Chief Instructor at BMW's Rider Training School told Bike Social, "We're very pleased to be one of the first training schools to sign up to the April course. There is much diversity in the motorcycle training industry making it difficult for someone to sift through this to find a good effective training establishment that is going to guide them in the art of riding a motorcycle properly. The new initiative is going to slowly change the industry with a broadening and effective standard of professional training schools."
ATBs interested in finding out more should contact the Course Administrator Lynne Whitehouse on 02476 408036 firstname.lastname@example.org