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Ohio Motorcycle Classes with School and Course Descriptions

There are more than fifteen schools within Ohio that offer motorcycle classes. Read an overview of ten of the largest schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) offers motorcycle rider classes both for students who are new to riding and experienced riders. The schools on this list are all state-approved training locations. In general, students register for the class through the Ohio Department of Public Safety website. Depending on the class, students may need to hold a permit, license, or endorsement to participate. Students should check with the school before starting class to see if proper clothing or motorcycle equipment is needed. All students need to attend class and complete an examination to pass the course.

Find below more information about the schools in Ohio that offer motorcycle riding courses and the programs themselves.


Apollo Career Center

Students who enroll in this Lima school can take the basic rider class. The course takes sixteen hours to complete and is open to students who don't have any riding experience. Students learn how to operate a motorcycle, avoid hazards and manage curves. As part of the class, motorcycles and helmets are provided to students.

  • Programs Offered: Basic Rider
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $50 per course*
  • School Type & Setting: <2-year, public; small suburb

Columbus State Community College

Located in Columbus, students can take four motorcycle rider classes through the school's Center for Workforce Development. The basic rider course is for students who are completely new to riding motorcycles. There is also a basic rider course for returning riders who have experience in riding motorcycles, but need a refresher. There are also two classes for advanced riders who want to learn in-depth riding techniques and motorcycle upkeep.

  • Programs Offered: Basic Rider,
    Basic Rider Course for the Returning Rider,
    Basic Rider Course 2,
    Advanced Rider
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $50 per course*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large city

Cuyahoga Community College

This Cleveland school offers three motorcycle courses for students who want to learn how to ride a motorcycle safely. There are classes for beginning, advanced and experienced riders. All of the classes include classroom lessons, as well as hands-on experience in riding a motorcycle in a supervised parking lot. The overall goal of the classes is to reduce the frequency of motorcycle accidents in Ohio.

  • Programs Offered: Basic Rider,
    Basic Rider Course for the Returning Rider,
    Experienced Rider
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $50 per course*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large city

Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development

This Cincinnati school offers a basic class for motorcycle riders through its adult education division. This introductory course is for students who have never ridden a motorcycle and need basic lessons in how to drive one. It's offered at Great Oaks' Live Oaks, Diamond Oaks and Scarlet Oaks locations.

  • Programs Offered: Basic Rider
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $50 per course*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large suburb

Kent State University at Trumbull

Students who sign up at this school can take the basic rider course at the school's Salem and Trumbull campuses. Offered in conjunction with the ODPS, the class takes sixteen hours to complete and is designed for students who are completely new to motorcycle riding. The basic class is a combination of classroom lessons and practice lessons in a supervised setting. By the end of the class, students have learned how to properly accelerate, stop, turn and manage road hazards.

  • Programs Offered: Basic Rider
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $50 per course*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large suburb

Lakeland Community College

Located in Kirtland, students can enroll in the basic rider and experienced rider courses offered through the ODPS. The introductory class lasts three days and is for students without any previous riding experience. In the classroom, students learn street strategies and basic riding techniques. Once the classroom lessons are complete, students ride a motorcycle in a supervised setting to learn how to start and stop while managing traffic hazards and turns. The advanced-level class is for students who are already familiar with motorcycles and want to learn how to drive better and handle complicated curves.

  • Programs Offered: Basic Rider,
    Experienced Rider
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $50 per course*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; rural fringe

North Central State College

Located in Mansfield, this school offers a 3-day motorcycle training program. The state-approved class offers basic riding instruction to inexperienced individuals. Helmets and motorcycles are provided for the 16-hour training.

  • Programs Offered: Basic Rider
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $50 per course*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; rural fringe

Owens Community College

This Perrysburg school offers the basic rider course for inexperienced students interested in learning to ride a motorcycle. The 16-hour class involves classroom and practice lessons. Students begin the 3-day program in the classroom by learning about street strategies, motorcycle basics and risk management. From there, students practice riding and learn about the friction zone, shifting, cornering and road hazards. A workbook, motorcycle and helmet are furnished for class training.

  • Programs Offered: Basic Rider
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $50 per course*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large suburb

Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center

Students who enroll at this Chillicothe school can choose from beginning- or advanced-level motorcycle rider classes. The classes include classroom and hands-on demonstrations led by trained motorcycle riders. In general, lessons cover street strategies, riding straight and risk management. There are also specific activities in how to safely start and stop while on a motorcycle.

  • Programs Offered: Basic Rider,
    Experienced Rider
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $50 per course*
  • School Type & Setting: <2-year, public; rural distant

Terra State Community College

Located in Fremont, students can choose from three motorcycle rider classes. The basic course is for students who have no experience on a motorcycle, while the level two course is for students who need a refresher on how to ride a motorcycle. A third option is the experienced rider course, which is for advanced students who want to learn new riding techniques. In general, students become familiar with motorcycle rules, regulations and techniques.

  • Programs Offered: Basic Rider,
    Basic Rider Course 2,
    Experienced Rider
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $50 per course*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; rural fringe

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Motorcycle Classes Offered Course Tuition (2012-13)
Apollo Career Center <2-year, public; small suburb Basic Rider $50 per course*
Columbus State Community College 2-year, public; large city Basic Rider,
Basic Rider Course for the Returning Rider,
Basic Rider Course 2,
Advanced Rider
$50 per course*
Cuyahoga Community College 2-year, public; large city Basic Rider,
Basic Rider Course for the Returning Rider,
Experienced Rider
$50 per course*
Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development 2-year, public; large suburb Basic Rider $50 per course*
Kent State University at Trumbull 4-year, public; large suburb Basic Rider $50 per course*
Lakeland Community College 2-year, public; rural fringe Basic Rider,
Experienced Rider
$50 per course*
North Central State College 2-year, public; rural fringe Basic Rider $50 per course*
Owens Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Basic Rider $50 per course*
Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center <2-year, public; rural distant Basic Rider,
Experienced Rider
$50 per course*
Terra State Community College 2-year, public; rural fringe Basic Rider,
Basic Rider Course 2,
Experienced Rider
$50 per course*

Source: *Ohio Department of Public Safety.

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