How to become a motorcycle instructor

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Motorcycle safety education instructors are trained during an intensive 4–weekend Instructor Preparation training course and certified by the Washington Motorcycle Safety Program (WMSP) to provide 2–wheel and/or 3–wheel motorcycle safety training and license endorsement testing.

Who can become an instructor?

You can, if you meet the following requirements:

  • A high school graduate, or equivalent, and be at least 21 years of age.
  • Possess a current, valid driver license with a motorcycle endorsement.
  • Be an experienced motorcyclist who owns and regularly operates a registered motorcycle.
  • Have an acceptable driving record.
  • No convictions involving a crime of violence.

How do I become an instructor?

You must successfully complete an Instructor Preparation training course. This course is offered at various times throughout the year. For a list of upcoming courses and additional information go to our New Instructor Training page. You will also need to complete a 2-wheel or 3-wheel novice rider course within 6 months of beginning your Instructor Preparation course.

To register for an Instructor Preparation course, complete the Instructor Candidate Application. Applications must be sent to:
Department of Licensing
Washington Motorcycle Safety Program (WMSP)
PO Box 9030
Olympia, WA 98507–9030
or
motorcycle@dol.wa.gov

When your application is approved, WMSP will provide you with additional information needed to attend the course.

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