DIA Fleet Course

DIA Fleet Course

Becoming a DVSA registered fleet trainer is just one of the ways you can enhance your existing skills and knowledge as an ADI to diversify your business. This specialised role promotes occupational road safety for people who drive for work.

Occupational drivers are statistically at higher risk of being involved in road incidents and crashes. They spend longer periods of time on the road than the average driver and regularly drive whilst experiencing stresses such as traffic, time pressures and fatigue.

Fleet Trainers work 1-2-1 or 2-1 with occupational drivers, both in class and on the road, to help improve their road safety. Fleet trainers demonstrate how to carry out appropriate vehicle checks to ensure vehicles are safe and legal. In the case of company owned vehicles, trainers ensure that their clients understand company policies for recording or reporting vehicle faults and reiterate the importance of recognising their responsibilities as a driver.

So why become a Fleet Trainer?

The DIA’s DVSA Accredited Fleet Course equips you with everything you need to apply for your DVSA Fleet Licence.

As a registered Fleet Trainer, you have the opportunity to:

  • Improve the driving habits and safety of occupational drivers
  • Expand your client base beyond learner drivers to work with experienced drivers
  • Generate additional income streams
  • Add more variety to your career as a driver trainer
  • Embark on training with some of the UK’s most exciting and prominent brands and companies

FAQ

This modular course includes the following:

  • DIA Fleet Theory test
  • Diamond Elite test (Diamond Elite/Special tests passed within the last 3 years are accepted as approved prior learning)
  • DIA Award in Business Knowledge OR DIA Award in Vehicle Knowledge
  • Eyesight checks
  • Vehicle checks
  • Fault finding, analysis and remedial action from a coaching perspective
  • Presentation skills
  • Report writing
  • Final assessment

The ADI must:

  • Hold a Diamond Elite Car Test, or have passed it within the last 2.5 years
  • Have an understanding of the aims and benefits of coaching, and be confident in applying coaching techniques in car
  • Have experience of delivering presentations
  • Have an understanding of learning styles
  • Have an understanding of the National Standards for Driver and Rider Training
  • National Standards for Category B Vehicles
  • Be an ADI for a minimum of 2 years and have gained some experience with training full licence holders
  • Have your own laptop and be familiar with using Microsoft PowerPoint to deliver a short pre-prepared presentation (we will send you this prior to the in-car module)

You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

  • 26.5 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
  • 27.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate
  • New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, eg AB51 ABC.
  • You must use glasses or contact lenses during the whole test if you need them to read the number plate.

ADIs will need to complete all four modules successfully in order to apply to the DVSA for their fleet licence. The cost of the DVSA fleet licence is £120 and is not included in the DIA Fleet Course fee. Please refer to the section below on ‘How to apply to the DVSA for your fleet licence’ for further information.

 

Module 1: DIA Fleet Theory test

The fleet theory test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. It covers the Highway Code and a range of occupational driving subjects:

  • Driving practices and procedures, road and traffic signs, and motorway driving
  • Driver attitude, the law, and environmental issues
  • Vehicle dynamics and handling, and accident procedures
  • Instructional coaching techniques, and hazard perception.

You will be provided with login details to complete this test and must complete it within 7 days of commencing.

 

Module 2: Diamond Elite test

The Diamond Elite test ensures your driving meets the high standards required for the DVSA fleet register.

The Diamond Elite test includes and assesses commentary skills, which helps to prepare you as an effective trainer. This training skill is an essential when providing developmental training to occupational drivers.

We use our network of DVSA approved Diamond examiners across the UK and endeavour to book your test as near to your location as possible. Alternatively, you can undertake your Diamond training and test from DIA HQ in Crawley, West Sussex.

If you already hold a valid Diamond Elite/Special test, it is possible to use it towards the DIA Fleet Course as approved prior learning*.

 

Module 3: Award in Business Knowledge OR Award in Vehicle Knowledge

Module 3 is an elective module, with a choice of either the Award in Business Knowledge OR Award in Vehicle Knowledge module. It is recommended you choose the award you feel holds the most relevance to you. Both are research-based, e-learning awards. You will be provided with a comprehensive reading list that you can study in your own time around any diary commitments.

If you already hold one of these Awards, it is possible to use it towards the DIA Fleet Course as approved prior learning**, providing it is valid. Both these Awards also form part of the Diploma in Driver Education (DipDE) and can be used towards this qualification.

 

Module 4: In Car Module, Presentations and Final Assessment

Modules 1 – 3 must be completed prior to starting Module 4. This module takes place over 3 days, at DIA HQ, Crawley.

