What is Q-Ride?

Q-Ride is a competency-based training and assessment scheme reintroduced in Queensland in October 2016 as an alternative to the riding test administered by Queensland Transport and the Queensland Police Service.

Q-RIDE learner rider courses are provided by Registered Service Providers (RSPs) who employ or who are accredited rider trainers. The accredited rider trainers are accredited by Transport Main Roads (TMR) and trained by the RSP in the delivery of their Q-Ride program.

Q-Ride is a competency-based training and assessment program that aims to ensure participants reach a demonstrated level of skill and proficiency as a motorbike rider. The program focuses on improving the quality of pre-licence rider training, with the aim of boosting education and awareness, and enhancing road safety.

Common Questions

Q: What is competency based training and assessment?

Competency based training places an emphasis on what a person can actually do on a motorbike as a result of previous training or experience. For example, a dirt bike rider would generally have more skills, knowledge and experience than a rider just starting out. So competency based training and assessment caters for the broad range of riders that want to do Q-Ride under this system.

 Competency based assessment involves your assessors collecting evidence and making judgments on whether competency has been achieved. This is done in a supportive, friendly manner. You won’t be thrown in the deep end; you’ll get time to practice the tasks before assessment occurs. If you don’t achieve competency you won’t fail a test as such but rather receive further training, practice and support before having another go at the assessment task. The Q-Ride competencies are outlined later in this information.

Q: What do I have to do to obtain a motorbike learner’s permit?

A: The first step you need to take before learning to ride a motorbike (class RE) is to obtain a learner licence for that class of vehicle. To be eligible for a motorbike (class RE) learner licence, you must have completed the Pre-Learner course, held a provisional or open licence for another class of vehicle for at least one year during the last five years.

 

To get a motorcycle learner licence you must pass a prelearner course and a written road rules (knowledge) test. The motorcycle knowledge test has 30 questions on topics ranging from road rules to risk management and hazard perception. You must answer 27 out of 30 questions correctly. (see www.tmr.qld.gov.au for the latest fees)

 

Visit a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre, authorised Queensland Government Agency Program office or a licence-issuing police station.

( see http://www.qld.gov.au/transport/licensing/motorcycles/getting/learner/index.html)

 

To apply for a motorbike (class RE) learner licence

 

You must:

  • be at least 18 years
  • have held a provisional or open licence of another class for at least one year in the last five years
  • complete the prelearner course
  • complete the Driver Licence Application/Renewal form (F3000)
  • show suitable evidence of identity and Queensland residency documents
  • pass an eyesight test, if required
  • declare that you are medically fit to learn to drive the class of motor vehicle (Note: If you have a medical condition that might affect your ability to drive or ride safely, you will be required to give a medical certificate from your doctor stating that you are medically fit to drive or ride safely)
  • pay the written road rules test fee and pass the test
  • pay the required learner licence fee (Note: Payment is only required if renewing at the same time otherwise a label will be placed on the back of your licence).

Note: You can prepare for your road rules test by visiting the practice road rules test page on the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.

Q: What do I do to upgrade from an RE Learner licence to a RE licence?

A: To apply for a motorbike (RE) licence you must:

  • have held a motorbike (class RE) Learner licence for at least three months before you can learn to ride a class RE motorbike
  • pay the practical driving test fee and book the test or complete Q-Ride training
  • complete the Driver Licence Application/Renewal form (F3000)
  • show your evidence of identity
  • pass an eyesight test, if required
  • declare that you are medically fit to drive the class of motor vehicle (Note: If you have a medical condition that might affect your ability to drive or ride safely, you will be required to give a medical certificate from your doctor stating that you are medically fit to drive or ride safely)
  • pass a practical driving test or have a Q-Ride Certificate for a class R motorbike
  • pay the licence fee (Note: This is only required if you are renewing your licence at the same time — otherwise a licence will be reprinted at no cost).
Q: What do I do to upgrade from an RE licence to an R licence?

A: To apply for a motorbike (class R) licence you must:

  • have held a motorbike (class RE) provisional or open licence for at least two years before you can learn to ride a class R motorbike
  • pay the practical driving test fee and book the test or complete Q-Ride training
  • complete the Driver Licence Application/Renewal form (F3000)
  • show your evidence of identity
  • pass an eyesight test, if required
  • declare that you are medically fit to drive the class of motor vehicle (Note: If you have a medical condition that might affect your ability to drive or ride safely, you will be required to give a medical certificate from your doctor stating that you are medically fit to drive or ride safely)
  • pass a practical driving test or have a Q-Ride Certificate for a class R motorbike
  • pay the licence fee (Note: This is only required if you are renewing your licence at the same time — otherwise a licence will be reprinted at no cost).
Q: What are my obligations when learning to ride a motorbike?

