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Learner Licence/BHST

The Basic Handling Skills Test (BHST) is a practical test conducted by an approved motorcycle riding instructor. Passing the BHST is a requirement to obtain a learner motorcycle licence in New Zealand. With a learner licence, restrictions include:

 

  • Displaying L-plates at all times

  • No passengers

  • Learners must not ride between 10 pm and 5 am

  • Only riding a LAMS-approved motorcycle, up to 660cc

  • No towing another vehicle

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Personalised, one-on-one training session and test (BHST) 

A motorcycle instructor with 30+ years' experience 

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WHAT IS A BHST?

The Basic Handling Skills Test is a practical test consisting of four stages:

  1. Basic turn and stop

  2. Figure of eight and park

  3. Linking figures of eight

  4. Increased speed and emergency stop

 

Each stage is broken down into varying combinations of the following tasks: moving off, riding in a straight line, cornering, stopping, parking.

 

While completing the above tasks, you will be assessed on the following:

  • Looking in the correct direction

  • Signalling correctly

  • Making head checks before changing position

  • Lateral position of the motorcycle

  • Control of the motorcycle

  • Using appropriate speed

  • Parking observation

  • Parking movement

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

During the basic handling skills test, you will be assessed on four stages that cover essential manoeuvres and control of your motorcycle.  Your training prior to the test will also cover these stages (as necessary, depending on your experience). The training and stages include:

  1. Basic Turn and Stop: This stage evaluates your ability to make controlled turns and bring the motorcycle to a controlled stop. It tests your handling skills and coordination while manoeuvring the motorcycle at lower speeds.

  2. Figure of Eight and Park: In this stage, you will demonstrate your control and balance by navigating through a figure-of-eight pattern. This tests your ability to handle the motorcycle smoothly while maintaining stability. Additionally, you will be required to perform a parking manoeuvre to assess your control during slow-speed operations.

  3. Linking Figures of Eight: This stage builds upon the previous one, where you will need to smoothly link multiple figure-of-eight patterns. It assesses your ability to maintain consistent control and balance while transitioning between manoeuvres.

  4. Increased Speed and Emergency Stop: In the final stage, you will showcase your ability to handle higher speeds and perform an emergency stop. This evaluates your control, braking skills, and responsiveness in situations that require sudden and precise stopping.

 

The basic handling skills test aims to ensure that you have the necessary control, coordination, and manoeuvring skills to operate a motorcycle safely. Each of these stages will demonstrate your ability to handle a manual motorcycle. By successfully completing these stages, you demonstrate your competence in basic motorcycle handling.
 

REQUIREMENTS

Before you can apply for your learner licence, you must pass a basic handling skills test, conducted by an approved motorcycle riding instructor.

TRAINING PACKAGES

2 HOURS TRAINING & TEST (BHST)

The service is recommended for a beginner rider with little to no prior motorcycle riding experience. You should at least be able to ride a bicycle and balance at slow speeds before learning to ride a motorcycle. A basic understanding of a manual clutch and gears is an advantage, but not necessary. Note: some beginners may require additional training sessions to ensure they are prepared for the test.

1.5 HOURS TRAINING & TEST (BHST)

The service is recommended for a beginner rider with limited motorcycle riding experience. Alternatively, this service will suit a rider with moped or scooter experience, who requires additional training to familiarise themselves with manual clutch and gears. 

1 HOUR TRAINING & TEST (BHST)

This service is suitable for a rider who has prior experience with a manual clutch motorcycle. This service allows students to build on an existing foundation of riding skills, such as changing gears and turning. 

Check out our learner licence guide to help you decide.

UNSURE WHICH PACKAGE IS BEST FOR YOU?

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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