CMSP Motorcyclist Training Course

The California Motorcyclist Safety Program Motorcyclist Training Course (CMSP MTC) is designed to help you become a safer rider and successful completion will earn you a license waiver for the California DMV. The course is based on the most current research in rider safety and utilizes modern training methods.

The CMSP MTC costs $350 if you are age 21 or older, and $295 if you are age 20 or younger.

It will help you determine if motorcycle riding is right for you, address some of the hazards of riding, develop your riding skills, and refine them into accident avoidance skills. Though designed for new riders, any rider that has not taken a motorcycle course will benefit from this course.

Successful completion will earn you a DMV waiver for your on-motorcycle test, which is challenging and not accompanied by any teaching or coaching. (Note that you will still be responsible for paying the DMV’s standard licensing fees). Your graduation card may also provide discounts with your insurance company. Be sure to check and call around for best rates.

Your Tuition Includes

  • Our updated-for-2020 curriculum alternates between two Zoom classroom segments, and two on-motorcycle segments. In all, the course totals approximately 16 hours.
  • There will be a knowledge test and skills test that must both be passed in order to successfully complete the course and earn the Graduation Card and DL-389.
  • We provide the training motorcycles and carry an assortment of sizes and styles at any given time, all under 500cc. Don’t think that’s much bike? Just wait; they’re fun!
  • We also provide helmets, which have just been replaced with brand new Bell Qualifiers, some of the best helmets in the industry.

Topics Covered

  • The basics of where the controls are, and how to use them
  • Building riding confidence and handling fear
  • Understanding how motorcycles turn
  • Proper cornering strategies
  • Emergency crash avoidance skills

Class Location And Schedule

Where is the training?

We partner with Simi Institute for Carreers and Education (SICE) to deliver this course. They are located at 1880 Blackstock Avenue in Simi Valley. Prior to the COVID pandemic, our classroom was room #702B.  For the foreseeable future our "classroom sessions" will be done on Zoom.  The State is very serious about our use of Zoom, so please note these requirements: 

  • There are many video-conference platforms and Zoom is our preferred vendor; please download and install it well before your Zoom classroom session is scheduled to start.  
  • You must be on a video-capable device with the video on so that the Instructor can see you and respond to your comments.
  • You cannot be driving or in a moving vehicle.  We would prefer that you are on a stable surface (so your Instructor doesn't get motion-sick; didn't you watch Bair Witch?)
  • Do not do work, or your Amazon shopping, on your other monitor(s).  Pay attention. 
  • Sadly, this isn't a socially-distanced happy hour, so no alcohol consumption during class.  Yes, your classmates are cool AF, schedule your own Zoom call to drink with them on your own time.  
  • If you pretend that it's just like being in a real class, we will too.  It's actually pretty fun and interactive.  If you're outgoing, let 'er rip. 

Your Saturday riding will gather at the Land-Sea containers on the east end of the South parking lot to begin our "range" session for riding.  Google Maps has the MRE Corp. pin right in the middle of our range.  Hop in your car and just ask Google/Siri to navigate you to MRE Corp. in Simi Valley.   Please park west of the two large chain-link gates though.  Walk the last bit.  

Please open the PDF map attached to your registration confirmation email so that you can easily navigate the SICE campus.  

In Addition to Simi Valley and Moorpark, our students join us from Santa Barbara, and Ventura County, as well as Los Angeles cities of Chatsworth, Thousand Oaks, Northridge, Malibu, Canoga Park, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Newbury Park, and Winnetka.

When is the training held?

DO NOT BE LATE to your riding sessions. We jump directly into the material and there is no opportunity to get you "caught up."  You will be sent home with a Space Available certificate, a process which will be explained by the paperwork provided.  

The course consists of 4 uneven segments that alternate between classroom and riding.  In the summer months, with plenty of daylight, we offer two groups per weekend and both begin on a Thursday evening with a Zoom classroom at 5:30pm that will run about 3.5 hours. Your choice during registration of Saturday start time will determine whether you are part of the morning riding group or the afternoon riding group.

Morning riding groups begin PROMPTLY at 7:00am, Afternoon riding groups begin PROMPTLY at 12:30pm.  Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early so that we can help you acclimate to the space and our social-distance requirements, as well as to prep your gear.  The morning group rides until about 11:30, the afternoon group until about 4:30 and head home.   

