The Kingston campus offers the Canada Safety Council’s Gearing Up national motorcycle training program. Courses are available fall, spring and summer. Space is limited. Please read this entire page carefully as it contains important information regarding the Motorcycle program including license requirements, what to wear, liability waiver, age requirements, etc.
Three course levels are available:
Introduction to Motorcycling – a three hour course for those who have never been on a motorcycle and are wondering if it is right for you.
M2 (M1 Exit) – you must have a valid M1 license and come prepared to ride. Motorcycles are provided for this course.
M2 Exit – This MTO approved course is designed for experience riders wishing to test for their permanent “M” license. You will ride your own motorcycle for this course.
If you are a new driver applying for your first license to ride a motorcycle, you will need to enter Ontario’s graduated licensing system. This means you will earn full driving privileges in stages:
1. M1 (Written test at Drive Test Centre);
2. M2 (St. Lawrence College M2 course);
3. M (St. Lawrence College M2 EXIT course).
Click on the courses listed under Program Overview (below) for course details.
The Ministry of Transportation has applied a $20 levy to the current fee for this course. This levy is included in the course fee.
Program Duration: Part-time
Location (Campus):Kingston part-time
GENI 1965 Introduction to Motorcycling
GENI 572 M2 (M1 EXIT) Motorcycle Training
GENI 573 M2 EXIT Motorcycle Training
Online and Continuing Education
613-544-5400, ext. 1670
A WORD ABOUT RISK: Motorcycling is inherently risky. Although we strive to provide a very safe training environment, there is still a risk of injury. These courses are strenuous, tiring, mentally and physically challenging. On an average course, a couple of people may have a minor accident and receive scrapes to knees and other body parts. A few people during the training season may incur more significant injuries such as fractures and sprains. You will be required to sign a waiver of claim prior to taking our course. If these risks are unacceptable to you and you do not wish to sign the waiver, please do not register.
Please review the Waiver of Claim provided below and review it before class. If you are under the age of 18, the waiver must be signed by your parent or guardian. They are welcome to attend the classroom portion of the course with you. Your instructor will discuss it in class and you'll have a chance to ask questions. If you do not wish to sign this waiver, a full course refund will be provided.
COURSE TRANSFER: Students may transfer to another course date with 5 days written notice and $50 transfer fee.
REFUNDS: A refund less a $50 administrative fee if withdrawal request is received in writing/email 5 business days prior to the start date of the course.
(This is only a summary - for the official rules, check with your local Ministry of Transportation office.)
You can only obtain your M1 license by going to a Ministry of Transportation Driver Examination Centre and taking a written test and an eyesight test. The "Official Motorcycle Handbook" can be purchased for about $14.95 and it will give you the information you need to pass.
Your M1 license must be kept for 2 months, and cannot be used for more than 3 months. The M1 allows you to ride a motorcycle on the road, but with the following restrictions:
A. You cannot ride at night.
B. You cannot carry passengers.
C. You cannot ride on roads with speed limits in excess of 80 km/h.
D. You cannot drink and ride (Blood Alcohol Content must be zero).
At any time during this 3 month period, you can register for, and take the Canada Safety Council Motorcycle Training Program. When you pass, you can then go to a Drive Test Centre with your ID and get your M2 license. If your 2 month time period has not expired, you will be required to wait until the 2 months have passed. If you wait more than six months from the time you took the course, the Ministry will not accept the results, and you will have to start over. Envelopes and licensing paperwork are no longer required.
Your M2 license must be kept for a minimum of 18 months. The only restriction on your M2 license is that you still are not allowed to drink and ride (a very sensible idea under any circumstances). The maximum length of time before your M2 expires is five years. Within the 18 month to 5 year time frame, you must try a test for your permanent M license (courses are available). If you allow the five years to elapse, the Ministry will cancel your motorcycle license. If you take and pass the M2 Exit course you can then go to a Drive Test Centre with your ID to get you your permanent M license. If you wait more than six months from the time you took the course, the Ministry will not accept the results, and you will have to start over. Envelopes and licensing paperwork are no longer required.