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Full Licence/CBTA

Once you have completed the full licence CBTA assessment and gained your full license, you can ride any time you like, ride any motorcycle you like, and you can carry passengers.

Full Licence / CBTA

Included:

Personalised, one-on-one coaching session and assessment (CBTA) 

A motorcycle instructor with 30+ years' experience 

Easy online bookings

WHAT IS A CBTA?

Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) is a system designed to enhance motorcycle training and licensing in New Zealand. It provides a structured approach to assess riders' competence and skill progression.

 

Under CBTA, riders can undergo coaching and then undertake assessments to demonstrate their competency in specific riding tasks and manoeuvres. CBTA offers different levels of assessment, such as CBTA 6R for learner licence progression and CBTA 6F for restricted licence progression. Head to NZTA's website for more information on getting your full licence.

 

This comprehensive training and assessment framework aims to ensure that motorcycle riders in New Zealand receive proper instruction and evaluation, leading to safer and more skilled riders on the roads.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN & BE ASSESSED ON

Test applicants will be expected to be able to apply appropriate hazard and detection responses to all assessable tasks without an explanation of what is required by the assessor. Applicants will also need to demonstrate good riding skills in more complex situations and maintain safe riding behaviours across a wide variety of higher-speed road conditions. These include managing intersections, navigating roundabouts, changing lanes, maintaining a safe following distance, responding to traffic signals and signs, and adapting to different weather conditions.

 

The assessment will also evaluate the applicant's ability to anticipate potential hazards, make safe decisions, and demonstrate safe riding techniques. In addition, candidates will be assessed on their knowledge and adherence to road rules, demonstrating an understanding of right-of-way, speed limits, and proper signalling.

 

The aim of the full motorcycle assessment is to ensure that riders have the necessary skills and knowledge to confidently and safely navigate the roads, making them responsible and competent riders in all riding scenarios.

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum age requirements:

If you have successfully completed a CBTA (6F) course , you can apply for your full licence once you turn 17½.

If you haven't completed a CBTA course, then you must be 18 or older before you can get your full licence.

Minimum time requirements:

If you have done a CBTA 6F course, then you must have held your restricted licence for at least 1 year before you can apply for your full licence.

If you have not completed a CBTA course, then you must have held your restricted licence for at least 18 months. 

TRAINING PACKAGES

FULL ASSESSMENT ONLY (CBTA 6F)

The service is suitable for a competent, trained, and confident rider who is on a restricted motorcycle licence and wishing to advance to a full motorcycle licence.

We highly recommend you receive training prior to attempting the riding assessment.

1 HOUR COACHING + 
FULL ASSESSMENT (CBTA 6F)

This service provides an hour of personalised training, designed specifically to calm pre-test nerves and offer the opportunity to receive feedback on your riding, prior to sitting your assessment. 

 

This service is recommended for riders wishing to proceed from a restricted motorcycle licence to a full motorcycle licence.

2 HOUR COACHING + 
FULL ASSESSMENT (CBTA 6F)

Suitable for a rider who desires extra assistance, this service provides 2 hours of undivided personalised coaching and practice. This helps to ensure you have the skills to successfully complete your assessment.

 

This service is a good option if you are hiring or loaning an unfamiliar bike for your assessment.

UNSURE WHICH PACKAGE IS BEST FOR YOU?

