Training begins with enrolment on the IAM Advanced Rider Course. The course teaches five phases of advanced riding; information, position, speed, gear and acceleration, so regardless of whether you’re navigating country lanes, busy roads, or tackling the challenging British weather, you have the skills and knowledge to remain confident and in control. Safety is part of the advanced riding programme, but it also encourages you to feel confident on the road, to make good progress, and to get even greater enjoyment from the experience. This training is provided by your local IAM group.

Who are we?

Cheddar Valley Advanced Motorcyclists (CVAM) are one of the many IAM Advanced Motorcycle groups around the UK, with over 100 local members. We want to continually improve our riding skills, enjoy riding to the full whilst making safe progress and socialising with like-minded riders.

We are all members of the IAM, having passed the IAM Advanced Bike test, or are Associate members undergoing training to achieve that goal. We constantly have Associate members working towards passing the IAM test and we look forward to meeting new ones!

Who is Advanced Rider training for?

Anyone who has held a full UK motorcycle licence for over 3 months and has a motorcycle that is fully insured and legally roadworthy can join the IAM. It doesn’t matter what level of experience you have, what bike you ride, how long you have been riding, or your how old you are.

What does training involve?

For Associates joining us and aiming to take the IAM Advanced Motorcycle Test, we have a team of qualified Observers keen to pass on their knowledge of advanced riding.


Observed Rides

An Observer is allocated to each new Associate and observed rides are arranged at the convenience of the Associate and his or her Observer.

As many observed rides will take place as necessary until the Associate has progressed to test standard. This usually takes between 6 and 12 rides depending on experience, aptitude etc. but it doesn’t cost anything over and above the joining fee as the Observers are all volunteers. We do suggest, however, that a contribution to the Observers’ petrol and running costs should be offered at up to £10 for each ride.

Observed Rides usually last for about an hour (but can be longer at the Observer’s/Associate’s convenience), after which a full discussion and debrief takes place. Total time will therefore usually be about two hours. We also organise theory sessions throughout the year covering the principles of advanced riding techniques which are all based on the Police Roadcraft System of Motorcycle Control.

Associate Theory Days

Associate Theory Days are provided for new Associates, Observers and any existing Associates who would like to attend again. This training is provided by CVAM Observers and is a pre-requisite for completing the theoretical side of the Advanced Rider training. Places need to be booked and details for dates for the next session will be found on our Events Programme page.

How to join

Firstly join the IAM

If you want to join the IAM to become an Advanced Motorcyclist, you will need to enrol on the Advanced Rider Course at a cost of £149, and you will start as an Associate until you have passed the IAM test, when you will become a Member.  In brief this one-off fee covers:

  • Membership of the IAM for 12 months
  • Membership of CVAM for up to 12 months
  • The cost of the IAM Advanced Motorcycle Test
  • Theory Sessions on the principles of advanced riding
  • As many observed rides as are required
  • The quarterly IAM Advanced Driving Magazine

You can apply directly online for IAM membership at and state CVAM as your preferred group.


Contact CVAM direct

Alternatively you can contact us direct via our Contact form and request further details from our Membership Secretary.


Annual Renewal

If you are an IAM Member, then membership of the CVAM group will be £15 a year. (Note: to renew CVAM membership as an Associate is £31.)  Annual renewal of the IAM is £32.

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Further training

IAM Masters qualification

Information about the IAM Masters programme can be found on the IAM website.