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

Course 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 options and pricing

FTA-produced training materials are designed to be modular. This provides flexible training options for organisations. Courses can either be delivered in a single day ot split over a number of sessions to suit your requirements. Each module is designed to be 30 minutes to one hour in duration. 

The assessment is 30 multiple choice questions.

FTA train your drivers

This option is available in-company only. If you are not set up to host training at your premise please contact us and we can help find the most suitable alternative.

Price: £1,195 + VAT per course (maximum 16 delegates)

Become an assessment partner and conduct the training yourselves

Any company who wishes to deliver the training for their own drivers or any training providers who want to add this course to their portfolio will need to become an Assessment Partner and gain centre approval.

Centre approval price: £795+VAT pa 

Assessment fee: £19+VAT per driver 

Optional Train-the-Trainer course: £1,195+VAT per course (in-company)

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

How do I become an Assessment Partner?

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) 


For more information or to book please email or call Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans on 07818 450365

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