How Can you Help Us Promote Motorcycle Safety? There are several ways to become involved with SMART. A few are listed below. If you have other talents or resources that you would like to share with SMART please contact us. These are currently both paid and voluntary positions, and those listed may not include all positions necessary to accomplish the goals of the program. Individuals serving in these positions are expected to be members of the program. Board members, or general program members, may serve in these positions.
RiderCourse Instructor Preparation Course
Rider Coaches are the backbone of the Rider Course training system. During the Rider Coach Preparation Course you'll learn the nuts and bolts of teaching the MSF's Basic Rider Course (BRC). In some programs, your Rider Coach Preparation Course may include details of teaching the Experienced Rider Course (BRC-2). However, many programs prefer to provide your BRC-2 update at a later time, after you've gained experience teaching the BRC.
Who teaches the Instructor Preparation course?
MSF certified Chief Instructors teach the course. These specially trained Instructors have completed the MSF's Chief Instructor Course and are authorized to train candidates for MSF Rider Course Coach certification.
What qualifications do I need to enroll?
You must be a licensed motorcyclist who currently rides on a frequent routine basis. You should have several years of varied riding experience. As a coach, you need good communications skills. As a coach, you'll be called upon to give your time to teach Rider Courses. Although you will get paid, you won't get rich in this field. A sincere desire to help reduce motorcycle accidents, injuries, and deaths is the prime motivator of MSF's Rider Course Coaches.
What does the course cover and what are the completion requirement?
The course is approximately 65 hours long. Course schedules vary; you should plan on 7 to 10 days of intense training. As part of the course, you'll be required to pass a riding-skills test. It is the same test used in the BRC; however, the standards are higher for Instructor candidates. During the course, you'll learn how to manage the range exercises and how to evaluate and coach students as they develop their riding skills. At the end of the training portion of the course, you'll be given a knowledge test. You must pass it to continue in the program. The course culminates as you and your classmates teach a complete BRC to a group of new riders. Your teaching performance will be evaluated by the Chief Instructor. Successfully completing student teaching is your final requirement to qualify for MSF Rider Course Coach certification.
Nice to know
If you enroll in a course, go prepared to ride! Everyday! Required riding gear includes a DOT-approved helmet with eye protection, over-the-ankle, sturdy leather footwear; long pants; long-sleeved shirt or jacket; and full-fingered gloves (preferably leather). Be prepared to spend time during off-class hours studying. This is an intensive program that requires a lot of work and concentration. Do not enroll unless you can attend every class meeting. Because S.M.A.R.T., Inc. requires that you complete the BRC before entering the Instructor Preparation Course we will provide this to all Instructor candidates prior to the Instructor prep.
If you are interested in being a rider coach, please contact us for more information.
This individual may help the Site Coordinator and/or Instructor in setting up and maintaining a site, advertising for upcoming courses, taking care of administrative duties, maintaining motorcycles and equipment, or other tasks as directed by the Site Coordinator or Instructor. Range Aides are specifically assigned to assist the course instructor during range activities, and may do so by assisting with motorcycle maintenance, setting up cones, or other duties as directed by the instructor.
The Assistant or Range Aide is at no time responsible for classroom or range instruction, unless he or she is an MSF certified instructor. If you are interested in being a Range Aid, please contact us for more information.
A volunteer position with the primary responsibility of conducting pre and post course maintenance and repairs on the training motorcycles used in the program. Duties include routine maintenance tasks such as changing oil, changing spark plugs, greasing bearings, charging batteries, changing tires, adjusting chains, etc. The Motorcycle Maintenance Assistant shall coordinate with the Site Coordinator or other party who has the responsibility for motorcycle storage to schedule times to conduct maintenance. A log that includes the date and what maintenance is performed shall be maintained for each motorcycle. If you are interested in Bike Maintenance/Support, please contact us for more information.