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If you know how to handle a motorcycle and want to get paid to share your skills and passion, here’s your chance!

The Secretary of State Office is looking for experienced motorcycle riders to become 'RiderCoaches'. There will be prep courses offered in August at the following locations:

  • August 13-16 at Macomb Community College – South Campus
  • August 17-19 at Schoolcraft College – Radcliff Campus
  • August 20 at Schoolcraft College – Livonia Campus

This eight-day course will be led by RiderCoach Trainer Vince Consiglio. For more information, contact Renee Waraksa at waraksar@macomb.edu.

  • August 9-12 and August 16-19 at the west campus of Lansing Community College in Lansing. For more information about this eight-day course, contact RiderCoach Trainer Steve Lick at Steve.Lick@gmail.com.

To become a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have passed a Basic Rider Course (beginning motorcycle class) within the last year
  • Have held a motorcycle endorsement for at least one year
  • Possess a good driving record
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Obtain a sponsorship with an approved public or private motorcycle safety course provider (providers are located throughout the state)
  • Successfully complete the RiderCoach Prep Course

The fee for a RiderCoach Prep Course is $75 and includes the materials required for the course. RiderCoach candidates will spend approximately 80 hours in the classroom and on the motorcycle riding range. Participants must attend every session, pass a riding-skills test and a knowledge test. They will learn how to effectively instruct and evaluate students in the classroom and on the range and will be required to teach a basic motorcycle safety class under the tutelage of an experienced instructor.

For more information about the Michigan Rider Education Program, visit www.michigan.gov/mi-rep. For a list of public and private motorcycle safety sponsors, go to www.michigan.gov/motorcycling.