QLD

How do I get my motorcycle licence?

Step One: Learn How to Ride (optional)

The Q-Ride Pre-Learner course is designed to help new riders gain basic riding knowledge and motorcycle skills. If you are unsure whether biking is for you, or would like to get some additional training before undertaking the Q-Ride Pre-Learner course, why not try our popular Head Start Course.

Step Two: Check your eligibility

You must have held your Drivers Licence for 12 months before applying for a motorcycle learners permit.

Step Three: Complete the Q-Ride Pre-Learner Course (two days)

Step Four: Complete the Knowledge Test

In order to obtain your Learner Licence, you must take a 30-question knowledge test and pay the applicable fee to Department Transport and Main Roads (TMR).  You can practice the online motorcycle test here.

Step Five: Spend 90 days practicing

You must hold your Learner’s Licence for a minimum of 90 days before you may apply for your Q-Ride Restricted (RE) Licence.  Stay Upright offer private lessons and accompanied rides to help you gain valuable supervised on-road experience. You cannot ride unsupervised during this time.

Step Six: Complete the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) at TMR

Find out more here. You must complete HPT before you move to Step 6 – Completing the Q-Ride Restricted (RE) Licence Course.

Step Seven: Complete the Q-Ride Restricted (RE) Licence Course.

Time to book in with us for the next stage of your licensing journey, the  Q-Ride Restricted (RE) Licence Course. Make sure you have completed Step 5 above first  – the HPT.

Step Eight: Spend two years on your RE Licence (Open or Provisional).

You will need to hold a RE Licence for two years, before upgrading to a Q-Ride Unrestricted (R) Licence or riding an R-Class bike.  You are permitted to carry a pillion passenger after 12-months on a RE Licence.

Stay Upright offer a variety of courses to build your confidence and hone your physical and mental driving skills.  Consider taking a Roadsmart course or Accompanied ride.

Step Nine: Receive your R-class Learner’s Permit automatically, after two years.

You will automatically receive an R-class Learner’s Permit after holding a RE Licence for two years.  This allows you to ride a Class R motorcycle – a two or three-wheel bike with an unlimited engine size.  However, you must display an L-plate and be escorted by a holder of an R-class Licence for a minimum of 12 months.  You may not carry pillion riders.

Stay Upright offers a variety of private courses and accompanied rides to assist you in gaining experience on an R-class bike.

Step Ten: Book your Q-Ride Unrestricted (R) Course

Step Eleven: Upgrade your Licence online or at a TMR office

Once marked competent you may now upgrade your licence online, or visit a TMR office. Once processed you are fully Licenced.

QLD Licensing Courses

Learn to Ride (optional) - $99
Q-Ride Pre-Learner Course - from $349
Q-Ride Restricted (RE) Licence Course - from $257
Q-Ride Unrestricted (R) Course - $189

LEARN TO RIDE (Optional)

The Two Day Learner Permit Course is designed to prepare riders for riding on the road. It is not designed to teach you how to ride. If you’re unsure whether biking is for you, are not confident riding a push bike and balancing on two wheels, or would like to get some additional tuition before undertaking the Pre – Learner course, try our popular Head Start Course. In a 90-minute session with one of our legendary instructors, you’ll be guided through a series of riding basics, such as posture, controls, moving off and stopping.

  • Small, group-sized training with a maximum of 3 on a course.
  • Cost includes bike hire, helmet and gloves.
  • Choose between a range of time slots and locations.

Prerequisite: None

Locations: Archerfield, Caboolture

Cost: $99

Q-RIDE PRE-LEARNER COURSE

You’re at the beginning of something really great. The two-day Q-Ride Pre-Learner course is a Queensland government requirement to get your hands on a Learner’s Permit.  It’s designed to help new riders gain basic riding knowledge and skills in a safe environment, before riding on the road.

  • Stay Upright is accredited by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, to provide Q-Ride motorcycle training courses.
  • Suitable for complete beginners, we provide bike, helmet and gloves.
  • Choose between weekday and weekend courses, held at our training centre.
  • Spread the cost of the course in interest-free payments through Humm™.

Prerequisites:  A driving licence, held for a minimum of 12 months.

