All our DERADI courses are suspended until 2023.

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Course description

What is the DERADI course?

This course is for ambulance driving instructors wishing to update or develop their teaching and assessment skills to Diploma level. 

On this course you will learn: 

  • Enhanced knowledge, behaviours, understanding and skills required to instruct, coach, support and assess learners in routine and emergency response ambulance demonstration driving 
  • Knowledge and understanding of driving legislation, regulation, standards and agreed ways of working to ensure the driver is safe and competent as set out in the requirements stated in the High-Speed Driver Training Competencies.
  • How human factors can influence attitude to risk. 

On this course, you will focus on the completion of the Ambulance Driver Risk Index [ADR], developing a working knowledge of the Goals for Driver Education [GDE] framework and completion of the Driving Instructor Ambulance Driver Risk Index to measure progression and development.

Which DERADI course is right for me? 

Depending on your existing qualifications, we have various options:

Full DERADI course: split across 19 weeks

There are 6 mandatory units you must complete. We teach this in 3 sections:

  • 7 weeks of training 
  • 4 weeks of supervised practice (instruction on a L3 CERAD Course)
  • 8 weeks of consolidated practice. 

Am I eligible for this DERADI course? 

In order to attend this course, you have to meet strict eligibility requirements.

You must:

  • Hold a full UK/EU driving licence for the class of vehicle to be instructed on
  • Have no more than six endorsement points
  • Hold a Level 3 Certificate in Emergency Response Ambulance Driving (RPL may be possible, email us)
  • Hold, or be registered on and actively working towards, the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, its equivalent or higher
  • Hold, or be registered on and actively working towards, the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement or one of the legacy qualifications (D32/33 or A1)

How much does the DERADI course cost?

The full DERADI course costs £8,000 + VAT. This includes all tuition, materials, practice sessions and exam costs. You'll receive full support throughout your course. For prices of RPL and Police Conversion courses, please contact us. 

All courses suspended until 2023

All our DERADI courses are currently suspended until 2023. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our Driving Qualifications team are delivering unprecedented support to the NHS Ambulance Service Trusts.

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RPL Conversion (short course): 5 days 

This  course for existing ambulance driving instructors with recognised qualifications and prior experience. It can be completed in 5 days, and will include presentations and a portfolio of work. 

Police Conversion course: 

This course is for experienced and already qualified Police Advanced Driving Instructors. 


Additional courses:

In order to meet the DERADI course's eligibility criteria, you may be interested in doing these additional courses with us: 

  • L3CERAD (Level 3 Certificate in Emergency Response Ambulance Driving)
  • L3CAVA (Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement)
  • L4CET (Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training)
  • DVSA ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) qualification may be required to deliver L3CERAD. This is not a requirement of the L4DERADI but is a requirement if you wish to teach in B category vehicles.

Please contact us for more details and each course's eligibility criteria. 


Course Summary

Level: Level 4 Diploma

Courses available:

  • Full course (split across 19 weeks)
  • RPL conversion (5 days)
  • Police conversion

Full course details:
Credits: 83, TQT: 834, GL: 361

Prices + Location: £8,000 + VAT , Milton Keynes

Enhanced Learning Credits:

We can accept Enhanced Learning Credits for this course.


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Assessment and certification


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

Full course

This course is run over 19 weeks, with a combination of teaching, self-guided learning, and practice sessions.

The course modules are split over 19 weeks:

  • 173 hours of training (split over 7 weeks),
  • 211 hours of self-taught, Guided Learning hours,
  • 150 hours of supervised practice and 300 hours of consolidated practice.

Throughout the course, you will be asked to submit a portfolio of evidence, take written theory examples and take multiple-choice assessments.  There is also an evening driving component which must be completed.  

RPL Conversion (short course)

You will need to demonstrate your existing skills, including presentations and a portfolio of work. 

Support with your learning

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.  


Successful delegates will receive a certificate from Future Quals,  valid for 5 years. After this, you will need to take a requalifying assessment.  

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