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DSA Instructor Course Information 

Aims and Objectives

The aims of our DSA Instructor Course are to convert the trainees knowledge and skills of the relevant category C and C+E up to the required standard in order to pass the Driving Standards Agency LGV voluntary register for LGV Instructors.

DSA Instructor course Content and Course Design


  1. Initial LGV assessment – comprising a 2 hr driving ability assessment on either a Cat C or Cat C+E vehicle to make sure that you are capable of completing the course and how much training you require to meet the DSA requirements.
  2. DSA Registration – each candidate will need to be DSA registered before they can attend course although they can do the assessment prior to registration if desired.
  3. DSA Instructor Course Theory Exam. This 100 question multiple choice exam must be passed before practical tests can be applied for. The overall pass mark is 85% but each of the four areas of the test carry a pass mark of 80% Personal driving standard training – approximately 2 days training to instructor standard.
  4. DSA driving ability test


  1. Personal driving standard training – approximately 5 days training to instructor standard.
  2. DSA driving ability test.


This DSA Instructor Course test is more advanced than the normal LGV driving test and a very high standard of competence is required. It consists of a test of the candidate’s driving technique and will last for approximately 1 ½ hours and will include all the elements of the practical LGV test. Candidates must show that they have a thorough knowledge of the principles of good driving and road safety and that they can apply them in practice. Candidates will pass the Driving Ability test if they commit six or fewer driving faults recorded as (/) on the marking sheet and will fail if they commit a serious fault (S), a dangerous fault (D) or seven or more driving faults.

PART 3 – Instructional Ability

This part of the DSA Instructor Course will cover the following:

  1. Responsibilities and duties of a driving instructor
  2. Demonstration and commentary driving – candidates will be required to demonstrate driving instructional abilities together with the competence to give a full commentary of the correct driving procedures.
  3. Instructional techniques – ‘in-class’ teaching – ‘in-cab’ teaching (DSA examinable)
  4. DSA Instructional ability test – based on one of nine set exercises – e.g. meeting / overtaking other traffic, anticipating the action of other road users, etc.


The object of this test is to assess the candidate’s ability to give driving instruction to a pupil. To do this, the examiner will adopt the role of a pupil who is learning to drive a Large Goods Vehicle (Cat C or C+E) or a pupil wanting remedial tuition having failed an LGV test. (All DSA tests are conducted by supervising examiners and are pass / fail. The maximum attempts on tests are three at each part after which there will be no further attempts until a 12 month period has elapsed.)

Course Date

The DSA Instructor Course examinations will be booked in advance and in line with the availability of the Senior Examiner. Once the examination dates have been confirmed the course will be delivered in accordance with the dates.


10 days in total

Course Location

The Transport Training Academy, Atherton or Burnley.

Delivery Method

Classroom and Practical 1:1 Instructor/Candidate Ratio Call our course booking department for full details on 0845 056 0561

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Laura Partington


Well Done to Laura Partington for passing her B+E with us on 15th March 2018. Congratulations from all at #TTA

Joshua Derbyshire


Well Done to Joshua Derbyshire  for passing his CAT C with us on 8th March 2018. Congratulations from all at #TTA

Michael Howell


Well Done to Michael Howell for passing his B+E with us on 8th March 2018. Congratulations from all at #TTA

Kieran Dallimore


Well Done to Kieran Dallimore for passing his CAT C with us on 23rd February 2018. Congratulations from all at #TTA

Terry Harrison


Well Done to Terry Harrison for passing his CAT C with us on 15th February 2018. Congratulations from all at #TTA

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