D1 Training

D1 Minibus Training Courses

The D1 minibus test is conducted by a Driving Standards Agency (DSA) examiner and you will have to complete a theory test and a case study test if you intend to drive a minibus professionally, once completed you will then complete a practical driving test. Below you will find a step by step guide to obtaining your D1 licence.

Step 1 - Medical Examination: The first step is to complete DVLA form D2, this is the application for a provisional category D1 driving licence entitlement. You then need to book a PCV medical examination with a doctor to ensure you meet the higher medical standards to drive a PCV. The doctor will complete the DVLA form D4 for you.

You now have to wait for your licence to be returned to you with the provisional entitlement added.

Step 3 – Theory Test (Driver CPC Module 1): Once you have your licence you will be able to book your theory test with the DSA (a link is available on our links pages for this) The Module 1 test is divided into two separate parts; a multiple choice test of 100 questions and a hazard perception test of19 interactive video clips.

Case Study Test (Driver CPC Module 2): If you intend to use your D1 licence to drive a minibus professionally meaning that you are paid to do so to earn a living, you will also need to pass the Module 2 Case Study Test. This test is computer based; there are seven case study tests. Each study has between six and eight questions which are based on real life situations, which you may encounter while working as a professional driver.

Step 4 - Practical Driving Assessment:At this point you will be offered a driving assessment which will be around 2 hours duration. After completing this assessment drive we will be able to advise you how many days training we feel you will need to reach the standard required to pass a DSA test.As a guide, most car drivers require four or five days training.

Step 5 – Practical Diver Training: A normal training day starts at 8:30 and finishes at 16:30; training is on a ratio of two students to one instructor. If for any reason you require training to be on a ‘one to one' basis the day will be reduced to four hours. During the course we will cover all aspects required by the DSA to enable you to pass the Driver CPC Module 3 test. Items covered include vehicle safety check questions, driving on urban & rural roads, procedures at bus stops, dual carriageways & motorways, also off-road reversing and braking exercises.

Practical Demonstration CPC Module 4: To obtain professional Driver CPC initial qualification, you will be required to complete a Driver CPC Module 4 Practical Demonstration Test. This takes place at the practical test centre where the examiner will test your knowledge in the following areas:

Prepare for duty in a safe manner

♦ Ensure your vehicle is fit for service

♦ Inspect and use equipment in conjunction with the Disability Discrimination Act

♦Show you can take measures to ensure that illegal immigrants or goods are prevented from being carried

Providing you pass all the above tests successfully you will achieve D1 status for professional drivers and will be sent your driving licence with the new category shown as well as a driver CPC qualification card. Is card must be carried at all times if you are driving professionally (being paid to drive). You must complete 35 hours of approved periodic training during every 5-year period to retain the driver CPC qualification.

Recommended reading: Useful information concerning the tests can be found in the following DSA publications. ‘Driver CPC the official guide for professional bus and coach drivers’ and The Official DSA Guide to Driving Buses and Coaches

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