The California Motorcyclist Safety Program Motorcyclist 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 class focuses 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 12 per session, so you’ll always get the personal attention you need.

Riders under age 21: $395
Riders 21 and over: $425


The online class will prepare you for the riding session and for the written California Department of Motor Vehicles motorcycle test. This is a go at your own pace learning program. All chapters must be completed prior to taking the riding portion of this course.

Saddleback College, Mission Viejo
Lot 5a

Here you’ll learn basic motorcycle control and  operation. We provide the motorcycles. Please bring your own DOT-approved helmet (half shell helmets are not permitted), eye protection and gloves (motorcycle-specific street gloves or leather gloves are required). You will need sturdy footwear that covers your ankle. Please see the “What to Bring” section on this page for specific details on required items.

The Schedule

The California Motorcyclist Safety course consists of an online classroom, approximately 4-6 hours, to be completed prior to the on-bike session. The on bike sessions are approximately 10 hours.

Saturday and Sunday, 6:45 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 11:45 am to 5:00 pm

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 if it is under 525cc, weighs less than 425 lbs., and has a seat height of 32 inches or less.

  • Helmet: We suggest you bring your own DOT-approved helmet (full-face recommended), but loaner helmets are available if needed.

  • 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. Thin, high-top sneakers [chucks] will not be permitted.

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

  • Jacket or Long-sleeved Shirt: 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 Motorcyclist Training Course or Total Control Intermediate Riding Clinic and spread the love of safe and savvy motorcycling.