Basic Rider Course (BRC)

This 17-hour course is designed for the true beginner rider who has little or no riding experience.  It includes classroom and riding instruction on the basic riding skills and strategies for you to begin practicing street riding.

During the seven hours of classroom time, we discuss responsible riding, selecting proper riding gear, basic riding skills, defensive riding strategies, and riding in a variety of situations. In addition to classroom training, we provide approximately 10 hours of riding on a training motorcycle practicing clutch-throttle control, stopping, turning and shifting as well as basic crash avoidance skills. Instructors evaluate and coach your performance throughout the course.

Motorcycle Course Schedule

motorcycle class schedule


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Basic Rider Course (BRC) Fees

$289 – Frederick County Residents
$294 – Maryland Residents outside of Frederick County
$299 – Non-Maryland Residents


Enrollment Requirements

If you possess a valid driver’s license, Class “M” Motorcycle learner’s permit, or are eligible for a learner’s permit and are able to ride a bicycle, you may enroll in the Basic Rider Course (BRC).  A parent or guardian of a student under the age of 18 years must sign a consent/release form.

Course payment must be received at the time of registration. Participants may report to FCC as a stand-by student on the first day of the course and, if selected, enroll by completing the registration form and paying the course fee in full.

If you do not achieve the minimum performance standards during the class, you will not be permitted to continue the course.

Required Gear

Protective clothing (eye protection, suitable jacket, long sleeves, long pants, full-fingered gloves and over-the-ankle footwear) and a properly-fitted DOT-certified helmet (in good condition, with labeling intact) is required during the riding portion.  If you do not have a helmet, gloves or eyewear, FCC may loan these items to you for the duration of the course.



Training motorcycles are provided to students as personal motorcycles are not permitted for use during this course.


Course Agenda

Sample Schedule

Wednesday & Thursday / 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. / Classroom Training
Saturday / 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / Range Riding
Sunday / 7:30 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. / Range Riding followed by Classroom Training.

This is a sample schedule for a standard course.  Course times, formats and structures may vary. Please be sure to check the dates, times and locations on your registration receipt. Students arriving late to class will not be permitted to participate in class activities.

BRC Course Summary

  • First classroom night – Instruction on motorcycle basics
  • Second classroom night – Instruction on more advanced riding techniques
  • First range day – Practice motorcycle operations including starting, stopping, turning and shifting.
  • Second range day – More advance skills practice includes stopping, turning, leaning and swerving.  Complete a skills evaluation on the motorcycle, written evaluation in the classroom, and complete course wrap-up.


Course Materials

While FCC provides each student with a Student Rider Handbook at the first class, participants are asked to view the book prior to the class start date at Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and answer the study questions found on pages 51 and 54. The information and questions will form the basis for classroom discussions and serve as insight on riding instruction provided during the range training lessons.


Course Completion

To successfully complete the course, students are required to:

  • Participate in all course sessions
  • Pass a written skills test
  • Pass a riding skills test

Upon successful completion, you will receive a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Card and completion certificate. You are also eligible to receive a Class “M” Motorcycle license. Learn more about obtaining your motorcycle license at  Please note: Students are not guaranteed to complete the course, pass the test or obtain a license.


General Information

  • A motorcycle learner’s permit in not required for participation.
  • Course instruction consists of approximately 7 hours of classroom and 10 hours of riding time.
  • Course curriculum, approved by the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), meets or exceeds the standards set by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
  • There is no guarantee that participants will pass the course and/or earn a Class “M” Motorcycle license.
  • Select insurance companies offer motorcycle premium discounts to class graduates.
  • The Late Policy indicates students arriving late to class will not be permitted to participate in class activities.
  • Instruction is provided rain or shine.