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Motorcycle Safety “RiderCoaches” Needed In Michigan


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Would you like to be a motorcycle safety instructor RiderCoach?  If so, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (MOHSP) says that Michigan needs more motorcycle safety instructors statewide.

According to MOHSP, nearly 11,000 people enrolled in Michigan motorcycle education classes in 2019.  While the need for instructors is statewide the areas of Grand Rapids Community College and Schoolcraft College/Detroit Metro Consortium have the most immediate need.

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Becoming a RiderCoach. Image credit: Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning

Instructors a.k.a. “RiderCoaches” can earn between $24 – $35 per hour working for local training sponsors.  If you would like to become a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have passed a Basic RiderCourse (BRC), the beginning motorcycle class within the last year.
  • Must have held a motorcycle endorsement for at least one year.
  • Have a good driving record.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Obtain a sponsorship with an approved public or private motorcycle safety course provider (providers are located throughout the state).
  • Successfully complete the RiderCoach Prep Course.

There is a $75 fee to take the RiderCoach Prep Course.  But the fee includes all course materials and a minimum of 80 hours in the classroom and on the motorcycle riding range.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Coach

RiderCoach training is conducted in association with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). Image credit: MSF

To receive a passing grade for the RiderCoach prep course, participants must attend every scheduled session and pass both a riding skills test and a knowledge test.   During the course, participants will learn how to properly evaluate new students and will teach a basic motorcycle safety class under the supervision of an experienced instructor.

You can find more information on becoming a Michigan RiderCoach at Michigan’s Motorcycling website.

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