DIA National Conference

DIA Blog, 18 October 2019

DIA national conference, 11 & 27 November 2019

The excitement is growing in the office for the DIA national conferences next month. With only three weeks to go until the first one in Bristol on 11 November,  and the second soon after on the 27 November, we are busy putting together the final touches.

We are super excited to be meeting up with those of you who are coming along! If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, keep an eye out for our Halloween trick or treat spin wheel, which will be set up on our DIA home page. You will have a chance to win a range of treats, one of which a free conference ticket! So it is definitely worth checking out.

Lots will be going on at the conference such as updates on the latest industry news from the DVSA. We will also be getting a look at the new DL25 app that DVSA is bringing out, and this will be your chance to offer your feedback. You can also ask DVSA any questions or speak to them about any pressing issues.

Three interactive workshops will take place, which can go towards your professional development, covering a range of topics.

Standards check with Olivia Baldock-Ward, head of membership and training at the DIA

The standards check is such an important time for trainers as our performance on the day determines our all-important grade. It is essential that we are all up to speed with the rules surrounding the standards check and what is expected of us so that we can be fully prepared and feel confident on the day.

Pupil confidence with Mark Born, driving instructor training manager at AA Driving School and BSM

This workshop will look at the interesting and also worrying subject of pupils having far too much confidence while learning to drive. We’ll look at the other end of the scale too, where not having enough confidence also creates risk.

Safeguarding and lone working with Adrian Coucher, driver trainer at APC training

This session will explore the important subject of safeguarding for trainers. We will define what safeguarding is, how trainers can help and also how they can be affected, we’ll look at ways to help reduce the risk of allegations and complaints towards ADIs and share some common reasons for this and how best to respond if you found yourself in such a situation. Trainers are in the main, lone workers, and so we will also explore the risks we can face on a daily basis as lone working trainers, and what additional safeguards we can put in place to minimise our exposure to these risks.


Networking is an important part of our conference; you will have the chance to speak to industry contacts and fellow trainers.

Joining us on the trade stands will be

  • AA
  • Confident Drivers
  • Heman
  • Collingwood
  • Finto
  • Pass n go
  • MiDrive
  • Tri-coaching

You’ll also have a chance to buy any essentials at the DIA shop, where Plus members enjoy the lowest prices. If we don’t have it in stock at the conference, you can still buy it at the discounted price and we will send it to you free of charge.

We have loads planned and hope to see you there!


Recommend a friend!

Are you aware of our recommend a friend scheme? If you are a member of the DIA and you recommend a friend to join, you will receive cash back!

If they take up standard membership you will receive £20, or £30 for Plus membership. Your friend will also benefit from having their joining fee waived.

For more information email our membership team at help@driving.org or call 020 8686 8010

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