Second Zoom classroom is Saturday evening from 7-9pm and will see both groups back on the conference line.  We recognize that this is a terrible time for anyone with a family.  We are sorry for the intrusion but haven't found a reasonable alternative.  While we don't want to see any beers, you're welcome to eat in front of your computer; just please use the mute button.  The sound of open-mouth chewing fills us with rage.  [kidding, that was a 23&me question on my genetics test]

HERE IS THE BIG COVID CHANGE: Sunday is going to be long.  It's almost 5 hours of riding and we will do the knowledge test during the lunch hour.  Morning riding group: Please bring snacks to maintain your focus.  Afternoon riding group: Please eat before you arrive and bring snacks to maintain your focus for the afternoon.  Because the knowledge test must be done outdoors, we will have patio chairs set up in a physically distanced manner, and you will take the evaluation from laminated tests with answer pages on a plastic clip board. The morning riding group will have their tests graded and will be released when done.  The afternoon riding group will remain on site and will prepare to ride at 1pm.  If you've passed, you will receive a Graduation Card that should be kept for life.  It may earn you discounts on your insurance. 

BRING WATER!!!  It's going to be a scorcher of a summer.  There is a water fountain on site, but please bring a large vessel and plan to push fluids; 10% down on hydration is roughly 40% down on focus.  

By the numbers, here are the sequences: 

Morning/AM Riding Group: 
Thursday 5:30-9pm - Zoom Classroom 1;
Saturday 7-11:30am - Range 1; then 7-9:30pm Zoom Classroom 2;
Sunday 7-11:45 - Range 2; then noon - 1pm - Knowledge Test  

Afternoon/PM Riding Group: 
Thursday 5:30-9pm - Zoom Classroom 1;
Saturday 12:30pm-5pm - Range 1; then 7-9:30pm Zoom Classroom 2;
Sunday 12:00 noon - 1pm - Knowledge Test; then 1-6:00pm - Range 2

After your course, we take your scores back to our facilities and process a lot of paperwork.  We have 7 days to get your DL-389 license waiver into the mail, and the Postal Service can take between a week to two to deliver.  Please expect to receive your DL-389 in approximately 3-weeks following the class.  It is only valid for one year from the date of completion of your course.  So please make plans to get to the DMV.  We've been informed by our State contacts that you should not make an appointment at the DMV.  Just plan to be there a while, and to be masked and socially distant.  (read: sunscreen may be a good idea)

Safety Gear Requirements

We are committed to providing you with a safe and productive riding experience. The current COVID pandemic has forced a number of changes.  Please know that our Staff are diligently sanitizing and wiping all communal surfaces.  During these times, personal gear is even more valuable, but we also recognize the challenges with getting properly fit and supply chain delays.  So, we provide a helmet if you don’t have one, but we do expect all students to wear specific clothing in order to be allowed to ride. This includes a mask when not in a helmet, long sleeves, pants, sturdy over-the-ankle footwear, and street motorcycle-specific gloves.  

No gear/wrong gear? No riding.

This is your responsibility. Aside from helmets and gloves/masks as backup, we do not carry extra gear on site. Failure to arrive prepared will result in your dismissal and receipt of a Space-Available form. If you have questions, please ask your Instructor during your Thursday evening Zoom class session.


We provide helmets in size ranges from XS to XXXL. They are all new for 2020, full-face Bell Qualifier helmets. If you prefer to bring your own helmet, it must be DOT-approved three-quarter or full-face without any drops or scuffs. No half helmets, or near-half helmets. You will need your own eyewear or face shield if you bring your own helmet.

Helmets are sanitized after each use to reduce the possibility of transmission, but they aren't used for at least 5 days between weekends. 

COVID-19 Masks

Under most recent guidance, masks are optional and fully supported. 

If you are going to wear a mask, it is recommended for any time that the helmet is not on. We prefer that you bring your own, and that it follow the CDC Guidelines.

However, we understand that the Bikerscout mask is backordered from the 3D printer guy on Etsy. So we will have masks on hand if you cannot bring your own. 

This is the way.


We provide gloves as backup, but HIGHLY SUGGEST that you purchase your own pair of street motorcycle-specific riding gloves. Especially now, with health and safety concerns, please provide your own gloves.

Dirt bike gloves ARE NOT ALLOWED. Nor are batting, golfing, ski/snowboard, or goalie gloves. Different kinds of gloves are built for specific purposes. Street bike gloves are designed to resist abrasion. Good gloves are the second most important piece of gear you will wear after a helmet.


For the riding segments, you will need to arrive in your sturdy, over-the-ankle footwear. Hiking boots are acceptable, and although high-tops are allowed, they provide minimal protection. Leather work boots or cowboy boots are great. Actual riding boots are even better. Features to consider in a riding boot are a thin but durable toe, minimal rise in the heel, and protection on/around the ankle bone. Uggs, Toms, and Converse are NOT acceptable.

Long Sleeves and Pants

Although Simi Valley can be warm, this is still a safety class. We recommend wearing a jacket any time you ride. For this class, at minimum, you will need a long sleeve shirt and pants. This isn’t a rock concert, so holes are not stylish: they are a problem. Please wear concealing apparel that may provide some level of protection in a low-speed incident.

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