We make better drivers and riders

The IAM RoadSmart Masters standard offers the ultimate challenge for civilian drivers and riders.


We have made our Masters course even better.

Our Masters course now includes a simpler scoring system, new logbooks, new badges and logos and updated Mentor guides.


All you need to know about our Masters programme

Open to all current IAM members, the IAM RoadSmart Masters programme provides true ‘one-to-one’ mentoring support and guidance that will help you to attain the highest standard of civilian driving or riding ability in the country.

Building on your skills as an existing advanced road user, the Masters programme will help to enhance and develop your ability even further in the following areas:

  • applying cornering principles
  • Assessing, planning and executing safe overtaking manoeuvres
  • Recognising opportunities to make safe progress (within the speed limits)
  • Improving observation, anticipation and awareness consistent with vehicle speed
  • Applying sound judgement of speed and distance
  • Delivering a fluent, relevant and continuous commentary
  • We recommend that potential motorcycle Masters candidates read the Full Control document first.

Once you and your mentor feel that you are ready, we will offer you a ninety minute test that includes both a theory session and an extended drive or ride. To challenge you the Masters test will be conducted on roads unfamiliar to you, and may therefore involve travelling a fair distance from where you live. You will be scored on a series of criteria and able to achieve either a Pass or a Distinction award.

  • The programme consists of:
  • A personal logbook
  • The latest copy of Roadcraft (or Motorcycle Roadcraft)
  • An introductory drive or ride
  • A dedicated Mentor
  • Typically up to six sessions or 10-12 hours of mentoring (a top-up is available to purchase for those who require more mentoring to become a Master)
  • Invitation to participate in group training and development days
  • Inclusion in the Masters Register upon passing (Click to view, Members only login)

The Masters test will be conducted in a location away from your usual driving or riding roads and may involve a journey of up to 100 miles. The Masters test will challenge you to drive or ride on roads that are unfamiliar to you. 

Our Masters qualification is valid for FIVE years after which time we will invite you to re-qualify. The current price of the re-qualification is £129 and upon passing you will be awarded either a Pass or Distinction and the online Register updated.


    A 'test only' option is available if you hold an advanced qualification

    For those riders and drivers who feel that they are at the required level already a 'test only' Masters option is available. This does not include any mentoring and candidates will be expected to demonstrate a very high level of skill and knowledge based on the criteria above. Candidates must demonstrate a good knowledge of the Highway Code, Roadcraft and the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver/Rider Course logbook. 

    Both the mentored programmes and the 'test only' options are only available to current IAM RoadSmart members.

    There are no exemptions to the Masters test and it has a validity period of five years from the date of passing.

    How to become a Master

    Masters is a challenging standard that is only available to current full IAM members. Non-members must either join us via exemption or pass our advanced test before commencing a Masters course. A Masters qualification lasts for five years before a requalification is required.

    Master Driver course with mentoring   £249
    Master Rider course with mentoring   £249
    Master Driver or Rider test only option  £129
    Master Driver or Rider 'top-up' sessions   £75 for 3 sessions

    To purchase a Masters course please call 0300 303 1134.

    We hope to have online booking for Masters courses available soon.