Ryan Boyd loves anything to do with motorcycles and the 20-year-old is preparing to work in the area he is most passionate about.

"I grew up on a farm, so I've been around motorbikes for most of my life," he said.

"I want to be a motorcycle mechanic and hopefully have my own business one day."

Mr Boyd is enrolled in Challenger Institute's motorcycle technology training course at its Kwinana Automotive Centre of Excellence.

Lecturer Peter Arthurell said the course allowed aspiring motorcycle mechanics to sharpen their skills and car mechanic apprentices to broaden their experience.

"It is part of the light automotive technology course - students can choose to do car or motorbike mechanics," he said.

The course started last year when Kawasaki Australia donated equipment, including a 1000cc road bike, to the institute.

"We've had great support from Kawasaki, so the students can get hands-on working with motorcycles," Mr Arthurell said.

He said the Certificate III in Automotive - Motorcycle Technology was in its early days.

"It's a nationally recognised motorcycle qualification," he said.

Challenger Institute's courses will be among training pathways highlighted at this year's Skills West Expo. The expo runs from September 18 to 20 at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Claire Tyrrell

The West Australian

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