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MiDAS training course content

Module One: Standard Certificate

Training in the skills required to drive a minibus. Delegates will learn:

A thorough knowledge of the legal responsibilities of a minibus driver and duty of care
Department for Transport codes of practice in safe carriage of passengers
Good practice in passenger comfort
Health and Safety at work for Drivers
Manoeuvring of vehicles
Defensive Driving techniques

At the end of this session, candidates sit a written test paper, consisting of 20 questions, the answers to which will be contained in the training session, and in the minibus drivers handbook provided to each candidate.

Each candidate undertakes a 1½ hour on-the-road driving assessment, which is booked for a later, mutually convenient time. The assessment route takes in to consideration a wide range of road conditions. The Assessor provides feedback and advice to the candidate during the drive.

Module Two:

Accessible CertificateThis module is an add on to Module One for those carrying wheelchair users, and so those needing knowledge and experience of using passenger lifts and securing wheelchairs etc. Delegates will explore:

Group discussion after viewing a training related film
Safe use of ramps and tail lifts
Wheelchair and passenger restraint equipment
Department for Transport codes of practice on safe carriage of passengers in wheelchairs
Good practice on passenger assistance
Information on disability, carrying children and professional etiquette

At the end of this session, candidates sit a further written exam paper, consisting of ten questions, of which eight must be answered correctly.

Refresher Course (both standard and accessible)

If you already hold a MiDAS Certificate and undertake refresher training before the certificate expires then you may opt to attend “Refresher Training” instead of the full MiDAS course. The Refresher training covers an abridged course content concentrating on the changes since obtaining your MiDAS certificate, and key components of the course programme.A refresher course for those with a MiDAS certificate expiring soon.

If you hold an Accessible certificate (see above), then the refresher training will also cover key elements of the Accessible Certificate training. Those undertaking refresher training receive comprehensive course notes, a high visibility jacket.

The certificate issued on succesfully completing the driving assessment is valid for four years. The refresher training is also available to reaquaint incidental minibus drivers with the complexities and skills of driving a minibus (even before the certificate is about to expire).

To verify the entitlement to undertake the refresher training it is essential that the current MiDAS certificate is brought to the refresher training course.