Advanced Rider

Advanced Rider
  • Become an Advanced Rider
  • Get paired with a Local Group
  • Learn from a highly skilled Observer
  • Learn to use the ‘IPSGA’ framework
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Course overview

Advanced Rider course to give you additional knowledge and skills to make your on-road experiences safer and more fulfilling. All you need is a full valid licence and your own motorbike.

We want to help you enjoy your passion, grow friendships, and create memorable experiences on your bike, now and in the future.

About the course

What does becoming a more skilful rider mean to you? Better road positioning? Enhanced observation skills? Or simply greater bike control?

Whichever aspect of riding you’re looking to improve, our course brings your skills up to an advanced level, helping you to get more out of riding and preparing you for any on-road scenario.

For the course, you’ll be paired with one of our highly skilled Observers, themselves Advanced Riders who hold an additional Institute of the Motor Industry qualification.

Our Observers will meet you in location that is convenient for you both. You can discuss where you’d like to meet your Observer once you have been assigned to your Local Group.

Over a series of observed rides, you’ll develop your core riding skills and learn how to continuously apply the ‘IPSGA’ framework (Information, Position, Speed, Gear, Acceleration)  to a variety of on-road situations including on bends, motorways, and during overtakes.

We’ll send you a handbook to help you keep track of your progress, and you’ll have time to practise and hone your new skills between each session.

You can even take advantage of your local Group and meet up with others on the course to discuss and share your newfound knowledge and skills.

When you’re ready, your Observer will put you forward for your Advanced Test with one of our Examiners. Upon completion, you’ll gain ‘Advanced Rider’ and ‘IAM RoadSmart Member’ status.

What’s included in the course fee?

  • Membership of your local group
  • Typically around 6-12 sessions with an Observer
  • The Advanced Test
  • One year’s membership to IAM RoadSmart as an Associate

Are there any additional costs?

Your allocated Observer is a volunteer and will use their own motorcycle when riding with you to deliver the Advanced Rider course. Some Groups request that a contribution is made to the fuel costs incurred by the Observer.

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Treat your friends and family to an Advanced Riding course where they will learn the skills and techniques to take their riding adventures to new heights.

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Receive expert tuition and become a more skilful rider

Grow your confidence, to better enjoy your passion for riding

Meet other riding enthusiasts in the biking community

Join IAM RoadSmart as an Associate, and receive our member magazine


1. Purchase your course and receive a welcome pack in the post

2. Be paired with one of our Local Groups who will be in touch

3. Develop your Advanced Skills over a series of observed rides

4. When ready, go for your Advanced Test with a friendly Examiner

5. Gain ‘Advanced Rider’ and ‘IAM RoadSmart Full Member’ status


New opportunities

Becoming an Advanced Rider will allow you to continue making a difference to rider safety, long after your initial course. Our qualification allows you to become an IAM RoadSmart Observer and opens the door to other organisations such as Blood Bikes. 

Many of our members work with organisations such as Blood Bikes after gaining their qualification, as they often require advanced motorcycle training to join.