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Motorcycle Safety Courses

Blue Ridge Community College offers Motorcycle Safety Courses approved by the National Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Education Program.


Courses Offered

Basic Rider Course (BRC): This course is for persons who have never been on a motorcycle as well as for anyone who wishes to improve their riding skills. Ability to balance and sufficient strength to handle a motorcycle is necessary for successful completion of course.  Students must possess a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit before enrolling.  As of May 1, 1995, the North Carolina DMV will accept the MSF Course Completion Card as a substitute for the skills test when applying for the motorcycle endorsement.  Program motorcycles are provided and must be used in the Basic Rider Course.  Students must attend the entire 20-hour course and pass written and riding skills tests before receiving the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Course Completion Card.  The range training may extend past 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday depending on progression of training. 

BRC classes will run Thursday through Saturday this summer

BRC classes meet from 6 to 10 p.m. (Thursday or Friday) in the Technology Education and Development Center Room 315 to complete the online portion of the course. The other two days meet 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Patton Parking Lot. 

Registration Fee: $190

Basic Rider Course II (BRC II): This eight hour course is for the rider with at least six months or 3,000 miles riding experience.  Students must possess a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit before enrolling.  Students will need to furnish a street-legal, properly licensed and insured motorcycle of any size.  If the motorcycle is not registered in the student’s name, written permission from the owner to use the motorcycle must be furnished.  All motorcycles will be inspected for proper and safe condition with particular attention to tires.  If you normally carry a passenger, your passenger will also need to register and pay the 2-Up Passenger fee.   Students must attend the full 8-hour course to receive the MSF Completion card.

BRC II classes meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays at the Patton Parking Lot.

Registration Fee: $85

Registration Fee for 2-Up Passengers: $30


Advanced Rider Course (ARC): This eight-hour course is for the rider with a valid motorcycle license or endorsement.  Riders must provide their own street-legal and safe motorcycle. All types of motorcycle are permitted. Based on the Military Sport Bike Course, this one-day course is for experienced riders who desire to learn and practice more in-depth riding techniques. Classroom activities use small group discussions and interactive activities to explore personal risk management strategies; to discuss options for cornering, braking and swerving; and to improve visual perception to identify collision traps. On-cycle range exercises provide practice in cornering, braking and swerving. There is no skill test in this course.

 Registration Fee: $85


Proper Riding Gear Requirements

Proper riding gear must be worn at all times while attending the course, including Friday evening.

All students must wear the following: 

  1. Helmet and Eye Protection: The helmet must meet DOT standards and can be full face, ¾ or ½ in design. Helmets with obvious defects such as no lining, a cracked shell, or defective chinstrap will not be used. Sunglasses meet the eye protection requirement.
  2. Over-the-Ankle Footwear: Shoes should be predominantly leather in construction and cover the anklebone. High top athletic shoes that meet the above criteria may be worn.
  3. Pants:  Pant legs should reach the shoe tops and be made preferably of denim or a material of equivalent durability.
  4. Long-sleeve Shirt or Jacket: If the student chooses to wear a long-sleeve shirt, a jacket is not required. A shirt with sleeves to the wrist made of a durable material is preferred. The shirt should cover the rider’s shoulders (no shoulder cutouts allowed).
  5. Gloves: Gloves should be full fingered and preferable made of leather. Style and material are the student’s choice.


Registration Procedures

Registration for Motorcycle Safety courses can be found on the Registration Page. 

Find out more about registration


Note: Students who are 16 or 17 years old MUST enclose a high school release from their principal with the registration form.


2015 Course Numbers and Dates

Basic Rider Course

SP CSP 8019 601: April 24-26

SP CSP 8019 602: May 8-10

SU CSP 8019 601: May 21-23

SU CSP 8019 602: May 28-30

SU CSP 8019 603: June 4-6

SU CSP 8019 604: June 18-20

SU CSP 8019 605: August 7-9

FA CSP 8019 601: August 21-23

FA CSP 8019 602: August 28-30

FA CSP 8019 603: September 11-13

FA CSP 8019 604: September 25-27

FA CSP 8019 605: October 2-4

FA CSP 8019 606: October 23-25

FA CSP 8019 607: October 30-November 1


Basic Rider II

SP CSP 8057 602: May 2

FA CSP 8057 601: September 5


Basic Rider II 2-Up Passenger

SP CSP 8145 602: May 2

FA CSP 8145 601: September 5


Advanced Rider

SP CSP 8417 601: May 3

FA CSP 8417 601: September 6



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Olga Gonzalez

(828) 694-1742