The Northern Illinois University Motorcycle Safety Project RiderCoach Preparation (RCP) workshop is for experienced, safety-minded motorcyclists who possess strong verbal communication skills and the ability to work with a diverse group of students and are interested in giving back the sport by helping new riders learn the skills necessary for safe motorcycle operation. The workshop includes extensive time learning how to conduct the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic RiderCourse curriculum with emphasis on the riding exercises. During the course you will gain an overall understanding of the curriculum, as well as gain experience in conducting the classroom sessions, the riding exercises and course evaluations. The final phase of the training will be conducting an actual BRC with novice students.
Graduates of the RCP workshop receive RiderCoach certification from the MSF. You will be required to acquire a basic first aid course certification, such as American Red Cross, Green Cross, etc. to be eligible to teach within Illinois.
The RiderCoach Preparation course is open to experienced motorcyclists who have strong communication skills and the ability to work with a diverse student base. You must be at least 18 years old to register for this training and have a good driving record. Those with DUI offenses, license suspensions, or frequent moving violations within the past five years need not apply. As a part of the registration process, you will be required to submit an original driver's abstract (available from the Illinois Secretary of State) with your application.
The RiderCoach Preparation course requires an approximately 85-hour commitment, including an initial Basic RiderCourse. Additionally, there will be preparation and study work outside of the scheduled course times. You must attend all dates and times scheduled in order to complete the course. If you have any questions please call the Motorcycle Safety Project office at (800) 892-9607.
You will need to submit the application (link on this page) and a copy of your driver's abstract available from the Secretary of State's office for consideration of acceptance into an RCP.
If you are interested in the instructor preparation workshop, please download and review the following documents.