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Old 07-16-2016, 02:09 PM   #1
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Heads up

TX will be transitioning to the new MSF basic ridercourse curriculum over the next twelve months. The change will dramatically affect riders, as it adds several new elements to training. All current classroom material will be covered in a required preliminary e-course, done by the student prior to his or her class date. Expect an additional five hours spent on a computer. If you don't have a computer, it'll be your responsibility to find one, either at a friend's place or county library. You'll have to show proof of completion to be allowed in the class, and there will be a test right off the bat to check your knowledge.
There will still be five hours of required classroom, but it will deal primarily with helping students more accurately assess risk and will attempt to modify behavior contrary to safe riding through activities.
Range exercises will decrease from the current 17 to 14, but will still take the same amount of time. A new skills test will cap the range work.
Providers have been told they will be required to absorb the added cost of the e-course, so expect mild price bumps from many, if not most, safety schools. The state still controls what sites can charge as a maximum, so it will not exceed current maximum allowable standards.
You can still take the current basic ridercourse at any TX provider, so if five more required hours and higher tuition costs don't appeal to you, take the current course now while it's still available. Remember, one way or another it's mandatory to get your motorcycle endorsement.
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When i renew my licensce my m endorsement will automatically be renewed as well correct ? No seperate steps or refesher courses needed
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This will be coming to some providers in Jan/Feb:

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TX will be transitioning to the new MSF basic ridercourse curriculum over the next twelve months. The change will dramatically affect riders, as it adds several new elements to training. All current classroom material will be covered in a required preliminary e-course, done by the student prior to his or her class date. Expect an additional five hours spent on a computer. If you don't have a computer, it'll be your responsibility to find one, either at a friend's place or county library. You'll have to show proof of completion to be allowed in the class, and there will be a test right off the bat to check your knowledge.
There will still be five hours of required classroom, but it will deal primarily with helping students more accurately assess risk and will attempt to modify behavior contrary to safe riding through activities.
Range exercises will decrease from the current 17 to 14, but will still take the same amount of time. A new skills test will cap the range work.
Providers have been told they will be required to absorb the added cost of the e-course, so expect mild price bumps from many, if not most, safety schools. The state still controls what sites can charge as a maximum, so it will not exceed current maximum allowable standards.
You can still take the current basic ridercourse at any TX provider, so if five more required hours and higher tuition costs don't appeal to you, take the current course now while it's still available. Remember, one way or another it's mandatory to get your motorcycle endorsement.
Note: Not all providers will be updating right away. If you don't want to spend an extra three hours on an e-Course, call around. If you need a course and can't spend weeks waiting or need something on short notice, call around. You'll find providers that can accommodate you, at least for a while. Bottom line: take your course NOW and get this done and over with.
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Oh and a small note, if your kid wants to ride a small 49cc scooter---they must take the WHOLE motorcycle course. Texas laws are weird...
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That is correct. Good news is, tho, they can do the course on their scooter.
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That is correct. Good news is, tho, they can do the course on their scooter.
Only if it runs or not leaking gas. Dang cheap chineses knock offs!

Btw, my nieces enjoyed your class.
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I completed the BRCu Coach Update class in October. Here is what DPS is telling us:

1) The target date for ALL sites to switch over is October 2017.
2) The eCourse takes about 3 hours to complete (coaches had to take it for the update).
3) Texas will NOT require additional written testing initially. They are going to accept the eCourse completion certificate as the 'written' test. DPS is reserving the option to add additional written testing later IF decided it's needed.
4) The range skills are more 'real world' and definitely more fun (after Ex. 3).
5) Skills examine is now 5 skills taken as 2 parts. You MUST pass the first 4 with 10 or less points or you fail.
6) Max cost for the BRC is still going to be $235.

The only additional time will be the eCourse. You don't have to do all of it in one sitting, but you must complete it before attending the class part.

And something of interest: After the BRCu switchover is completed, DPS will begin switching over the BRC2 to the BRCu2 and will allow it to be used as a 1 day licensing course like the current IRC. No word on what the cost will be for a BRCu2 Licensing class will be, but guessing $250 minimum like the current IRC.


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TX will be transitioning to the new MSF basic ridercourse curriculum over the next twelve months. The change will dramatically affect riders, as it adds several new elements to training. All current classroom material will be covered in a required preliminary e-course, done by the student prior to his or her class date. Expect an additional five hours spent on a computer. If you don't have a computer, it'll be your responsibility to find one, either at a friend's place or county library. You'll have to show proof of completion to be allowed in the class, and there will be a test right off the bat to check your knowledge.
There will still be five hours of required classroom, but it will deal primarily with helping students more accurately assess risk and will attempt to modify behavior contrary to safe riding through activities.
Range exercises will decrease from the current 17 to 14, but will still take the same amount of time. A new skills test will cap the range work.
Providers have been told they will be required to absorb the added cost of the e-course, so expect mild price bumps from many, if not most, safety schools. The state still controls what sites can charge as a maximum, so it will not exceed current maximum allowable standards.
You can still take the current basic ridercourse at any TX provider, so if five more required hours and higher tuition costs don't appeal to you, take the current course now while it's still available. Remember, one way or another it's mandatory to get your motorcycle endorsement.
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