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Become a CMSP RiderCoach with Bikesmart
If you are an experienced motorcycle rider currently licensed in California with an M1 endorsement, have a very good driving record and good basic riding skills, you may qualify to become an MSF-certified CMSP RiderCoach.
In California RiderCoaches are employed by the training sites. To enroll in a RiderCoach Preparation course you should contact a CMSP site in your area to see if they are looking for RiderCoaches, just like applying for any other job. You need to be sponsored into a RiderCoach Preparation course by a CMSP-recognized training site in order to be considered. Each site has it’s own criteria for awarding sponsorship. Once sponsored you are eligilble to attend a Ridercoach Preperation course.
Who teaches the RiderCoach Preparation course?
MSF-certified RiderCoach Trainers teach the course. These specially trained individuals have completed the MSF's RiderCoach Trainer Preparation Course and are authorized to train candidates for MSF RiderCoach certification.
What qualifications do I need to enroll?
You must be sponsored by a CMSP training site and have them submit your application to MSF. 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 teacher, you need good communication skills. As a RiderCoach, you'll be called upon to give your time to help teach RiderCourses. Although you will get paid, you won't become rich. A sincere desire to help reduce motorcycle accidents, injuries, and deaths is the prime motivator of RiderCoaches.
What does the course cover and what are the completion requirements?
The RCP is a minimum of 60 hours. Course schedules will vary; you should plan on 7 to 10 days of focused training. CMSP RiderCoach Preps are usually conducted over three weekends: Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday each weekend.
As a part of the course, you'll be required to pass a riding-skill test. It is the same test used in the BRC; however, the standards are higher for RiderCoach candidates.
During the RCP, you'll learn how to teach the BRC curriculum. You'll practice teaching in the classroom and 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 RCP culminates when you and your classmates teach a complete BRC to a group of new riders. Your teaching performance will be evaluated by the RiderCoach Trainer.
What is the course schedule?
It depends. There is a 7 consecutive day schedule and a 3 weekend schedule. CMSP RiderCoach Preps are usually conducted on the three weekend schedule: Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday each weekend.
When is the RCP course offered?
Typically a course is offered when there is a need for RiderCoaches in a particular area. Generally, courses are offered once every few months and could be located anywhere in California.
What does the course cost?
CMSP charges $250.00 to enroll in a RiderCoach Prep Workshop. This fee is non-refundable once the RCP begins. Applicants are responsible for their own traveling expenses.
If you enroll in a course, be prepared to ride! Every day! Required riding gear includes a DOT-approved helmet; over-the-ankle, sturdy leather footwear; long pants; long-sleeved shirt or jacket; and full-fingered gloves (preferably leather).
Be prepared to set aside time during off-class hours to study. This is an intensive program that requires a lot of work and concentration. Do not enroll unless you can attend every class meeting.
Bikesmart Candidacy Sponsorship Requirements:
Different sites have different candidacy requirements, We award sponsorship by consensus. You would meet the rest of the Ridercoaches at our meetings and they would have to want to work with you.
This gives us the chance to get to know you and decide if you would be a good fit for the team and gives you the chance to decide if the way we do things is right for you.
Bikesmart is consistently ranked in the top 5% of providers in the state according to student surveys, having high recruitment standards is the 1st step in maintaining that status.
Below is a list of screening criteria assembled by the Bikesmart team.
The potential candidate must:
- Attend BRC as a Student at a Bikesmart range regardless of previous completion.
- Attend Bikesmart staff meetings/rides.
- Volunteer time as a range aid learning the routines of range management and timing.
- Attend 1-1 guided observation sessions to raise awareness of Adult learning principles.
The timing of these steps varies according to the scheduling of Ridercoach preparation courses,
Potential candidates are selected once an RCP schedule is finalized. Email Gerard : firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
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