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CBTA is a practical on road riding assessment. There are two levels; restricted (learner license holders) and full (restricted license holders). Passing the assessment can reduce the amount of time it takes you to progress to the next stage of your motorcycle licence, while ensuring you have the skills and knowledge you need to ride safely on New Zealand roads. Test Preparation session are available. Training via Ride Forever Bronze and Silver courses is highly recommended.


When you successfully complete a CBTA assessment in either stage, you’ll get a certificate to use to apply at a driver licence agency for the related licence, with no further testing needed.

CBTA is the only way you can reduce the required minimum time during the learner and restricted licence stages. The learner stage has no minimum time period you need to hold your learner licence, but you must be at least 16.5 years old to apply for your restricted licence. The restricted stage reduces the time you need to hold your restricted licence, from 18 months (practical testing time requirement) to 12 months. You can complete your CBTA full assessment when you have held your restricted license for at least 9 months. When you have successfully completed your assessment, you can apply for your full license once you have held your restricted license for at least 12 months.

To assist you in your preparation to successfully pass your assessment, Roadsafe highly recommend you complete training before attempting the assessment ride. The core competencies covered in our highly subsidised Ride Forever Bronze and Silver level courses, are based on the skills required for the CBTA assessments.

You can start training for either stage at any time after getting your learner or restricted licence, (as long as you can competently ride on the road) so you're fully prepared to undertake the assessment.

Once you have completed your training and you have practised your new skills and are satisfied that you're competent in the skills required for the assessment, you can then book your assessment ride with Roadsafe.

Training courses and CBTA assessments are undertaken at separate times, not on the same day. 

Roadsafe offer riders a Pre-assessment Practise which is run one on one for one hour immediately prior to your CBTA assessment, and offers specific feedback regarding the CBTA assessment criteria. This allows you to start your CBTA assessment already warmed up, and with reduced anxiety, as you are aware of any areas for improvement. Explanations and any questions regarding the assessment can be answered, and any concerns can be addressed, to give you the best possible outcome.

Each assessment consists of the following components:

  • Pre-ride checks - your licence, LAMS motorcycle pre-ride safety check, protective riding gear
  • Set you up with communications equipment to receive instructions during the assessment
  • Pre-ride instructions
  • Ride the assessment
  • Debrief and feedback
  • Issue certificate if successful


CBTA Restricted license assessment is for learner motorcycle license holders.

CBTA Full license assessment is for restricted motorcycle license holders.

Riders must progress through each motorcycle license stage: from learner to restricted to full.

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