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Motorcyle Riders Course

Ferris State University's Corporate & Professional Development offers the BRC (Basic Rider Course) and the RRBRC (Returning Rider Basic RiderCourse). Courses are conducted with state funds from a motorcycle safety grant administered by the Michigan Department of State and are Motorcycle Safety Foundation approved and taught by MSF certified instructors.

Upon successful completion of either the BRC or the RRBRC  class, which includes passing a final written and riding skills test, you will receive a completion card, good for one year that waives the riding skills portion of the state motorcycle endorsement test. A written test will be given at the Secretary of State's (SOS) office at the time of license application.

BRC: Basic RiderCourse® is for new riders with little or no experience seeking a license endorsement. $25 Fee - non-refundable - Motorcycles Provided.

  • Open to Michigan residents with valid driver license or permit.
  • Required for riders who have twice failed the SOS third party skills test.
  • Required for riders under 18 years of age; must be at least 15 years old at time of class.

The BRC focuses on the development of the basic riding skills; turning, shifting, and braking. Classroom and riding instruction are conducted over approximately 16 hours. You must be able to balance and ride a two-wheel bicycle.

RRBRC: Returning Rider Basic RiderCourse is designed for the returning rider with previous experience and/or has been riding on a permit for some time. $25 Fee – non-refundable – Motorcycles Provided.

  • Experienced riders seeking a license endorsement.
  • Experienced riders who want to learn advanced riding skills.
  • Required for riders under 18 years of age: must be at least 15 years old at time of class.

The RRBRC is not intended for a novice rider who is learning to ride for the first time. This course is approximately 8 ½ hours in length and includes both classroom instruction and range exercises.

Visit the Secretary of State website for a listing of other organizations that offer rider safety courses or third party testing: