DIA Fleet Course

DIA Fleet Course

Approved Driving Instructors can diversify their business into many specialised roles, and being a DVSA Fleet Trainer is just one of them. To become a DVSA Fleet Trainer, an ADI will either need to prepare for, and take the 3-part test directly with the DVSA, or go to a DVSA Accredited Centre, such as the DIA, to attend a course that will take them through everything they need to know in order to become a DVSA Fleet Trainer. Once the accredited course has been completed successfully, you then need to apply to the DVSA for your Fleet Licence.

So why become a Fleet Trainer?

This specialised role focuses on occupational road safety and is aimed at people who drive for work. Statistically a person is more likely to be involved in a crash or incident when driving for work and this is attributed to factors such as being on the road for longer periods of time, tiredness, pressure to meet deadlines, etc.

Being a fleet trainer allows you to be in the very forefront of improving road safety for occupational drivers, while not only diversifying your business and skills but also providing you with an added income stream. In addition, a fully fleet qualified trainer has the opportunity to embark on training with some of the UK's most exciting and prominent brands and companies and safe guard their employees safety and their own reputation.

The Fleet Trainer’s role will involve looking at a person’s driving, this is often done as 1-2-1 or 2-1 training, and can begin in a classroom or meeting room, prior to going out on the road. Training is usually done in the client’s own vehicle as it is a familiar environment to them and also the vehicle they work in, so you as the trainer, will be able to appreciate what it is like for them to use that vehicle each day, carry out vehicle checks with them to ensure the vehicle is safe and legal, and as it may be a vehicle owned by the company, then you will need to ensure the driver knows and understands the company policy for recording and reporting faults with the vehicle, and that the driver, although not the owner of the vehicle, is responsible for driving a vehicle with defective tyres for example. Just because it is a company-owned vehicle, doesn’t mean that the driver wouldn’t have some responsibility for using such a vehicle on the road.

FAQ

This modular course will include the following:

  • DIA Fleet Theory test
  • Diamond Elite test (we will accept Diamond Elite(Special) tests passed within the last three years as approved prior learning)
  • Either DIA Award in Business Knowledge or Award in Vehicle Knowledge
  • Giving a fleet presentation
  • Eyesight checks
  • Vehicle checks
  • Fault finding, analysis and remedial action from more of a coaching approach
  • Report writing
  • Final assessment
  • This course is pass or fail

The ADI must:

  • Hold a Diamond Elite Car Test, or have passed it within the last 3 years
  • Have an understanding of the aims and benefits of coaching
  • 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.

Before the in-car module takes place, ADIs must have successfully completed the DIA Fleet Theory module, and hold a valid* Diamond Car test.

The cost of the DVSA fleet licence is £120 and is not included in the DIA Fleet Course fee. Please refer to the section on ‘How to apply to the DVSA for your fleet licence’ for further information.

* have taken and passed within the last 3 years

Fleet theory

The fleet theory consists of 100 multi-choice questions, covering a range of occupational driving subjects and the Highway Code. You will be provided with login details to complete this. You must complete this within 7 days of the start date.
Diamond Elite test

The Diamond test will ensure that your driving has met the high standards required for the DVSA fleet register, and in addition, ADIs would have been assessed on their commentary skills, which are essential in the fleet world when providing developmental driver training to someone who drives for work, as an effective training tool.

We use our network of DVSA Approved Diamond examiners across the UK and we will endeavour to book this test as near to your location as possible. Alternatively, you can always take your Diamond training and test from DIA HQ in Crawley, West Sussex.
Award in Business or Vehicle Knowledge

The Award in Business or Award in Vehicle Knowledge module, whichever you choose, must be be taken prior to the In Car module. ADIs have a choice of either module that they feel is the most relevant to them. This module will count towards the Diploma in Driver Education, so if the DipDE is a qualification that you are thinking of doing, then you can use this module towards this. If you hold one of these modules, you can use it towards the DIA Fleet Course as approved prior learning. For those ADIs that have already completed one of these modules, this can count towards the Diamond Fleet course equally.
In Car Module, Presentations and Final Assessment (3 days)

This module will cover giving presentations in car and classroom, licence, eyesight and vehicle checks, how to give a demonstration drive, how to use a blend of training approaches to include coaching and teaching, plus report writing. The trainer will cover various scenarios and guide ADIs though these, providing them with a solid foundation and confidence to base their fleet training on.

ADIs will be sent one of our DIA Fleet Presentations prior to the In Car module, and will be asked to present it to a small group, and in addition, present this short presentation in the car as well. When delivering fleet training to a customer, fleet trainers will often be required to deliver a short presentation both in car and in the classroom.

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 £895* and includes all four modules. This fee does not include the £120 DVSA registration fee.

We do not have specific course dates for the DIA Fleet Trainer course.  We will arrange this directly with you once you have purchased the course.   

* If you have passed the a Diamond Elite test or hold either the DIA Award in Business Knowledge or Award in Vehicle Knowledge, then speak to us before you book onto the course.

£895 | DIA members only

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 Cancellation within seven days of booking the course - 100% refund of the fee paid. Thereafter refunds will not be considered.

Course Modules
You need to complete all 4 modules of the DIA Fleet Trainer course with DIA. The modules are:
• DIA Fleet Theory
• Diamond Fleet Car Test
• Award in Business Knowledge or Award in Vehicle Knowledge
• In Car Module

DIA Fleet Theory module, duration and time limits for completion
This module is a home-learning module, meaning you can view the questions and research the answers from home. You will have 7 days to complete it in and you will be given your result after the 7 days.

Diamond Fleet Car Test module, duration and time limits for completion
The Diamond Fleet car test is a requirement for entry onto the DIA Fleet Trainer course.
If you hold a valid* Diamond Elite (Special) car test, it must still be valid at the end of the DIA Fleet Trainer course and when you apply to the DVSA for your Fleet Licence. For example, Diamond car test taken 2 years and 9 months ago, if you take longer than 3 months to complete the DIA Fleet Trainer course, then you will be required to retake your DIAmond Fleet test before DIA will issue you a certificate of completion for the DIA Fleet Trainer course and prior to applying for your DVSA Fleet Licence.

Award in Business Knowledge or Award in Vehicle Knowledge module, duration and time limits for completion
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**. You will need to have completed this module prior to the In Car module. This is a home-learning module and the answers are research based. You will have 28 days to complete this module, plus once complete, the Award in Business Knowledge and the Award in Vehicle Knowledge are both modules 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, duration and time limits for completion
This module can only begin once all other modules (DIA Fleet Theory, Diamond Fleet car test, Award in Business Knowledge or the Award in Vehicle Knowledge) have been successfully completed. This is a 3 day part in car, part in classroom module, and will cover elements such as eyesight, licence and vehicle checks, report writing, giving an occupational driver presentation and in-car coaching. There will be assessments throughout the 3 days and the final assessment will take place on the final afternoon of the course. You will be given your result at the end of this day as to whether you have successfully completed the DIA Fleet Trainer Course. If successful, you will be provided with a course certificate where you can now apply to the DVSA for your official Fleet Licence.

Approved prior learning
*A valid Diamond test is no older than 3 years
**If you already hold the Diamond Elite (Special) Car Test, and have held it for 3 years or less, and/or you 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.
The Diamond Elite (Special) Car test must be valid at the end of the DIA Fleet Trainer Course.

Applying for DVSA Fleet Licence
The DIA Fleet Trainer course fee does not include the £120. Each ADI will need to pay the DVSA £120 for their Fleet Licence, which is additional to the DIA Fleet Course Trainer fee

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