I have written this because its what I was looking for before I started the course. Just an idea of what I would be doing and how difficult it might be. DECA Pre-Learner Training Course - Tasmania I thought it was a good course. 85% of the time was outside. The course is competancy based - so there is no test at the end. Day 1 covers alot for a beginner: 1.1 Mounting, handling, walking with the bike. 1.2 Balance exercise (being pushed) 1.3 Stopping and starting the engine. Finding gears. Other controls. 1.4 Clutch friction point (rolling forward) 1.5 Complete clutch engagement 1.6 Laps of area, including changes to second gear Day 2: 2.0 Classroom stuff. 2.1 Laps of area (again) 2.2 Cornering (~30k/hr) 2.3 Slow speed skills 2.4a Front brake "setup" 2.4b Emergency braking "squeeezzzeee" 2.5 Simulated road exercise. I think thats all, and the order may be a bit different depending on instructor. My personal experience did not go beyond step 1.1 before the course. After day 1, I really felt the need to practice clutch and throttle control. Luckily I had a bike and a good area to practice on that evening. For anyone doing the course, I would recommend having some experience upto/including point 1.4. I think there is an introductory Pre-Learners offered by DECA which would give you that experience if you have never ridden before. The 2 days are either morning or afternoon sessions (4 hours each). I reccommend the morning sessions as this gives you time to practice more afterwards on day 1, and go do the theory test on day 2. The instructor (Duncan), was always encouraging and appeared to enjoy his job. In terms of expected skill levels...well no one fell off the bike during my course, but there was a bit of bunny hopping, stalling, missed gears and over revving - and that was just from me!