Blood bikers & riding abroad ERS modules
Question: Paul Spreadbury, Pit-Stop Training (Isle of Wight) – “My question relates to the ‘new units’ of ‘Blood Bikers’, ‘Riding Abroad’, ‘Group Riding’ etc. It’s not clear how these contribute to the ERS grades of ‘A to D’ and I wonder if you could clarify this please…plus, I’m not sure that all ERS Instructors will be qualified to deliver all of the new units. In the interests of rider safety, how do we ensure that only correctly qualified instructors deliver the right units?”
Answer: Hi Paul. There needs to be a little self-regulation here within the industry. Clearly if an instructor has no knowledge of blood bikers or riding abroad, then they shouldn’t be delivering training within that subject. Obviously, through our quality assurance program, if we see an instructor delivering a subject that he clearly dose not understand himself, then that would reflect in a negative grade. As for the grades, if you have a look on the Gov.uk website, at the modules, we’ve actually colour coded everything now, so – red, amber, green – so, we are looking at people reaching a safe and competent level within these elements. We are not actually grading them on their performance. It’s down to an instructor being satisfied that a person has reached a safe and acceptable level before they can issue a certificate. To expand on that Paul, once you’ve completed your core modules, and as an instructor, you’re assured that they’ve met your requirements, that they are risk-free and they are riding to a safe level, then you can issue a certificate. When they go on to do the additional modules, they can be developed around the additional skills that they want to learn – depending on whether the want to go riding abroad or work for the blood bikes etc. There is still a lot of work to do on the additional modules. I am looking at setting up a steering group and I want to get the instructor industry heavily involved with developing syllabuses for these additional modules. I’m setting up meetings with the blood bikers to see what their specific needs are and I’m really looking forward to working with industry experts like yourselves on developing syllabuses for these additional modules. The list of modules is not exhaustive and there could be additional modules that we’ve not thought of and that the industry would like to see added to the ERS family. This should continue the interest in ERS as we continue publishing information and this will form a closer working relationship between my team and the ATB industry.
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Resources for ERS instructors & ATB's
The Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS) resources and information on this page are from a DVSA webinar that was run in association with VideoBiker on the 12th July 2018. The content of this ERS webinar (and this page) is aimed at motorcycle training schools (ATB’s) and motorcycle instructors.
ERS Instructor Q&A
ERS re-launch update
How much should ERS cost?
How long should ERS last for post-test candidates and born-again bikers?
Who should deliver the ‘blood bikers’ and ‘riding abroad’ ERS modules?
Is ERS a training route to A2, A1 and A motorcycle licences
What are the entry requirements for ERS instructors?
How is the DVSA supporting the Enhanced Rider Scheme?
What is the criteria for ERS standards checks?
What is the frequency of ERS standards checks?
Is there an ATB discount for multiple ERS instructors?
What advanced rider qualifications do new ERS instructors need?
What points are required to pass the ERS check test?
Does the new ERS raise motorcycle training standards?
How does the DVSA help to promote the Enhanced Rider Scheme?
How can motorcycle training schools better promote ERS?
Is there an ERS directory for the additional ERS modules?
Further information: DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme