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Competency-based training and assessment (CBTA)

From 1 February 2018, a licence holder will not be able to sit their CBTA 6F assessment until they have held their 6R licence for at least 9 months.

Find out more about CBTA 6F

Competency-based training and assessment gives you an option to have your riding skills assessed by an approved assessor instead of taking the practical riding test. This page contains all you need to know about CBTA.

CBTA is a way to ensure you’re a competent rider

Instead of taking a practical test at the restricted and full stages of your licence, you can choose to have your riding skills assessed by an approved CBTA assessor.

Although training isn't compulsory, we recommend you complete training before attempting the assessment ride. This will ensure that you have the necessary riding skills and you're fully prepared to do the assessment.

The assessments are designed to ensure you're competent in a prescribed range of riding skills, which are important to keep you safe when riding on our roads.

There are a number of benefits

If you choose the CBTA option:

  • it can reduce the time it takes you to gain your restricted and/or full motorcycle licence – completing the CBTA course is the only way you can reduce the required minimum time during the learner and restricted licence stages

  • it improves your riding skill levels by targeting high-risk riding behaviours, which allows for a safer road system for you and other road users

  • If you choose to do your training through an approved CBTA assessor, you'll get feedback on your riding skills and you'll get tips on how to ride smarter and safer. These improvements will help prepare you for the CBTA assessment, and help you make smarter choices on the road.

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You can train with any qualified instructor

You can do your training with any qualified motorcycle riding instructor. All approved CBTA assessors are qualified motorcycle instructors and are able to tailor training to suit you. 

There are also government-subsidised and tailored training courses available through the Ride Forever National Training Programme. Ride Forever courses provide extensive on-road training. The core competencies covered are based on the skills required for the assessments. The courses are available throughout New Zealand. 

Contact Ride Forever about doing a course(external link)

You can start training for either stage at any time after getting your learner or restricted licence, so you're fully prepared to undertake the assessment. Once you're satisfied that you're competent in the skills required for the assessment, you can book and undertake the assessment ride.

Then take your assessment with an approved assessor

CBTA uses the knowledge and experience of industry based assessors who have been approved by the Transport Agency to train and assess motorcyclists riding skills.

Download the motorcycle CBTA course guide to get the full picture of what the assessment involves [PDF, 419 KB]

Getting a restricted licence

Once you have your learner licence, you can sit your assessment ride for CBTA 6R as soon as you feel you’re ready to.

When you've successfully completed the assessment, the assessor will give you a Transport Agency CBTA 6R certificate. You can then apply for your restricted motorcycle licence at any time (provided you're at least 16½ years old). 

Find out how to apply for your restricted licence

Getting a full licence

You can sit the CBTA 6F assessment once you've held your restricted licence for at least 9 months.

When you've successfully completed the assessment, the assessor will give you a Transport Agency CBTA 6F certificate. You can apply for a full motorcycle licence when you've held your restricted licence for at least 12 months (provided you're at least 17½ years old).

Find out how to apply for your full licence

Sitting the assessment

When you’re ready to sit your assessment, contact one of the assessors listed below to book in for your assessment appointment.

You must present a current driver licence to the course provider when you do a CBTA assessment. If the expiry date of your motorcycle licence has been extended but doesn’t show on your licence card, you’ll need to get a replacement driver licence with the new expiry date or call us on 0800 822 422 to arrange for a temporary licence to be issued for the day of the assessment.

More information about the changes to learner and restricted driver licence expiry dates

The new licence or temporary licence will take a few days to get to you in the post, so you need to take this into account when booking the date for your CBTA assessment ride.

Download Factsheet 28: Learning to ride – getting your motorcycle licence [PDF, 90 KB]

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers

Auckland

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Auckland

Aaron Carr
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Andrew Ansell
Passmasters Rider Training

Auckland/Waikato

| Phone: 09 947 9409 | Mobile: 021 479 408
Email: info@passmasters.nz
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Benjamin Alexander-Witty

Auckland

| Mobile: 021 077 0386
Email: b.alexanderwitty@gmail.com
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Brian Riley

Auckland/Waikato

| Mobile: 027 935 5815
Email: bnriley371@gmail.com

Christopher Sinclair
Passmasters Rider Training

Auckland

| Phone: 09 947 9409 | Mobile: 021 479 408
Email: info@passmasters.nz
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Damian Woolfall
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

David Horner
Accelerated Rider Training

Northshore/Takapuna/Auckland, Albany/The Bays

| Phone: 09 363 2757 | Mobile: 021 970 648
Email: david@acceleratedridertraining.co.nz
Website: www.AcceleratedRiderTraining.co.nz

Dawn White
Rider Training NZ

Auckland

| Freephone: 0800 576 273 | Mobile: 021 033 4766 (text)
Email: info@ridertraining.co.nz
Website: www.ridertraining.co.nz

Dugal Matheson
Lagud Training Ltd

Auckland/Waikato/Bay of Plenty

| Mobile: 021 284 2224
Email: dmridertraining@outlook.com

Erik Kampkuiper

Auckland South

| Phone: 09 947 9409
Email: info@passmastsers.nz

Grant Greenwood
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Howard Mansell
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland (North, East & South Akld)

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Jared Greenwood
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland/South Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

John Redman
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Jude Sibley

Auckland West

| Mobile: 021 292 5817
Email: Jude.f2013@hotmail.com

Karel Pavich
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland (North, East & South Akld)

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Kedar Suvarna
Passmasters Rider Training

Auckland

| Mobile: 021 02689820
Email: kedar.suvarna@gmail.com

Kevin Kinghan
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Mark Jones
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland North

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Paul Laugalis
Absolute Motorcycle Training

Auckland/Auckland West

| Mobile: 027 4966 029
Email: laugalisp@gmail.com

Paul Pavletich
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland South

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Peter Marriott
Passmasters Rider Training

Auckland

| Phone: 09 947 9409 | Mobile: 021 479 408
Email: info@passmasters.nz
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Philip McDaid
Auckland Riderskills

Auckland

| Phone: 09 555 7374 | Mobile: 021 710 792
Email: info@riderskills.co.nz
Website: www.riderskills.co.nz

Phillip Powell
Drivetime

15 Noble Street
Waiuku

| Mobile: 022 653 2701
Email: phillip@drivetime.co.nz
Website: www.drivetime.co.nz
Auckland/Northland/Hamilton

Robert Van Proemeren
Passmasters Rider Training

Pukekohe/Auckland/Waikato

| Phone: 09 947 9409 | Mobile: 021 479 408
Email: info@passmasters.nz
Website: www.passmasters.nz

Vinodh (Neil) Singh
Competence Zone

Auckland

| Mobile: 022 098 0602
Email: sinvin25@yahoo.com.au
Website: competencezone.co.nz

Bay of Plenty

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Bay of Plenty

Andrew Edgar
Bayride Motorcycle Training

Tauranga/Rotorua/Whakatane

| Freephone: 0800 923 000 | Mobile: 027 817 0104
Email: admin@bayride.co.nz
Website: www.drivewbd.co.nz

Bill Hadley

Tauranga

| Mobile: 0275 743 377
Email: bill@riderqual.co.nz
Website: www.riderqual.co.nz

Dugal Matheson
Lagud Training Ltd

Bay of Plenty/Auckland/Waikato

| Mobile: 021 284 2224
Email: dmridertraining@outlook.com

Glenn Berridge

Tauranga

| Mobile: 0274 690 237
Email: motorcycleroadcraft@live.com

Gordon Sherwood
Eduquip Motorcycle School

Tauranga/Whakatane/Rotorua/Taupo

| Phone: 07 323 4005 | Mobile: 022 6323 534
Email: eduquipmotorcycleschool@gmail.com
Website: facebook.com/BHSEBoP

Kevin Kinghan
Pro Rider Ltd

Bay of Plenty

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Mark Revill-Johnson
Revs Motorcycle Training

