It is important not only to be healthy, but to have enough ﬁtness, strength, and coordination to learn well and manage the physical demands of riding a motorcycle.
You’re covered on the basics, take a look below at what you need to bring!
Find a Class
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.
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.
Refunds/transfers will be given only with notice (for any reason) at least six business days before the start of the class. We can transfer you into another class only if you notify us at least six full business days prior to the class.
If class is cancelled by us, full refunds or rescheduling will be given (remember, class will run rain or shine).
Refunds/transfers will not be given if you:
Evergreen Safety Council is one of twelve companies contracted by the Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) to offer motorcycle training in the state. For other locations and information please visit the DOL’s website or contact the Washington Motorcycle Safety Program (WMSP) at 1-800-962-9010.
We are happy to refer students to other motorcycle training courses.
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.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is organizing dirt bike classes in Washington and Oregon; please contact (877) 288-7093. Classes are scheduled only when enough students are on the waiting list.
In order to receive your course completion card, every student must successfully complete the training course and pass both the knowledge and riding skills test as part of the training course. Any tests taken before the training will not be accepted.
Failure to bring any of the following items will result in the student being dismissed from the class by the instructor. There will be no refunds, prorated or in full for the student dismissed by the instructor.
All students must bring the following to class:
All students must bring the following to practice:
Please note: Students must attend all classroom and practice riding sessions and pass both a multiple-choice knowledge test and a riding skill evaluation to graduate from this course. Graduates will receive a WMSP course completion card that will allow them to receive their two-wheel motorcycle endorsement at the DOL within 180 days after graduating.
Students that are not Washington residents are invited to take this course. However, there is no guarantee of reciprocity with your home state for licensing purposes.
These courses emphasize the risk involved with riding a motorcycle. These risks also exist during the course’s practice rides. At minimum, students should be able to balance and ride a bicycle. Students unable to meet the objective of the range exercises in the allotted time, or who pose a hazard to themselves or others, may be dismissed from the class by the instructor.
There will be no refunds, pro-rated or in full, for a student dismissed by the instructor.
Statewide, approximately 85% of students successfully complete this course their first time. Understand that these courses follow a group learning format that limits the ability of the instructors to provide individual instructions to students. These courses are mentally and physically demanding, and weather conditions can increase the stress on students.
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.
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.
Yes, only at our Totem Lake location. However, if a student wishes to bring their own scooter (as defined by the motorcycle industry) to class, they may do so ONLY with proof of ownership and liability insurance. The scooter must pass a T-CLOCS inspection by the rider and instructor (a pre-ride safety checklist to make sure scooter/bike is safe to ride) before allowed in training course.
You must have an endorsement or instructional permit to legally ride your motorcycle to class or a testing session.