We offer ‘one to one’ guidance at the mutual convenience of yourself and your nominated Observer. Using this bespoke method over the last several years has proven to be the most successful method for our trainees (Associates) passing the Advanced Riding Test at their first attempt.
We also offer prospective new members a free try-before-you-buy session, which allows you to see if our club is right for you before signing up. You can choses from a one-to-one ride with a group observer, or you may like to join one of our many group ride-outs.
Another great opportunity for prospective new members is to attend one of our monthly club nights, where you can meet our members and talk about our club and the advanced test. Full details are on our meetings page.
To help to dispel several myths that surround advanced motorcycling, the IAM has created a document which aims to inform everyone of the accepted practices. The document can be found here: IAM Common Confusions
Our annual club membership fee, payable by ALL members every January, is a very reasonable £10.00 which represents excellent value for money. This can be paid by cash, cheque or direct debit. Your training, which is by volunteer Observers, is completely FREE, although you are expected to contribute towards their running costs. The current rate is between £5-£15 per observed ride and is agreed prior to any session. This is a stipulation of the IAM and not our club.
12-months IAM membership is included with your Skill for Life package. The annual rates are currently £34.50 (£32 by Direct Debit) and are payable directly to the IAM on the anniversary of your IAM membership.
Skill For Life
The most popular membership option is the IAM Skill for Life course, giving you – in one payment of £139 – everything you need to pass your Advanced Riding Test and become a full Member of the IAM. The package includes: The IAM book “How To Be A Better Rider’; the IAM’s tri-annual Members magazine “Advanced Driving Magazine”; an initial assessment (carried out by your local IAM Group); and all Test preparation work (undertaken by your local IAM Group).
The Advanced Test fee
Purchasing a Skill for Life course gives you immediate IAM Associate member status, with an automatic upgrade to full Membership of the IAM upon passing the Advanced Motorcycle Test.
We are very fortunate to have a small number of Skill for Life courses that are subsidised by Derby & Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership. This subsidy means that you may be able buy our Skill for Life course for only £45, which includes membership of both the IAM and our local group. For further details, please contact our Membership Secretary, Phil Fairbrother.
Beyond The Test
The IAM is now offering more courses than ever before, allowing the accomplished rider more opportunities to develop and demonstrate their skills.
When you pass the advanced test, you could go on and aim to get a “F1rst” grade pass; the arduous Masters programme is designed to take your skills and knowledge to the very highest level that is currently available to civilian riders; and the IMI Observer Qualifications will give you an internationally recognised qualification.
We also facilitate many charity and social rides throughout the year, and many members regularly ride together on holidays and trips away.