Rotorua/Waihi

| Freephone: 0800 687 387
Email: mark@revs.co.nz
Website: www.revs.co.nz

Neil Stodart
Empowered Journeys

Tauranga

| Mobile: 021 211 5395
Email: empoweredjourneysnz@gmail.com

Canterbury

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Canterbury

AJ Longbottom
AJL Driver Training

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 349 4787 | Mobile: 021 02559192
Email: ajl273trices@xtra.co.nz

Caron Bedwell
CnB (Carz n Bikez) Training Ltd

Christchurch & Timaru

| Mobile: 027 533 2108
Email: training@cnbtraining.nz
Website: www.learntoridemotorcycles.nz

Clive Chapman
Ornsby Motorcycle Training

Ashburton

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Dan Ornsby
Ornsby Motorcycle Training

Christchurch & Timaru

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729 | Mobile: 027 482 3510
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Duncan Seed
2 Drive Safe Rider Training

Canterbury – Christchurch & Rangiora

| Freephone: 0508 863 748 | Mobile: 021 734 484
Email: info@2drivesafe.com
Website: www.2drivesafe.com

Glenn Hayward
CnB (Carz n Bikez) Training Ltd

Christchurch

| Mobile: 021 275 3824
Email: training@cnbtraining.nz
Website: www.learntoridemotorcycles.nz

Grant Somers-Edgar

Canterbury

| Mobile: 021 132 5663
Email: nzcbta@gmail.com
Website: www.dunedindrivingschool.co.nz

Hank Randall
Ornsby Motorcycle Training

Christchurch & Timaru

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Jared Cantlon
Ornsby Motorcycle Training

Christchurch & Timaru

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0580 676 729
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Mary Ann Dunn
2 Drive Safe Rider Training

Canterbury - Christchurch & Rangiora

| Freephone: 0508 863 748
Email: info@2drivesafe.com
Website: www.2drivesafe.com

Mike Flowers
Mainland Motorcycle School

Christchurch

| Phone: 03 974 3136
Email: info@motorcycleschool.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycleschool.co.nz

Stuart Knott
Riderite Motorcycle Training

Canterbury

| Mobile: 021 063 4631
Email: stuknott@hotmail.com
Website: www.riderite

Gisborne

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Gisborne

Murray Atkins
Wetrainyou / Uride

Gisborne

| Freephone: 0800 891 375 | Mobile: 0274 574 561
Email: wetrainyou@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.wetrainyougisborne.co.nz

Hawke's Bay

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Hawke's Bay

Bruce Porter
Alert Rider Training

Napier, Hastings, Hawkes Bay

| Phone: 06 844 8492 | Mobile: 027 310 6383
Email: bport_tutor@hotmail.com

Ken Nightingale

Hawkes Bay/Napier

| Phone: 06 835 4912 | Mobile: 021 170 1896
Email: kennightingale50@gmail.com

Ross Gratton
Two Bald Bikers

Hawkes Bay

| Freephone: 0800 560 022
Email: ross@twobaldbikers.co.nz
Website: www.twobaldbikers.co.nz

Stuart Nelson
Two Bald Bikers

Hawkes Bay

| Freephone: 0800 560 022
Email: stuart@twobaldbikers.co.nz
Website: www.twobaldbikers.co.nz

Manawatū-Whanganui

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Manawatū-Whanganui

Dave Jenkins
Australasian Driver Training Services

PO Box 200, Feilding 4740

| Mobile: 0274 714 861
Email: dave@adts.co.nz

Dave Jenkins
Pro Rider Ltd

Manawatu-Whanganui

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Don Mclachlan

Manawatu-Whanganui/Taranaki/Wellington

| Freephone: 0800 559 462 | Mobile: 027 559 4628
Email: donmclachlan@xtra.co.nz

Glen Christensen
0800 2 wheels

Palmerston North/Whanganui

| Phone: 06 344 4294 | Freephone: 0800 2 WHEELS | Mobile: 027 4832 062
Email: tgtc@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.08002wheels.co.nz

Ross Gratton
Two Bald Bikers

Palmerston North

| Freephone: 0800 560 022
Email: ross@twobaldbikers.co.nz
Website: www.twobaldbikers.co.nz

