SP Training have decades of experience of upskilling drivers to be competent trainers and assessors. From our Instructor Academy in Carlisle, we are set up to deliver a comprehensive list of accredited courses such as Skills for Logistics LGV Instructor & RTITB Lift Truck Instructor.

We also deliver our own structured, tried and tested Driver Trainer Assessor (DTA) & SAFED programmes, helping businesses upskill staff, reduce risk and lower costs.

As a business, we realise the importance of having quality trainers to deliver quality courses. Nationally, we have a large team of instructors from a variety of backgrounds – meet our team of instructors here!


For more information on Instructor Academy courses, download our prospectus here!


Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

SP Training encourage trainers to develop through further training and CPD.


Train your staff to become quality Instructors!

Why would a business want to upskill their own staff, rather than asking someone like SP Training to deliver their training?

Large businesses often need regular, or even job specific, training requirements. Training your own instructors ensures drivers are assessed to a standard and remain competent while they’re representing the business. It is key that all instructors operating in a business are using the same standards and continue with their CPD to remain competent.

Upskilling a member of staff to be able to assess or deliver training allows a business to take ownership, creating more flexibility, faster reactions, and an overall more efficient training structure.

Instructor Qualities

When selecting a member of staff to upskill, there are certain candidate qualities businesses should consider. Broadly speaking, an ideal candidate should be:

  • A skilled driver with experience in driving a range of vehicles.
  • Confident, reliable, literate, and numerate.
  • Sufficiently able to understand their obligations to carry out driving assessments and/or training on behalf of the organisation.
  • Patient and flexible in their approach with people to suit a variety of needs, backgrounds and personality types.
  • Articulate with good interpersonal and communication skills.

Key personal attributes of confidence, knowledge and communication ensure that an instructor can deliver effectively and efficiently.

The role of a Driver Assessor and/or Trainer is a key role that supports the management of risk in a business. Appointing the right individual with the required temperament and personal attributes is critical to ensure the driving assessment and/or training is carried out systematically and accurately.

Dependant on the course they are being upskilled to deliver, further qualifications and teaching experience may be required – for those without the relevant experience, we can help by providing an Education & Training Level 3 Qualification!

Skills For Logistics Register OF LGV Instructors

This modular course focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of qualifying for the Skills for Logistics Register of LGV Instructors.

The course covers the skills and knowledge required to train new drivers and also carry out assessment and training of newly qualified and experienced drivers helping them to develop their careers. Delegates who successfully complete the course and pass all three examinations will be able to apply to Skills For Logistics for membership.

Course content includes:

  • Theory training
  • Licence, eyesight and vehicle checks
  • Driving assessment and test reports
  • DVSA marking criteria, fault identification and categorisation
  • Driving techniques
  • Instructional techniques and coaching skills
  • Dealing with driver behaviours
  • Interpersonal and communication skills

Courses are modular and designed to take into account candidates experience and existing skills and qualifications. Enquire now to discuss your specific requirements.

Benefits of the course:

  • Ability to effectively train novice drivers to pass all
  • Skills For Logistics Modular tests
  • Ability to train and develop newly qualified and experienced drivers
  • Cost-effectively cascade company specific training
    to drivers
  • Be able to identify unsafe and inefficient driving practices
  • An increased understanding of the technical and psychological aspects of driver assessment
  • Able to risk asses to a recognised standard and provide positive/constructive feedback

Note: you can use your ELCAS credits on this course!

Driver Assessor

Often the first step in a potential trainer’s journey is to become a Driver Assessor.

A Driver Assessor’s role is to assess drivers against a recognised risk grading, allowing the business an understanding of the level of a risk each driver poses. A key benefit to this structured assessment is ensuring that all drivers are graded in the same way to a recognised and robust national standard.

Driver Assessors are taught how to risk grade in 5 bands from low risk to high risk, enabling training and interventions to be targeted at the higher risk drivers. Driver Assessors benefit businesses by identifying risk and helping to reduce driver accident severity and frequency.

Many businesses have Driver Assessors who are overseen by Driver Trainer Assessors, whose role is to train drivers to improve their skills and reduce their risk grading. Although candidates can go straight to a DTA course, it is often the next step in a trainer’s journey.

Driver Trainer Assessor

This course focuses on the practical aspects of driver assessment and coaching. This can prove an extremely cost-effective way of providing training throughout a company.

Subsequent in-house training ensures drivers are taught about driving safely and responsibly, with consideration of their fuel economy and other road users. The course will train candidates to carry out driving assessments and provide corrective training for HGV drivers.

