Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center
Motorcycle Safety Basic Rider Course (BRC)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. What are the times for the BRC classes?
Class will begin promptly on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. Meet your instructor at the front entrance of the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center. On Saturday & Sunday, plan on being here from 8a.m.-5 p.m. Your instructor will provide a lunch break.
2. What is the price for the BRC course?
3. Do I need a motorcycle to take the BRC?
No, we will provide a motorcycle for you to use.
4. Do I need a helmet to take the BRC?
Yes. However, we can provide a helmet for the class if you don't have one.
5. Do I need a motorcycle permit to take the BRC?
Yes, you will need a motorcycle "learning" permit to take this course if you are under 18. A Parent or legal guardian must come in to sign paper work. Please refer to the following link for Missouri Dept. of Motor Vehicles guidelines regarding permits & students less than 18 years of age: http://dor.mo.gov/mvdl/drivers/motorman/section4.pdf
6. How old do I need to be to take the BRC?
You must be at least 15 ½ years old on the day class begins. Please refer to the following link for complete guidelines: http://dor.mo.gov/mvdl/drivers/motorman/section4.pdf
7. Do I need a driver's license to take the BRC?
Yes, you need a current, valid driver’s license. Be prepared to show your driver’s license to your Rider Coach/Instructor.
8. What if my driver's license is from out of state?
It does not matter. As long as your driver’s license is current, you may take the course.
9. What do I need to bring to class?
1) Sturdy over-the-ankle low-heeled footwear (boots or high-top shoes). It is best to stay away from boots with very thick toes such as steel toed boots or high heels.
What will work: Motorcycle boots, cowboy boots and most hiking boots.
What will NOT work: Regular sneakers, (i.e., Converse basketball shoes are not "sturdy"). Basically any shoes that do not FULLY cover the ankle and/or are not sturdy will NOT work.
2) Long non-flare denim pants or material of equivalent or better durability
3) Long-sleeved shirt or jacket (remember summer temperatures, light colors are better)
4) Full-fingered gloves (preferably leather, but any non-slip glove will do).
5) Eye protection (sunglasses, prescription glasses, goggles, or a helmet with a face shield). We do provide helmets but full face are limited so bring eye protection, you may bring your own helmet if you wish and if it's, at a minimum, D.O.T. approved.
In addition, we also SUGGEST that you bring:
1) Non-alcoholic beverage to drink (water fountains are also available inside the building)
3) Rain Gear (if there is a chance of rain)
10. May I bring and wear my personal helmet?
Yes, provided it is undamaged and DOT approved.
11. May I ride my own motorcycle in the BRC?
No. You must ride one of the provided motorcycles for the Basic Rider Course.
12. Does the BRC waive the driving portion of the test?
Your BRC completion card should waive the driving portion of the Missouri Motorcycle License test. You will still be required to take a written exam and a vision test at MO DMV. Please refer to the following link for complete information: http://dor.mo.gov/mvdl/drivers/motorman/section4.pdf
13. What if it rains during the class?
We get wet. Classes are very seldom ever canceled. During lightening storms, the class may be postponed until it passes, however, we do continue class if it’s just raining. Should weather prohibit the class from completing we will work with you to schedule you into the next available class or issue you a refund if a suitable class date is not available. Refunds are only processed during weekday hours in the main office at the Career & Technology Center.
14. How many students are in a class?
No more than 6. However, class will run a class with as few as 4 people enrolled.
15. Will I automatically get motorcycle license when I pass this course?
No, after successfully completing this course, you must take your Completion Card to the MO DMV. There you must pass their written examination as well as a vision test to get your Motorcycle (M) Endorsement on your license.
16. What size/type of motorcycle will I be training on?
We offer a large selection of training bikes. Most bikes will be 250cc or less
17. What kind of guarantee is there that I'll get my certificate?
ABSOLUTELY NONE. We will give you all of the tools to learn to ride, including top-of-the-line Rider Coaches, equipment and facilities, but it is up to you to apply and use these tools to the best of your ability. We will do everything we can, you must take care of the rest.
18. What forms of payment do you accept?
You may register for a class online (www.capectc.org) or in person at the Career & Technology Center. We accept cash, checks, VISA, MasterCard and Discover. Unfortunately, we cannot take your registration over the phone nor reserve a seat for you in a class.
You MUST provide:
- A VALID Driver's License.
- Over-the-ankle footwear (boots or high-top shoes)
- Long non-flare denim pants or material of equivalent or better durability
- Long-sleeved shirt or jacket
- Full-fingered gloves, preferably leather, however any type of gloves will work as long as they are full-fingered
- Eye protection (sunglasses, prescription glasses, goggles, or a helmet with a face shield)
- DOT approved Helmet - DOT approval is dependent solely upon the Rider Coach’s decision. (We do have loaner helmets available if needed)
We SUGGEST that you also bring:
- Non-alcoholic beverage to drink (water is available at drinking fountains in the main building. You may bring a small ice chest to hold you drinks.)
- Snack food
- Rain Gear (if weather forecast predicts rain)
- Sun block