Stuart Nelson
Two Bald Bikers

Palmerston North

| Freephone: 0800 560 022
Email: stuart@twobaldbikers.co.nz
Website: www.twobaldbikers.co.nz

Nelson-Marlborough-Tasman

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Nelson-Marlborough-Tasman

Jason Howcroft

Nelson

| Mobile: 021 706 852
Website: www.Nelsonmotorbiketraining.co.nz

John Laing
Marlborough Motorcycle Riding School

Blenheim

| Mobile: 021 08288713
Email: johnlaing.mt@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.motorbikeschool.co.nz

Kevin Guthrie

Nelson

| Mobile: 021 238 0553
Website: www.Nelsonmotorbiketraining.co.nz

Tim Holt
Academy of Motorcycling

Nelson

| Mobile: 022 199 8363
Website: www.aom.net.nz

Northland

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Northland

Colin Bamforth
Pro Rider Ltd

Northland (Whangarei)

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Lance Goulsbro

Northland, Whangarei & Dargaville

| Mobile: 021 147 4344
Email: drivesafelimited@gmail.com

Neil Collings

Whangarei & Mangawhai

| Mobile: 021 182 7258
Email: n.collings@icloud.com

Phillip Powell
Drivetime

15 Noble Street
Waiuku

| Mobile: 022 653 2701
Email: phillip@drivetime.co.nz
Website: www.drivetime.co.nz
Auckland/Northland/Hamilton

Steve Rossell

Kerikeri

| Phone: 09 405 9771 | Mobile: 021 071 0518

Otago

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Otago

Dan Ornsby
Ornsby Motorcycle Training

Dunedin

| Phone: 03 980 8933 | Freephone: 0508 676 729
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Daniel Love
AA Motorcycle Training

Dunedin & Central Otago

| Phone: 03 477 7309 | Freephone: 0800 223 748
Email: danlove.aadt@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.aa.co.nz/drivers/motorcycle-training/

Grant Somers-Edgar

Dunedin

| Mobile: 021 132 5663
Email: nzcbta@gmail.com
Website: www.dunedindrivingschool.co.nz

Neil McKenzie

Wanaka

| Mobile: 027 4880879
Email: neilandlynley@xtra.co.nz

Ralph Burrell

Oamaru

| Phone: 03 439 5355 | Mobile: 027 434 5179
Email: rbmech@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.rbmdrivertraining.co.nz

Southland

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Southland

Debbie Cooper
Debbie Does Driving

Invercargill & Southland

| Mobile: 022 354 4184
Email: debbiedoesddriving@gmail.com
Website: www.debbiedoesdriving.com

Eddie Gilliland
Ornsby Motorcycle Training

Invercargill-Southland

| Freephone: 0508 676 729
Email: info@motorcycletraining.co.nz
Website: www.motorcycletraining.co.nz

Neil McKenzie

Southland

| Mobile: 027 4880879
Email: neilandlynley@xtra.co.nz

Taranaki

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Taranaki

Caron Bedwell
CnB (Carz n Bikez) Training Ltd

Taranaki

| Mobile: 027 533 2108
Email: training@cnbtraining.nz
Website: www.learntoridemotorcycles.nz

Don Mclachlan

Taranaki/Manawatu-Whanganui/Wellington

| Freephone: 0800 559 462 | Mobile: 027 559 4628
Email: donmclachlan@xtra.co.nz

Ian Lanfear
Lanfear Driver & Rider Training

133 Powderham Street
New Plymouth 4310

| Phone: 06 759 6959 | Freephone: 0800 333 390 | Mobile: 027 759 6959
Email: ian.lanfear@xtra.co.nz

Lance Munroe
Academy of Motorcycling

New Plymouth

| Phone: 06 755 1656 | Mobile: 027 436 7573
Email: lancemunroe@gmail.com
Website: www.academyofdriving.co.nz
alternative website www.lance@aod.nz

