The Northern Illinois University Motorcycle Safety Project RiderCoach Preparation (RCP) workshop is for experienced, safety-minded motorcyclists who possess strong verbal communication skills, the ability to work with a diverse group of students, and are interested in giving back to the sport by helping new riders learn the skills necessary for safe motorcycle operation. The workshop will focus on becoming familiar with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's (MSF) Basic RiderCourse (BRC) curriculum. During the course you will gain an overall understanding of the curriculum and its underpinning philosophies. You will learn methods for facilitating and managing classroom discussions. A majority of the BRC involves riding a motorcycle. As such, a great deal of emphasis and time will be invested on learning how to conduct the riding exercises and coach students to help them learn to ride. The final phase of the training will be conducting a BRC with novice students under the supervision of certified RiderCoach Trainer(s).
Successful graduates of the RCP workshop will receive RiderCoach certification from the MSF. That certification will allow you to teach anywhere there is a program utilizing MSF curriculum. You will be required to acquire a basic first aid course certification to be eligible to teach courses.
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 approximately an 80-hour commitment. 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 and an official copy of your driving record, available from the Secretary of State Driver's Services Facility, for consideration of acceptance into an RCP. Visit this link, CyberDriveIllinois, to find the facility nearest you. Application does not guarantee acceptance into a workshop.
Please contact the Motorcycle Safety Project for information on becoming a RiderCoach by sending an email to MotorcycleSafety@niu.edu.
For people who are interested in getting involved with the Motorcycle Safety Project but are not interested in becoming a RiderCoach we have positions available for Range Aides. The main focus of the job of a Range Aide is to assist with setting up the riding exercises during a Basic RiderCourse. It is not instructional in nature, and in fact Range Aides are not allowed to perform instruction of any kind as that does require a RiderCoach certification.
As a Range Aide you would be expected to help getting the riding range ready for classes, helping pull out the motorcycles from storage, setting up the riding exercise, helping keep the riding area safe by cleaning up any loose debris that could present a riding hazard to students, and things of that nature. It is a great way to get involved in rider education and many Range Aides end up taking a RiderCoach Preparation course and becoming RiderCoaches for the Project.
Please contact the Motorcycle Safety Project for information on becoming a Range Aide by sending an email to MotorcycleSafety@niu.edu.