Introduction of an Approved Motorcycle Instructor (AMI) Register and Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

Driver Vehicle Agency (DVA) will be introducing a system of Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) in Northern Ireland for those wishing to ride a motorcycle as a learner rider. In addition an Approved Motorcycle Instructor (AMI) Register, similar to that of the present Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Register, will be introduced in order to regulate this training. Once introduced it will be a mandatory requirement that anyone delivering motorcycle training for payment must be an Approved Motorcycle Instructor. DVA plan to introduce Compulsory Basic Training and an Approved Motorcycle Instructor Register by December 2010.


How do I become an AMI?

To become an Approved Motorcycle Instructor, you will have to complete the following three stages:

AMI Theory Test (Part 1)
AMI Driving Ability & Fitness Test (Part 2)
Instructional Ability Test (Part 3)

You must take and pass all 3 parts of the examination in this order and the whole examination must be completed within 2 years of passing the theory test. If you have not completed the examination within this time you must start again from the beginning and pass each part once again.

Individuals with relevant motorcycle qualifications may be exempt from certain stages but these cases will be considered on an individual basis.

Individuals who are already listed on the voluntary motorcycle register will have “grandfather rights” to the AMI Register and a maximum 6 month period to apply for registration once the register is introduced.

For further information contact DVA via email at