Motorcycle Rider Training

Gearing you up to ride.

Conestoga has been offering motorcycle driver training to new and experienced riders since 1976. Learn from our qualified, experienced instructors on a strategically designed circuit that progressively builds and reinforces riding skills. Courses are offered weekdays, weekends and evenings to suit your schedule.

Let us prepare you for the road ahead.

Each lesson builds on the previous, allowing for continuous skills improvement for a full riding experience. Topics include:

  • balance and braking,
  • cold start,
  • clutch control,
  • moving off,
  • shoulder checks,
  • slow-speed manoeuvers,
  • gear shifting,
  • counter steering,
  • curve management,
  • emergency braking,
  • crisis management,
  • traffic behaviour, and
  • street strategies for surviving in hazardous situations.

The course concludes with the Ministry of Transportation M1 Exit test; a successful outcome allows the student to upgrade to the M2 class licence. Upon completion, students receive a Canada Safety Council Certificate which may provide a discount on insurance. Check with your insurance provider for eligibility.

Prerequisite: You must be in possession of a valid M1 licence prior to the course start date if you would like to be tested for your M2 licence. You must be 16 years of age or older.

Cost (including tax): $499 (includes Ministry of Transportation Student Fee)

2019 Weekend Schedule

This course runs for three consecutive days.

Times: Friday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Session dates:

April 5 – 7, 12 – 14, 19 – 21, 26 – 28

May 3 – 5, 10 – 12, 17 – 19, 24 – 26, 31 – June 2

June 7 – 9, 14 – 16, 21 – 23, 28 – 30

July 5 – 7, 12 – 14, 19 – 21, 26 – 28

August 2 – 4, 9 – 11, 16 – 18, 23 – 25, 30 – September 1

September 6 – 8, 13 – 15, 20 – 22, 27 – 29

October 11 – 13, 18 – 20, 25 – 27

2019 Weekday Schedule

This course runs for three consecutive days.

Times: Monday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

May 27 – 29

June 10 – 12, 24 – 26

July 8 – 10, July 29 – 31

August 26 – 28

This five-hour introduction course introduces the novice to motorcycle riding. It provides students with basic riding skills prior to taking the Motorcycle Driver Training course. This course is also ideal for those who aren’t sure if motorcycling is for them and want to try it without investing a lot of time and money. College motorcycles are used to familiarize the student with the motorcycle and its controls.

Prerequisite: All students must be eligible to get their M1 and must be 16 years of age or older.

Cost (including tax): $130

2019 Schedule

Times: Monday, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Wednesday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Session dates:

May 13 and 15

June 10 and 12

July 8 and 10

August 26 and 28

This course is designed for individuals who have completed the Motorcycle Driver Training course and would like to further enhance their riding skills using their own motorcycles. Riders with limited experience or those wanting a refresher of basic skills will also benefit from this course. In-class discussion will focus on riding skills and techniques, as well as group riding and consideration for road commuting. On the lot practice includes slow-speed control, cornering technique, push steering, collision avoidance and quick stopping. The class will finish with a group ride with stops en route to discuss considerations while riding.

Cost (including tax): $155

2019 Schedule

Times: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Session dates:

May 18

June 29

August 3

August 31

This course is an open format where a coordinator matches the student with an appropriate instructor based on his or her specific needs. The instructor will contact the student and arrange a time and location which is mutually agreeable. Whether it be the basics of riding skills to advanced riding techniques, we have the instructor with the experience and dedication to meet the needs of the student. Conestoga can provide the bike or students can bring their own. Some restrictions apply.

Contact us to get started.

This course is specifically designed for M2 class licensed riders who are ready to be tested for their M class licence. Riders will complete an initial skills test and progress to on-lot and on-road riding using manoeuvres such as slow-speed riding, steering and braking, traffic behaviour, crisis management, as well as highway and group riding. The course concludes with the Ministry of Transportation M2 Exit test; a successful outcome allows the student to upgrade to the full M class licence. All applicants must bring their own motorcycle (capable of safely riding at highway speeds, e.g., Highway 401), proof of insurance and registration, as well as the mandatory gear.

