VIC

How do I get my motorcycle licence?

Step One: Check your eligibility

You must:

  • Be 18+ years old
  • Be a resident of Victoria
  • Free of any restrictions that would disqualify you from holding or achieving a Victorian Learner Permit.
  • Hold a current Victorian Car Learner’s Permit, or a Victorian Car Licence OR have passed a VicRoads road rules test at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre and received a VicRoads Customer Number.
  • Be medically fit enough to ride a motorcycle.  If you have a medical condition or take prescribed medication, please call our friendly Customer Service team so that they can help you with the process. You may need to provide the relevant medical reports to us before you book your assessment. You may be required to have an initial medical assessment to establish your capacity to ride a motorcycle.

Step Two: Complete your Two-Day Pre-Learner course – Motorcycle Permit Assessment Course (MPA).

Step Three: Practice Your Skills

Whilst there’s no minimum wait time between completing your MPA and Check Ride, you must wait at least three months after your MPA and at least one month after your Check Ride before you can attempt the Motorcycle Licence Assessment (MLA).  You must complete all three within a period of 15 months.  In the meantime, practice your skills and consider taking a Stay Upright private lesson with our experienced instructors who can help with any specific areas of your riding technique you’d like to improve.

Step Four: Complete the Check Ride (CR).

The CR needs to be completed at least one month prior to completing your Motorcycle Licence Assessment.

Step Five: Take a Hazard Perception Test (if you don’t hold a Driver’s Licence)

If you don’t hold a Victorian Driver’s Licence, you will need to head to VicRoads to undertake a Hazard Perception Test.

Step Six: Complete your Motorcycle Licence Assessment (MLA)

VIC Licensing Courses

Two Day Pre-Learner Course (MPA) – from $499

Check Ride (CR) – from $249

Licence Assessment (MLA) –  from $249

Practice and Licence Assessment (MLA) – from $349

Head Start Course – $159

Private Lessons – $159

TWO DAY PRE-LEARNER COURSE (MPA)

You’re at the beginning of something really great.  The two-day Pre-Learner course is a VicRoads requirement to gain your Learner’s Permit.  We offer the accredited course at a range of locations across Victoria and a choice of course dates, to suit you.

  • Stay Upright are accredited by VicRoads to provide this course.
  • Choose between midweek and weekend courses in a range of locations.
  • Course includes the eyesight and written motorcycle knowledge test.
  • Please study the Victorian Rider handbook prior to attending the course.  You can access a copy from the VicRoads website.
  • Course fee includes use of bike, helmet and gloves and all VicRoads fees.
  • Spread the cost of the course with interest-free payments through Humm™.

Prerequisites: You must be at least 18 years of age. You must hold a Victorian Car Learner Permit OR Car Licence OR have completed the Road Rules test at a VicRoads office and been given a VicRoads Customer Number. You must be medically fit (See FAQs). You must NOT be currently cancelled or suspended from driving.

Locations: Ballarat, Braeside, Geelong, Hoppers Crossing and Horsham

Cost:  From $499

CHECK RIDE (CR)

Head screwed on? Check!  Bum on seat?  Check!  You’re good to go on your check ride.  The CR is a mandatory three-and-a-half-hour course that makes sure you are proficient in the safety and practical skills of riding a bike in order to pass the Motorcycle Licence Assessment (MLA).  On both range and road, you’ll progress from Learner’s Permit training with physical and mental safety skills.  You’ll also get feedback and guidance from our experienced trainers to improve your riding technique.

  • It must be taken at least one month prior to taking the MLA.  (The MLA must be taken at least three months after receiving your Learners Permit and at least one month prior to completing your Motorcycle Licence Assessment (MLA)).
  • Choose between midweek and weekend courses in a range of locations.
  • Course fee includes use of bike, helmet, gloves and all VicRoads fees – but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
  • Spread the cost of the course with interest-free payments through Humm™.

Prerequisites:  You must hold your Learner’s Permit. You must be medically fit (See FAQs). You must NOT be currently cancelled or suspended from driving.

Locations: Ballarat, Braeside, Geelong, Hoppers Crossing and Horsham

Cost: From $249 for a weekday course

LICENCE ASSESSMENT (MLA)

You’ve got this. The final mandatory step in the VicRoads motorcycle graduated licensing system (M-GLS).  The one-and-a-half-hour assessment brings together your previous training and real-world riding experience, to test your skills.  It includes an on-range riding skill assessment and an on-road safe riding assessment.

