Basic Skills Certificate (BHST) – Motorcycle Learner License

Practical:   BHST – Basic Handling Skills Test.  Must be completed before you can complete the Theory Test.

Starting Out with a CnB Personal Trainer

The Basic Handling Skills Test is the first stage in the licensing process, it is designed to ensure you have the right level of basic riding skills , confidence and motorcycle management to safely operate a motorcycle on public roads.  The Basic Handling Skills Test (BHST) course will also show your ability to multi-task when performing these basic maneuvers, whilst maintaining a good level of control of the motorcycle.

If you are new to motorcycle riding, your CnB Personal Trainer will coach you step by step where needed to give you encouragement and the confidence to manage this initial stage of your motorcycle license.

For the experienced rider you also will have the necessary guidance to ensure you pass this licensing stage with ease.

Once you have successfully passed the Basic Skills Test, you will be issued with the appropriate Certificate which will allow you to progress to the second part (theory test), to obtain your (6L) Motorcycle Learners License.

Theory component:  You will need to book in with any of the Agencies that provide this service as detailed via the following link.

Basic handling skills test (BHST)

Four stages in the test

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 has various tasks

Each stage is broken down into varying combinations of the following tasks:

  • move off
  • straight ride
  • corner
  • stop
  • park

Each task has assessment items

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.

These are the basic assessable tasks and I will explain these in more detail on the day together. Basically I will be looking for smooth transitions and managing the bike around the course ensuring that you are in control of directing the bike into each position. You will also show that you are comfortable with multitasking with head checks, scanning through corners in this relatively tight course.

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To get or renew your driver license or a license endorsement you need to apply in person at an NZ Transport Agency driver licensing agent.

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To achieve your Motorcycle Learners License you initially have to obtain the Basic Skills Certificate and once you have been issued with your copy of this certificate, you can then book into a Licensing Agency as listed above to sit your Theory, which is the final stage to achieving this level of License: