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.