Terms & Conditions

Training Course Terms & Conditions

Please find below our Terms & Conditions in relation to training courses with Skills Motorcycle Academy.
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.

  1. Skills Motorcycle Academy and the Contract
    All motorcycle training and courses are managed by Skills Motorcycle Academy,. (“Skills Motorcycle Academy” / “We”). The “Pupil(s)” / “You” is / are the person(s) confirmed on the course confirmation letter. “Force majeure” is any situation beyond the control of Skills Motorcycle Academy, which can be, but is not limited to, war, terrorist activity, natural disaster, civil strife, adverse weather or road conditions, fire, bureaucratic obstacles, changes in schedules by the Road Safety Authority (“RSA”).

Skills Motorcycle Academy reserves the right to decline any booking at their discretion. The Pupils(s) are required to sign a copy of the terms and conditions and a release and waiver form. Variation of the terms of this contract is only valid if done so in writing and signed by both the Pupil(s) and an authorised representative of Skills Motorcycle Academy. The contract and all matters arising from it are subject to Irish law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish Courts. In the event that any of the provisions of this contract shall be determined by any Court to be invalid, unlawful or unenforceable to any extent then such provision shall to that extent be severed from the remaining provisions of the contract, which shall continue to be valid and enforceable.

  1. Payment
    We require full payment in advance on booking to secure your requested dates. Until payment is received your course dates, they will not be confirmed and these dates will be made available to other Pupil(s). Payment can be made using our secure payment portal (PayPal), via our website. Alternatively you can pay by cheque to “Skills Motorcycle Academy” or make an electronic bank transfer. Please contact us if you require further information regarding alternative payment options.

What is included in your payment?

  • Direct Access tuition is based on a maximum 2:1 pupil to instructor ratio, unless exceptional circumstances apply and only where by law we can teach a larger ratio.
  • For Individual Premium Training, tuition is on a one to one basis, unless otherwise agreed in writing.
  • Petrol (for all courses when a bike is hired);
  • IBT certification (where IBT course is completed);
  • Fully comprehensive motorcycle insurance for all courses where you hire a training motorcycle; you will not be charged for any damage to any hire motorcycle, unless you have disregarded the instructions given to you by the instructor.

Personal accident insurance is not included in the cost of a course and you may wish to consult your own insurance broker.

You agree to co-operate in full with Skills Motorcycle Academy in the event that any incident involving you occurs which is subject to any insurance claim. Such co-operation will include, but will not be limited to, the provision by you, in a timely manner, of a written statement in respect of any incident and the provision of any further information reasonably required by Skills Motorcycle Academy or its insurers.

You will be liable for any losses or additional costs incurred by Skills Motorcycle Academy where an insurance claim is made as a result of your actions while participating in training if you have disregarded the instructions given to you by the instructor. .

Skills Motorcycle Academy supplies motorcycles and equipment to you on the condition that you agree to pay Skills Motorcycle Academy for any costs (including debt collection costs) required to repair damage, caused by you, if you have disregarded the instructions given to you by the instructor. The payment should be made within 7 days of receiving an invoice unless otherwise agreed in writing. If you damage the motorbike hired to you to the point of it being impossible to continue, then the training may be deemed by Skills Motorcycle Academy to be over – no refund of the fee will be given.

  1. If you wish to cancel or to transfer a course
    Should you wish to cancel or postpone your course:

a) If cancellation is made with more than 28 days’ notice before the commencement of the course, the amount you have already paid will be returned to you less a handling fee of 15%.

b) If you cancel your course with less than 28 days notice and more than 15 days notice, then you will receive a 50% refund of your full course price paid.

c) If you cancel your course with less than 15 days notice, then you will not receive any refund, irrespective of personal circumstances.

d) Provided you give us more than 15 days notice, you may transfer your booking to another time, subject to being charged a 15% handling fee. No changes are permitted with less than 15 days notice and no refund will be made, irrespective of personal circumstances. Only one transfer is allowable for a booking.

e) During your course, if you are unable to continue with your training, for whatever reason, then no refund of the course cost is given.

  1. If we cancel or transfer a course
    In certain circumstances, Skills Motorcycle Academy may have to postpone your course in full or part. In such a situation, Skills Motorcycle Academy will re-arrange your course at a mutually agreed time.
  2. Your Safety and Responsibilities
    a) Statistics show that motorcycle riding, by its very nature, involves a high degree of risk that can lead to personal injury or death. When booking a course or a lesson, pupils must accept these attendant risks and hazards.

b) You are responsible for always acting in accordance with the directions and advice given to you by your instructor during your training sessions. You are also responsible for making sure that you are adequately dressed and protected for motorcycle riding

c) You are obliged to inform us of any physical or medical condition or otherwise that could adversely affect safety or training.

d) You must bring your learner permit or driving licence with you for all your training. It is your responsibility to ensure that your learner permit or driving licence is valid and in your possession for training. Should your licence not be valid or you do not bring it to the course, then you will not be able to take the course and you are not entitled to a refund.

e) Skills Motorcycle Academy reserves the right to cancel any tuition should there be a suspicion that the Pupil is under the influence of drink or drugs or if the Pupil is not legal to ride on the road (e.g. you fail an eye test). Skills Motorcycle Academy also reserves the right to stop tuition at any time when the Pupil is not safe on the road and is not acting in accordance with instructions. No refund of fees will be made in such a situation.

f) For IBT courses, Road Skills courses or Individual Premium Training, if you are supplying your own machine to train on, it is your responsibility to ensure that it meets with all legal requirements for being on the road. You must provide proof of insurance and road fund licence. Should you arrive for training on a machine that is not legal; your instructor will not be able to conduct any on-road training. (for example your number plate does not meet legal requirements). In such a scenario, your fee will not be refundable and you will be required to re-book and pay for any additional lessons. Please be aware, if you incur any penalties or fines whilst riding Skills Motorcycle Academy hire bikes, due to your manner of riding on the road, these will be charged directly to you.

  1. Our Responsibilities
    a) For IBT courses, we will provide you with practical motorcycle training in accordance with the RSA approved training standards. For Road Skills and Individual Premium Training, we will provide you with practical motorcycle training in accordance with RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) standards.

b) For all courses, where you have hired a motorcycle, we will provide you with a motorcycle that is compliant with all legal requirements in Ireland and is roadworthy.

  1. Liability
    a) Although every effort is made to ensure your safety during your course, you must realistically accept that there is a possibility that an accident may occur that causes loss, damage, expense, personal injury or death to you. Unless shown to be negligent, your instructor and / or Skills Motorcycle Academy is not liable to you for any expenses, loss, damage, personal injury or death as a result of any accident that may occur.

b) Our liability is limited to any damage caused to the Pupil by our failure to perform the contract or by our improper performance of the contract unless the failure or improper performance was the fault of the Pupil or any other third party or was due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances which could not have been avoided and this liability is limited to the price paid for the training course.

  1. Complaints
    If the Pupils(s) have a complaint about the training course, in the first instance the Pupil(s) must inform the Chief Instructor as soon as is practical, so that remedial action can be taken if possible.

Thereafter, the Pupil(s) must make the complaint in writing within the first 30 days of the training course finish date, sending it to: info@skillsmotorcycleacademy.ie