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PowerRide University (MSF) Rider Coach Preparation Course DETAILS

To maintain certification, RiderCoaches are required to teach a minimum of three classes a year, and attend an annual update training session.

The RiderCoach Training course will cost approximately $600.00.  The cost includes all of your training materials. This cost can be earned back by teaching at PowerRide University.  Ask for more details.


  • You must be a licensed motorcyclist

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent

  • You are at least 21 years old 

  • You currently ride on a frequent, routine basis 

  • You should have a minimum of 2 years of varied riding experience

  • Graduate of a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Course (This can be taken prior to class)

  • Driving record with no more than 3 moving violations, no alcohol related traffic violations, and no driver’s license suspension, revocation, or denial within the three years preceding the date of application to become a coach.

  • You are expected to be a role model for students, and as such, will be expected to wear the proper gear, to include a DOT helmet, eye protection, sturdy over the ankle footwear, long pants of durable material, long sleeved shirt or jacket and full fingered gloves; ANYTIME that you ride a motorcycle.

  •  No Felony Convictions  

  • Good communication skills 

  • A sincere desire to share the joy of motorcycling



  • Ride every day

  • Secure the required riding gear: 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)

  • Spend time studying during off-class hours

  • Attend every class 

Attend and complete all required programs, clinics and professional Development Workshops required by the Department of Motor Vehicles Motorcycle Program and all other State laws, policies and procedures.

Conduct yourself in a professional manner, including, but not limited to, using appropriate language when interacting with participants and others involved in the course and be certain these are free from threat and intimidation.

Comply with other requirements specified by Virginia code 46.2-1190.3 or otherwise established by the Department of Motor Vehicles (the Department). You must be a licensed motorcyclist who currently rides on a frequent, routine basis. As a teacher, you need good communication skills.

As a RiderCoach/Instructor, you'll be called upon to give your time to help teach RiderCourse's. Although you will be paid, you won't become rich in this field. A sincere desire to help reduce motorcycle accidents, injuries, and deaths are the prime motivator of RiderCourse RiderCoaches.

What does the course cover and what are the completion requirements?


Attendance: The course is approximately 70+ hours long. Course schedules may vary; you should plan on four days of intense in person training and pre-course online class work. Your first two days of class will be attending a Basic Rider Course as a student. To continue to the next phase as an Instructor Candidate, you MUST pass the Basic Rider Course Knowledge & Skills tests with scores set to a higher standard than those of the general public attending the same Basic Rider Course to obtain their license. Failure to obtain a passing score will not allow you to continue on the next phase as an Instructor Candidate. If you desire to reapply, you will be requested to begin the application process again from its entirety. You MUST attend and successfully complete every class and all sessions in their entirety within the original session you registered.

You will use our Program motorcycles; NO private motorcycles will be allowed.


Peer teaching: During the 4 day course, you'll learn how to teach the curriculum. You'll practice teaching in the classroom and the driving range with your peers. You'll learn how to manage the range exercises and how to evaluate and coach students as they develop their riding skills.

Knowledge tests: During the training portion of the course, you'll be given two separate knowledge tests - one test is the same test used in the Licensing Program; however, the standards are higher for RiderCoach/Instructor candidates. The second test will cover information covered in your instructor class and your instructor materials.  You must pass each test to continue in the program.

Qualitative Assessment: There are many competencies required to be a competent RiderCoach/Instructor. Besides the usual expectations of adhering to the Rules of Professional Conduct, a critical core competency required is to be able to appropriately apply judgment in making decisions that facilitate learning for the RC Candidate; in other words, making sound field judgments based on the principles of safety and the curriculum. Therefore, QA Staff, Chief Instructors (Trainers) and other personnel conducting the curriculum have the responsibility to assess your capabilities based on their judgment and experience. It is your responsibility to demonstrate to them that you understand the program principles in a way that leads you to make effective decisions relative to the Program.

Student teaching: The course culminates when you teach a complete Class to a group of new riders


Student Teaching: Trainers will evaluate your performance. Successfully completing student teaching is your final requirement to qualify for RiderCoach certification.

As a RiderCoach/Instructor candidate, you'll use the RiderCoach/Instructor Guide for the curriculum. You'll also receive many course materials, reports, and instructional handouts to start your reference library.

We accept Credit cards, Debit cards, and cash. Full payment will be requested for each application.  Tuition is non-refundable.

Classes may be rescheduled due to weather, low registration, etc. 

So, what are you waiting for?

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