Registered trainers check riders’ skills through the DVSA enhanced rider scheme and provide extra training to help them improve.
It has now become the new name for a scheme that replaces the register of post-test motorcycle trainers (RPMT).
The DVSA enhanced rider scheme offers expert training for riders who:
- Are returning to riding after taking a break.
- Recently passed their motorcycle test.
- Want to become a better and safer rider.
- Will be upgrading to a bigger motorbike.
Note: Motorcyclists who are looking for training will be able to search online to find your details as a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) enhanced rider scheme trainer.
DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme Trainer Eligibility
You must be at least 21 years of age and have held a full category A or A2 motorcycle licence for at least three (3) years before you can apply to become a DVSA enhanced rider scheme trainer.
Cost of Trainer Test and Registration
- Cost of the theory test is £66
- Price for registration and renewal (1 year) is £90
- Registration and renewal fee (4 years) is £240
How to Become a DVSA Trainer
Follow these four steps if you want to become a DVSA enhanced rider scheme trainer in the United Kingdom:
- Fill in the application form (you can use the same form to renew your registration).
- Unless you already have one you will then need to get an advanced riding qualification.
- Book and pass a theory test.
- Take an accredited training course at one of the DVSA enhanced rider scheme trainer centres (unless you have already become a direct access scheme (DAS) certified instructor).
Accepted advanced riding qualifications include:
- BMF Blue Riband rider award (gold or silver grade)
- DVSA special tests for instructors (gold or silver grade)
- IAM Advanced Rider Course
- RoSPA advanced riding test (gold or silver grade)
strong>Note: You would need to start the whole process again unless you complete the training course within two (2) years of passing the theory test.
Booking and Taking the Theory Test
Once the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) accept your application to join the register you will be able to book your instructor theory test.
You will need to pass both parts of the theory test (i.e. multiple-choice questions and hazard perception). You can take three attempts to pass. But, failing your third attempt means you would need to wait 12 months before taking it again.
How Multiple Choice Questions Work
You will get up to ninety (90) minutes to answer all 100 multiple-choice questions. You will receive instructions on how the test works and get an opportunity to do some practice questions before you begin the test.
Each of the four categories (listed below) will contain 25 questions:
- Rider practices and procedures, road and traffic signs, and motorway riding.
- Rider responsibilities, rider attitude, riders and the law, and environmental issues.
- Motorcycle and rider safety, motorcycle dynamics and handling, and dealing with incidents.
- Development and training, instructional and coaching techniques, and hazard perception.
To pass the multiple-choice section of the test, you will need to achieve (both):
- An overall score not less than 85 (out of 100).
- A minimum of twenty (20) out of a total of 25 in each of the four categories.
Documents Required for the Test
The documentation needed for your theoretical examination, includes:
- Your United Kingdom photocard driving licence.
- The photocard and paper counterpart (for licences from Northern Ireland).
Take a valid passport with you, along with your paper licence, if you do not have the photocard type. But, you would need to get a photocard licence if you do not have a valid passport.
Note: Failing to bring the correct things to your theory test can result in a cancellation. In this case, you would not get a refund of the money.
Hazard Perception Test
You will get an opportunity to watch a video explaining how the hazard perception test works before you start. Then, you will watch fourteen (14) video clips that will feature at least one ‘developing hazard’.
Each developing hazard has a maximum score of five (5). You will need to score at least 57 points out of a total of 75 points to pass this section of the test.
Managing and Renewing Your Registration
You must have your certificate with you while you are giving training through the DVSA enhanced rider scheme. Registration stays valid for one (1) year or for four (4) years. It is important to renew your registration at least two (2) weeks before the current one runs out.
Note: Responsibility for renewing the registration rests with the DVSA enhanced rider scheme trainer. Use the application form (cited above) for renewal and then send it to the DVSA for processing.
You can also re-register using the same form if your registration expired within the last 12 months. In this case, it would not be necessary to complete the qualifying process again.
DVSA Standards Checks (and monitoring)
The DVSA will contact you when it is time to take the compulsory standards check. The purpose is to ensure you can continue being a DVSA enhanced rider scheme trainer.
Note: A DVSA examiner will check your training skills by watching you train a pupil. The extent of assessment will depend on whether you are already a DAS certified motorcycle instructor (or not).
Standards Checks for DAS Instructors
They base the standards check on a lesson from the DVSA enhanced rider scheme if you are a DAS instructor. You will need to score at least 43 points out of a total of 51 to continue your role as an enhanced rider scheme trainer.
You will have to take another standards check if you fail the first attempt. But, failing a second time means you cannot continue as an enhanced rider scheme trainer.
In case you were wondering:
What happens if you cannot carry out a lesson because you do not have a pupil? In this case, the DVSA examiner would conduct a motorcycle trainer standards check while you provide compulsory basic training (CBT). So, you would need to score at least 43 points to pass the test.
You would need to take the standards check again if you do not pass it. Failing a second time would mean you cannot continue as an enhanced rider scheme trainer.
Besides having to restart the whole qualification process again, the DVSA can also remove your name from the CBT instructor register.
What if You are Not a DAS Instructor?
The DVSA will contact enhanced rider scheme trainers who are not DAS instructors to take their standards check within the first year of qualification.
They will base it on a lesson from the DVSA enhanced rider scheme. You must score at least 43 points from 51 available to pass the check.
You would need to take the standards check again if you do not pass it. Failing a second time would mean you cannot continue as an enhanced rider scheme trainer, unless you:
- Have a current recognised advanced rider qualification.
- Pass another theory test.
- Take additional training at an approved enhanced rider scheme trainer centre (and provide proof).
Documents Used to Record Your Training
After you qualify, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will send you these documents by email:
- DVSA enhanced rider scheme syllabus (including a list of modules)
- DVSA enhanced rider scheme: rider’s log book for core modules
- Information on how to issue the DVSA certificate of competence to riders
You should use these documents to record training when you provide it, and to issue certificates to motorcycle riders who complete the DVSA enhanced rider scheme.
If you lose your documents you should contact the DVSA to get them sent again.
Note: The DVSA will also send you leaflets and posters that you can use for advertising the DVSA enhanced rider scheme.