Course description

What is the CERAD course?

The course teaches delegates the skills, knowledge and understanding required to drive an ambulance in an emergency.

This qualification meets the requirement for ambulance service drivers to claim exemptions under the section 19 of the Road Traffic Act and to operate to the specification of the high speed driver training regulations of the Department for Transport.

On this course you will learn: 

  • How to prepare, drive and manoeuvre ambulance vehicles 
  • How to drive an ambulance vehicle in emergency and non-emergency situations

Topics include:

  • Pre-shift and pre-driving vehicle checks
  • Current legislation and driving regulations
  • Using the vehicle's braking and steering systems
  • Safely negotiating bends
  • Using the vehicle' transmission systems
  • Varying the speed of the vehicle
  • Dual carriageway and motorway training
  • Reversing and manoeuvring the vehicle
  • Using the vehicle's safety systems
  • Overtaking over vehicles
  • Driving in adverse conditions
  • Understanding human factors and conflict
  • Navigating
  • Night driving
  • Emergency response driving

Which CERAD course is right for me?

You can take this course in 2 ways:

Weekday course

  • Course runs over 4 weeks (teaching days are Monday to Thursday)

Weekend course

  • Course runs over 7 weekends (over a 9 week period including some Friday evenings) 

How much does the CERAD course cost?

The CERAD course costs £2,995 + VAT. This includes all tuitionpractice sessions and examination costs. You will receive full support throughout the programme to ensure your success.  

Am I eligible for this CERAD course?

In order to attend this course, you need to meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Have a valid UK driving licence 
  • Be aged 18 years or over
  • Have (or be waiting for) a contract with an NHS or CQC registered ambulance service

If you are unsure if you're eligible or want more details, email us for advice.

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2021 course dates and locations

Our courses run across the country and throughout the year:

 

View weekday courses 2021

Guildford

Course dates: 

  • 1st March - 25th March
  • 6th April - 29th April
  • 4th May - 27th May
  • 7th June - 1st July
  • 5th July - 29th July
  • 2nd August - 26th August
  • 6th September - 30th September
  • 4th October - 28th October
  • 1st November - 25th November
  • 29th November - 23rd December

The course is non-residential and runs from every Monday to Thursday for 4 weeks.

Milton Keynes

Course dates: 

  • 1st March - 25th March
  • 6th April - 29th April
  • 4th May - 27th May
  • 7th June - 1st July
  • 5th July - 29th July
  • 2nd August - 26th August
  • 6th September - 30th September
  • 4th October - 28th October
  • 1st November - 25th November
  • 29th November - 23rd December

The course is non-residential and runs from every Monday to Thursday for 4 weeks.

Stockport

Course dates: 

  • 1st March - 25th March
  • 6th April - 29th April
  • 4th May - 27th May
  • 7th June - 1st July
  • 5th July - 29th July
  • 2nd August - 26th August
  • 6th September - 30th September
  • 4th October - 28th October
  • 1st November - 25th November
  • 29th November - 23rd December

The course is non-residential and runs from every Monday to Thursday for 4 weeks.

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Course Summary 

Level: Level 3 Certificate

Courses available:

  • Weekday course (over 4 weeks)
  • Weekend course (over 7 weekends)

Full course details:
Credits: 23, TQT: 230, GL: 150

Prices: £2,995 + VAT

Locations: Guildford (Surrey), Milton Keynes, Northampton, Osset (West Yorkshire)

Enhanced Learning Credits:

We can accept Enhanced Learning Credits for this course.

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Assessment and certification

Assessment 

This course is taught through a mixture of classroom learning, self-guided study, and practice sessions in a vehicle. It takes 230 hours to complete (TQT). 

The course is split into 2 parts:

  • 80 taught course hours 
  • 150 additional, self-taught Guided Learning hours, which will be completed outside of the classroom.

Delegates will be assessed through a portfolio of evidence, written exams, and a practical demonstration. To be successful, delegates must attend all course datescomplete the independent study, and evening driving component. 

 All our trainers are highly skilled specialist instructors, able to adapt their teaching style to meet each learner’s needs. We offer individual, end-to-end support to each learner; this might include extra help with portfolio work, getting the most out of the self-taught Guided Learning Hours, or assistance with arranging placements to practice your newly acquired skills.  

This qualification is internally assessed and quality assured by St John Ambulance and externally quality assured by FutureQuals External Quality Advisors.  

Certification 

Successful delegates will receive a certificate from FutureQuals, valid for 5 years. After this, you will need to take a requalifying assessment. Candidates should expect to receive their certificate within 1 month of completing the course. 

Any questions?

For more information on the course structure, prices, course locations and dates, please email us at awarding@sja.org.uk

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