Are we the only ones qualified?
You would expect that only trained, professional, government approved instructors with years of driving experience would be able to become LGV and PCV driving instructors (car instructors have to be ADI qualified). However, you would be wrong, any person that has held a truck or bus driving licence for three years or more can teach new LGV or PCV drivers. In fact, a large number of LGV instructors are not included on the National Register of LGV Instructors. Indeed, you may pass your driving test in a lorry, wait three years, never drive a truck and then set up your very own truck driver training school. So, don’t expect every driving school to provide an experienced competent instructor. 2 Start Ltd is serious about the training we offer to all of our students. Our LGV instructors are either working towards or are already qualified with the National Register of LGV Instructors (NRI) and our forklift instructor/examiners registered with the Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register (ITSSAR).
How can I be sure my instructor is qualified?
You can check on the NRI website and also check to see if the company you are training with are registered with the NRI. Alternatively ask to see your instructor’s ID card.
Why don’t all training providers have qualified instructors?
It could be down to cost, trying to train on the cheap. In all honesty, only they could answer that. However, they might say “it’s only voluntary so we don’t need it; all of our instructors have years of experience.” That could be correct but anyone could say that, plus if they have years of experience, why have they never got the qualification? One sure way to check to make sure you get an approved instructor is to check the register and the company. If you would like more information on instructor courses please click on the following link.
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