DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme support
Question: Asked by Richard Howes, Kickstart Training (Bristol) – “I have concerns that it appears that the requirements to become an ERS instructor are lower than before and if this is the case, that the market runs the risk of being saturated with under qualified ERS instructors, with a potential negative impact on pricing. Can you clarify what the entry requirements are and how the DVSA will maintain high standards? Secondly, a training related question – could you clarify – is it acceptable at ERS level to teach off-siding in bends to increase view? And finally, I’ve read something in relation to ERS and the MCIAC. Could I ask: is there any requirement with regards to the MCIAC and in respect of the DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme?”
Answer: Thanks for the questions. If you have a look on Gov.uk, all the information is there about the entry level and the standards required to be an ERS Instructor, but in short, you need to be a DAS instructor, plus you need to pass an advanced riding qualification and you need to pas the instructors theory test. If you look at the history of the Enhanced Rider Scheme, there are very similar qualifications as were you used at the very beginning with the enhancement of having to hold an advanced riding qualification. If you are not a DAS instructor then you need to do an accredited course with one of the approved bodies (DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme trainer centres) and for that qualification you will also need to do the theory test.
The standards – we are going to maintain the standards through the quality assurance program, run by our CBT Enforcement Managers. Again the criteria is on Gov.uk. There will be a pass-mark of 43 for your standards check and ideally you will take the standards check on an ERS lesson as that way we can see you delivering the type of training you are badged for. If you can’t do an ERS lesson, we will look at you doing CBT training – again, you need to achieve a higher mark – a score of 43. That way we are confident that we can maintain standards delivered by the instructors.
Off-siding. It’s not something that I would recommend. It’s not something that the DVSA would recommend. If you look in the riding manual, we do recommend that instructors teach lateral movement in their own lane, but we are looking at a risk based system and if you are riding on the wrong side of the road, then you are going to be at a higher risk. ERS is pitched at riders who have just passed their motorcycle test or who have little experience as a motorcyclist and I see that off-siding can be a high-risk activity and I would not recommend it be taught to this group of people. At the end of the day this is a DVSA branded product and they will not endorse off-siding. I see off-siding as a specific skill that will be taught to police riders and certainly on the course and for the speeds covered on an ERS lesson, is totally unnecessary.
Obviously additional qualifications are useful to have, but if you are a DAS instructor, you don’t need any of the additional MCIAC qualifications to join the ERS scheme. You just need to go down the normal qualifying route – pass your theory and get your self a current advanced riding qualification. Likewise if you come through the accredited route, you just need to follow the training course they provide and again, pass the HPT and theory test.
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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