RiderCoaches are the backbone of the RiderCourse training system. Completing an intensive RiderCoach Preparation Course is one of the main requirements for becoming an MSF RiderCourse Certified RiderCoach.
During the RiderCoach Preparation Course you'll learn the nuts and bolts of teaching the MSF's Basic RiderCourse (BRC). In some programs, your RiderCoach Preparation Course may include the details of teaching the Basic RiderCourse 2 (BRC2, formerly ERC Suite). However, many programs prefer to provide your BRC2 update at a later time--after you've gained experience teaching the BRC.
Who teaches the RiderCoach Preparation Course?
MSF-certified RiderCoach Trainers teach the course. These specially trained RiderCoaches have completed the MSF's RiderCoach Trainer Preparation Course and are authorized to train candidates for MSF RiderCoach certification.
What qualifications do I need to enroll?
You must be a licensed motorcyclist, at least 18 years old, who currently rides on a frequent, routine basis. You should have several years of varied riding experience. As a teacher, you need good communication skills. As a RiderCoach, you'll be called upon to give your time to help teach RiderCourses. Although you may get paid, you won't become rich in this field. A sincere desire to help reduce motorcycle accidents, injuries, and deaths is the prime motivator of RiderCourse RiderCoaches.
What does the course cover and what are the completion requirements?
The course is approximately 60 hours long. Course schedules will vary; you should plan on 7 to 10 days of intense training.
As a part of the course, you'll be required to pass a riding-skill test. It is the same test used in the MSF's Basic RiderCourse; however, the standards are higher for RiderCoach candidates.
During the course, you'll learn how to teach the BRC curriculum. You'll practice teaching in the classroom. You'll learn how to manage the range exercises and how to evaluate and coach students as they develop their riding skills.
At the end of the training portion of the course, you'll be given a knowledge test. You must pass it to continue in the program.
The course culminates when you and your classmates teach a complete BRC to a group of new riders. The RiderCoach Trainers will evaluate your performance. Successfully completing student teaching is your final requirement to qualify for MSF RiderCourse RiderCoach certification.
As a RiderCoach candidate, you'll use the RiderCoach Guide for the BRC. You'll also receive many MSF materials, reports, and instructional handouts to start your own reference library. Depending on the sponsor, you may also receive RiderCoach Range & Classroom Cards for the ERC Suite and information on teaching this program.
What is the course schedule?
It depends. There is a 7 consecutive day schedule, a 2 four-day weekend schedule, and a 3-weekend schedule. Some colleges and universities offer the course as a semester program.
When is the course offered?
Typically a course is offered when there is a need for RiderCoaches in a particular area. The course is organized by a state program, a military sponsor, or an area RiderCoach Trainer.
How can I find out when/where a course will be offered?
Many programs provide the MSF with schedules of their RiderCoach Preparation Courses. If one isn't available, the MSF can provide you with a contact in your area.
Click here for info on how to contact your State/Military Coordinator for more details and an application for the RiderCoach Preparation Course. If your state does not have a Coordinator, you may contact the MSF. Our address and phone number is:
Motorcycle Safety Foundation
2 Jenner Street, Suite 150
Irvine, California 92618-3806
Phone: (949) 727-3227 / FAX: (949) 727-4217
What does the course cost?
The national average is about $100.00. It can be more; occasionally, less. Generally, tuition will depend on financial support available from state or military programs. For private programs, it may depend upon how many candidates enroll. We recommend that 12 qualified candidates be committed to attend the course to maximize the cost efficiency.
If you enroll in a course, go prepared to ride! Every day! Required riding gear includes a helmet that complies with DOT standards; eye protection; over-the-ankle, sturdy leather footwear; long pants; long-sleeved shirt or jacket; and full-fingered gloves (preferably leather).
Be prepared to spend time studying during off-class hours. This is an intensive program that requires a lot of work and concentration. Do not enroll unless you can attend every class meeting.
MSF highly recommends you complete a BRC prior to the RiderCoach Preparation Course. Some programs require this prior to accepting candidates in the RiderCoach Preparation Course.