Training Instructors

How Do You Train your Instructors?

Experience and Qualifications

Just because someone is qualified does not give them the experience to Down Train another trainer.

It Is Important Not To Rush

In too many cases new Instructors are taken on far too early and put in a desperate situation training novice learner riders.

This is a poor route for new instructors, it is where the biggest difference is in standard between a well-prepared Down Trained instructor to one who has been fast tracked.

The blind leading the blind!

The role of Down-Training another instructor is not for everyone, yet coming out of a two-day DVSA Assessment gives all instructors the qualification to Down Train another potential instructor.

Inexperienced trainers teaching new trainers do not have the skills to teach new instructors. This is why training delivery is diluted and becomes dangerous to customers.

Training new instructors

It has been widely accepted that Down Training new instructors is a completely different skill to training learner riders.

Time For Change

Unfortunately the current process is beyond its sell by date, is not adequate and needs to change.

There has been talk at the DVSA, that changes are on the way regarding how instructors become qualified and who can Down Train new instructors.

CBT or Compulsory Basic Training when Motorcycle Instructor Training

Thorough & Dedicated

Just tagging along for a while and watching training take place is not a sufficient way to train new instructors.

Training plans must be thorough along with following a dedicated training program before new instructors start to deliver any lessons.

A Documented Portfolio

A case study, portfolio or records of Instructor Training should be kept to evidence the training that is undertaken by trainee instructors.

This will show any gaps in their training and also highlight training weaknesses that must be addressed before new instructors train learner riders.

Getting ready for the DVSA Assessment

The DVSA 2 day assessment has always had a bad reputation, the pass rate is very low with many trainers failing at the attempt.
The reason so many fail is because they are lacking in ability and are ill prepared.

Not An Attendance Course

Trainers and ATBs who are sending their staff to attempt the assessment must prepare them thoroughly. Leaving it to chance and just having a go for experience is not the best preparation for anyone. It is a waste of time for the instructor, the ATB, and the examiner who is doing the assessment.

Be Well Prepared

It is little wonder that the DVSA has such a low opinion of the industry standard when they see so many weak instructors delivering below par guidance. Your instructors should be well prepared, armed with notes, lesson plans, and training diagrams. Turning up with an empty notebook to take notes is not the best platform.

Getting ready for DAS

More Than Just An Assessment

The DAS assessment is seen as the easier of the two assessments. It is an extension to on road training but there are many more aspects of being a DAS instructor than passing a three hour assessment. This may be a snapshot of the instructors manner but it certainly does not equip a new DAS trainer to teach learner riders.

Being Fully Prepared

A few days of training should be set aside to prepare an instructor for a DAS assessment. They should be aware of all the test criteria for both the Module One and Two tests. They must also be aware of the different license categories and bike restrictions

Navigating The Pitfalls

A trainer getting ready for the DAS assessment should tail a structured training program as part of their thorough preparation. They will then see how you deliver DAS training to learner riders and see what the pitfalls are and how to cope with different types of trainees.

Good Lesson Plans

An instructor with good lesson plans and training aids will deliver much better lessons and be able to use their training diagrams to explain each lesson. Training diagrams form the most important aspect of training delivery when giving on road training.

Maintaining Standards

As the ATB Owner it is your responsibility to maintain standards. This can be done in a number of ways, however the DVSA guidance is to assess each trainer every quarter to maintain teaching standards.

The Role Of An Instructor Is To Train Learner Riders

This is usually on a 2:1 ratio. It is a trust job as the trainer works independently most of the time. The way they operate is down to the initial training they receive. If that was weak they will fill in the gaps themselves and this is where corners get cut or they lack the ability to perform at the highest level. This can result in a bad reputation if left unchecked or uncertified

Motorcycle Instructor Training - ATB Owners Accredited Training Body

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

Widely used across all industries, it maintains standards and raises an instructor's ability. If instructors are trained properly, they understand the value of further development and will relish the opportunity to train with the ATB Owner to improve their skills.

Methods of Instruction

This must be high on the agenda for all motorcycle instructors, as this is how they should teach. If instructors understand what methods can be used and have a clear understanding of the types of delivery, they will perform much better and see elevated results.

You'll Need A Plan

A proper training plan for each instructor should be used and communicated. Without a clear goal to improve performance, instructors will feel isolated and on their own without constant development. All training and assessment sessions must be clearly defined and recorded.

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