Applied Coach Approach Online

Become the best coach you can be with the DIA’s popular applied coach approach course. Learn how coaching principles can be used to help learners identify obstacles to learning and strategies to overcome them.

£149.00

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Delivered online so you can work through the learning materials at your own pace, in your own time. Group Zoom study sessions are live so you can ask your questions and get tailored advice directly with the tutor.

You’ll cover the most important aspects of the role of the coach including learning styles, the characteristics of a good coach, client-centred learning, teaching styles, communication and more.

  • Course dates and time

    Friday 22nd April 2022 - 11.00 - 13.00
    Friday 29th April 2022 - 11.00 - 13.00

*Each Zoom session will have a 20 participant limit. 

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is for you if you are a driver or rider trainer looking to improve your training methods, learn new coaching methods, and get expert answers to your questions.

  • Assessment

    The course is assessed by the course tutor through Q&A, assignments set and participation in discussion during the Zoom sessions.

    Attendance for the Zoom sessions is mandatory as they play an integral part of the course. Once you have attended both sessions and completed the online aspect you will be awarded the course certificate. 

*To attend the Zoom sessions you will need a PC, laptop or tablet that can run Zoom and must also have a camera and microphone so you are able to participate fully in the sessions. You are responsible for ensuring you can access and navigate zoom and that you have you have a strong enough internet connection. If you cannot join the session due to technical difficulties, we cannot guarantee that you will be moved to another session. 

What you'll learn:

Part 1 - Self-guided online study 

Once you enrol on the course you will have access to the online learning content straight away. You’re free to go through this at your own pace and at a time that suits your schedule. This part of the course will include:

Part 2 - Zoom session 1

This will be led by the tutor and will be your first opportunity to interact with others on the course. This section will include:

Part 3 - Zoom session 2

This session will also be led by the course tutor and will give you another opportunity to interact with others on the course. This part of the course will include:

About the trainer

Dr James Whalen

ADI

The trainer for this course is Dr James Whalen. Jim works as an ADI in Wolverhampton running an independent driving school.  He works as a Regional Trainer with the Driving Instructors Association which involves writing and running courses, writing training articles and marking papers for the Diploma in Driving Education.  Having been involved as a coach for the British Tenpin Bowling Association for 13 years Jim is able to bring extra insight when delivering coaching courses for driver trainers.

Qualifications: Qualified as an ADI in 1991, DVSA Fleet Badge, BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Business, PhD in Cognitive Psychology specialising in Driver Behaviour and Level 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

Please note course trainers are subject to change due to  availability and your location 

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Terms and Conditions

This course includes our COVID-19 Guarantee. If the course has to be cancelled due to COVID-19 we’ll transfer your place or issue a refund where necessary. 

If you cancel within seven days of booking we will refund the cost of the course. However, we cannot issue any refunds if you want to cancel anytime after this. We may need to cancel or postpone courses occasionally due to reasons beyond our control. The course date will go ahead even if there is just one attendee. If you plan to book overnight accommodation as part of this course, do ensure you book a refundable option in case the course date had to be changed, postponed or cancelled. The DIA is not responsible for any costs you may incur.

Terms and Conditions

By purchasing this product you agree that you have read and understood the requirements of the test that you are applying for.

Refund policy: Once a booking has been confirmed with a trainer directly for either a one-to-one standards check or mock test session you will need to give seven days notice to cancel, otherwise the fee will be lost and a new booking and payment will be required.

NOTE: For all training sessions and mock tests you and your trainer must wear a suitable face covering. Your trainer cannot provide one for you, trainers are only responsible for their own face covering and PPE protection. If a suitable face covering is not in place, your session will be cancelled and the fee will be lost. If you have a medical exception to wearing a face covering, this must be provided as proof of exemption to your Diamond trainer. You must demonstrate that your car has been cleaned, using anti-viral wipes to clean passenger handles inside and outside, the dashboard and any other touch points for the trainer. If your vehicle is not fit for purpose your session will be cancelled and the fee will be lost.

Candidates should not attend a training session or mock test if they are feeling unwell, particularly if they identify core symptoms associated with COVID-19 (such as a persistent cough or fever). We ask candidates to notify the DIA of any possible exposure to, or diagnosis of, coronavirus as soon as possible. If you are unable to take a test due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or possible symptoms, your session will be postponed without losing your fee and you will not be permitted to rearrange your standards check session or mock test within the next 14 days following the cancellation.

Once you have paid for your standards check session and/or mock test,  your details will be forwarded to your nominated Diamond trainer local to you, who will be in touch with you within 48 hours (Monday-Friday) with a view to booking you in at a mutually convenient location, date and time. Some flexibility will be required in terms of location, taking into account trainer availability at regional level and where restrictions with COVID-19 may be taking place. Your Diamond trainer will make arrangements to meet via text, email or telephone. We do not have specific meeting locations and your Diamond trainer will discuss any other queries with you once your booking has been made online.

You will need to use your own vehicle for the standards check session and mock test, which is suitable for training and allows for your Diamond trainer to role play a suitable candidate, with the relevant insurance in place to allow for this. All Diamond trainers are qualified ADIs with a Diamond examiner qualification in place. You will need to show relevant insurance cover to your Diamond trainer, either before or on the day of your agreed booking date and time. The vehicle you supply must be both roadworthy and legal for the purposes of the standards check session and mock test and your session will be cancelled if you do not present a suitable car with the relevant insurance. If you are more than 15 minutes late to your standards check or mock test session you will lose your booking and the fee will need to be paid again.

You will be asked to read a number plate at the required distance, full details can be found at www.gov.uk/driving-eyesight-rules. Your standards check or mock test session will be cancelled if you cannot reach these requirements. You will need a current and valid driving licence which will be checked by your trainer should you need to drive as part of your standards check or mock test.

Online classes

To attend the Zoom sessions you will need a PC, laptop or tablet that can run Zoom and must also have a camera and microphone so you are able to participate fully in the sessions. You are responsible for ensuring you can access and navigate zoom and that you have a strong enough internet connection. If you cannot join the session due to technical difficulties, we cannot guarantee that you will be moved to another session. Session dates are subject to change.

During this course you will be placed into small ‘live’ discussion groups and will need to converse. Please be aware of how to mute and unmute your microphone for the general discussions that will also be taking place.