Check tests question by John Yates
Question: Hi Chris, it’s John Yates here from Fresh Start Motorcycle in Atherton. I’d like to ask some questions about ‘check tests’. Firstly, if an ERS (Enhanced Rider Scheme) certified instructor gets 43 on a CBT check-test, will they need to do another ERS check-test? And my second question relates to that fact that ERS instructors are often effectively competing with lesser qualified advanced non-professional rider training bodies. Why are these not accountable to the same high standards of check-testing, especially when public perception is that they are getting a higher standard of training than ERS, all be it for less money?
Answer: Hi John. Thanks for the question. In short – no you won’t. The ’43’ was the minimum requirement for a standards check pass if you are an ERS instructor. We don’t want to over-burden you with check tests and ideally you’ll take a check test on an ERS session so we can actually see you delivering ERS, but if that’s not possible, we’ll then accept a CBT check test.
So in short – no – you won’t be burdened with an extra check test. At the end of the day, the DVSA regulate CBT and DAS (Module One and Module Two) training as part of those regulations, you receive regular check tests – one every four years, or more often if we are doing an unannounced visit. We do go out with IAM and RoSPA and we do look at the level of the training they deliver. This is done by our quality assurance team within DVSA. The motorcycle person within the team does do a snapshot of IAM and RoSPA training, however, their training is unregulated so the DVSA has no powers over them.
When we redesigned ERS we were clearly looking at the post-test training market and the DVSA conducts between 50 and 60,000 motorcycle tests every year. That’s 50-60,000 candidates who could be persuaded or encouraged to do ERS. This is a completely different market to IAM and RoSPA. We still see ERS as a stepping stone and don’t want to compete with IAM and RoSPA. We feel that there are enough people coming through the testing process, that should be encouraged to complete ERS. Following a DAS course you are taught mainly the skills that will enable you to ride safely and pass the riding test. ERS has been designed to develop those skills further. We have sessions on bends, filtering, risk, planning – all those things are covered during the DAS test, but with ERS are taken to a higher level.
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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.
It will therefore have limited value for non-instructors, who are advised to contact their local motorcycle training school (ATB) for the latest up-to-date ERS information. The full webinar is available to all instructors via VideoBiker membership (free) – join here.
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