Motorcycle Safety: Advanced Rider Course (ARC)
The Advanced Rider Course (ARC) is the civilian version of the Motorcycle Safety
Foundation military sport bike course but it can be taken on any stock street legal
motorcycle. It is a course designed for experienced riders. For the purposes of
this course, an experienced rider is one who has the basic skills and is a current
rider with a motorcycle license. The ARC is designed to complement and build on
the skills learned and practiced in other rider courses. Special emphasis is given
to self-assessment, risk management, rider behavior, riding strategies and overall
skill development, particularly in braking, cornering and swerving techniques.
The ARC is taught by Motor Vehicle Administration and Motorcycle Safety Foundation
certified Instructors specially trained on the ARC. It is an all-day class consisting
of approximately three hours of classroom activities and five hours of riding time.
Participants are expected to use their personal motorcycle. Personal motorcycles
must be street legal, must be in good operating condition and must pass a routine
pre-ride check given as a part of the course. Riders must assume all liability for
the use of their motorcycle in the course. The Program will not be responsible for
any damage to a rider’s motorcycle as a result of their participation. Riders
are to provide their own riding gear, which includes:
- A helmet that is compliant with USDOT standards, either open-face (3/4) or full-face
style. Partial coverage helmets, also known as half-helmets, may not be worn;
- Eye protection;
- Riding jacket, one that is motorcycle-specific is preferred;
- Full-fingered gloves;
- Long pants of a durable fabric. Riding jeans are preferred but heavy weight denim
is acceptable; and
- Sturdy footwear, such as riding boots, over-the-ankle. Athletic footwear may NOT
Because of the high level of traction required, riding activities will NOT be conducted
if the riding surface is wet. The classroom activities will be conducted and the
riding portion rescheduled for another time.
During the riding activities, each rider will be evaluated by the instructors on
their ability to accomplish the objectives of the activity. Riders that cannot demonstrate
minimum riding proficiency will not be allowed to continue. Riders who are not allowed
to continue will not be eligible for a refund and may have to pay an additional
fee to be enrolled in the BRC2.
To complete the course riders must pass a 20-question knowledge test administered
at the end of the classroom activities. Riders must also meet the objectives of
the riding activities. Riders completing the course will receive a Maryland Motorcycle
Safety Program Completion Card.
2015 ARC Schedule
Wor-Wic Community College
32000 Campus Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804
May 16, 2015
(Schedule subject to change. Check back here for updates.)
printable registration form.
Tuition: $110, Fee: $84. Maryland counties other than Wicomico, Worcester or Somerset add $10 per course to the tuition. States other than Maryland add $15 per course to the tuition.
Click here to register online