Program offers chance to share experience, earn certification
If you’re an experienced motorcyclist, this is the right time to think about sharing your experience and improving your skills by becoming a certified RiderCoach through Schoolcraft College.
“Becoming a certified RiderCoach is a great way to share your passion for motorcycling with prospective and experienced riders, get more involved in the motorcycling community and make some extra money,” said Sean McGlinn, Motorcycle Safety Coordinator for Schoolcraft College’s program, which is part of Personal and Professional Learning (PPL).
PPL is the new name for the College’s continuing education department, previously known as Continuing Education and Professional Development, or CEPD.
The RiderCoach course is approximately 90 hours long. Course schedules vary, but students should plan on 7 to 11 days of intensive classroom and hands-on (range) activities. Applicants must have their own motorcycle and have been endorsed for at least one year. Cost is $75.
Candidates who successfully complete the course will become certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCoaches. Certification lasts for two years, and RiderCoaches apply for recertification by teaching a minimum of four classes, completing various professional-development courses, and submitting those records directly to the MSF.
In addition, the Detroit Metro Motorcycle Safety Consortium, which includes Schoolcraft College and four other community colleges, highly recommends that candidates complete a Basic RiderCourse (BRC) prior to the RiderCoach Preparation Course to familiarize themselves with the curriculum they will be teaching.
McGlinn completed his BRC at Schoolcraft in 2011, has been with the College since January 2018, and recently became a certified rider coach himself.
“I am humbled and honored to work for the program that has benefitted countless prospective and experienced motorcyclists, including myself, in Metro Detroit and beyond.”
The motorcycle training classes have historically been some of the most popular at Schoolcraft College.
“Motorcycle sales were booming last year, presumably because of people exploring new socially distant hobbies,” McGlinn said. “While we are tremendously grateful for, and proud of, training around 900 students last year within the span of just a few short months, we weren’t able to accommodate everyone who inquired about our courses due to the reduced class sizes.
“Typically, we train around 3,000 students every year. There is a backlog of students who weren’t able to take a course last year, and we currently have a significant shortage of active RiderCoaches in the Detroit Metro Consortium.”
RiderCoach applications are currently being reviewed. To request a RiderCoach application, contact [email protected] or call 734-462-4448.
Feature Photo: A large backlog of students means that RiderCoaches are urgently needed in the Detroit Metro area. (Schoolcraft College photo.)