A: You must:

  • clearly display an L-plate on the rear of the motorbike that you are learning to ride. Alternatively, you may wear a vest clearly displaying a capital ‘L’. If you are not correctly displaying an L-plate, both you and the person supervising you to ride the vehicle will be fined
  • keep your learner licence with you at all times when you are learning to ride and show it to a police officer when asked to do so
  • obey any conditions stated on your learner licence
  • only learn to ride on a learner approved motorbike (LAM)
  • have a zero (0.00 per cent) blood or breath alcohol limit
  • not drive under the influence of drugs
  • only be supervised by a person who holds, and has held, an open licence for the class of motorbike you are learning to ride, for at least one year
  • you must not carry your supervisor as a pillion passenger on the motorbike. You may only carry a suitably licensed supervisor seated in the sidecar attached to the motorbike. If the motorbike does not have a sidecar, the supervisor may follow you at a safe distance on another motorbike or in another vehicle.

Note: Provisional licence holders must not supervise a learner licence holder to ride a motorbike. Only open licence holders are authorised to supervise a learner to ride.

Q: What are my obligations when learning to ride a motorbike?
A: You must:

  • clearly display an L-plate on the rear of the motorbike that you are learning to ride. Alternatively, you may wear a vest clearly displaying a capital ‘L’. If you are not correctly displaying an L-plate, both you and the person supervising you to ride the vehicle will be fined
  • keep your learner licence with you at all times when you are learning to ride and show it to a police officer when asked to do so
  • obey any conditions stated on your learner licence
  • only learn to ride on a learner approved motorbike (LAM)
  • have a zero (0.00 per cent) blood or breath alcohol limit if you are under 25 years and a blood or breath alcohol limit below 0.05 per cent if you are 25 years or over (drink driving applies to motorbikes also, and offences carry penalties of monetary fines and disqualification periods)
  • not drive under the influence of drugs
  • only be supervised by a person who holds, and has held, an open licence for the class of motorbike you are learning to ride, for at least one year
  • you must not carry your supervisor as a pillion passenger on the motorbike. You may only carry a suitably licensed supervisor seated in the sidecar attached to the motorbike. If the motorbike does not have a sidecar, the supervisor may follow you at a safe distance on another motorbike or in another vehicle.

Note: Provisional licence holders must not supervise a learner licence holder to ride a motorbike. Only open licence holders are authorised to supervise a learner to ride.

Q: What are the six steps to Q-Ride licence attainment?

Step 1: Have the correct licence

To participate in Q-Ride training and assessment, as a minimum you must hold a current class RE motorbike learner licence. If you wish to obtain a class RE motorbike licence, you must have held a learner  licence for 3months.To get an R class licence you must have held your RE licence for 2 years

Step 2: Choose

Choose a Q-Ride registered service provider to provide your Q-Ride training and assessment. We wouldn’t be so bold as to claim to be the best Q-Ride operation in town, it’s not about us, it’s actually all about you and your journey. That’s our focus. So whether you’re a beginner, a returning rider or an RE to R upgrade rider, you’re in safe hands.

Step 3: Enrol

Contact D&D Rider Training to enrol. We will ask you to provide some information about your licence history to determine which class of motorbike you are eligible to learn to ride. For example, if you want to learn to ride a class R motorbike, you may need to know the date on which your class RE provisional or open licence was first issued. You can obtain this information by completing a Driver’s Record Information Request form (F2121) and presenting it at any Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre. You must pay a fee when you lodge the request. (see www.tmr.qld.gov.au for the latest fees)

Step 4: Learn to ride

Q-Ride training and assessment consists of a number of competency standards that we will take you through.

 

Prepare motorbike for operation

Manoeuvre motorbike at low speed

Control motorbike at road speeds

Apply Road craft

 

Step 5: Certificate

When you have demonstrated you are competent in all of the Q-Ride competencies, D&D Rider Training will issue you with a competency declaration (Q-Ride Certificate).

Step 6: Getting your licence

Before you can ride unaccompanied on your motorbike, you must take your current licence and Q-Ride Certificate to a Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre to apply for your motorbike licence. (NB: grab the yellow driver/rider application and fill it out when you get there and tick the relevant box for your class of licence). DON’T lose your certificate – it is a legal document, look after it and get it to TMR asap. Further, DON’T leave it too long before you get it endorsed…. if you leave it too long it can expire! Tip: Do your Q-Ride – get a competency certificate – get it endorsed at TMR!

Q: What do I need before I start lessons?

1. Learner’s Licence
2. Long pants
3. Covered shoes

Q: What Q-Ride courses does D&D Driver and Rider Training offer?

