Frequently-Asked Question about CONREP

What is CONREP?

The Department of Transportation's Connecticut Rider Education Program (CONREP) was established in 1982 by Public Act 82-333. The Program's goal is to provide quality motorcycle training for new and experienced riders. Over 40,000 students have registered for these courses since 1984.

 

Are the courses designed for beginners or experienced riders?

We offer courses to accommodate both beginner (BRC) and experienced ERC riders.

 

What is the Basic Rider Course (BRC)?

The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is designed to help individuals with little or no riding experience achieve a better understanding of what is involved in operating a motorcycle. The BRC begins with the development of the fundamental riding skills of turning, shifting and braking, and expands these basic skills into more advanced street-riding techniques.

 

How long is the BRC?

The course consists of six hours of classroom instruction and eleven hours of on-cycle instruction.

 

How much does the BRC cost?

BRC - $220

 

Do I need a motorcycle for the BRC?

No. Training motorcycles, ranging in size from 125cc's to 550cc's, are provided for BRC students.

 

What do I need to register for a BRC?

Participants must have a valid automobile driver's license or a motorcycle learner's permit or a driver's education completion certificate. Participants less than 18 years old must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver.

 

Are private BRC lessons available?

Yes. Some sites offer private lessons on a limited basis.

 

Do I have to take the Dept. of Motor Vehicles riding test to get my motorcycle license?

Students who successfully complete the BRC, will be given a waiver, which exempts the student from having to take the Department of Motor Vehicles on-cycle skills test for licensing. The knowledge skills portion and the appropriate fees are still required.

 

What skills do I need before I take the BRC?

Riding a motorcycle is much more difficult than riding a bicycle or operating a car. It involves a great deal of hand/eye coordination. You must be able to balance a two-wheeled vehicle. If not, please practice before attending.

Always come to class in good physical condition well rested, attentive and able to fully participate.

 

Do all the students pass the BRC?

On average about 70% of enrollees successfully complete this course. During the course you may discover or be informed that riding a motorcycle is not for you. For your safety and the safety of others, the instructor may not allow you to continue.

 

What is the Experienced Rider Course (ERC)?

The Experienced Rider Course (ERC) is a course designed for licensed riders with more than 500 miles of riding experience. Participants must have a motorcycle license and a motorcycle to ride to (and during) class. This is your chance to practice "survival skills" and explore traction management, swerving, cornering, and braking techniques.

 

How long is the ERC?

The ERC is a one day, six-and-a-half hour on-cycle training course.

 

How much does the ERC cost?

ERC - $100

 

Do I need a motorcycle for the ERC?

Yes you are required to ride your own street legal motorcycle to and during the ERC. You will also be required to present proof of State required motorcycle insurance coverage for said motorcycle.

 

What do I need to register for the ERC?

Other enrollment requirements are:

  1. written parental permission if under the age of eighteen (18)
  2. a street legal motorcycle to be used in the Program
  3. proof of ownership of said motorcycle or its owner's written permission to use said motorcycle
  4. proof of State required motorcycle insurance coverage for said motorcycle

 

Do I get an insurance discount?

Upon successful completion of any of our courses, students are entitled to a 10% insurance discount; please contact your agent for details.

 

What happens if it rains?

Classes are conducted in all weather conditions, so come to each session prepared! Bring rain gear, warm clothes (for cold days), water, lunch and a snack.

 

What do I need to bring with me to the class?

Your own DOT approved helmet is recommended, but one is available if needed. Also a long-sleeved shirt or jacket; full-fingered gloves (leather preferred); long, ankle-length pants (denim or other heavy material); sturdy boots or leather athletic shoes (over-the-ankle style). Some form of eye protection; face shield, sun glasses, prescription glasses or safety glasses.

 

Do I have to attend the complete course?

You must attend and participate in all sessions. If you know you will miss a session for any reason, do not enroll in that time slot; choose another session.

 

When does training begin?

Each training site begins registration in March and continues training into November.

 

What type of schedules are offered?

We offer a variety of course schedules. The most common is our two weekend schedule Thursday Night / All Day Saturday or Friday Night /All Day Sunday. We also offer classes weekdays and evenings at some locations.

 

Where are the courses offered?

We offer courses in the following locations: Manchester, East Granby Farmington, Groton, Hamden, Hartford, North Haven, Plainfield, Stratford, and Torrington.

 

How do I get registration information?

Click here for course registration contact information.

 

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