The California Motorcyclist Safety Program Motorcycle Training Course (CMSP MTC) is designed for the novice rider with limited or no street riding experience. The course is aimed at establishing safe habits and building your riding skills. Pass this course, and you satisfy the DMV on-bike testing requirement for earning your M1 license, which allows you to ride any type of motorcycle or motorized scooter. You’ll also get the information you need to complete the written portion of the test.

Get the skills and smarts you need for your California M1 license.


License Class. Required for riders under 21.

The Course

Our CMSP MTC course starts with, well, the basics, from simply turning the engine on and off, to balancing, turning, cornering and braking. We place special emphasis on mental skills, too: how to deal with traffic, avoid obstacles and remain engaged and alert while on the road.

The course is built on the three domains of learning required to skillfully operate a motorcycle:
1. Knowledge
2. Attitude
3. Physical.

The online Zoom classroom focus is on developing the Knowledge and Attitude, the on-bike, range sessions major focus is on the Physical skill development for riding.

Our team of instructors works with you every step of the way, making sure you have mastered each skill before moving on to the next. Class size is limited to 10 per session, so you’ll always get the personal attention you need.

Riders under age 21: $295
Riders 21 and over: $350


In the knowledge portion, you’ll learn street-riding strategies and prepare for the written portion of  the California Department of Motor Vehicles  motorcycle driving test. We provide e-book texts  as well as participant materials for guided note­-taking during your session.

The course link will be emailed to you after registration.

Saddleback College, Mission Viejo
Lot 10

Here you’ll learn basic motorcycle control and  operation. We provide the motorcycles. Please bring your own DOT-approved helmet, eye protection and gloves. You will need sturdy footwear that covers your ankle.

The Schedule

The 16-hour California Motorcyclist Safety course consists of 6 hours in the classroom and 10 hours on the bike. The course is offered in both 2-day and 3-day formats.

Saturday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, 7:00 am – noon

What to Bring


You may participate in riding sessions ONLY with proper protective riding gear.

  • Bike: Provided. Alternately, you may bring your own scooter or motorcycle under 500cc.

  • Helmet: You need to bring your own DOT-approved helmet (full-face recommended).

  • Eye Protection: Three-quarter helmets (without face shield) require prescription glasses, goggles, or sunglasses.

  • Boots: Sturdy over-the-ankle boots or high-top shoes that cover the ankle.

  • Gloves: Full-fingered motorcycle-specific gloves. No fingerless, motocross or mechanics’ gloves.

  • Jacket: Long-sleeved, made of sturdy fabric; motorcycle-specific jacket with armor recommended.

  • Pants: Kevlar jeans, jeans, chaps, racing leathers or textile. No “fashion” jeans, flares or holes, please.

Please be cognizant of the weather and your individual needs. Come prepared with:

  • Sunscreen

  • Multiple clothing layers for cold weather

  • Motorcycle-specific rain gear as necessary

  • Cold packs, evaporation neckband or cooling vest for hot weather


Give the Gift of Rider Training

Invite a friend into the tribe! Purchase a gift certificate for the basic California Motorcyclist Safety Program Motorcycle Training Course or Total Control Intermediate Riding Clinic and spread the love of safe and savvy motorcycling.