Basic Handling Skills (test only)

The basic handling skills course is the first step in your roadcraft and is designed to fit in with the graduated licensing system to enable the rider to develop their skills in a safe environment prior to undertaking the NZTA Basic handling skills assessment. On successful completion of the assessment the rider is presented with a certificate that can be used as part of the process to gain a learner licence.

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The basic handling skills test consists of four stages:

  • basic turn and stop
  • figure of eight and park
  • linking figures of eight
  • increased speed and emergency stop

Each stage is broken down into varying combinations of the following tasks:

  • move off
  • straight ride
  • corner
  • stop
  • park

In completing the tasks above you will be assessed against the relevant assessment items below:

  • looking in the correct direction
  • signalling correctly
  • making head checks before changing position
  • lateral position of motorcycle
  • control of motorcycle
  • using appropriate speed
  • parking observation
  • parking movement.

Once you have your Basic Handling Skills Certificate, you can then apply for your learner licence at a driver licensing agent.

  • You must be at least 16 years old
  • You must be able to ride a bicycle
  • You must provide identification and proof of age. Acceptable forms of ID?
  • You must wear suitable clothing to minimise risk of injury and protect you from adverse weather conditions. In particular, footwear should be fully enclosed. Shorts or skirts are not acceptable on the course. Arms and legs must be covered. Helmets will be provided.


There are currently no scheduled courses available. If you wish to enrol on a future course please email and we will contact you as soon as we are in a position to provide this course.