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This course is currently run on weekends
Saturday & Sunday
You will then be required to attend your nearest campus by 4pm on the Thursday before your training to finalise your enrolment. Contact our friendly team on 1300 648 911 if you cannot attend a campus before that time. If you do not make contact with us, a $20 administration fee will be charged for an enrolment transfer or cancellation.
Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the course commencement. If you miss the crucial compulsory OH&S brief at the start of the course, you will not be able to participate.
Photo identification (including your date of birth).
To get your Motorcycle Learner Permit you:
• need to be at least 18 years old
• need to be a Victoria resident
• can’t be disqualified from holding or getting a learner permit
• need to be medically fit to drive (if medical conditions need to be assessed by VicRoads, please allow 10 business days from submission of your VicRoads Medical Form to South West TAFE, before your Motorcycle Learner Permit course date).
In preparation for the Motorcycle Learner Permit knowledge assessment, it is recommended participants read the Victorian Rider Handbook which is available through VicRoads, newsagents or online.
http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/ Licences/Handbooks/Motorcyclists/ VictorianRiderHandbook.htm
If you do not hold a current car learner permit or drivers licence, you are required to make a booking at VicRoads for a Car Learner Permit Knowledge test based on the ‘Road to Solo Driving’ Handbook. Proof of successful completion of this test must be provided to SWTAFE, prior to enrolling in the Motorcycle Learner Permit course.
What You Learn
The 2 day Motorcycle Learner Permit course will provide you with professional instruction on the fundamentals of riding safely on the road. This is regardless of how well you ride or how long you have been riding. It is also recommended for those returning to motorcycling after many years and who may never have had any professional training.
You will need to hold an Australian Motorcycle Learner Permit for at least 3 months right before you apply for your Motorcycle Licence, or have held a motorcycle licence issued in Australia, New Zealand or another country within the last 5 years (for another country visit: https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/licences/renew-replace-or-update/new-to-victoria/overseas-drivers)
It is also recommended that you hold your Motorcycle Learner Permit for a minimum of 3 months before participating in the compulsory Check Ride. The Check Ride must be completed at least one month prior to your Motorcycle Licence Assessment date.
What You Get
Training developed by VicRoads and motorcycle skills and knowledge, with the emphasis upon the importance of correct driver attitudes.
Riding experience on a range of different motorcycle makes and models including sports, cruisers and naked upright bikes, supplied by South West TAFE.
Upon successful completion of both the practical and knowledge assessments, you will be provided with a VicRoads Learner Permit Receipt, allowing you authorisation (subject to subsequent licence/permit refusal, suspension or cancellation) to operate a Motorcycle (for a period not exceeding 2 months from the date of issue), until your Learner Permit card is issued and posted to you by VicRoads.
A Motorcycle Learner Permit is valid for 15 months or until you get a motorcycle licence. If you don’t get your motorcycle licence within the 15 months, you’ll need to be retested to get another Motorcycle Learner Permit.
Materials to Bring
Pen and notepaper.
Photo identification (including date of birth)
- Car Learner Permit or Drivers Licence (if held)
- If not held, proof of successful completion of a Car Learner Permit Knowledge Test at VicRoads and evidence of identity
When riding a motorcycle or scooter, it is crucial that you wear protective clothing to help keep you safe. Protective clothing that keeps out the wind and rain will also make riding a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.
Training PPE Requirements:
- Long sleeves and long pants; no exposed skin.
- Certified approved motorcycle helmet.
- Eye protection while riding; either helmet visor down or protective eyewear.
- High visibility (hi-vis) vest or jacket (supplied by SWTAFE for training use).
- Motorcycle gloves, secured at the wrists.
- Sturdy footwear with enclosed toes (no thongs/sandles/slippers etc).
- Rainwear, if necessary.
NEW VICROADS GRADUATED LICENSING SYSTEM (GLS)
As of 2 April 2016, new requirements came into effect for individuals wishing to obtain a Motorcycle Learner Permit in regional Victoria.
Replacing our previous Motorcycle Learner Permit 6 hour and 10 hours courses, the new VicRoads GLS Motorcycle Learner Permit is a 2 day course, regardless of your previous riding experience.
The 2 day training and assessment has been developed by VicRoads. The assessment includes an on and off road component and a motorcycle rider knowledge test. VicRoads recommend that you read the Victorian Rider Handbook before undertaking the assessment.
- Unique aspects of motorcycling
- Mount and dismount a motorcycle
- Major controls
- Minor controls
- Straddle walk a motorcycle
- Riding posture
- Partner push (balance and stop a non-powered motorcycle)
- Start up and shut down a motorcycle
- Ride straight and stop at a given point
- Left and right turns
- Changing gears
- Roadcraft tactics
- Warm up ride - curves
- Curves - look, slow down, gear down, move away, discussion
- Making choices
- Introduction to slow riding
- Simulated road ride
- Choosing personal protective equipment
- Motorcycle rider knowledge test
- Review of day 1 activities
- Warm up ride
- Slow ride - weave, off set weave
- Steering - change path straight, theory, change path curve
- Braking - set up, from a point, to a point
- Crash avoidance space (CAS)
- Tactics and strategy
- Simulated road ride
Includes VicRoads assessment fee and Learner Permit fee.
Payment is required at the time of enrolment.
At South West TAFE we’re here to help you complete your studies happily and successfully.
From the moment you start thinking about course options until you finish, you’ll have access to a range of student support options, covering enrolment, education, social and personal issues, including:
- Education Pathway Officers who can help you with information sessions, fee payment options, TAFE and university pathways, career pathways and campus tours
- A DHHS registered Disability Support Team
- Koorie Liaison Officer
- Student Wellbeing Officer supporting your personal and social needs
- Library and Research Centre
- Bookshop supplying a range of textbooks and stationery
- Student Learning Support including literacy and numeracy