Location: South Brisbane (Archerfield), North Brisbane (Caboolture), Redlands (Mt Cotton)

Cost: from $349

Q-RIDE RESTRICTED (RE) LICENCE COURSE

If you’ve completed the Q-Ride Pre-Learner course and have racked up some riding experience and you’re ready to gain your RE Permit, we’re ready and waiting.  The one-day, accredited course, builds on what you’ve learned and further develops your knowledge and skills.  It includes competency-based training and assessment on both range and road.

  • Stay Upright is accredited by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, to provide Q-Ride motorcycle training courses.
  • Course fee includes bike, helmet and gloves.
  • Choose between weekdays and weekend courses, held at our Brisbane location.
  • Spread the cost of the course in interest-free payments through Humm™.

Prerequisites: You must have held a Q-Ride Learner’s Permit for a minimum of 90 days.

Location: South Brisbane (Archerfield), North Brisbane (Caboolture), Redlands (Mt Cotton)

Costfrom $257

Q-RIDE UNRESTRICTED (R) COURSE

It just gets better and better!  If you’ve got your RE and now have lots of riding experience, it’s time to get your Full (R) Licence.  The half-day accredited course is the final step.  It reinforces your knowledge and skills and further develops cognitive skills and risk management strategies.  It takes place mainly on the road and you’ll be coached and assessed throughout.

  • Stay Upright is accredited by the Department of Transport and Main Roads to provide Q-Ride motorcycle training courses.
  • Course fee includes use of bike, helmet and gloves.  You may bring your own, R-class bike if you prefer (LAMS not permitted).
  • Choose between weekdays and weekend courses, held at our Brisbane location.
  • Spread the cost of the course in interest-free payments through Humm™.

Prerequisites: RE Licence held for a minimum of two years

Location: South Brisbane (Archerfield), North Brisbane (Caboolture), Redlands (Mt Cotton)

Cost: $189

Ride better, sooner!

Private Lessons - $149
Accompanied  Rides - $149
Learn to Ride (Optional) - $99

PRIVATE LESSONS

There’s nothing better than some good old one-to-one tuition to build your confidence and enhance your skills – especially when it’s provided by one of Stay Upright’s experienced instructors.

  • 90 minute coaching sessions tailored to suit your needs.
  • Bike hire is included, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

Location: South Brisbane (Archerfield), North Brisbane (Caboolture), Redlands (Mt Cotton)

Cost:  $149

ACCOMPANIED RIDES

It’s hard for L-Platers to get out on the road and gain seat-time, when you must be accompanied by a fully licensed rider. So why not join Stay Upright’s legendary instructors, who will offer on-the-spot tuition to improve your roadcraft skills and build your confidence.

  • Ride begins on the range and moves to the road, once participants are comfortable.
  • 90 minute rides with a maximum of four participants.
  • Course fee includes use of bike, helmet and gloves. You may bring your own if you prefer.

Location: South Brisbane (Archerfield), North Brisbane (Caboolture), Redlands (Mt Cotton)

Prerequisites: Learners Licence

Cost:  $149

LEARN TO RIDE (Optional)

Try before you buy.  If you’re unsure whether biking is for you, or would like to get some one-on-one tuition before undertaking the Pre-Learner Course, try our popular Head Start Course. In a 90-minute, private session with one of our legendary instructors, you’ll be guided through a series of riding basics, such as posture, controls, moving off and stopping.

  • Cost includes bike hire, helmet and gloves.
  • Choose between a range of time slots.

Prerequisites: None

Location: South Brisbane (Archerfield), North Brisbane (Caboolture), Redlands (Mt Cotton)

Cost:  $99 

Returning Rider Course

Welcome back. We’ve got the perfect course to refresh your skills and return to riding, safely and with confidence.  With a little help from our experienced instructors, you’ll refresh your skills in a car-free area, then head to the road to hone your skills – and learn new ones.

