Motorcycle Safety Training



If you need assistance with registration, please call the Continuing Education office at 952-995-1330 or email

"All the instructors did a great job of communicating and encouraging everyone."
Course Participant, Spring 2014

Hennepin Technical College has partnered with the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) Driver and Vehicle Service (a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety) along with community and corporate sponsors to provide one of the most comprehensive safety programs in the world. The MMSC and HTC are committed to reducing motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

Research shows that rider education is the most critical aspect of any motorcycle safety project. We offer riders of all experience levels a Basic Riding Course, Intermediate Riding Course, Advanced Riding Course, and Expert Riding Course.

NOTE: If you are 18 years or older and possess a valid motorcycle permit (from a Minnesota license exam station) you may be able to earn your motorcycle endorsement upon successful completion of the basic rider course. Parent/guardian signature is required for participants under 18 years of age.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course is a 14.5 hour program designed to teach basic motorcycle operational skills and advanced skills such as swerving, braking, corners, and street riding strategies. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) supplies the curriculum and materials and instructors are MSF-certified. The course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction with high-quality personalized coaching and several hours of riding practice. There is a limit of 12 per class. Register early! Classes fill very quickly!

Basic Rider Motorcycle Safety: Please be aware that to take this course, you must be able to ride and balance a bicycle. Balancing is not taught in this course. You must be able to safely control the motorcycle during every exercise. The instructor may dismiss you from the course, if at any time, they feel you are a danger to your own safety or the safety of the other students.
If you are comfortable on your own motorcycle or scooter, the 5-hour Intermediate Rider Course will build upon your existing skills and knowledge. Newer motorcyclists, returning riders, and experienced motorcyclists can all benefit from this course. The Intermediate Rider Course covers control, finesse, counter steering, cornering, swerving, and braking. The MMSC recommends that you have 1,000 miles of riding experience before enrolling in this course. Groups or clubs may purchase an entire Intermediate Rider Course for only $300. This course is offered at more than 25 MMSC training locations.
If you want razor sharp hazard avoidance riding skills, try the 8-hour MN Advanced Rider Course where you'll hone the skills you need to avoid the dangers of the road, such as other drivers, deer and debris. Being able to complete a 28-foot U-turn on your motorcycle is a requirement to take this course. Groups or clubs may purchase an entire Advanced Rider Course for only $500. This course is offered at the Brooklyn Park and Willmar training locations. Riders use their own motorcycles for this course.
If you've taken the Advanced Rider Course, your skills are sharper, you had a blast on your bike and you want more; you're ready to move up to the 8-hour MN Expert Rider Course where you'll master those crucial skills needed to escape the perils of the road. Groups or clubs may purchase an entire Expert Rider Course for only $500. This course is offered at the Brooklyn Park and Willmar training locations. Riders use their own motorcycles for this course.
To ride safely, moped riders need the same mental strategies a motorcyclist needs. HTC no longer offers a Moped Training Course. For information on moped training classes available, please visit :

Group Contracts for all courses: Offered upon request. Please check our website for a list of classes and find dates suitable for your schedule, or call us at 763-488-2721 or 952-995-1330 for more details.

Spring & Summer: More Advanced Rider and Expert Rider Courses will be posted for Spring & Summer Semesters as our season progresses. Watch the website for these and other classes to be added to our schedule.

Inclement Weather: Courses will run regardless of the weather conditions; therefore, be prepared for rain, snow, wind, cold and heat. Bring rain gear and dress in layers for warmth. It is also important to bring snacks since vending machines/food is not available at the site.