The RiderCoach Preparation Course
The primary objective of the RiderCoach Preparation Course is to train a select group of individuals to teach the Basic and Experienced RiderCourses. The RiderCoach candidates must be experienced motorcyclists who currently ride a motorcycle and possess a valid motorcycle endorsement.
RiderCoaches of a motorcycle training course take on an important responsibility — teaching motorcyclists to ride safely. This is a task that must be done thoroughly for new riders to benefit the most and enjoy safe motorcycling. For this reason, the RiderCoach candidates will be carefully screened prior to admission to the course to determine their coaching abilities and motorcycle skills. When the candidates have successfully passed the entry level criteria, they will receive instruction in how to teach the Basic RiderCourse. As a part of this instructional program each RiderCoach will have an opportunity to student teach a group of novice riders. Upon successful completion of the RiderCoach Preparation Course (RCP), RiderCoaches are certified to teach the Basic RiderCourse and can begin teaching the Experienced RiderCourse the following year.
The entire RCP is approximately 72 hours, including the student teaching phase. When RiderCoaches complete the course, they receive MSF and MMSC certification, and they may conduct courses offered by the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center as an employee of Minnesota State. With pre-course work, candidates should expect to spend 100 hours of which they receive full RiderCoach pay for student teaching the final weekend of the RCP ($495). Candidates living more than 75 miles from the RCP training site will be reimbursed for their lodging, and the MMSC provides lunch daily throughout the training.
To maintain certification with the MMSC, each RiderCoach is required to teach a minimum of four rider courses every year. Therefore, it is important that each candidate set this objective before committing time and energy toward certification.
RiderCoach Training Process Summary
The MSF RCP is a 72 hour course conducted by the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center in accordance with MSF standards. It is generally offered once per year in the late spring or early summer. The course generally takes place over nine consecutive days.
How to Apply
Please fill out contact form on the right and you will be contacted.
Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center
Minnesota’s Motorcycle Safety Program (MMSP) formally began in 1984 after state legislation was passed to support the program by creating a motorcycle safety fund (Laws of 1981, Chapter 583, Section 1). This law requires individuals under the age of 18 wanting to ride a motorcycle in Minnesota to complete an approved motorcycle safety course. The program is administered through the Department of Public Safety. To achieve the primary goal of reducing motorcycle accidents and fatalities, three project areas have been implemented:
Rider Training through Minnesota State Colleges
Public Information through the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Licensing and Testing through DPS
The motorcycle safety fund currently is funded by a portion of each new motorcycle endorsement and each endorsement renewal. The Rider Training Division and Public Information Campaign are supported entirely by fees paid by the motorcyclists themselves.
Rider Training Division
The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) trains more than 5,000 riders annually in basic, experienced, and moped rider courses. The MMSC has an instructional staff of 140 Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) certified RiderCoaches. The program promotes both novice and experienced motorcycle rider courses, introductory courses, refresher courses, advanced courses and also moped courses. To support this training effort, a fleet of 335 motorcycles and 28 trailers are maintained and scheduled within established regions.
The MMSC certified RiderCoach also participates in continuing education through “updates,” and formally structured professional development workshops on a bi-annual basis. This is all to assure that Minnesota’s riders are getting the very latest and highest quality training available.
Minnesota goes further than just training its RiderCoaches in the latest techniques and curriculums. We also monitor and evaluate RiderCoach performance through feedback from students and professional development observations by MSF-certified RiderCoach Trainers.
The Rider Training Division of the MMSC does more than provide rider training and education to the people of Minnesota. Staff personnel and RiderCoaches make presentations to groups such as motorcycle clubs, corporate wellness programs, civic groups, police organizations, and others wishing information relative to safe motorcycling. Thousands of Minnesotans have utilized program services beyond the thousands that have participated in the rider training courses.
In 1994, the MMSC became recognized by the Department of Public Safety as a Third Party Tester for motorcycle licensing. Upon successful completion of the entire beginning rider training course a student’s permit is stamped as passed. The student then must present the stamped permit document to a State of Minnesota Examining or Licensing Official either at a Deputy Registrar’s Office or a Division of Driver and Vehicle Services Exam Station to apply for a motorcycle endorsement on their license. This Integrated System can only be used within the Basic RiderCourse training by people who are at least 18 years old and possess a motorcycle permit prior to the completion of the course. This cooperation offers a tremendous incentive for people to participate and successfully complete our Basic RiderCourse. While providing an educational alternative to the state’s skill test, it allows our graduates to use MMSC training bikes to obtain their endorsement. It rewards motorcyclists for taking the time to be safer riders.