Course content includes:

  • Licence, eyesight and vehicle checks
  • Assessment routes
  • An awareness of driving assessment reports
  • How to mark assessments
  • Practical driving techniques
  • Commentary driving
  • Instructional techniques
  • Dealing with negative driver skills and behaviours
  • Communicating safety performance and implementing improvements
  • Safe driving
  • Fuel efficient driving

Benefits of the course:

  • Demonstrable safety and environmental benefits
  • Train the Trainer format is a cost-effective way to cascade training across a driving team
  • Identification of unsafe and inefficient driving practices in order to develop driver-centred remedial actions
  • An increased understanding of the technical and psychological aspects of driver assessment
  • Driver Trainer Assessors will be better equipped to provide positive/constructive feedback to drivers
SAFED Instructor

This course is designed for experienced trainers to qualify as a SAFED Instructor.

The training covers the skills and knowledge required to train drivers in safe driving skills which will reduce driver risk, reduce incidents and the severity of incidents which in turn will give cost savings through less damage and reduced insurance premiums. Safe driving is linked to fuel efficient driving and as such the SAFED training course creates synergy between safe driving and fuel-efficient driving styles.

Drivers who drive to the SAFED standard show marked improvements in fuel efficiency. Indeed, fleets fully adopting the standard can show at least 5% fuel reduction giving significant savings which is added directly to the bottom line. The SAFED standard compliments telematics systems and drivers adopting the SAFED style of driving will show improvement in performance that will be evidenced by the telematics information. The SAFED program was developed through industry best practice and is the recognised standard for safe and fuel-efficient driving.

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to SAFED
  • SAFED Theory
  • Pre-Start Vehicle Checks
  • Formative Driving Assessment
  • Vehicle and Road Craft Instruction
  • Driver Validation Exercise
  • Underpinning Knowledge Exercise
  • Assessment

Benefits of the course:

  • Highly trained, knowledgeable workforce
  • Significantly reduce your fuel spend
  • Improve the residual value of your vehicles
  • Reduce vehicle downtime and costs
  • Potentially reduce insurance premiums
  • Reduce environmental pollution
Driver CPC Trainer

The Driver CPC Trainer course develops new and existing trainers’ skills to deliver high quality classroom based training courses. You will learn how to deliver training that complies with DVSA requirements in a dynamic and effective manner using multimedia and modern teaching techniques.

Who should attend?

Commercial trainers, new and existing in-house trainers, driver trainer assessors (DTAs), fuel champions, or anyone who wishes to develop knowledge of instructional techniques and lesson planning.

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to driver CPC
  • Driver CPC syllabus, subject selection and training needs analysis
  • Instructional techniques, qualities of an instructor,
    basic principles, subject analysis, preparation and planning, motivation, conformation, and evaluation question technique
  • Course structure and lesson planning
  • Training aids
  • Micro-teach sessions
  • Centre processes for DVSA compliance
  • DVSA compliance, course and instructor approval
  • Evaluation and feedback record keeping
  • Teaching competency assessment
  • Course review and Q&A

Course Duration:

  • Inexperienced Instructors – 5 days
  • Experienced Instructors/Refresher – 2 days


Find out more about our Driver CPC Consortium for bespoke training solutions for your business!

RTITB FLT Instructor

The SP Training RTITB Lift Truck Instructor course will provide candidates with the skills required to prepare and examine operators for the working environment of lift trucks. Candidates will be equipped to understand how to do this in accordance with agreed best practice.

Successful completion of the course will require candidates to pass an examination that covers basic operating skills, associated knowledge and practical instructional ability. Courses are available for inexperienced instructors, instructors converting from ITSSAR, AITT or NPORS as well as re-registration.

Course Content:

  • Health and safety
  • Relevant regulations
  • Approved code of practice (ACOP)
  • The role of the instructor and qualities
  • Basic principles of instruction
  • Skills and task analysis
  • Lesson structure (practical and theory)
  • Report writing
  • Lift truck test

Course Duration:

  • Novice – 10 days
  • Conversion – 5 days
  • Re-Registration – 5 days

The course concludes with an examination, which you must successfully complete in order to qualify as an RTITB Lift Truck Instructor. Successful candidates are eligible to register on the RTITB Register of Professional Instructors.

Entry Requirement: Must hold an accredited operator’s licence within 12 months of expiry. Must have completed eTruck eLearning & Advanced Operator Competency test to instructor standard prior to the course.


Note: You can use your ELCAS credits on this course!

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