As you may be aware in response to the current emergency situation, DVSA and DVA advises periodic trainers to cease the delivery of classroom based periodic training. However it has decided to allow approved periodic trainers temporary authorisation to deliver approved courses remotely via digital platforms.
Training will still need to be delivered over 7 hours, this may be in two 3.5 hour sessions over consecutive days. You will need to ensure the usual conditions of course approval are met, that any online forum is suitable for remote auditing and maintain appropriate records for quality assurance. You should consider:
- how many drivers you can effectively deliver a remote periodic training course to
- if the subject matter is suitable for remote delivery. Courses that feature an on road or practical element are unlikely to fit this model
- how you will carry out appropriate and robust ID checks and perform internal quality assurance
- how you will manage attendance/break times to ensure the course is the right length
- how to maintain driver engagement during the course
Providers who want to deliver remotely can contact DVSA at DCPC_CC@dvsa.gov.uk to provide a summary of their proposed remote delivery model. You should note that this provision is for a limited time and is not intended as a permanent substitute for classroom training. DVSA will issue separate advice for drivers with a DQC due to expire during this period who cannot access periodic training.
DVSA will keep these arrangements under review in line with developments in the government’s advice. All training providers should follow guidance about minimising the risk of the spreading coronavirus gov.uk. Specific information for the education sector can be found at gov.uk