Basic Rider Course (BRC)

This 17-hour course is designed for the true beginner rider who has little or no riding experience.  It includes the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) eCourse (completed online), 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.

Basic Rider Course (BRC) Fees
$309 – Frederick County Residents
$314 – Maryland Residents outside of Frederick County
$319 – Non-Maryland Residents

Enrollment Requirements
Students must possess a current driver’s license or hold a learner’s permit (C or M) for at least 9 months. An individual with a Maryland driver’s license who satisfactorily completes the Basic Rider Course (BRC) will receive a Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Certificate. This certificate can be presented at any MVA full-service office for a Class "M" license.

If you do not have a driver’s license, please see the information on the Graduated Licensing System, which applies to all applicants for a first license. You must have a valid license to add the Class M to before your Completion Certificate expires (6 months).   

Guardians of students under the age of 18 must accompany the student and sign a consent/release form on the first day of class.

Course payment must be received in full at the time of registration.  

Required Gear
Protective clothing (eye protection, suitable jacket, long sleeves, long pants, full-fingered gloves and over-the-ankle footwear) and only open (a.k.a. 3/4) or full-face helmets may be worn.

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

Sample Schedule
Wednesday & Thursday / 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. / Classroom Training
Saturday / 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. / Range Riding
Sunday / 7:30 a.m. – 2: 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 – Rider perception activities
 • Second classroom night – Rider perception (con’t) with more emphasis on the decision making process;
 • First range day – Practice on basic motorcycle control skills; and
 • Second range day – Street skills practice with emphasis on cornering.  Riding Skill Test. Written knowledge test and 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. (The course Completion Certificate is only valid for 6 months.)

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.
 • The Late Policy indicates students arriving late to class will not be permitted to participate in class activities.
 • Instruction is provided rain or shine.
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