The unrestricted (R) licence course is a training and assessment program designed to help riders reinforce their riding knowledge and motorcycle handling skills, and further develop higher order thinking and risk management strategies. The objectives of the course are to enhance and reinforce riders’ knowledge and skills in managing routine and more complex riding situations on a more powerful motorcycle, to reinforce appropriate riding attitudes, and to minimise the likelihood of harm due to inappropriate riding skills, behaviours or risk management strategies.
The course forms part of an integrated motorcycle riding training and assessment program encompassing a pre-learner course, theory assessment, and a restricted (RE) licence course. The course is designed for riders who have completed the pre-learner and restricted licence courses and have significant on-road riding experience.
The course curriculum provides a balanced program, presented in a logical and progressive manner, with the sequence, structure and timing of activities designed to support knowledge and skill enhancement. The curriculum relies on the system of specifying the value, purpose and direction of training, emphasising critical elements, and personalised coaching and feedback to reinforce skills. The course is competency based, with each competency element assessed as competent or not yet competent; participants will only successfully complete the course if they demonstrate all competencies.
The course adopts a blended approach to learning including theory based teaching, demonstrations, coaching and practice through doing. Individualised feedback is provided throughout the course allowing participants to learn through experience. This interaction also facilitates self-reflection and the use of higher order thinking, which positively influences on-road behaviour and attitudes to road safety.