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Motorcyclist Education Training and Licensing (METAL)

The Motorcyclist Education Training And Licensing (METAL) program is funded by the Territory Insurance Office (TIO) through its Motor Accident Compensation Scheme. The Department of Transport provides administrative support.

For people wishing to obtain motorcycle licences in the NT, there are training courses available in Darwin, Alice Springs and on a limited basis, in Katherine.


To book onto one of the available courses or to find out more about the METAL program, please call the bookings number in Darwin on 1300 654 628, Alice Springs on 8951 5295 or Katherine on 8973 8725 or drop in to your nearest Motor Vehicle Registry office.

Rider Training Course Information

Basic Riding Course

  • designed to provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills for the issue of a motorcycle learner’s licence, i.e. R(L)(r)
  • candidates must be at least sixteen years of age before a class R(L)(r) learner's licence may be issued.

Transitional Riding Course

  • designed to provide the student with on road training to enhance motorcycle control skills, road-craft knowledge and confidence in riding on public roads.
  • a pre-requisite for this course is the successful completion of the Basic course.
  • participants must hold a current “R(L)(r)” licence.
  • the course is skills based only i.e. there is no licence outcome.

Intermediate Riding Course

  • follows on from the Basic Course and is designed to enhance motorcycle control and road-craft skills.
  • the successful student is eligible for upgrade to a motorcycle licence class R(r).
  • a pre-requisite for this course is the successful completion of the Basic course and participants must have held their R(L)(r) licence for a continuous period of 6 months. Bookings can only be made after the 6 month Learner period has lapsed.

Advanced Skills Course

  • the Advanced Skills course is designed to offer structured training for motorcyclists who hold a current full motorcycle licence, either R or R(r).
  • the course targets riders who wish to enhance their motorcycle control skills, road-craft techniques and motorcycle knowledge.
  • students are encouraged to provide their own registered and roadworthy motorcycle, however motorcycles can be made available if required.

Additional Information


Darwin Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex, Berrimah.
Alice Springs Motor Vehicle Registry, North Stuart Highway
Katherine Chardon Street off Crawford Street, Katherine

Dress Standard (compulsory - minimum standard)

Trousers Jeans or similar, of ankle length.
Shirt Long sleeved heavy duty material, which must be able to be fastened at the front and wrists.
Gloves Leather, minimum standard, “Rigger” style gloves.  
 Students are strongly urged to purchase gloves of their own choice prior to the course to ensure user comfort.
Note: Riggers gloves will be available for purchase at the training centre at an additional cost to students.
Footwear Enclosed footwear, minimum of sandshoes or joggers in good condition.
Eye Protection Essential, minimum standard sunglasses
  • motorcycles and helmets are routinely  provided for the Basic, Transitional and Intermediate courses however students may use their own motorcycles, subject to certain conditions.
  • motorcycles and helmets are provided on the Advanced Skills course as required.
  • additional courses (usually midweek) may be scheduled, depending on demand and instructor availability.

Note: please check with your nearest Motor Vehicle Registry to establish course availability and times.

Rider training: it’s the best investment you can make in your riding future.

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