Rather than accessing MiDAS through an existing provider, you may want to be able to deliver MiDAS yourselves. This can be a good option particularly if you have a large number of people requiring training or if you struggle to find an existing provider close to you. It also allows you to deliver MiDAS to other organisations in your area. You can find out more about the steps involved with becoming a MiDAS Provider below.
Step 1 – Understand the responsibilities of a MiDAS Provider
In order to become a MiDAS Provider your organisation must:
Be passionate about passenger safety
Be committed to maintaining and supporting the MiDAS Standard – Safe, Legal, Comfortable
Have a Driver Assessor (more on how to become a Driver Assessor below)
There’s some more practical responsibilities too – You must:
Have policies and procedures in place to ensure that anyone undertaking a MiDAS course with your organisation is treated equally and is not discriminated against. This includes being able to provide reasonable additional support or assistance to candidates where required
Ensure that suitable training venues, vehicles and equipment are used
Ensure that there are effective processes in place to quality assure the courses being delivered by your Driver Assessor(s)
Ensure that appropriate insurance is in place such as employer’s liability cover and professional indemnity cover
Sound like your organisation? The next step is to identify someone from your organisation to become a Driver Assessor.
Step 2 – Identify a suitable candidate to train as a Driver Assessor
One of the key requirements of becoming a MiDAS Provider is to have a Driver Assessor (DA). To become a Driver Assessor, an individual must complete Driver Assessor training.
DA training develops the skills and knowledge required to deliver MiDAS courses for drivers. If successful, a DA certificate lasts for 2 years. It can then be renewed via a 1-day refresher course.
DA training is an intensive course which is designed for candidates who already have significant experience as a driver trainer or assessor. There are a number of pre-requisites:
Commitment to incorporate equal opportunities strategies when delivering courses
Willingness to support the MiDAS approach to safety
Ability to assess competence against given criteria and to recognise unsafe practice
Ability to effectively demonstrate use of equipment
Experience of assessing and/or training passenger vehicle drivers
Knowledge of minibus legislation
Driving licence with minibus entitlement (see our FAQs for DAs without D1 entitlement)
Recent minibus or large vehicle driving experience
It is strongly recommended that any DA holds a current MiDAS driver certificate
Disability Awareness (for those wishing to deliver the Accessible MiDAS course)
Knowledge of minibus passenger safety issues for disabled people
Experience of providing a transport service for disabled people
Step 3 – Find your local Training Centre for DA Training
As part of the MiDAS Transformation, we are redeveloping how Driver Assessor training is delivered. To keep in formed about new course information, please complete this form.
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