Becoming a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Certified RiderCoach

QUALIFICATIONS:"If you are an experienced rider with good riding and communication skills, you may qualify to become a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) certified RiderCoach. Becoming a MSF RiderCoach is a great way to improve your own abilities while helping others to learn or enhance their riding skills.

To become a MSF certified RiderCoach you must, at a minimum

Be 18 years of age or older.

Have a valid driver's license with a motorcycle (CY) endorsement.

Have no more than six points on your driving record for moving violations during the 12 months before applying for approval as a RiderCoach.

Be sponsored by a Michigan Department of State approved public or private organization that offers rider safety training courses. Successfully complete a RiderCoach Preparation Course."1 Suttons Bay Public Schools is a State approved organization that offers rider safety training and can sponsor a RiderCoach applicant.


WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE COURSE? "The RiderCoach Preparation Course is approximately 80 hours of classroom and range activity. This course is periodically offered at various locations throughout the state and may be held over several consecutive days or a few weekends. As part of this course, you will be required to attend and participate in every session, pass a riding-skill test and a knowledge test. You will learn how to teach in the classroom, how to manage the range exercise, and how to evaluate and coach students as they develop their riding skills. The final requirement for certification as a RiderCoach is successful completion of student teaching to a group of BRC new riders. If selected as a candidate there is a $75.00 course fee required to cover the registration fee and materials"1

WHAT IS THE COURSE SCHEDULE? "It depends. There is a 7 consecutive day schedule, a 2 four-day weekend schedule, and a 3-weekend schedule. Some colleges and universities offer the course as a semester program."2

WHEN ARE COURSES OFFERED? "Typically a course is offered when there is a need for RiderCoaches in a particular area. The course is organized by a state program, a military sponsor, or an area RiderCoach Trainer."2

CLASS PREPARATION."If you enroll in a course, go prepared to ride! Every day! Required riding gear includes a helmet that complies with DOT standards; eye protection; over-the-ankle, sturdy leather footwear; long pants; long-sleeved shirt or jacket; and full-fingered gloves (preferably leather). Be prepared to spend time studying during off-class hours. This is an intensive program that requires a lot of work and concentration. Do not enroll unless you can attend every class meeting. MSF highly recommends you complete a BRC prior to the RiderCoach Preparation Course. Some programs require this prior to accepting candidates in the RiderCoach Preparation Course."2

DO YOU MEET THE REQUIREMENTS? ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE REWARDING OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH OTHERS TO RIDE? If so, send an e-mail to and provide your name, address, telephone numbers, a brief outline of your riding experience and your educational background.

1 Source: State of Michigan Secretary of State

2 Source: Motorcycle Safety Foundation