MiDAS DAT Courses

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The Driver Assessor/Trainer course is aimed at those organisations that are considering having their in house driver assessor and is modular in design, with attendees completing the modules that they require. DAT courses may be 3 or 4 days depending on your requirements.

Before DAT certification can take place a number of conditions have to be met.  The prospective DAT would need to have passed a MiDAS driving assessment, for obvious reasons (this standard one-day course can be added at commencement of the DAT course).

The DAT would generally also need to have passed their UK driving test prior to 1st January 1997, having a D1 driving entitlement - or the right to it via test route.

The organisation sending the DAT must have joined MiDAS, membership is free and the membership form can be downloaded Click Here.

Modules one, two and four have to be successfully completed by all DATs, module three is for those DATs who will be required to train drivers of accessible vehicles.  Below you will find outline of each of the module's content.

MiDAS Standard DAT Training

  • Is designed for an organisation that wishes to provide their own in-house driver training.

  • Is relevant to volunteers as well as paid employed staff

  • Covers legal, practical and safety issues - a comprehensive training package

  • Aims to improve passenger safety by providing the necessary skills and information for those who will be undertaking driver training for their organisation

 

NOTE:

Ideally the candidate should have a broad  understanding of driver assessment, coaching & training with knowledge of road safety issues.

Monitoring & Ongoing Support:

Where the candidate perhaps does not have the desirable qualities above, UK Road Safety would recommend that an annual monitoring & mentoring process be implemented to ensure consistency.

 

What is Involved in Becoming a DAT

  • Organisation must be a member of MiDAS

  • The ability to convey & disseminate information to trainees in both a classroom & in-vehicle environment

  • Be capable of making impartial decisions for their organisations drivers    

  • Undertake a three day training course leading to Standard DAT & a further day for Accessible training

 

 

DAT Training - Course Content

  • The course provides information & practical experience on how to undertake a minibus driving assessment in an objective & consistent manner, structuring on-road assessments, provision of "classroom based" safety training & refresher training.

    The classroom based safety training, which can be delivered in a group or individual basis, uses keys learning points from a number of areas;
     

    • Legal responsibility of a Minibus Driver

    • Passenger safety & comfort

    • Child passenger safety & comfort

    • Defensive driving techniques

    • ECO Driving Techniques

    • Manual Handling Awareness

    • Health & Safety Awareness

    • Accident & Emergency Procedures

    • Personal Safety for Drivers

 

 

DAT Training - What do drivers get from the training?

  • Each DAT Trainer who successfully completes the course will receive a nationally recognised certificate valid for 2 years.

 

 

Unable to identify potential DAT's within your organisation.

  • If you are unable to identify potential DAT's from within your organisation, UK Road Safety Ltd will happily undertake the assessment & training of any of your drivers.

 

MiDAS Accessible DAT Training

  • Is designed for an organisation that wishes to provide their own in-house minibus driver training with regard to standard & accessible training.

  • Is relevant to volunteers as well as paid employed staff

  • Covers legal, practical and safety issues - a comprehensive training package

  • Aims to improve passenger safety by providing the necessary skills and information for those who will be undertaking driver training for their organisation

 

In order for a candidate to become an Accessible DAT Trainer they will need to complete both the Standard DAT training course and the Accessible training course.

These two courses can be taken either independently as separate courses or in a combined course.

The modular content for these individual courses are detailed in the following links DAT Course & Accessible Course.

For the combined course the modules are as follows:

Modular Content for Accessible DAT:

Module 1:

  • Midas Driving Assessment

Module 2:

  • Theory Training for Standard Drivers

Module 3:

  • Theory & Practical Training for Accessible Drivers

Module 4:

  • Presentation Skills Assessment

  • Theory Assessment

  • Refresher Training

  • Administration

If you would like to discuss MiDAS Training further or have questions concerning either MiDAS training in general or DAT training please telephone our office.

Call on 01452 347332 or 01452 346283 or use our MiDAS Minibus Driver Training Contact Form for more information.

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