Pre-Learners course

Learner to RE

RE to R class

Refresher Training / Returning Riders

Beginner’s Training / Skill and Confidence Building

 

Package 1: Pre-Learners Course $550 Bike Supplied
This is a course designed for learner riders to gain the necessary knowledge to learn to ride safely on the road, it consists of 2 x 6.5 hr days and covers both practical and theory modules in a closed safe environment. After completing the pre-Learner course, you are then required to pass the written knowledge test which is made up of 30 multiple choice questions of which you must get 27 correct.

This will allow you to ride under supervision on the road until you attend the next stage you must hold your learner licence for 3 months before being eligible to upgrade to an RE licence.

 

Package 2: Learner to RE Licence $330 Bike Supplied
This is a course designed for riders wanting to upgrade from a learner’s licence to an RE licence.

The course runs for 7.5 hrs and consists of both theory and practical assessment as well as a 2 hr road ride. Students must demonstrate competency in ALL modules of this course to be deemed competent.

Package 3: RE to R class Upgrade $220 Bike Supplied

This course is for those who have held an RE licence for a minimum of 2 years and want to upgrade to an R class Licence

The course runs for 3.5 hrs and is made up of both theory and practical assessments, Students must demonstrate competency in all modules of this course on a open R class motorcycle.

 

Returning Rider Training:  $150 Bike Supplied

For returning or current riders requiring to upgrade skills, we only do a minimum 2.5 hr session @ $60 per hr, this is based on 1/2 hour of class room theory, 1 hour of off street manoeuvres and 1 hour of road ride….

 

Additional Hours or Training:

Addition hours are charged @ $60 per hour with Bike Supplied

Q: What are my obligations when learning to ride a motorbike?

A: You must:

  • clearly display an L-plate on the rear of the motorbike that you are learning to ride. Alternatively you may wear a vest clearly displaying a capital ‘L’. If you are not correctly displaying an L-plate, both you and the person supervising you to ride the vehicle will be fined
  • keep your learner licence with you at all times when you are learning to ride and show it to a police officer when asked to do so
  • obey any conditions stated on your learner licence
  • only learn to ride on a learner approved motorbike (LAM)
  • have a zero (0.00 per cent) blood or breath alcohol limit if you are under 25 years and a blood or breath alcohol limit below 0.05 per cent if you are 25 years or over (drink driving applies to motorbikes also, and offences carry penalties of monetary fines and disqualification periods)
  • not drive under the influence of drugs
  • only be supervised by a person who holds, and has held, an open licence for the class of motorbike you are learning to ride, for at least one year
  • you must not carry your supervisor as a pillion passenger on the motorbike. You may only carry a suitably licensed supervisor seated in the sidecar attached to the motorbike. If the motorbike does not have a sidecar, the supervisor may follow you at a safe distance on another motorbike or in another vehicle.

Note: Provisional licence holders must not supervise a learner licence holder to ride a motorbike. Only open licence holders are authorised to supervise a learner to ride.

Q: What Q-Ride courses does D&D Driver and Rider Training offer?

Pre-Learners course

Learner to RE

RE to R class

Refresher Training / Returning Riders

Beginner’s Training / Skill and Confidence Building

OUR COURSES

Q: What Q-Ride courses does D&D Driver and Rider Training offer?

  • Pre-Learners course
  • Learner to RE
  • RE to R class
  • Refresher Training / Returning Riders
  • Beginner’s Training / Skill and Confidence Building

 

Package 1: Pre-Learners Course $550 Bike Supplied

This is a course designed for learner riders to gain the necessary knowledge to learn to ride safely on the road, it consists of 2 x 6.5 hr days and covers both practical and theory modules in a closed safe environment. After completing the pre-Learner course, you are then required to pass the written knowledge test which is made up of 30 multiple choice questions of which you must get 27 correct.

This will allow you to ride under supervision on the road until you attend the next stage you must hold your learner licence for 3 months before being eligible to upgrade to an RE licence.

 

Package 2: Learner to RE Licence $330 Bike Supplied

This is a course designed for riders wanting to upgrade from a learner’s licence to an RE licence.

The course runs for 7.5 hrs and consists of both theory and practical assessment as well as a 2 hr road ride. Students must demonstrate competency in ALL modules of this course to be deemed competent.

 

Package 3: RE to R class Upgrade $220 Bike Supplied

This course is for those who have held an RE licence for a minimum of 2 years and want to upgrade to an R class Licence

The course runs for 3.5 hrs and is made up of both theory and practical assessments, Students must demonstrate competency in all modules of this course on a open R class motorcycle.

Returning Rider Training:  $150 Bike Supplied

For returning or current riders requiring to upgrade skills, we only do a minimum 2.5 hr session @ $60 per hr, this is based on 1/2 hour of class room theory, 1 hour of off street manoeuvres and 1 hour of road ride….

Additional Hours or Training:

Addition hours are charged @ $60 per hour with Bike Supplied

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