DIA Fleet Course




10 – 12 December 2018 (fully booked)

25 – 27 February 2019


Dates to be confirmed.


Approved Driving Instructors can diversify their business into many specialised roles, and being a DVSA Fleet Trainer is just one of them. To become a DVSA Fleet Trainer, an ADI will either need to prepare for, and take the 3-part test directly with the DVSA, or go to a DVSA Accredited Centre, such as the DIA, to attend a course that will take them through everything they need to know in order to become a DVSA Fleet Trainer. Once the accredited course has been completed successfully, you then need to apply to the DVSA for your Fleet Licence.

Take advantage of new lower price, now just £525 (was £896).


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This modular course includes the following:

  • DIA Fleet Theory test
  • Diamond Elite test
  • DIA Award in Business Knowledge OR DIA Award in Vehicle Knowledge
  • Eyesight checks
  • Vehicle checks
  • Fault finding, analysis and remedial action from a coaching perspective
  • Presentation skills
  • Report writing
  • Final assessment

The ADI must:

  • You must take the Diamond Fleet test, or the Diamond Elite test as part of the fleet course
  • Have an understanding of the aims and benefits of coaching, and be confident in applying coaching techniques in car
  • Have experience of delivering presentations
  • Have an understanding of learning styles
  • Have an understanding of the National Standards for Driver and Rider Training
  • National Standards for Category B Vehicles
  • Be an ADI for a minimum of 2 years and have gained some experience with training full licence holders
  • Have your own laptop and be familiar with using Microsoft PowerPoint to deliver a short pre-prepared presentation (we will send you this prior to the in-car module)

You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

  • 26.5 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
  • 27.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate
  • New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, eg AB51 ABC.
  • You must use glasses or contact lenses during the whole test if you need them to read the number plate.

ADIs will need to complete all four modules successfully in order to apply to the DVSA for their fleet licence. The cost of the DVSA fleet licence is £120 and is not included in the DIA Fleet Course fee. Please refer to the section below on ‘How to apply to the DVSA for your fleet licence’ for further information.


Module 1: DIA Fleet Theory test

The fleet theory test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. It covers the Highway Code and a range of occupational driving subjects:

  • Driving practices and procedures, road and traffic signs, and motorway driving
  • Driver attitude, the law, and environmental issues
  • Vehicle dynamics and handling, and accident procedures
  • Instructional coaching techniques, and hazard perception.

This is a written exam and must be taken and completed at the DIA. You must bring along photographic identification on the day of the exam. Failure to provide suitable ID will result in loss of the fee for this module, and a new date will need to be arranged.


Module 2: Diamond Elite test

The Diamond Elite test ensures your driving meets the high standards required for the DVSA fleet register.

The Diamond Elite test includes and assesses commentary skills, which helps to prepare you as an effective trainer. This training skill is an essential when providing developmental training to occupational drivers.

We use our network of DVSA approved Diamond examiners across the UK and endeavour to book your test as near to your location as possible. Alternatively, you can undertake your Diamond training and test from DIA HQ in Crawley, West Sussex.


Module 3: Award in Business Knowledge OR Award in Vehicle Knowledge

Module 3 is an elective module, with a choice of either the Award in Business Knowledge OR Award in Vehicle Knowledge module. It is recommended you choose the award you feel holds the most relevance to you. Both are research-based, e-learning awards. You will be provided with a comprehensive reading list that you can study in your own time around any diary commitments.

If you already hold one of these Awards, it is possible to use it towards the DIA Fleet Course as approved prior learning**, providing it is valid. Both these Awards also form part of the Diploma in Driver Education (DipDE) and can be used towards this qualification.


Module 4: In Car Module, Presentations and Final Assessment

Modules 1 – 3 must be completed prior to starting Module 4. This module takes place over 3 days, at DIA HQ, Crawley.

The final part of the Fleet Course, this module teaches and assesses essential fleet training skills to provide ADIs with a solid foundation to apply for their Fleet Licence.

Course content and competencies cover report writing, delivering presentations in car and classroom, performing relevant licence, eyesight and vehicle checks, as well as how to give driving demonstrations and to use a blend of training approaches.

ADIs will be sent one of our DIA Fleet Presentations prior to commencing the module. You will be asked to present this short presentation to a small group in a classroom environment, as well as in the car. Fleet trainers will often be required to deliver short presentations in this way.


You will need to download the application form from the GOV.UK website and send it to the following address:

Register of Fleet Driver Trainers
Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street

You can send the form to DVSA if you’ve already successfully completed the DIA Fleet Course. You’ll need to include:

  • The registration fee of £120
  • Your driving licence number if you have a photocard driving licence, or a passport-style photo if you have an old-style paper licence
  • A copy of your course certificate

You must have done the course within the last year. You must register with DVSA within 12 months of completing the course, otherwise your Fleet Course certificate will become invalid.

The DIA Fleet course is now just £525 (was £896). This includes all four modules. This fee does not include the £120 DVSA registration fee.

Please speak to us before you book the course if you have already passed your Diamond Elite test and/or hold either the DIA Award in Business Knowledge or DIA Award in Vehicle Knowledge.


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