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Motorcycle Safety Course

COA Motorcycle Safety Class Schedule

In College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Motorcycle Safety course, you’ll learn to ride in an atmosphere proven to reduce risks. Most self-taught riders are unaware of the skills needed to minimize chances of accidents or injuries. You’ll be amazed with your newly-found skills and confidence. Even experienced riders have expressed appreciation for the skills they’ve learned.

Successful completion of this class will exempt you from the riding skills portion of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) endorsement test, but you’ll still need to pass a written exam in order to earn that endorsement. Many insurance companies offer premium discounts for successful graduates of this class.


Please register at least three days before classes begin.

For more information or to register, call 252-335-0821 ext. 2250.

Classes will meet in room FC 128 at COA – Elizabeth City for classroom-based instruction on Friday evening (6 to 10 p.m.) and on the driving range for on-bike lessons Saturday and Sunday (8 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m.).

Please be on time for each session as the instruction “builds” and can’t be repeated. If you’re late, you may not join the class or make up the missed information at a later time. Registration fees are non-refundable for late arrivals or if you’re asked to withdraw from the class or chose to withdraw from the class for any reason.

What to Wear

  • Long-sleeved shirt or jacket
  • Long pants
  • Eye protection (glasses or face shield)
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • Over-the-ankle footwear
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmets (we’ll have some loaners if you don’t have your own)

You also might need to dress for inclement weather.

Additional Information

A motorcycle endorsement or permit isn’t required for the Basic Rider Course. As a general rule, rain won’t delay or cancel riding instructions. Class is held rain or shine. This class is a demanding physical activity, particularly in the summer, and requires physical stamina, motor coordination and mental alertness. You must know how to ride a bicycle, be able to support a 300-pound motorcycle while straddling it, and have the ability to push the motorcycle for distances up to 120 feet.