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 CVAM as your local IAM group.
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.
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.
Member Training Days
Member training days are arranged at several times during the year for members who have already passed their Advanced Test to come along and refresh their skills. These days offer opportunities to: get an assessment of your riding by having an observed ride with one of our Observers, attend theory sessions, practice slow riding skills. We also welcome friends and prospective members to come along too. Check the Events Programme for the next scheduled Member Training Day.
The IAM / CVAM Development Tree provides an overview of the development of Advanced rider training and the Personal and Club training process. This can be viewed here:
IAM Masters qualification
Want to go further ? The IAM RoadSmart Masters standard offers the ultimate challenge for civilian riders and is available to current full IAM members through CVAM.
Further information about the IAM Masters programme can be found on the IAM website.