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Restricted Licence/CBTA

Competency-based training and assessment (CBTA) gives you the option of having your riding skills assessed by an approved assessor instead of taking the practical riding test. CBTA is the fastest way to your full license.

 

With a restricted licence, restrictions include:

  • No passengers

  • You are allowed to ride on your own between 5 am and 10 pm

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

  • No towing another vehicle

Restricted 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.

Once you have your learner licence, you can sit your assessment ride for the CBTA 6R at any time that you feel ready. After you've successfully completed the assessment, your assessor will give you a Waka Kotahi CBTA 6R certificate. You can then apply for your restricted motorcycle licence at any time (provided you're over 16½ years old). 

 

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

Riding Tasks:

  • Moving in: Getting the motorcycle underway and entering the traffic flow.

  • Straight: Riding straight ahead with or without other traffic.

  • Curve: Riding around a curve or bend in the road.

  • Intersection: Moving through or turning at intersections where other traffic may cross your path.

  • Turning back: Making a turn to ride back in the opposite direction.

  • Moving out: Exiting the traffic flow, such as using off-ramps or turning into vehicle entrances.

Riding Competencies:

  • Moving in: Getting the motorcycle underway, entering the traffic flow, and merging.

  • Looking: Look with your head and eyes up in the direction of travel.

  • Scanning/Mirrors: Using your mirrors and scanning to stay aware of your surroundings.

  • Head check: Using head checks to regularly check your blind spots before manoeuvring.

  • Communication: Using the appropriate means of communication as either a courtesy or legal requirement.

  • Consideration/Courtesy: Being considerate and courteous to other road users.

  • Positioning: Maintaining proper position within the lane for safety and visibility.

  • Speed management: Managing speed appropriately for the road conditions and legal limits.

  • Progression: Making smooth and controlled progress while riding.

  • Stability/Smoothness: Riding in a stable and smooth manner, avoiding jerky movements.

  • Following distance: Maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.

Note: These are some of the areas that will be assessed during the motorcycle assessment to evaluate your riding skills and ability.

REQUIREMENTS

You can apply for your restricted motorcycle licence assessment (CBTA 6R) once you have a learner licence. You must be at least 16 ½ to apply.

TRAINING PACKAGES

RESTRICTED ASSESSMENT ONLY (CBTA 6R)

This service is for the CBTA 6R test only. It is suitable for an experienced, trained, and confident rider aiming to advance from their learner licence to their restricted licence.

 

We strongly recommend riders book additional coaching time prior to sitting their assessment. 

1 HOUR COACHING + 
RESTRICTED ASSESSMENT (CBTA 6R)

This service offers 1 hour of one-on-one coaching and skills training, prior to sitting your restricted licence test. The pre-test ride allows our trainer the opportunity to make adjustments as needed and provide the rider support before sitting the assessment. It is suitable for competent, trained or experienced riders, wishing to advance from their learner licence to a restricted licence. 

We strongly recommend this service for a confident rider who is hiring or loaning an unfamiliar bike for your assessment.

2 HOURS COACHING + 
RESTRICTED ASSESSMENT (CBTA 6R)

The service provides 2 hours of undivided personalised coaching and practice to help ensure you have the skills to successfully complete your restricted motorcycle assessment. It is suitable for less confident riders, or those who have had minimal additional training since achieving their learner licence.

We strongly recommend this service if you are hiring or loaning an unfamiliar bike for your assessment.

UNSURE WHICH PACKAGE IS BEST FOR YOU?

Check out our restricted 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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