Class Associated FAQs
Question: What is the difference between a subsidized class and a non-subsidized class?
Answer: There is no difference in content between the classes. The only difference is the price.
Question: What do I need to do to qualify for a subsidized class?
Answer: Subsidy is based on two things: Are you a Washington resident or are you active duty military. If you are a Washington resident, you must provide proof of residency. This is can only be done by done by providing a current Washington State Driver's License, Learners Permit or a Washington State I.D. card. If you cannot provide any of these, you must pay the Non-Resident rate for the class.
If you are active duty military you must show a U.S armed forces ID card with photo.
Question: I see there is a special rate for students under 18. Do I have to be under 18 when I sign up, or when the class starts in order to qualify?
Answer: In order to get the $50.00 rate for a class, you must be under the age of 18 when your class starts.
Question: Whay are some classes subsidized and others are not?
Answer: The Washington State Motorcycle Safety Program receives funding through grants and endorsement fees that is to be used to help riders pay for their training. This money is awarded to training schools based on location and students trained. Since this money is a set amount and must last through the entire funding period, training schools must budget how many riders we can subsidize based on our funding balance and predictions on how many riders we think we will be training in the funding period. If our grant money runs short, we run classes at the non-subsidized rate.
Question: My schedule will not allow me to attend a class in it's entirety. Can I do partial classes and complete the training over several weekends?
Answer: No. Your registration fee holds one seat in one class. Do not register for a class unless you can attend all sessions of that class.
Question: Am I guaranteed an endorsement? If I don't get endorsed or drop from your class, do I get a refund?
Answer: You are guaranteed an opportunity to learn to ride. We cannot promise you success. We will help you as much as we can, within the confines of the cirricullum and time provided. Sometimes however, some students find that it takes more than one class to gain the skills necessary. Others discover that motorcycling is not for them. Refunds are not given if you are not successful, drop from the class, or you do not show for your scheduled class.
Question: What is your refund policy?
All refunds/reschedules will have a $25.00 fee associated with them regardless of notice given.
If you notify us at least 3 days prior to your class, we will refund your tuition or reschedule you for a later class. The $25.00 fee will apply.
No cancellations or rescheduling will be allowed within 3 days of the start of your class. If you do not provide at least 72 hours notice, are late or do not show for your scheduled class, your registration fee and seat will be forfeited. There will be no refunds. Additional fees will be charged to reschedule.
Question: Surely when you say be on time, you mean you give us 10 minutes or so of leeway, right?
Answer: Nope! Be here on time or maybe even a little early and you won't have any issues!
Question: Do I need to take the Knowledge Test prior to taking a class?
Answer: You are not required to take any test prior to a BRC, ERC or IRT. You will be given both the Knowledge Tests and the Skills Test when you take the class.
Question: So, if I sign up for a class, can I show the police officer or Trooper my receipt if they stop me?
Answer: You can show them all you want, but you are still eligible to receive a ticket and/or have your bike impounded! Do not ride your bike on the street without a valid permit or endorsement, even to class!
If you want to ride legally prior to your class, you must pass the Knowledget test and have the permit added at the Department of Licensing. You will still be required to take and pass the Knowledge Test that is associated with the class.
Question: I did not pass the (Insert test here!). Now what?
Answer: You have several options! All students are eligible for one free retest of the Skills and Knowledge Test. Your instructor may have some suggestions that may help you be successful. They may suggest an immediate retest, a retest at a later date, some additional class room or range time, study or practice on your own or maybe even retake the class. You are not necessarily bound by their recomendations, but our instructors have seen a lot of riders and are very good at knowing what will be beneficial to you. Additional coaching may have a fee associated with it as will any testing done beyond your one free retest. Use your free retest wisely!
Question: I had some issues with the Skills Test, but did great on the Knowledge Test. Can you give me my paperwork to take to the DOL and get my permit?
Answer: Sort of....
We cannot mix tests associated with training with test taken as a 3rd Party (Un-Trained) tester. For instance, if you take the Knowledge Test to get your permit prior to class, you must still retake the Knowledge Test associated with the class. Your instructor cannot accept your results taken as an untrained rider to issue a class completion card. Nor can we use your test results associated with the class to issue the paperwork to get your permit.
You will have to take the test again as a 3rd Party tester, then we can issue the paperwork necessary to get your permit from the DOL. If your instructor has the time, they may give you test after class. If not you will be instructed to call our office to schedule a time. There will not be a charge to re-administer the test to get your permit as long as you have taken the class.
Question: How long do I have to re-take a test to get my completion card?
Answer: You have 90 days from the class end date.
Question: How long is my Completion Card good for at the DOL?
Answer: You have 180 days from the completion date to get your endorsement added to your license. If you go over the 180 days, you will have to retake the class to get a new card, or take the tests as a 3rd Party (Un-trained) rider.
Question: I passed! Can I ride now?
Answer: I hate to be so negative, but no! You must take your completion card or test results to the DOL and have your permit/endorsement added. It ain't official until the fees are paid at the Department of Licensing!
Question: I lost my card! What can I do now?
Answer: Give us a call. Please have the date you took the class handy. Telling us "Sometime in the last 4 years." won't cut it. If we can verify you took and passed the class, we will reissue a card dated with your original class completion date. The minimum fee for this is $25.00 for a simple search. If you do not know the date you took the class and I have to dig through boxes of class record files the fee is $25.00 per hour. Give me as much information as possible!