Check out our full licence guide to help you decide.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Where can I get more information on acquiring my motorcycle licence?
    For more information on acquiring your motorcycle licence, you can visit the official NZTA website. The NZTA can provide detailed, up-to-date guidelines, requirements, and application procedures. Additionally, Absolute Motorcycle Training can offer guidance and resources to assist you throughout the licensing process.
  • What happens if it is raining on the day of my training/assessment?
    The training/assessment will still go ahead in the rain.
  • What is the training/coaching style of the Absolute Motorcycle training instructors?
    At Absolute Motorcycle Training, we believe that learning comes from building confidence and having fun! Our instructor provides one-on-one, personalised instruction. Every session is tailored to the rider's individual needs, offering support, and feedback to help them improve their riding skills and to ensure safe and responsible motorcycle riders.
  • What riding gear should I bring on the test day?
    On the test day, you should bring appropriate riding gear, including a front-fastening jacket, long pants (jeans preferred), and sturdy footwear that provides ankle protection. Motorcycle helmets and gloves will be supplied on the day. It is important to ensure that your riding gear provides adequate protection.
  • Are there resources to help me prepare for my theory test?
    Yes, there are resources available to help you prepare for your theory test. Everything you need to pass the test is in the 'Official New Zealand Road Code'. You can buy the Road Code at most bookstores and driver licensing agents. It’s also available online. This resource covers road rules, signs, and safe driving practices specific to motorcycle riders in New Zealand. You can also visit drivingtests.co.nz to practice a range of theory questions based on the New Zealand Road Code.
  • How can I apply for my motorcycle learner licence?
    Once you have successfully passed the Basic Handling Skills Test (BHST), you will be issued a certificate to take with you to VTNZ or AA to apply for your licence and sit your theory test. The application typically involves completing the necessary forms, providing identification documents, passing a theory test, and paying the required fees. More information can be found on NZTA's website.
  • Can I use my own motorcycle for the Basic Handling Skill Test (BHST)?
    Yes, you can use your own motorcycle for the Basic Handling Skills Test. However, it is essential to ensure that your motorcycle is in good working condition, has a current Warrant of Fitness, and meets the safety requirements specified by the NZTA.
  • What is the Basic Handling Skills Test (BHST)?
    The Basic Handling Skills Test (BHST) is a practical test conducted by an approved motorcycle riding instructor to assess your ability to handle a motorcycle in basic riding situations. It includes tasks such as manoeuvring, braking, and control exercises to demonstrate your fundamental riding skills.
  • When do I get my motorcycle learner licence?
    Once you have successfully passed the theory test, presented a BHST or completed the riding assessment and completed the necessary application process, you will be issued your motorcycle learner licence. The exact timing may vary depending on the processing time of the NZTA, but typically, you will immediately receive a paper version of your licence after completing the requirements. You will receive your ‘plastic’ learner licence in the mail shortly after.
  • When can I apply for my BHST/motorcycle learner licence?
    You can do the Basic Handling Skills Test before you turn 16 but you will not be able to apply for your learners licence until you're 16.
  • Where can I get more information on acquiring my motorcycle licence?
    For more information on acquiring your motorcycle licence, you can visit the official NZTA website. The NZTA can provide detailed, up-to-date guidelines, requirements, and application procedures. Additionally, Absolute Motorcycle Training can offer guidance and resources to assist you throughout the licensing process.
  • What is the training/coaching style of the Absolute Motorcycle training instructors?
    At Absolute Motorcycle Training, we believe that learning comes from building confidence and having fun! Our instructor provides one-on-one, personalised instruction. Every session is tailored to the rider's individual needs, offering support, and feedback to help them improve their riding skills and to ensure safe and responsible motorcycle riders.
  • Can I use my own motorcycle for the Basic Handling Skill Test (BHST)?
    Yes, you can use your own motorcycle for the Basic Handling Skills Test. However, it is essential to ensure that your motorcycle is in good working condition, has a current Warrant of Fitness, and meets the safety requirements specified by the NZTA. You can hire a rental LAMS approved motorcycle if your own motorcycle is not LAMS approved or you don't have your own motorcycle to use.
  • What riding gear should I bring on the test day?
    On the test day, you should bring appropriate riding gear, including a front-fastening jacket, long pants (jeans preferred), and enclosed footwear that provides ankle protection. Motorcycle helmets and gloves will be supplied on the day. It is important to ensure that your riding gear provides adequate protection.
  • What is the Basic Handling Skills Test (BHST)?
    The Basic Handling Skills Test (BHST) is a practical test conducted by an approved motorcycle riding instructor to assess your ability to handle a motorcycle in basic riding situations. It includes tasks such as manoeuvring, braking, and control exercises to demonstrate your fundamental riding skills.
  • When can I apply for my BHST/motorcycle learner licence?
    You can apply for your BHST at any age; but please note you must be 16 or above to apply for a motorcycle learner licence.
