Motorcycle Basic Rider Course | Thomas Nelson Community College

Motorcycle Basic Rider Course

Yamaha motorcycle parked on a road
Program Details
No credential
Academic Division: 
Workforce Development

Class Postponed until 2023.


The Basic Rider Course approved by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) gives the novice motorcyclist the skills required to ride safely on the street. The 17.5-hour course (6.5 hrs of classroom and 11 hrs of range practice) includes basics of motorcycle operation, effective braking, turning skills, obstacle avoidance, and safe riding strategies. 

Successful completion of the course gives the participant a 30-day provisionary motorcycle classification. Successful participants may also qualify for up to 10% motorcycle insurance discount.

What to Bring

Students must provide: full-fingered leather gloves, sturdy over-the-ankle leather shoes or boots, long sturdy pants, long sleeve shirt or jacket and rain gear (if needed). DOT-approved helmets and 125cc to 500cc motorcycles are provided.


To be eligible to enroll, a student must know how to ride a bicycle and have a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit. A motorcycle license or motorcycle learner’s permit is NOT required. Because this course is physically demanding, students should be in good health. The instructor will make the final determination if the student will be allowed to participate in the course. All course requirements must be met for successful completion.


Classes meet in Room 1118, Peninsula Workforce Development Center, 600 Butler Farm Road, Hampton 23666.


  • $135 payable to Thomas Nelson


Instructors are experienced motorcycle operators who are nationally certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and are re-certified annually.

Basic Rider Course Schedule

March - October

  • Three day weekend class:
    • Friday, 6 - 9 p.m.
    • Saturday, 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
  • Two day weekend class: 
    • Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

November - December

  • Three day weekend class: 
    • Friday, 6 - 9 p.m.
    • Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Register Online

Register for classes online using the Thomas Nelson Workforce Development registration system.

Register Online