  • Course is 90 minutes with 15 minutes upfront to prepare and check bikes.
  • Small group size with a maximum of four participants.
  • Bike hire is included, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

Prerequisites: A full, current Australian Motorcycle Licence

Location: South Brisbane (Archerfield), North Brisbane (Caboolture), Redlands (Mt Cotton)

Cost: $149 (or $99 with own bike)

Roadsmart Courses

SU Roadsmart One - $219
SU Roadsmart Two - $329

SU ROADSMART ONE

Roadsmart One is designed for L-platers, P-platers and anyone who would like to build their confidence on the road.  In a half-day (four hours), you’ll expand your physical and mental skills to ensure you can handle anything the road can throw at you.  You’ll perfect techniques like cornering and braking and enhance your roadcraft, allowing you to stay safe whilst enjoying your ride.

  • Takes place on the track but is road-focused, keeping you safe whilst you work on your skills.
  • This course is recognised by many insurers to achieve a discount.
  • Spread the cost of the course in interest-free payments through Humm™.

Prerequisites:  Learner’s Permit or above

Location: Archerfield

Cost:  $219

SU ROADSMART TWO

Roadsmart Two is our most popular course.  It’s designed for P-Platers and above who want to perfect their riding skills and ensure their safety on the road.  The full-day course blends roadcraft with physical skills.  In it, you’ll master cornering, braking and bike control.  You’ll perfect your posture and vision abilities.  You’ll also have plenty of riding time and our Follow Sessions will give you detailed feedback on your riding technique – and show you how it can be improved.

  • Takes place on the track but is road-focused, keeping you safe whilst you work on your skills.
  • This course is recognised by many insurers to achieve a premium discount.
  • Spread the cost of the course in interest-free payments through Humm™.

Prerequisites:  For everyone with P-Plates and above. If on a restricted licence, you must be riding a LAMS approved bike.

Location: Mt Cotton

Cost:  $329

Workplace Training

At Stay Upright, we believe that safety should be your number one concern on the farm or at your workplace.

Stay Upright can provide accredited workplace training courses, tailored to your needs, at your location or ours. To make safer riding skills more accessible to side-by-side users across Australia, we’ve also introduced a self-paced online training course which is ideal for anyone who uses a side by side vehicle at their workplace or on their farm.

You can find more information about both our in-person and online courses at the links below. If you have additional questions, or would like more information on what the courses entail, please contact our team on 1300 366 640.

Tap here for information on our face to face Workplace Training Courses for Side-By-Sides, Quads and two-wheelers.
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Tap here for information on our self-paced online course for Side-By Sides
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Online Side-By-Side Training Course

In conjunction with the team at Polaris, Stay Upright has developed an online training course for operators of Side-By- Side vehicles. This course is perfect for:
  • Beginners looking for an overview of the safe operation of SBS vehicles
  • Experienced operators who have completed the face to face module (AHCMOM216 – Operate Side by Side Utility Vehicles) and are looking for a refresher course
  • Organisations looking to meet their duty of care to employees by providing ongoing training
The course covers:
  • Risk management
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Pre-ride SBS Utility check
  • Choosing the right vehicle for the right job
  • Environmental considerations
  • OHS/WHS
  • Loads and towing
  • Loading/unloading
  • Basic safety driving tips
Duration: Designed to be completed in approximately 30 minutes. Complete it when it suits you! You will automatically be emailed a link after you purchase the course, to complete in your own time.

Cost: $49 per person

WORKPLACE TRAINING

We began providing Australian Workplace Training in 1990 – and if we do say so ourselves, we’re very good at it.  Our registered courses have achieved the Australia Qualifications Framework at the highest possible level. We work closely with everyone from Government agencies to Agricultural and food delivery businesses, to train staff and significantly reduce the risk of accidents, for two-wheel, Quad and side-by-side vehicles.

We train and assess to National units of competency including:

  • AHCMOM201 – Operate 2-Wheel Motorbikes
  • AHCMOM216 – Operate Side by Side Utility Vehicles
  • AHCMOM217 – Operate Quad Bikes / ATVs

For more information or to book a course for your organisation, contact our professional team at atv@stayupright.com.au.

RTO Code: 90714

How do I get my motorcycle licence?

Step One: Learn How to Ride (optional)

The Q-Ride Pre-Learner course is designed to help new riders gain basic riding knowledge and motorcycle skills. If you are unsure whether biking is for you, or would like to get some additional training before undertaking the Q-Ride Pre-Learner course, why not try our popular Head Start Course.

