Get set for your standards check

Improve your Standards Check performance with our new training and test bundle

£230.00

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Improve your Standards Check performance with our new training and test bundle

When it comes to Standards Checks, DVSA is not just focused on your performance on one single assessment. The regulator is increasingly drawing on a wider range of performance metrics and data to build their overall picture of each individual trainer’s competence, capability and risk. 

Our comprehensive ‘Get Set for your Standards Check’ training bundle will get you up to speed on the entire Standards Check process, help you better understand how your overall training performance is assessed and is focused on improving trainer performance in the everyday. 

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  • What you'll learn

    Get Set for your Standards Check is a comprehensive course to fully prepare you for your upcoming standards check or part 3. It features both classroom sessions and one-to-one training in-car. The course consists of four online classroom sessions which cover standards check preparation, lesson planning, risk management and teaching and learning strategies. You'll also work in-car with one of our qualified trainers for one-to-one standards check training and a mock test. Additionally you'll receive a copy of the Essential Guide to the National Standards and Standards Check.

  • Why take this course?

    The standards check is a mandatory requirement for all ADIs. You must take at least one ADI standards check during each four-year period you’re registered as an ADI. DVSA is changing its approach to standards checks. The agency will be adopting a more performance management, risk-based attitude to help determine which trainers will be prioritised for assessment and how often they undergo a standards check. Drawing on performance data such as an individual trainer’s pass rates and analysis of their candidates’ faults and serious faults, in addition to previous performance on standards checks and part threes, some trainers will be prioritised for further and more frequent standards checks in the future. Learning how to develop your performance against the National Standards for Driver and Rider Training in the every day, as well as for the day of a standards check or part 3 assessment, can help you increase your performance, and that of your pupils, and could lessen the need for the regulator to more regularly scrutinise your performance.

  • Who should take this course

    ADIs with an upcoming standards check or PDIs taking their part 3.

    Any trainer (even Grade As!) who wishes to brush up on their skills and knowledge in this areas and gain some insight and feedback on their training performance, especially if you feel you would benefit with some one-on-one training and assessments in-car with our expert trainers and examiners.

Course content

  • Four online classroom sessions

    The four online classroom sessions focus on standards check preparation, lesson planning, risk management and different teaching and learning strategies. You also have the opportunity to discuss your standards check with the DIA’s experienced trainers and your peers.

  • Mock test

    One of Diamond’s qualified driving examiners will conduct a mock test so you can receive useful feedback ahead of the big day. A run through can ease your nerves and help you focus on areas that need work to help you pass that all-important test.

  • One-to-one standards check training

    One-to-one training is tailored to your individual needs, whether you’re doing your first ever standards check, working towards a grade A or need guidance to pass a final attempt having not been successful on previous standards checks.

  • Supporting materials

    You'll receive a copy of our Essential Guide to the National Standards and Standards Check book as part of the course. This book examines the key standards for driving, as well as driver and rider training in the UK and focuses on the core competencies of driver training and looks at client-centred learning in detail.

The team and trainers

Karen Bransgrove

General manager and Diamond chief examiner

Karen manages our post-test training brand Diamond and is an experienced driver trainer. She also manages the DIA team day-to-day.

Howard Redwood

Head of road safety

Howard brings 18 years’ experience as an ADI covering transport and fleet as well as the provisional car and motorcycle sectors. His wide knowledge of road safety is put to good use on the DIA Helpdesk.

Steve Garrod

Head of professional development

Steve develops new and existing courses and qualifications for DIA Academy

Tom Foster

Training development manager

Tom organises our training workshops and events and assists in the development of DIA Academy. He also answers your training queries.

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

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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.

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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.