Waikato

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Waikato

Aaron Carr
Pro Rider Ltd

Waikato

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Brian Riley

Auckland/Waikato

| Mobile: 027 935 5815
Email: bnriley371@gmail.com

Colin Manion
King Country Driver Training

43 Bell Road
Manunui
Taumarunui 3994

| Phone: 07 896 6607 | Mobile: 027 295 9704
Email: c.manion@xtra.co.nz

David Bishara
Pro Rider Ltd

Taupo/Waikato

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Denise Harris, Scott Harris
Denise Harris, Scott Harris

Whitianga

| Mobile: 021 177 6494
Email: denscott@hotmail.co.uk
Website: choicedrivertraining.co.nz
Alternative phone 021 150 4439

Dugal Matheson
Lagud Training Ltd

Waikato/Bay of Plenty/Auckland

| Mobile: 021 284 2224
Email: dmridertraining@outlook.com

Howard Mansell
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland/Waikato

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Karel Pavich
Pro Rider Ltd

Auckland/Waikato

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Kevin Kinghan
Pro Rider Ltd

Waikato (Hamilton)

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.prorider.co.nz

Malcolm Outterside

Whitianga/Thames

| Mobile: 027 2870024
Email: eastcoast.automotive@xtra.co.nz

Mark Revill-Johnson
Revs Motorcycle Training

Rotorua, Cambridge & Waihi

| Freephone: 0800 687 387
Email: mark@revs.co.nz
Website: www.revs.co.nz

Phillip Powell
Drivetime

15 Noble Drive
Waiuku

| Mobile: 022 653 2701
Email: phillip@drivetime.co.nz
Website: www.drivetime.co.nz
Auckland/Northland/Hamilton

Scott Miller
Pro Rider Ltd

Waikato/Hamilton

| Mobile: 027 2624717
Email: office@prorider.co.nz
Website: www.proriderco.nz

Steve Gane

Te Awamutu

| Mobile: 027 412 5000

Wayne Holden
Holden Driver Training

Waikato

| Freephone: 0800 855 7521 | Mobile: 027 444 5816
Email: holdendrivertraining@hotmail.com
Website: www.holdendrivertraining.co.nz

Wellington

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / Wellington

Andrew Templeton
Roadsafe Rider

Wellington

| Phone: 04 232 0110 | Mobile: 027 2459510
Email: admin@roadsafe.co.nz
Website: www.roadsafe.co.nz

Don Mclachlan

Wellington/Kapiti/Manawatu-Whanganui/Taranaki

| Freephone: 0800 559 462 | Mobile: 027 559 4628
Email: donmclachlan@xtra.co.nz

Lynne Templeton
Roadsafe Rider

Wellington

| Phone: 04 232 0110 | Mobile: 027 4349038
Email: admin@roadsafe.co.nz
Website: www.roadsafe.co.nz

Peter Hookham
Rightway Driving Academy (Kapiti) Ltd

Kapiti Coast

| Mobile: 021 537 294
Email: rightwaykapiti@gmail.com
Website: www.rightwaydriving.co.nz

Quentin McKay
Zdrivertraining.com

Wellington Central

| Mobile: 021 105 9454
Email: contact@zdrivertraining.com
Website: www.zdrivertraining.com

Ross Gratton
Two Bald Bikers

Lower Hutt

| Freephone: 0800 560 022
Email: ross@twobaldbikers.co.nz
Website: www.twobaldbikers.co.nz

Shaun Webb

Lower Hutt

| Mobile: 027 533 2934
Email: shaun@cernz.co.nz
Website: www.aa.co.nz/drivers/motorcycle-training/

Stuart Nelson
Two Bald Bikers

Lower Hutt

| Freephone: 0800 560 022
Email: stuart@twobaldbikers.co.nz
Website: www.twobaldbikers.co.nz

West Coast

Approved motorcycle CBTA course providers / West Coast

Petre (Peter) Kalinowski

Greymouth

| Phone: 03 789 8849 | Mobile: 022 011 7001
Email: roadcraftnz@outlook.co.nz
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Roadcraft-NZ/

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