  • How can I apply for my motorcycle learner licence?
    Once you have successfully passed the Basic Handling Skills Test (BHST), you will be issued a certificate to take with you to VTNZ or AA to apply for your licence and sit your theory test. The application typically involves completing the necessary forms, providing identification documents, passing a theory test, and paying the required fees. More information can be found on NZTA's website.
  • Are there resources to help me prepare for my theory test?
    Yes, there are resources available to help you prepare for your theory test. Everything you need to pass the test is in the 'Official New Zealand Road Code'. You can buy the Road Code at most bookstores and driver licensing agents. It’s also available online. This resource covers road rules, signs, and safe driving practices specific to motorcycle riders in New Zealand. You can also visit drivingtests.co.nz to practice a range of theory questions based on the New Zealand Road Code.
  • When do I get my motorcycle learner licence?
    Once you have successfully passed the theory test, presented a BHST or completed the riding assessment and completed the necessary application process, you will be issued your motorcycle learner licence. The exact timing may vary depending on the processing time of the NZTA, but typically, you will immediately receive a paper version of your licence after completing the requirements. You will receive your ‘plastic’ learner licence in the mail shortly after.
  • When can I apply for my motorcycle restricted licence (CBTA)?
    You can apply for your motorcycle restricted licence assessment (CBTA 6R) once you have a learner licence. You must be at least 16 ½ to apply.
  • What motorcycle do I need to use for my training/riding assessment?
    For your training and riding assessment, you need to use a motorcycle that is LAMS (Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme) approved. LAMS-approved motorcycles are within the specified engine size and power limits of up to 660cc, which comply with the restrictions of a learner or restricted licence.
  • How do I apply for my motorcycle restricted licence?
    To apply for your motorcycle restricted licence, you can present a CBTA 6R certificate. The CBTA certificate demonstrates completion of competency-based training and assessment. You can apply for your restricted licence at a VTNZ or AA.
  • What is a CBTA 6R Restricted Licence Assessment?
    A CBTA 6R (Competency-Based Training and Assessment) Restricted Licence Assessment is a practical assessment conducted by an approved assessor. It evaluates your riding skills and determines if you meet the requirements for obtaining a motorcycle restricted licence in New Zealand. The CBTA 6R also assesses your ability to handle the motorcycle, follow road rules, and demonstrate safe riding practices.
  • What motorcycle do I need to use for my training/riding assessment?
    For your training and riding assessment, you need to use a motorcycle that is LAMS (Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme) approved. LAMS-approved motorcycles are within the specified engine size and power limits of up to 660cc, which comply with the restrictions of a learner or restricted licence.
  • When can I apply for my motorcycle restricted licence (CBTA)?
    You can apply for your motorcycle restricted licence assessment (CBTA 6R) once you have a learner licence. You must be at least 16 ½ to apply.
  • What riding gear should I bring on the test day?
    On the test day, you should bring appropriate riding gear, including an approved motorcycle helmet, motorcycle jacket, long pants (jeans preferred), and sturdy footwear that provides ankle protection, such as motorcycle boots. It is important to ensure that your riding gear meets safety standards and provides adequate protection.
  • What is the training/coaching style of the Absolute Motorcycle Training instructors?
    At Absolute Motorcycle Training, we believe that learning comes from building confidence and having fun! Our instructor provides one-on-one, personalised instruction. Every session is tailored to the rider's individual needs, offering support, and feedback to help learners improve their riding skills and to ensure safe and responsible motorcycle riders.
  • What is a CBTA 6R Restricted Licence Assessment?
    A CBTA 6R (Competency-Based Training and Assessment) Restricted Licence Assessment is a practical assessment conducted by an approved assessor. It evaluates your riding skills and determines if you meet the requirements for obtaining a motorcycle restricted licence in New Zealand. The CBTA 6R also assesses your ability to handle the motorcycle, follow road rules, and demonstrate safe riding practices.
  • How do I apply for my motorcycle restricted licence?
    To apply for your motorcycle restricted licence, you can present a CBTA 6R certificate. The CBTA certificate demonstrates completion of competency-based training and assessment. You can apply for your restricted licence at a VTNZ or AA.
  • Where can I get more information on acquiring my motorcycle licence?
    For more information on acquiring your motorcycle licence, you can visit the official NZTA website. The NZTA can provide detailed, up-to-date guidelines, requirements, and application procedures. Additionally, Absolute Motorcycle Training can offer guidance and resources to assist you throughout the licensing process.
  • When can I apply for my CBTA 6F full motorcycle licence?
    You can apply for your CBTA 6F nine months after you receive your CBTA 6R restricted licence. However, you are required to wait for 12 months to exchange the certificate for a CBTA 6F full motorcycle licence. Check out NZTA's website for more information on getting your full licence.
  • What happens after I pass my CBTA 6F assessment?
