Driver Certificate of Competence

The single largest influence on road safety is the driver. Raising training standards mitigates the risks created by non-compliant drivers. Evaluating training by assessment demonstrates that knowledge has been received and understood.

The Van Excellence Driver Certificate of Competence training course has been developed in conjunction with Van Excellence Accredited Operators, with two principal aims: to address work-related road risk and create a learning pathway for driver development.

Organisational benefits

  • Supports best practice systems and procedures within an organisation
  • Demonstrates a proactive approach to risk management
  • Supports recruitment, retention and engagement
  • Aligns with Driver CPC syllabus – for operators running HGV and LCV fleets
  • Flexible delivery options:
    • – training can be split into tool box talks
    • – Driver CPC approved (full day option)

Delegate benefits

  • The knowledge attained will help drivers comply with the law and protect their driving licence
  • Provides evidence of career path and achievements
  • Portable and demonstrable knowledge

Standard content

Tier one of the scheme focuses on subjects relevant to all van drivers. In due course, tier two will be sector specific and tier three, company specific.

Assessment areas for tier one subjects

  • Fitness to drive
  • Driver ambassador
  • Pre use vehicle checks
  • Load security and overloading
  • Rules of the road
  • Other road users
  • Safe and green driving
  • Collisions and breakdowns

Training and assessment format

FTA produced materials are designed to be modular. This enables the full course to be split over a number of sessions or delivered in a single day. Each part is designed to be 30 minutes to one hour in duration. Alternatively, any relevant training materials can be used to prepare delegates for the assessment.

The assessment is 30 multiple choice questions.

How do I become an Assessment Partner?

We offer a Train the Trainer course that enables you to effectively deliver the Driver Certificate of Competence training and accurately assess your drivers yourselves. The process for this is as follows.

1 Register your interest in the scheme:
2 Receive and complete the application requirements
3 Pay the application fee: this includes an annual licence and access to the training and assessment materials
4 Internal staff become approved to invigilate assessments
5 You obtain the training and assessment materials via a dedicated website
6 Your trainers deliver preparatory training to your drivers. This could include company-specific content.
7 Drivers take the Van Excellence Driver Certificate of Competence assessment
8 FTA mark and certificate (upon successful completion) 


Van Excellence Driver Certificate of Competence:

Centre approval £795+VAT pa
Assessment fee £19+VAT per driver

Additional options

Assessment Partner - FTA Train-the-Trainer course:

£1,195+VAT per course

The Train-the-Trainer course ensures that your staff understand the driver standard, training content and invigilation rules. Maximum: 6 delegates. 


For more information or to book please email or call Barrie Wilson, Regional Manager on 07818 450575

Take a look at how AAH Pharmaceuticals benefited from this training in our case study.