Module One: Standard Certificate

One day course

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
  • Minibus Fire and Evacuation

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.

MiDAS Minibus Accessible Driver Training

  • MiDAS Accessible Driver Training is designed and certified by the CTA and is a quality standard for organisations and drivers who transport passengers with disabilities.
  • 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 for those who have responsibility of driving passengers with disabilities, and provides information to allow drivers to understand and meet the needs of their passengers

 Prerequisite for Accessible Training

Anyone wishing to undertake the MiDAS Accessible course must hold a MiDAS, Standard Driving Certificate. This can be taken as a prior standalone course or combined with the Accessible training course at the same time.

Module Two: Accessible Certificate

Half-day course

This module is for those carrying wheelchair users and those needing knowledge and experience of using passenger lifts and securing wheelchairs etc. The module is offered as a FREE addition to Module One. 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.

The certificate issued on successfully completing the driving assessment is valid for four years. The refresher training is also available to reacquaint 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, as a new certificate cannot be issued without it