    After successfully passing your CBTA 6F assessment, you will be eligible for your full motorcycle licence. This allows you to ride without the previous restrictions associated with learner or restricted licences. You can enjoy the freedom to ride any motorcycle and carry passengers, subject to any additional legal requirements or restrictions.
  • How long does the CBTA 6F assessment take?
    The duration of the CBTA 6F assessment may vary. Typically, it involves practical riding tasks and evaluation of your riding skills. The CBTA 6F assessment takes between 25 - 30 minutes of riding time, which allows for a comprehensive assessment of your riding skills in both urban and higher-speed-zoned areas. You must allow up to 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete your CBTA 6F, including the briefing and final paperwork.
  • Can I use my own motorcycle for the Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBTA 6F) test?
    You must provide your own bike and it must be LAMS approved and able to maintain open road speeds. It must also meet certain requirements set by the licensing authority, such as being roadworthy and having a current Warrant of Fitness. You can hire a rental LAMS-approved motorcycle if your own motorcycle is not LAMS approved or you don't have your own motorcycle to use. We recommend you are familiar with the motorcycle you will be using.
  • How can I apply for my motorcycle full licence?
    To apply for your motorcycle full licence, you need to complete the required training and assessment through a registered training provider. Once you have passed your Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBTA 6F) successfully, you will be given a certificate to take with you to a licencing agency (AA or VTNZ). You can click on the Application Form (DL1) to proceed with your application. You are required to provide Proof of ID.
  • What is a CBTA 6F Licence/Certificate and how is it obtained?
    A CBTA F Licence refers to a Full motorcycle licence obtained through Competency-Based Training and Assessment. Your riding skills will be assessed throughout the entire duration of the ride. The assessments are designed to ensure you are competent in a prescribed range of riding skills which are important to keep you safe when riding on New Zealand roads.
  • What happens after I pass my CBTA 6F assessment?
    After successfully passing your CBTA 6F assessment, you will be eligible for your full motorcycle licence. This allows you to ride without the previous restrictions associated with learner or restricted licences. You can enjoy the freedom to ride any motorcycle and carry passengers, subject to any additional legal requirements or restrictions.
  • When can I apply for my CBTA 6F full motorcycle licence?
    You can apply for your CBTA 6F nine months after you receive your CBTA 6R restricted licence. However, you are required to wait for 12 months to exchange the certificate for a CBTA 6F full motorcycle licence. Check out NZTA's website for more information on getting your full licence.
  • Where can I get more information on acquiring my motorcycle licence?
    For more information on acquiring your motorcycle licence, you can visit the official NZTA website. The NZTA can provide detailed, up-to-date guidelines, requirements, and application procedures. Additionally, Absolute Motorcycle Training can offer guidance and resources to assist you throughout the licensing process.
  • Can I use my own motorcycle for the Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBTA 6F) test?
    You must provide your own bike and it must be LAMS approved and able to maintain open road speeds. It must also meet certain requirements set by the licensing authority, such as being roadworthy and having a current Warrant of Fitness. You can hire a rental LAMS-approved motorcycle if your own motorcycle is not LAMS approved or you don't have your own motorcycle to use. We recommend you are familiar with the motorcycle you will be using.
  • What is a CBTA 6F Licence/Certificate and how is it obtained?
    A CBTA F Licence refers to a Full motorcycle licence obtained through Competency-Based Training and Assessment. Your riding skills will be assessed throughout the entire duration of the ride. The assessments are designed to ensure you are competent in a prescribed range of riding skills which are important to keep you safe when riding on New Zealand roads.
  • How can I apply for my motorcycle full licence?
    To apply for your motorcycle full licence, you need to complete your full licence CBTA. Once you have passed your Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBTA 6F) successfully, you will be given a certificate to take with you to a licencing agency (AA or VTNZ). You can click on the Application Form (DL1) to proceed with your application. You are required to provide Proof of ID.
  • How long does the CBTA 6F assessment take?
    The duration of the CBTA 6F assessment may vary. Typically, it involves practical riding tasks and evaluation of your riding skills. The CBTA 6F assessment takes between 25 - 30 minutes of riding time, which allows for a comprehensive assessment of your riding skills in both urban and higher-speed-zoned areas. You must allow up to 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete your CBTA 6F, including the briefing and final paperwork.
  • What is the training/coaching style of the Absolute Motorcycle Training instructors?
    At Absolute Motorcycle Training, we believe that learning comes from building confidence and having fun! Our instructor provides one-on-one, personalised instruction. Every session is tailored to the rider's individual needs, offering support, and feedback to help learners improve their riding skills and to ensure safe and responsible motorcycle riders.
  • What riding gear should I bring on the test day?
    On the test day, it is important to bring appropriate riding gear for your safety and compliance. This typically includes a certified helmet, motorcycle jacket, gloves, sturdy pants (e.g., denim or riding pants), and boots that cover your ankles.

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