MiDAS consists of three different courses. Find out more about each of them below.
The core training for anyone who drives a minibus as part of their role.
Additional training which is available for drivers who will be responsible for transporting disabled passengers. MiDAS Accessible will be reviewed in 2024 as part of the next phase of the Modernising MiDAS project.
A MiDAS certificate lasts for 4 years. By undertaking a MiDAS Refresher course, a driver can renew their certificate for a further 4 years. From 2nd January 2024, drivers requiring a Refresher course will be completing the new course in full. A new Refresher course will not be launching until late 2027.
90 minutes of interactive and engaging E-Learning, covering the legal responsibilities of drivers and the essential theoretical knowledge needed to provide safe, legal and comfortable journeys.
Individual Practical Session
Up to 45 minutes in a minibus working individually with a Driver Assessor. This session provides drivers with an opportunity to ask any questions they have based on their online course and is tailored to their needs and ability.
Up to 45 minutes in a minibus being assessed to the nationally recognised MiDAS Standard.
How much does it cost?
The cost of MiDAS Standard training varies depending on the training provider and factors such as the number of drivers being trained, the hire of vehicles and travel. The cost will include £40 per driver for access to the online theory course. You can find out more about MiDAS costs, here.
2. MiDAS Accessible
What is it?
Additional optional training for drivers on how to assist and support passengers with disabilities.
Who is it for?
MiDAS Accessible is suitable for any drivers who will be transporting passengers who need additional support and driving minibuses which have specialist equipment such as passenger lifts and ramps. Drivers must have passed the MiDAS Standard course before completing MiDAS Accessible.
How is it delivered?
The course combines classroom-based learning with practical demonstrations and practices which cover topics such as:
Passenger awareness and assistance
Assisting passengers who travel in their wheelchairs
Boarding and alighting a vehicle using a passenger lift or ramp
Securing passengers seated in wheelchairs using wheelchair tie-down equipment and passenger safety belts
Drivers will then undertake a theory assessment and a practical skills assessment.
The theory part of the course is typically delivered over half a day, with additional time required for supervised practices and assessments.
How much does it cost?
The cost of MiDAS Accessible training varies depending on the training provider and factors such as the number of drivers being trained and travel.
3. MiDAS Refresher
To keep a MiDAS certificate valid, a Refresher course must be undertaken every 4 years. From 2nd January 2024, drivers requiring a Standard Refresher course will be completing the new MiDAS Standard course in full. This means that there will not be any MiDAS Standard Refresher courses until late 2027.
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