Your Guide to the Masters Programme
Any members thinking of joining the Masters programme should have an informal chat with WYAM’s Chief Observer. They will explain what is required to successfully meet the standard for the Masters qualification.
Open to all current IAM members, our 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 UK. There are no exemption qualifications to our Masters standard.
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 90 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
- Six sessions or 10-12 hours of mentoring (a top-up package of three additional sessions is available to purchase for those who require more mentoring to become a Master)
- 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 ride on roads that are unfamiliar to you.
Our Masters qualification is valid for 5 years after which time we will invite you to re-qualify. Upon re-qualifying you will be awarded either a Pass or Distinction and the online Register updated.
How to become an IAM 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 re-qualification is required.
Master Rider taster session (one hour plus) £89
The perfect way to have your current skills assessed versus our Masters standard before committing to the full course. Spend an enjoyable hour or two riding out with one of our mentors or examiners and receive a focused summary of how you performed and your current skill levels in relation to our Masters standard.
Master Rider three ‘top-up’ sessions £75
For those drivers or riders who may need some additional mentoring sessions we offer a convenient package of three additional sessions with your mentor. These can be purchased at any time and your mentor will discuss with you if he/she feels they are necessary.
Master retest (if required) £149
In the unlikely event of a Masters test fail then a retest can be booked. Your mentor will advise you of the areas for development. The retest itself does not include additional mentoring but you can purchase a top-up package. Again your mentor will help and advise you.
Masters re-qualification (five yearly) – price reduced! £149
The Masters qualification is valid for five years at which time we will invite you to book your re-qualification test with us. The re-qualification test does not include any mentored sessions. Again a top-up or taster package may provide the reassurance and guidance needed to re-qualify. Re-qualification tests are free for our current Masters Mentors and Examiners.
WYAM’s committee has authorised their Chief Observer to put together a “Masters Class” to prepare potential Masters candidates for what to expect on the IAM Roadsmart Master Riders course.
WYAM’s Master Class will be overseen by the chief observer, Vernon Miles. Vernon is an IAM Roadsmart Masters Mentor and passed the Masters test with a distinction. The other trainers are also Masters Riders.
The prerequisites for entry onto the WYAM Master Class program are that candidates have passed their IAM Roadsmart advanced rider test and that they are a fully paid up members of WYAM.
WYAM’s Master Class training sessions will use radio communications. Subject to satisfying the criteria, all candidates will be awarded the IAM Roadsmart Radio Skills accreditation to level 3 as part of the WYAM’s Master Class program.
The trainer to candidate ratio on the WYAM’s Master Class program will be one trainer to two candidates.
Rides will be video recorded and the footage provided to candidates for them to study at their leisure.
There will be peer review and ride analysis by the trainer throughout the program. This has been especially designed to build the candidate’s confidence and highlight areas for riding development.
Candidates and trainers will be rotated regularly so different riding styles can be experienced and absorbed.
Once the candidate feels they are ready and they have purchased the IAM Roadsmart Masters Rider Course, the candidate will be formally mentored on a one to one basis by Vernon for their 6 sessions to finally hone their skills in preparation for their Masters Test.