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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll in the Motorcycle Course?

Refer to the registration instructions or contact Motorcycle Certification at 715-365-4641 or 800-544-3039 ext. 4641 for a registration packet and course schedule.

How much does the course cost?

The course fee is $255.20 before June 1, 2014 and after $261.91 after June 1, 2014 which includes the student workbook and all other materials.

How long is the course?

The course is a total of 16 hours. Approximately 6 hours are completed in the classroom and the on-motorcycle riding portion consists of approximately 10 hours.

Is the class offered at different times of the day or on weekends?

Courses are scheduled in a variety of formats, including four-day, three-day, and weekend. Nicolet College offers morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend classes. Participants with little or no previous riding experience are strongly encouraged to enroll in the four-day weekday format.

How many students are in each class?

Classes are limited to 10 students; no exceptions. If a class is full, we will begin a waiting list. If seats become available in a particular class, participants will be contacted in the order in which they were placed on the waiting list.

What topics are covered in the course?

In the classroom, learners will be provided with ways to minimize risk and handle special riding situations. During the riding portion, learners will be coached to develop the physical skills of basic control including straight line riding, stopping, turning and shifting, cornering and swerving. Here's a short list of some of the topics covered in the course:

  • Introduction to motorcycling
  • Protective gear/what to wear
  • Motorcycle controls
  • Street strategies to avoid trouble and stay safe
  • How to maneuver your motorcycle
  • Avoiding obstacles
  • Lane changes
  • Riding at night
  • Swerving
  • Collision avoidance skills
  • Dealing with special situations

Do I need my temporary permit before the course begins?

A motorcycle temporary permit from the Department of Transportation is not required to enroll in or attend the Basic Rider Course. Effective October 1, 2006, individuals completing a Basic Rider Course are not required to hold a motorcycle temporary permit before they receive their Class M (motorcycle) license. Students who want to practice riding a motorcycle on roadways prior to attending the Rider Course will need to pass the written knowledge test at the Department of Transportation and obtain a temporary permit.

If a person is under 18 years of age, they will need verification of enrollment in the Basic Rider Course to present to the Wisconsin DOT in order to obtain their temporary permit. The MV3575 Motorcycle Skills Waiver Authorization is the required document and is available, after registration is complete, by contacting 715-365-4641 or 800-544-3039 ext. 4641. This form must be requested; it will not automatically be sent upon registration.

What are the requirements for successful completion of the course?

To successfully complete the course and be issued a waiver of authorization, the participant must:

  • Be on time and attend all classes.
  • Sign and turn in a Liability Waiver form.
  • Participate in classroom discussions.
  • Provide written answers to study questions.
  • Pass the 50-question multiple choice knowledge test that addresses basic knowledge related to riding procedures and traffic strategies.
  • Pass the riding assessment that measures riding competencies. The riding assessment consists of four exercises: a limited-space maneuver, stopping, swerving, and cornering.

Will I get my license if I pass the course?

Upon satisfactory completion of the course the participant will be provided with a MV3575 Motorcycle Test Skills Waiver Authorization and will not have to take the skills/road test at the Department of Transportation. The Waiver Form, when presented to any Wisconsin Department of Transportation exam station, will entitle the individual to a Class M license provided other licensing requirements are met.

Do I need to bring my own motorcycle?

Due to liability issues, students are required to use motorcycles provided by Nicolet College.

What size motorcycle will I learn on?

According to Sate of Wisconsin guidelines, motorcycles used in the Rider Course are 350cc or smaller. Nicolet College has a variety of makes and models available for student use.


What supplies will I need for the course?

Participants are required to wear appropriate riding gear for all on-motorcycle sessions. This includes long non-flare pants, long sleeve shirt or jacket, sturdy shoes that cover the ankles, full-fingered gloves, eye protection, and a DOT-approved helmet. Nicolet College has a limited number of helmets, gloves, and eye protection available for student use.

You may also want to bring the following items to the course: rain gear, drinking water, snacks or lunch, and bug repellent.

How old do I need to be to attend the course?

Participants must be 15-1/2 years of age and must have completed driver education theory. Participants under age 18 must provide written parental permission to register for the course. If a person is under 18 years of age, they will need verification of enrollment in the Rider Course to present to the Wisconsin DOT in order to obtain their temporary permit. The MV3575 Motorcycle Skills Waiver Authorization is the required document and is available, after registration is complete, by contacting 715-365-4641 or 800-544-3039 ext. 4641. This form must be requested; it will not automatically be sent upon registration.

May I take the class with my spouse/child/friend?

Family members and friends often take the class together. If you know you want to attend the same class as another person, it is important that you register at the same time. If you are mailing in your registration, use the same envelope. If you register in person, you may choose one person to drop off multiple registrations for the group.