  • The MLA may be taken three months after obtaining a Learner Permit and at least one month after the Check Ride.
  • Choose between midweek and weekend dates in a range of locations.
  • Course fee includes use of bike, helmet and gloves and all VicRoads fees – but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
  • Spread the cost of the course with interest-free payments through Humm™.
  • You must complete your MLA within 15 months of receiving your Learner’s Permit.  If you do not, your licence will expire and you will need to restart the licensing process.

Prerequisites:   A VicRoads Learners Permit and a completed CR. You must be medically fit. You must NOT be currently cancelled or suspended from driving.  For overseas licence conversations, please see our guide to how to get your licence.

Locations: Ballarat, Braeside, Geelong, Hoppers Crossing and Horsham

Cost:  From $249, for a weekday course

PRACTICE AND LICENCE ASSESSMENT (MLA)

Take no chancesThe Practice and Licence Assessment (MLA) binds an additional one-hour practice with an experienced trainer, with all the other aspects of the MLA.  This practice will build your confidence and enhance your chances of a successful pass.

  • The MLA will take place directly after the practice session.
  • Private session with one-to-one tuition.
  • The MLA may be taken three months after obtaining a Learner Permit and at least one month after the Check Ride.
  • Choose between midweek and weekend dates in a range of locations.
  • Fee includes MLA, bike, helmet and gloves – you may bring your own if you prefer.
  • Spread the cost of the course with interest-free payments through Humm™.

Prerequisites:   A VicRoads Learners Permit and a completed CR. You must be medically fit. You must NOT be currently cancelled or suspended from driving.

Locations:  Ballarat, Braeside, Geelong and Hoppers Crossing

Cost:  From $349 for a weekday course

HEAD START COURSE

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 MPA 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. So sure are we that you’ll love riding that we’ll give you $20 towards our Pre-Learner Course.

  • The course fee includes a $20 voucher towards Stay Upright’s Pre-Learner Course, should you decide to proceed.
  • Cost includes bike hire, helmet and gloves.
  • Choose between a range of time slots and locations.

Prerequisite:  None

Locations: Ballarat, Braeside, Geelong and Hoppers Crossing

Cost: $159

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.

  • Suitable for all levels of rider.
  • One-and-a-half hour coaching sessions tailored to suit your needs.
  • Bike hire is included, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

Locations: Ballarat, Braeside, Geelong and Hoppers Crossing

Cost: $159

Adventure

Adventure Course – $350

Adventure Ride – $350

ADVENTURE COURSE

Get some fresh air on our Adventure Course. No matter what skill level, we’ll give you the skills to fly! In a full, fun-packed day course, you’ll learn how to handle the things you might come across in an adventure ride; how to ride in sand or dirt, how to ascend and descend, how to pick up a dropped bike (and how to pick bugs out of your teeth….)  You’ll also learn how to ride a big bike, off road and lots of off-road techniques that will help you to go further, easier.

  • Bring your own adventure bike or hire one of ours
  • Spread the cost of the course with interest-free payments through Humm™.

Prerequisites:  A full licence

Location:  Hoppers Crossing

Cost: $350

ADVENTURE RIDE

Want to ride off into the sunset with one of our legendary instructors?  Meet them on the edge of the city, then ride into our beautiful State’s forests for a full day of off-road activity.  You’ll practice roadcraft in the bush, shallow river crossings, hill ascents and descents.  We’ll incorporate whatever the area and weather have to offer, in a range of challenges to suit every adventure rider.  We’ll even provide lunch.

  • This course is suitable for both new and experienced adventure riders who have completed SU’s Adventure Course and want to practice their skills in an action-packed, real-world adventure.
  • Group sizes are small, so you’ll make new friends for future adventures.
  • Bring your own adventure bike and appropriate gear. The bike must be fully road-registered, roadworthy and fitted with adventure tyres.
  • Spread the cost of the course with interest-free payments through Humm™.

Prerequisites:   You must have previously completed our Adventure Course or have equivalent off-road riding experience.  If you’re unsure, please get in touch and we can advise you.

Meet Location:  Bacchus Marsh

Cost: $350

Roadsmart Courses

You can never be too good at riding a bike – especially when it comes to the road.   Our Roadsmart Series provides road smart training for all levels of rider.

SU Roadsmart One – $199

SU Roadsmart Two – from $365

SU Roadsmart Three – $499

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 help you handle anything the road can throw at you.  You’ll perfect techniques like cornering and steering 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 premium discount.

Location:  Hoppers Crossing

Cost: $199

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 discount.
  • Spread the cost of the course with interest-free payments through Humm™.

Prerequisites:  For everyone with P-Plates and above

Location:  Hoppers Crossing and Broadford

Cost: From $365

SU ROADSMART THREE

Roadsmart Three is for confident road riders, sports riders and those who have previously completed Roadsmart Two.  In a full and action-packed day, you’ll finesse your cornering, bust some braking myths and work on your ability to harness your bike’s braking system.   We also share the best lines to use, introduce you to track lines and show you how to reduce your risks. 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.
  • Spread the cost of the course with interest-free payments through Humm™.

Prerequisites:  Experienced Riders

Location:  Broadford

Cost:  $499

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 three-and-a-half hours with 15 minutes upfront to prepare and check bikes.
  • Has a maximum of six participants.
  • Bike hire is included, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

Prerequisites: A full, current Australian Motorcycle Licence

Locations:  Hoppers Crossing

Cost:  $199

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: Check your eligibility

You must:

  • Be 18+ years old
  • Be a resident of Victoria
  • Free of any restrictions that would disqualify you from holding or achieving a Victorian Learner Permit.
  • Hold a current Victorian Car Learner’s Permit, or a Victorian Car Licence OR have passed a VicRoads road rules test at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre and received a VicRoads Customer Number.
  • Be medically fit enough to ride a motorcycle.  If you have a medical condition or take prescribed medication, please call our friendly Customer Service team so that they can help you with the process. You may need to provide the relevant medical reports to us before you book your assessment. You may be required to have an initial medical assessment to establish your capacity to ride a motorcycle.

Step Two: Complete your Two-Day Pre-Learner course – Motorcycle Permit Assessment Course (MPA).

Step Three: Practice Your Skills

Whilst there’s no minimum wait time between completing your MPA and Check Ride, you must wait at least three months after your MPA and at least one month after your Check Ride before you can attempt the Motorcycle Licence Assessment (MLA).  You must complete all three within a period of 15 months.  In the meantime, practice your skills and consider taking a Stay Upright private lesson with our experienced instructors who can help with any specific areas of your riding technique you’d like to improve.

Step Four: Complete the Check Ride (CR).

The CR needs to be completed at least one month prior to completing your Motorcycle Licence Assessment.

Step Five: Take a Hazard Perception Test (if you don’t hold a Driver’s Licence)

If you don’t hold a Victorian Driver’s Licence, you will need to head to VicRoads to undertake a Hazard Perception Test.

Step Six: Complete your Motorcycle Licence Assessment (MLA)

VIC FAQ’s

What should I wear?

You must wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy footwear (no steel caps).  We provide bike, helmet, gloves on all courses except Roadsmart and Adventure. You are encouraged to bring your own bike for the Check Ride and MLA because you will be most familiar with it.

How old do I have to be to obtain a Learner’s Permit?

You must be 18+ years of age.  Please see our step-by-step guide for more details.

What happens if I am late?

If you don’t arrive on time, you won’t be able to start the course and 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.

What if I have a medical condition?

If you have a medical condition or take regularly prescribed medicine, please contact our office on 03 9731 1499 prior to booking for EACH of the MPA, Check Ride and MLA steps. We will assist you with the process of obtaining the necessary approvals from VicRoads.

How do I convert my Overseas or Interstate Licence?

The requirements for licence conversion vary. Please contact our office on  03 9731 1499 to obtain details.

Are there any additional written tests?

If you do not possess a Victorian Car Learner Permit you will need to undertake a written Road Rule Test at a VicRoads office prior to doing the MPA course. If you do not possess a Victorian Car Licence you will need to undertake a written Hazard Perception Test at a VicRoads office prior to doing the MLA.

I have never ridden a motorcycle before – can I give it a try before committing to the Learner’s Course?

The Learner’s Course is suitable for anyone who has never ridden a motorcycle.  However, if you’d like to try before you buy, why not take our Head Start Course.  This is a great way to try riding without having to commit to the full course – and we’ll give you a discount towards the Learner’s Course, should you decide you want to go ahead.

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.

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. You can find a list of approved bikes here.