Motorcycle Certification

Obtain your motorcycle license by taking one of two Motorcycle Training  Courses through Nicolet College.  With successful completion of either of the Motorcycle Training Courses offered, the rider will receive a Wisconsin Department of Transportation Waiver which will waive the skills test for a Wisconsin Class M endorsement.

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Course Information

Learn more about the Motorcycle Training Courses.

General Course Enrollment Information

  • Refer to the registration instructions or contact Motorcycle Certification at 715-365-4641 or 800-544-3039 ext. 4641 for a registration packet and course schedule
  • Classes offered in the morning, evening, and weekends
  • Up to 9 students allowed in class
  • To successfully complete the course and be issued waiver of authorization, the participant must:
    • Be on time and attend all classes.
    • Participate in classroom discussions.
    • Provide written answers to study questions.
    • Pass the 50-question multiple choice knowledge test that addresses basic knowledge related to riding procedures and traffic strategies.
    • Pass the riding assessment that measures riding competencies. The riding assessment consists of four exercises: a limited-space maneuver, stopping, swerving, and cornering.
  • Topics Covered
    • Introduction to motorcycling
    • Protective gear/what to wear
    • Motorcycle controls
    • Street strategies to avoid trouble and stay safe
    • How to maneuver your motorcycle
    • Avoiding obstacles
    • Lane changes
    • Riding at night
    • Swerving
    • Collision avoidance skills
    • Dealing with special situations
  • Riding Gear Required
    • Long sleeve shirt or jacket
    • Long non-flare pants
    • Sturdy shoes that cover the ankle
    • Full fingered gloves
    • Eye protection
    • DOT approved ¾ or full face helmet (College does have helmets to use)
  • Optional items
    • Rain gear
    • Drinking water
    • Snacks or lunch
    • Bug repellent
    • Sunscreen
  • Class can be taken with spouse/child/friend
    • Please send registration forms in together

Basic Rider Course License Waiver

The primary goal of the Basic Rider Course is to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of safe, responsible motorcycling. This includes the knowledge and skills that lead to licensing and motorcycle operation on streets and highways. The 16-hour Basic Rider Course is designed for beginning riders and was developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). Instructors are certified by the MSF and Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The course consists of six hours of classroom and ten hours of on-cycle instruction. The Basic Rider Course covers preparing to ride, turning, shifting and braking, street strategies, special situations, increasing riding skills, maintenance, and insurance.  Classes are conducted during the day, evening, or weekend sessions.  The 16-hour course consists of five classroom units and 17 riding exercises, along with evaluation components. Courses are scheduled in a variety of formats, including four-day, three-day, and weekend. Nicolet College offers morning, evening, and weekend classes. Participants with little or no previous riding experience are strongly encouraged to enroll in the four-day format. 

  • Summer 2018 course fee $264.40, includes workbook and all other materials
  • 16 hours classroom and range
  • 3 hour online eCourse required prior to start of class
    • eCourse provided by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)
    • Cost of eCourse $19.99 paid to MSF
    • Students must bring printed completion form to class
  • Participants with little or no previous riding experience are strongly encouraged to enroll in the four-day weekday format
  • Motorcycles provided for this course
    • All motorcycles are 250cc or smaller
    • Variety of makes and models to choose from
  • Students must be at least 15 ½ years of age and have completed the classroom portion of Driver’s Education
  • Participants under age 18 must provide written parental permission to register for the course. If a person is under 18 years of age, they will need verification of enrollment in the Rider Course to present to the Wisconsin DOT in order to obtain their temporary permit. The MV3575 Motorcycle Skills Waiver Authorization is the required document and is available, after registration is complete, by contacting 715-365-4641 or 800-544-3039 ext. 4641. This form must be requested; it will not automatically be sent upon registration.
  • Individuals completing a Basic Rider Course are not required to hold a motorcycle temporary permit before they receive their Class M (motorcycle) license. Students who want to practice riding a motorcycle on roadways prior to attending the Rider Course will need to pass the written knowledge test at the Department of Transportation and obtain a temporary permit.

Basic Rider Course 2 License Waiver

This 8 hour Basic Rider 2 course is designed for current motorcycle owners who have been riding for years but have never obtained a Class M motorcycle endorsement.  The course was developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF).  Instructors are certified by the MSF and Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).  This course will complement your basic skills and helps with personal risk assessment.  It includes a fast-paced classroom segment with several fun interactive activities to improve perception and hazard awareness.  Range exercises enhance both basic operating skills and crash-avoidance skills.  Improving your braking and cornering finesse is emphasized.  The course is beneficial for riders on any type of street motorcycle.  Students must already have the ability to use the clutch and throttle to control a motorcycle, start out and stop smoothly, upshift and downshift smoothly, stop a motorcycle properly at a designated point and negotiate normal roadway turns and curves.  Classes are conducted during the day, evening, or weekend sessions.  The course may also earn you an insurance discount.  Students must bring their own motorcycle.

  • Summer 2018 course fee $121.55, includes workbook other materials.
  • 8 hours classroom and range
  • 90 minute online eCourse required prior to start of class
    • eCourse provided by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)
    • Cost of eCourse $19.99 paid to MSF
    • Student may opt to take 3 hour eCourse
    • Students must bring printed completion form to class
  • Students must be 18 years or older
  • Student must bring their own motorcycle
    • T-clocs inspection will be performed
    • Proof of insurance required
    • Proof of registration required
    • Students must have a temporary permit (learner’s permit) -or- Students may trailer their motorcycle if they do not have a temporary permit

Training Schedule

Register

Contact Information

Motorcycle Certification
Birchwoods Center - Room 101
P: 715.365.4641
800.544.3039 ext 4641

E: vnelson@nicoletcollege.edu