Step Two: Check your eligibility

You must have held your Drivers Licence for 12 months before applying for a motorcycle learners permit.

Step Three: Complete the Q-Ride Pre-Learner Course (two days)

Step Four: Complete the Knowledge Test

In order to obtain your Learner Licence, you must take a 30-question knowledge test and pay the applicable fee to Department Transport and Main Roads (TMR).  You can practice the online motorcycle test here.

Step Five: Spend 90 days practicing

You must hold your Learner’s Licence for a minimum of 90 days before you may apply for your Q-Ride Restricted (RE) Licence.  Stay Upright offer private lessons and accompanied rides to help you gain valuable supervised on-road experience. You cannot ride unsupervised during this time.

Step Six: Complete the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) at TMR

Find out more here. You must complete HPT before you move to Step 6 – Completing the Q-Ride Restricted (RE) Licence Course.

Step Seven: Complete the Q-Ride Restricted (RE) Licence Course.

Time to book in with us for the next stage of your licensing journey, the  Q-Ride Restricted (RE) Licence Course. Make sure you have completed Step 5 above first  – the HPT.

Step Eight: Spend two years on your RE Licence (Open or Provisional).

You will need to hold a RE Licence for two years, before upgrading to a Q-Ride Unrestricted (R) Licence or riding an R-Class bike.  You are permitted to carry a pillion passenger after 12-months on a RE Licence.

Stay Upright offer a variety of courses to build your confidence and hone your physical and mental driving skills.  Consider taking a Roadsmart course or Accompanied ride.

Step Nine: Receive your R-class Learner’s Permit automatically, after two years.

You will automatically receive an R-class Learner’s Permit after holding a RE Licence for two years.  This allows you to ride a Class R motorcycle – a two or three-wheel bike with an unlimited engine size.  However, you must display an L-plate and be escorted by a holder of an R-class Licence for a minimum of 12 months.  You may not carry pillion riders.

Stay Upright offers a variety of private courses and accompanied rides to assist you in gaining experience on an R-class bike.

Step Ten: Book your Q-Ride Unrestricted (R) Course

Step Eleven: Upgrade your Licence online or at a TMR office

Once marked competent you may now upgrade your licence online, or visit a TMR office. Once processed you are fully Licenced.

QLD FAQ’s

What should I wear?

You must wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy footwear (no steel caps) for every course.  We provide helmet, gloves and bike on the Learner’s Course.

What happens if I am late?

If the course has started, you won’t be able to join and you will need to book (and pay) again.

What happens if it rains?

Whatever the weather, our courses will go ahead.

What happens if I can’t make my course or I need to change my date?

Please contact us, at least seven days ahead of your course, to discuss your options.

If you’re sick on the day, please get a doctor’s certificate from your GP and let us know as soon as you can.

Full terms and conditions are provided at the time of booking and attached to your booking confirmation.

What Happens if my event is impacted by a Stay at Home order due to COVID-19?

Our courses are considered an essential service by most governments, most of the time. If your course is impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, we’ll contact you directly via email to advise you not to attend. If you don’t hear anything, your course is still proceeding, with COVID-19 procedures in place.

I’m new to riding a motorbike – will the Learner’s course teach me how?

The Learner’s course is designed for those with no motorcycle experience.  If you can ride a bicycle, that’s a great start – ideally you need a sense of balance and coordination.  However, since it’s a competencies-based course, there is no guarantee that you’ll pass.  If you think you’ll need a little extra help, book one of our popular private lessons, to boost your confidence.

Give me a break! And what about lunch?

Yes, courses include scheduled breaks, but our trainers are better on the track than they are in the kitchen, so you will need to bring your own lunch and refreshments.  You can use small kitchen to heat up food or pop to one of the nearby food outlets instead.

What does LAMS mean?

LAMS is short for ‘Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme’ – and are bikes that have been approved for Learners.  A LAMS bike has an engine capacity of between 251 and 660cc, with a power output of less than 150kw per tonne.

Can I convert my overseas licence?

Visit Queensland Transport who will review your application for a QLD riders’ licence. They will issue you with a letter of authority to complete training.