Prerequisite: Applicants must have had their M2 class licence for a minimum of 22 months, or for a minimum of 18 months if they have successfully completed a Motorcycle Driver Training (novice rider) course at an accredited institution.

Cost (including tax): $475 (includes Ministry of Transportation Student Fee)

2019 Schedule

Times: Friday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Saturday or Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Session dates:

April 26 and 27 or 28

May 3 and 4 or 5, 24 and 25 or 26

June 7 and 8 or 9, 14 and 15 or 16, 21 and 22 or 23

July 5 and 6 or 7, 12 and 13 or 14, 26 and 27 or 28

August 9 and 10 or 11, 23 and 24 or 25

September 6 and 7 or 8, 20 and 21 or 22

October 4 and 5 or 6

This course gives motorcyclists a basic understanding of general do-it-yourself maintenance using college equipment. Topics include: safety, tools, lubrication, engine types, drive systems, suspension and electrical systems.

Cost (including tax): $145

2019 Schedule

Times: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Session dates:

April 9 and 11

June 4 and 6

September 3 and 5

October 1 and 3

This course gives students a hands-on opportunity to review and utilize motorcycle riding skills in a structured environment. Students review rider and equipment preparation and safe-street riding strategies. Students practice balance, braking, accelerating, turning, shifting, obstacle avoidance and tight manoeuvres. Students use college-owned motorcycles in this course and must have previous experience as well as have basic riding skills. Upon completion, students receive a Canada Safety Council Certificate which may provide a discount on insurance. Check with your insurance provider for eligibility.

Prerequisite: Student must hold an M or M2 licence.

Cost (including tax): $245

2019 Schedule

This course runs for three consecutive days.

Times: Monday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Tuesday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m | Wednesday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Session dates:

May 27 – 29

June 17 – 19

Are you a new rider or has it been some time since you’ve been on a motorcycle?

Motorcycle Safety Online offers an economical and professional way to help new and experienced riders improve their skills and knowledge to ride safely. Canada Safety Council, in partnership with Online Learning Enterprises, offers Motorcycle Safety Online - What you should know before you ride. This course is for those who:

  • are thinking about obtaining their motorcycle licence,
  • are considering enrolling in a motorcycle safety course,
  • would like to know what is involved in the sport of motorcycling,
  • have their licence and want a refresher, or
  • plan on riding again after being away from it for many years.

Cost (including tax): $39.00

Your comfort and safety is your responsibility: only you can make the choice to engage in motorcycle rider training.

  • Participants must be a minimum of 16 years of age and are required to sign the waiver and acknowledgment forms prior to starting their riding lessons.
  • Participants under the age of 18 must have their waiver form signed by a parent or guardian.
  • All courses require full attendance for success as each lesson builds on the previous lesson.
  • All certificate and licence upgrading courses require mandatory full attendance.
  • All training is done using two-wheeled motorcycles.

If you have questions or concerns about our course or our equipment please call 519-748-5220 ext. 3722, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Note: Refunds under $5.00 are issued only upon request.

All riding programs require participants to come prepared with mandatory riding gear:

  • certified helmet legal for roads in Ontario
  • sturdy jacket and pants (leather, corduroy, or denim)
  • sturdy boots which protect the ankle
  • full fingered leather gloves
  • rain gear is optional

Parking is free in all lots after 4 p.m. on weekdays and free all day on weekends. Visit Parking Services for more information.

Motorcycle site map

If the college decides a course cannot be delivered, the full amount of fees paid will be refunded if the student is registered at time of cancellation. A refund cheque will be issued and mailed for any type of payment. Refunds require approximately four weeks for processing.

Course cancellations

The college reserves the right to cancel, postpone, reschedule or combine classes and to limit registration or change instructors. If your course is cancelled, you may either transfer to another campus or course, or receive a full refund. Full refunds are issued only to students who are registered at the time of cancellation. Every effort will be made to inform you at home or at work before the start date if your course is cancelled, postponed or changed.

Note: Refunds under $5.00 are issued only upon request.

Contact us

Office of the Registrar
Welcome Centre
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
299 Doon Valley Drive
Kitchener, ON
N2G 4M4
519-748-5220 ext. 3656
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