RETSORG is a place where members of the training community can submit Best Practice and curriculum/system change suggestions for review and view the MSF-sponsored Best Practices Board. You must be a current certified MSF RiderCoach or RiderCoach Trainer to access this site (password protected).


Become a Certified MSF RiderCoach℠

Since 1973, MSF has trained more than 400 Chief Instructors and RiderCoach Trainers who in turn have certified over 20,000 Instructors and RiderCoaches.

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 RiderCoach.

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.

Contact your State or 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, Suite 150
Irvine, California 92618-3812
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.

Be prepared!
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.

Interested in RES?

The RiderCourse Enrollment System (RES) is a complete and cost effective web-based solution designed with support for both our MSF training providers and the general public. MSF training providers have a diverse set of business requirements that range from staff training to the for-profit business model. The RES Administrator portal is designed to meet such requirements with tools available 24-7, ready to complement today's fast paced “on the go” business climate. The general public, too, have come to expect around-the-clock access to their desired resources. As such, we can expect the motorcycle riding public to be a proactive group, wanting to drive their own personal training experience. The RES public portal anticipates these needs by providing a full suite of easily accessible online training resources.

* If you would like to show you are interested in RES, please contact us at


  • The servers are hosted with RackSpace, an environmentally controlled, secure, multi-backbone facility with fire suppression and redundant power sources.
  • All traffic, for both the public and administrative site, is encrypted using industry standard SSL encryption.
  • All data in the MSF data store is encrypted using enterprise level cryptography. Further, sensitive data (e.g. Driver's license number, etc.) utilizes an additional layer of encryption with associated key management processes and procedures.

End User Requirements

  • A modern web browser with JavaScript support and the ability to access SSL web sites (Port: 443).

RES Administrative Site Features

The RiderCourse Enrollment System's administrative site provides the tools necessary for training providers to create, maintain and support MSF RiderCourse classes and students around the world. Additionally, training oversight features are provided for state and military coordinators.

  1. Training Providers:
    • Training providers are presented with a library of Motorcycle Safety Provider - specific information including downloadable forms plus calendar and news sections of MSP-related events.
    • Built-in reports to help make intelligent business decisions.
    • Optional default settings to assist class scheduling.
    • Controlled public access to available classes and sites.
    • Maintenance of MSF Training Provider online profile information.
    • Maintenance of MSF Training Provider site information including: course type availability, contact details (website, email, enrollment phone, directions, etc.), student types,
      1. Class Scheduling and Maintenance:
        • Creation of public and privately held classes, each accessible from within the RES real-time enrollment portal.
        • Class creation includes details such as course type, class size/student type restrictions, and age-fees requirements.
        • RiderCoach recording including the support of coordinator approved RiderCoach regulations.
        • Optional automated payment collection and refunds. *Requires a qualifying PayPal Payflow Payment Gateway, PayPal Payments Pro Playflow Edition or account.
        • Inclusion of training provider specific data fields.
        • Options to restrict the number of online registrations, customize registration closure dates, customize non-payment notifications, alerts, etc.
      2. Student Entry and Maintenance:
        • Track and maintain all student training details.
        • Requirement of optional fields based on state/military coordinator requirements
          • Gender
          • Driver's license number
          • Driver's license state
          • Student training results
          • License waiver information
  2. Program Coordinators:
    • Coordinators can view all classes and students entered by their respective training providers via a Coordinator-Training Provider mapping.
    • Designate which course types, age categories, class size and fees may be offered by their respective training providers.
      1. State Specific Features:
        • License waiver program support
    • Optional Quality Assurance module based on the MSF Quality Assurance program. The Quality Assurance program is designed to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of a training site's administration, classroom and range facilities, learning environment, and other performance standards allowing continuous learning and support of our training community.

RES Public Portal Features

The RiderCourse Enrollment System's public portal houses training resources and support information available to the motorcycle riding public.

  • Access to the MSF RiderCourse real-time enrollment site. Here, the end user can search for and enroll in all MSF RiderCourse offerings in their area and are provided with an overview of different course types and requirements. Complete filtering is provided (geographic and training experience) to meet users personal training requirements.
  • Promotional listing of MSF service providers including links to access their distinctive offerings.
  • Links to other MSF services.
  • Training providers have the ability to link directly to their classes or sites bypassing part of the enrollment process.
  • Coordinator and training providers have the ability to co-brand the site with their own logos.

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