You will need to complete a medical before your training begins, which we can arrange for you. A qualified doctor will deem whether you are safe to operate an ambulance by carrying out a series of tests. You will need to take a D4 medical form to your appointment. The doctor will complete this form and declare whether you are fit to drive.
Once you have passed the medical you will then need to fill in a (D2) licence application form. You will then need to send the D2 and D4 application forms, as well as your current drivers’ licence, to the DVLA. They will then return your licence with the provisional entitlement that you have applied for on it.
You will need to complete at least 2 theory tests to commence Ambulance driver training.
Multiple choice – 100 multiple choice questions cover the basics of safe and proficient driving of large, commercial vehicles. You must receive 85/100 to pass.
Hazard Perception – Hazard perception clips are computer-generated imagery from the perspective of a passenger in the video. You must click when you see a potential or developing hazard on the screen. Each of the 19 clips is 1 minute long and the sooner you react, the more points you will score. You must score 67/100 points to pass.
If you wish to use your C1 licence for hire and reward, you will need to complete the driver’s CPC qualification.
There are several routes you can take to train to become a member of the ambulance service. It’s an incredibly rewarding yet challenging career path which can really make a difference. If you want to train as a paramedic technician you will need to attend university and get a degree in paramedic science. Alternatively, you could apply for an apprenticeship with your local Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
If University isn’t for you, apply to become an emergency care assistant. You will need at least 3-4 GCSEs including English, maths and a science subject.
You may also consider becoming an ambulance care driver. This role involves driving patients in the community to the hospital for appointments.
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The driver training is conducted in one of our new Iveco Daily 5.2ton vans. This course will take 4 days and begin at either 07:00 or 14:00 with a one-to-one instructor-trainee ratio over a 3.5-hour period. This ensures the learner has plenty of time to practice different test routes and manoeuvres and feel confident with them. Your practical driving test will be booked for you and completed on day 4 of your course.?
This would only be required if you wished to use your C1 licence commercially.
If you receive a cheaper quote for ambulance training we will match it. Ensure you aren’t compromising on training content or quality with 2 Start.
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