Total Control Training Wins Contract For California Motorcyclist Safety Program

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

From a Total Control Training press release:

Total Control Training, Inc. (TCTI) was recently awarded the contract for America’s most prestigious motorcycle-training program: the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP). The state’s official motorcycle safety training program, it is administered by the California Highway Patrol. Instruction by TCTI begins on January 1, 2015.

The CMSP was established in 1994. Its training programs cater to new riders of all ages with courses that combine classroom instruction with practical riding exercises. Motorcycles and helmets are provided free of charge. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a certificate that waives the DMV riding skills test requirement. CMSP expects to train 65,000 motorcyclists per year and operates more than 120 training sites throughout California.

total control training wins contract for california motorcyclist safety program

Winning the contract required Total Control to submit a California-specific novice-rider training curriculum that meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Model National Standards for Entry-Level Motorcycle Rider Training. Currently, Total Control’s Beginner Riding Clinic is the only curriculum that has been reviewed by the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA) or any other third party. An independent working group of experts determined that the program is in compliance with the standards.

SMSA Executive Director Brett Robinson welcomed Total Control: “The SMSA is pleased that Total Control’s BRC has become the first curriculum to be reviewed by the SMSA and determined to be in compliance with NHTSA Model National Standards. Quality rider training curricula for entry-level riders and life-long learning opportunities are important elements of a comprehensive motorcycle safety approach.”

“Total Control’s Beginner Riding Clinic is a fusion of Idaho’s long-proven STAR program and what we’ve learned in 15 years of teaching our internationally acclaimed Intermediate and Advanced Riding Clinics,” says Lee Parks, President of TCTI. “We’ve been working on a beginner riding course curriculum and the CMSP proposal for many years and are thrilled to finally give California’s novice riders access to our unique riding technology.

total control training wins contract for california motorcyclist safety program
“Our approach to adult education is very different from what other rider-training programs have used in the last decade, at a time when motorcycle fatalities have continued to rise. We are looking forward to a new era of motorcycle safety focused not on simply bringing new riders into the sport, but on reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities among those who do choose to ride.”

Helping make the transformation is an all-star cast of award-winning personnel, including state administrators, instructor trainers and curriculum developers. Leading Total Control’s transformation team is newly appointed Program Manager, Bobbie Carlson, who has worked with Total Control Training since 2006. Dedicating most of her career to motorcycle training, Carlson has also held staff positions with various state and military programs, as well as the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

More information about Total Control Training and the CMSP program can be found at and on its Facebook page.

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