The final part of the Fleet Course, this module teaches and assesses essential fleet training skills to provide ADIs with a solid foundation to apply for their Fleet Licence.

Course content and competencies cover report writing, delivering presentations in car and classroom, performing relevant licence, eyesight and vehicle checks, as well as how to give driving demonstrations and to use a blend of training approaches.

ADIs will be sent one of our DIA Fleet Presentations prior to commencing the module. You will be asked to present this short presentation to a small group in a classroom environment, as well as in the car. Fleet trainers will often be required to deliver short presentations in this way.

 

You will need to download the application form from the GOV.UK website and send it to the following address:

Register of Fleet Driver Trainers
Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street
Nottingham
NG1 6LP

You can send the form to DVSA if you’ve already successfully completed the DIA Fleet Course. You’ll need to include:

  • The registration fee of £120
  • Your driving licence number if you have a photocard driving licence, or a passport-style photo if you have an old-style paper licence
  • A copy of your course certificate

You must have done the course within the last year. You must register with DVSA within 12 months of completing the course, otherwise your Fleet Course certificate will become invalid.

The DIA Fleet course costs £894* and includes all four modules. This fee does not include the £120 DVSA registration fee.

This is payable in a lump sum, or our new easy payment plan of three instalments of £298:

Module 1: DIA Fleet Theory test

£298

Module 2: Diamond Elite test
Module 3: Award in Business Knowledge OR Award in Vehicle Knowledge

£298

Module 4: In Car Module, Presentations and Final Assessment (3 days)

£298

 

The next dates for Module 4 at DIA Crawley are 11th-13th September 2017. Modules 1-3 must be completed before starting Module 4.

Please speak to us before you book the course if you have already passed your Diamond Elite test and/or hold either the DIA Award in Business Knowledge or DIA Award in Vehicle Knowledge.

If you are paying by instalments, the final payment must be paid by 1st September latest.

 

£894

Includes all four modules. This fee does not include the £120 DVSA registration fee.

By purchasing this course you agree to the following terms and conditions:

Currently DIA Fleet courses are held from DIA HQ in Crawley, West Sussex.

Cancellation and Refund Policy 

Eligible for full refund if cancellation occurs within seven days of booking. Thereafter refunds will not be considered. 

Course Modules
You must complete all 4 modules of the DIA Fleet Trainer course with DIA. The modules are: 
• DIA Fleet Theory test
• Diamond Elite Car test
• Award in Business Knowledge OR Award in Vehicle Knowledge
• In Car Module and assessment

Duration and time limits for completion

DIA Fleet Theory test: This is a home-learning module. You can view questions and research answers from home. You have 7 days to complete the module, and will receive results after 7 days. 

Diamond Elite Car test: This test must be completed prior to the final In Car module and assessment. If you already hold a Diamond Elite/Special test, it must still be valid* by the time you complete the DIA Fleet Trainer course and when applying for your DVSA Fleet Licence. If this is not the case then you will be required to retake your Diamond Fleet test before DIA can issue you a certificate of completion for the DIA Fleet Trainer course enabling you to apply for your DVSA Fleet Licence. 

Award in Business Knowledge OR Award in Vehicle Knowledge: You will need to complete either the Award in Business Knowledge or the Award in Vehicle Knowledge as part of the DIA Fleet Trainer course**, prior to the final In Car module and assessment. This is a home-learning module and the answers are research based. You have 28 days to complete this module. Once complete, both Awards contribute towards the DIA Diploma in Driver Education (DipDE). This means that if you are looking to work towards the DipDE, you will be able to use either the Award in Business Knowledge or the Award in Vehicle Knowledge as approved prior learning towards this. 

In Car module: This module can only begin once Modules 1-3 (DIA Fleet Theory, Diamond Elite car test, Award in Business Knowledge/Vehicle Knowledge) are successfully completed. Taking place over 3 days (part in car, part in classroom) with continual assessments and the final assessment will take place on the afternoon of the last day. You will receive your result on the final day of the course. If successful, you will be provided with a certificate enabling you to apply to the DVSA for your official Fleet Licence. 

Approved prior learning
*A valid Diamond Elite/Special test is no older than 3 years. This must still be valid at the end of the DIA Fleet Trainer Course.
**If you already hold the DIA Award in Business Knowledge or DIA Award in Vehicle Knowledge, you can use these qualifications towards the relevant modules of the DIA Fleet Trainer course.

Applying for DVSA Fleet Licence
On completion of the course, ADIs may apply for their DVSA Fleet Licence. The DIA Fleet Trainer course fee does not include the DVSA’s £120 registration fee.

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