In May, NRI launched a qualification for instructors offering Driver CPC training. The qualification offers evidence that a Driver CPC instructor ‘has the appropriate qualifications, skills, knowledge to deliver the periodic training courses,’ to quote to the DVSA scheme of control issued in April 2020. Upon qualification, instructors are issued with an NRI Driver CPC Instructor card and added to the online register on the NRI website.
“Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen an increasing number of instructors asking for information on how to join the register,” explains Dave Cox, NRI Manager. “It was always a risk to launch a new qualification, but due to testing and assessment being conducted in a ‘virtual classroom’, entirely remotely, we are able to uphold our usual standards and ensure relevant criteria are met.
“Although this is something new to the NRI, it has already received a warm welcome as businesses want to be sure that those responsible for delivering their Driver CPC courses are independently and professionally qualified.”
NRI worked in collaboration with DVSA and JAUPT to set out the standards of instructional ability required of a Driver CPC Instructor, in line with DVSA’s national standards for LGV and PCV Driving.
There are currently 560 instructors and assessors on the register. The not-for-profit scheme is operated by RTITB and supported by Logistics UK (formerly known as FTA (Freight Transport Association (FTA)) and Road Haulage Association (RHA), all of whom sit on the governance committee and oversee the standards and future development of the register.