Basic Rider Course (BRC)

Who should take the Basic Rider Course?

The Basic Rider Course is designed for the beginner rider. Exercises progress from basic to experienced riding skills. Must be able to ride a 2-wheel bicycle and recent experience would be advantageous.

How long is the class?

Classes are about 16 hours, split between classroom and range (riding) time. Classroom instruction focuses on minimizing risk, proper riding gear, and best street strategies, and these techniques are put into practice on the range. A course handbook is available for review from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

Where are the courses located?

Classroom sessions are offered in West Seattle, Renton, Totem Lake, and SeaTac, with range riding sessions in West Seattle, Renton, Kirkland, Totem Lake and Kent. We try to make the most of daylight in scheduling Evergreen Safety Council training classes.

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DOL Testing

Why can’t I do the testing at the DOL anymore?

The DOL hasn’t been able to properly handle motorcycle skills testing. Many of the DOL offices haven’t had the pavement available to test the motorcycle skills necessary to be a competent rider. As a result the Washington Legislators passed House Bill 1635 authorizing DOL to have motorcycle testing conducted at Motorcycle Training Schools who already have the pavement surface.

What is the cost?

Taken separately, each test (written and skills) is $50 each.

Each test takes about 1 hour.

When is testing available?

Walk-in knowledge testing is available Monday to Friday, 8am – 3:30pm at our Totem Lake location.

Motorcycle skills’ testing regularly scheduled every Friday at 9am at the Totem Lake location. Pre-registration is not required but there is no guarantee that the testing session will take place without pre-registrations.

Sidecar/Trike skills’ testing is scheduled by request. Pre-registration is required for Sidecar/Trike skills testing.

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Experienced Rider Course (ERC)

Where are the courses located?

Classroom and riding range sessions are offered in Kirkland, Seattle, and Renton.

When are the courses held?

Saturday and Sunday, 12pm–6pm or 10am–4pm.

Who should take the Experienced Rider Course?

The ERC is recommended for motorcyclists with 1,000 miles of riding experience and 6–12 months or more of experience. The course teaches advanced turning, braking, and swerving skills, as well as re-emphasizing street survival skills taught in the Basic Rider Course.

Sidecars and trikes are not allowed in this class. A separate class for three-wheel motorcycles is offered by the Evergreen Safety Council; please see our Sidecar/Trike Education Program (S/TEP).

We are happy to refer students to other motorcycle training providers who may have earlier class openings.

You must have an endorsement or instructional permit to legally ride your motorcycle to class or a testing session.

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Intermediate Rider Course (IRC)

Who should take the Intermediate Rider Course?

The Intermediate Rider Course is designed for the student with previous motorcycle riding experience and want to get their motorcycle endorsement. This is ideal for students who have experience with riding motorcycles, but have no endorsement or returning to riding after a break of several years, but have retained the riding skills and knowledge to successfully complete the course or have off road motorcycle experience and want to get an endorsement.

The range portion of the class will begin with a screening exercise to make sure you have the ability to start, shift, brake, turn, and lean a motorcycle. If you are unable to demonstrate these skills minimally then you will be dismissed from the class with no refund. You should take a BRC class if you have any question about your abilities and being able to pass the screening exercise.

How long is the class?

Classes are about 8 hours, split between classroom and range (riding) time. Classroom instruction focuses on minimizing risk, proper riding gear, and best street strategies, and these techniques are put into practice on the range.

What is the course fee?

Subsidized Classes
Washington State DOL subsidizes a certain number of training classes for Washington State residents (determined by driver’s license), so the full cost of the course is not borne by the student. Because these courses are less expensive they tend to fill first.

  • With a Washington State driver’s license (or active duty military): $125
  • Out-of-state driver’s license: $200
  • Washington resident under 18: $50

Non-Subsidized Classes
The state does not pay for or subsidize a portion of the cost for these courses, therefore the student pays the full cost of the class. These classes tend to have better availability.

  • All students: $200 (regardless of age or residency)
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Maps to Locations

Where do I go to take my course?

Please check your confirmation email for class itinerary and where your class will meet.

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Registrations and Payments for Classes

How do I register and pay?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover cards. All classes require pre-payment. Payment for tests or classes as a walk-in (not previously scheduled) during non-office hours at our Totem Lake location, or any time at other locations, must be exact change.

Students can register online on the class page or by phone using a credit/debit card. Students may also mail in a cashier’s check or money order. However, we do not register a student until payment is received.

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S/TEP Rider Courses

How long is the course?

The Basic S/TEP class is about 16 hours in length, and is structured for the beginner. The Advanced S/TEP class is about 8 hours and designed for riders with previous sidecar/trike riding experience.

When are classes held?

Seattle: We are only able to offer weekend S/TEP classes.
Kirkland: We are able to offer Weekend and Weekday S/TEP classes.

How much is the course fee?

Course fee: $325 (regular price, non-subsidized)

Washington State subsidizes many of our classes for state residents: $125 (Washington State subsidized)

Please have your driver’s license number and date of birth handy for subsidized class registrations. Additional classes have been added at the regular fee to meet demand. Other than price and availability, all classes are identical.

  • Washington Drivers License <18 years old – $50
  • Washington Drivers License – $125
  • Non Washington Drivers License – $325
  • Non-Sub Fee (regardless of age and DL#) – $325.
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