The Intermediate level training consists of two different classes; the Learn to Ride Refresher course and the Returning Rider course. Both are 1-day training courses designed for riders with riding experience. Seasoned riders often sign-up for these classes to fine-tune techniques and mental skills needed for survival in traffic. They also are designed to help riders get through the new (2020) endorsement process.
To gain your endorsement in Washington, you must complete four tests: a permit written test, permit skills test, endorsement written test, and endorsement skills test. The Learn to Ride Refresher offers the permit level testing while the Returning Rider provides the endorsement level testing. Both classes can be taken back-to-back (when scheduling allows) or they can be spaced out in order to give time to practice on a permit before coming back. Riders are encouraged to ride their own motorcycles in both courses however, smaller sized training motorcycles are available for use at no additional cost.
What is involved in the Returning Rider Training?
These one-day courses are divided into two sessions each: a classroom session and a riding session. In the classroom, we will discuss risk management, preparing to ride (bike and rider), safe street strategies, lane positioning, visibility, cornering, maximum braking, common riding situations, passengers and cargo, night riding, hills, swerving, and the effects of alcohol and other drugs on riding. The classroom ends with taken the respective written test for that class. In the riding session, you will practice techniques of shifting and stopping, blending of controls, managing traction, cornering, swerving, and stopping quickly. The riding session ends with the respective riding skills test for that class.
Do I qualify to take the Returning Rider Training?
Students must have adequate prior riding experience and possess minimum riding skills that include starting, stopping, shifting gears, and turning the motorcycle. In the first riding activity, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your basic riding skills. Riders who do not possess minimum riding abilities (starting, stopping, shifting gears, and turning) will not be allowed to continue in the course. Riders who are dismissed are not entitled to a refund. If you are not sure if you possess the minimum riding skills required for this course, then you should consider the Basic Level Training for your training needs or call our office for guidance.
How much does the Returning Rider Training cost?
The full cost for each class is $235. However, due to subsidy funding through the Department of Licensing, we can offer most of our classes at a discounted rate to WA residents (with a WA ID#) or active-duty military. Subsidy funding is subject to change depending on the funding allowed by the Department of Licensing. The schedule will show what the cost is for a particular course assuming you are a WA resident or active-duty military stationed here in Washington. If you are a non-resident or without a WA ID#, the price is $235 regardless of the price shown on the schedule. There is no different in course content between the $235 and the subsidized priced displayed on our schedule.
What if I am under the age of 18 years old?
A training course is required by state law for anyone under 18 years old trying to obtain their motorcycle permit/endorsement. A parent or guardian will need to sign a waiver before you will be allowed to ride. This must be done at the beginning of class, in our office, or can be notarized prior to your training date.
Students must provide:
How do I sign up?
Will I get a lunch break?
Throughout the course you will be given several short breaks as well as a lunch break. Make sure you bring plenty of fluids and snacks. We also recommend a good night’s rest before your course date.
Do I need my own motorcycle?
The Intermediate Training courses were designed for students to ride their own motorcycle and we encourage you to do so. However, we provide training motorcycles (many loaned to us at no expense by the local dealers).
What kind of benefits are offered as a result of passing this course?
If I pass this course will I have to take any further testing to get my endorsement?
If you have completed and passed all four of the required tests (both permit and endorsement) within 180 days of each other, then no. You have 180 days total to complete all four tests and have it applied to a valid driver license. If the endorsement is not added to a license within the time-frame, the Department of Licensing may require you to start over or retake any tests that have expired. After completing a class, we upload your scores to the Department of Licensing system within 3 business days. You can then contact the Department of Licensing or apply online to have the respective permit or endorsement added to your license.
*Note* You are not legal on the road until a permit or endorsement is added to a valid license.
I do not have a WA driver license. Can I use the completion card to put a motorcycle permit or endorsement on my out-of-state driver license?
Some states will honor the Course Completion Card as a way to get your permit/endorsement added to your license, however, some states will not. Please check with the Department of Licensing from your state to verify what requirements are necessary. You can always get a Washington State license and have the permit or endorsement added, if needed.
Why are you so booked out?
The Intermediate Training courses have become a popular choice for those trying to polish their riding skills and get legal in the process. We do everything we can to keep classes available within 30 days, however, with the lack of daylight hours we are limited in the number of classes we can run each day.
How can I get in sooner?
There are a couple ways to get in sooner. You may show up to any training date and if a student does not show for their class you may take their spot. Be prepared to fill out a registration form and make payment regardless of if you are registered for another class. You will be refunded once the paperwork reaches our office. Another option is to buy your own private class. What this means is you would pay for 6 student spots and we would work around your schedule and get you trained at your convenience. Since you have paid for those spots, feel free to invite your family or friends to take it with you.
Do you have any cancellations?
Every day we hear this question. We do not know when a cancellation will happen and are unable to keep a wait list due to the high demand. It is recommended to sign up in the next available spot and then call periodically asking for these possible spots.
Is there anything I can do to get ready for the RR?
If you have taken time off from your bike (i.e. winter months) or, if you are riding a new bike, consider spending time riding prior to your class. You will want to make sure you are comfortable with balance and leaning before taking your class.
You can also jump ahead and read the DOL Motorcycle Manual to prepare you for this course.