MiDAS Training Services

FACT are also able to offer MiDAS driver training to organisations.

The training is completed at our offices in March or at your organisation subject to suitable training facilities.

MiDAS is the Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme administered by the Community Transport Association (CTA) which promotes a nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers. It has been designed to enhance minibus driving standards and promote the safe operation of minibuses.

MiDAS is applicable to any organisation operating or using minibuses, ranging from small voluntary organisations operating one vehicle, to local authorities operating large fleets of minibuses as well as schools, colleges and universities.


The Objectives of MiDAS are that minibus drivers will;

  • Be assessed to ensure their driving skills are of a acceptable standard

  • Be given help where necessary to improve their minibus driving skills

  • Be aware of the legal, practical & safety issues surrounding minibus driving

  • Be trained in the safe use of accessible minibuses where necessary

  • Receive a certificate which is accepted by other MiDAS members.

Potential benefits of MiDAS;

  • Enhanced passenger safety

  • Improved passenger comfort

  • Increase driver confidence

  • Enhancement of the operating organisations image

  • Generally an overall better image for minibuses and their drivers.

Please ensure that your organisation and all drivers comply with following prior to attending the course;

  • Drivers must be at least 21 years of age, unless they hold a passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) licence

  • Drivers must hold a full (not provisional) current driving licence

  • Drivers who passed their driving test on or after 1st January 1997 must comply with the following

  1. 1. The minibus is used for social purposes by a non commercial body

  2. 2. The driver is aged 21 years or over

  3. 3. The driver has held a full clean licence for at least two years
  4. 4. The driver is providing his or her services on a voluntary basis

  5. 5. The vehicle has a maximum weight not exceeding 3.5 tonnes excluding an specialist equipment for the carriage of disabled people or 4.25 tonnes including specialist equipment

  6. 6. No trailer is being towed.

MiDAS Minibus Driver Course

Before an assessment of your driving ability takes place, you will be asked to:

  • Complete and sign a driver registration form
  • Produce your driving licence (photocard and paper copy)
  • Have D1 on your license (You can drive vehicles with: No more than 16 passenger seats, a maximum length of 8 metres, a trailer up to 750kg)
  • Undertake a simple eyesight check
  • Confirm you are medically fit to carry out this type of work

The Assessment, will normally last one hour and will include:

  • A demonstration drive by the Driver Assessor/Trainer (DAT)
  • The opportunity for you to drive under supervision in order to receive on road vehicle familiarisation
  • An assessment of your driving skills

Before the Driving Assessment, you will be given:

  • Basic training (theory/test) by your DAT in the skills and information you need when driving minibuses
  • Additional training if you drive an accessible vehicle (wheelchair use)

If you fail the assessment, your organisation may decide to provide you with additional training to bring your driving skills up to the MiDAS standard.
After your assessment and training and passing the theory assessment, you will receive a MiDAS certificate, which enables you to drive the minibuses of other MiDAS organisations without the need to be re-assessed (subject to that organisations rules).

This certificate is valid for 4 years, when this is due to expire you will be required to attend a Refresher Training session.

If you do not attend Refresher Training then you will no longer be able to drive any minibuses owned or operated by MiDAS members, including your own organisation's minibuses, once your current certificate expires.




MiDAS Module One (SD) Standard Certificate (Driver Training) - One Day

  • Training in the skills required to drive a minibus

  • A thorough knowledge of the legal responsibilities of a minibus driver and duty of care

  • Department of Transport codes of practice in safe carriage of passengers

  • Good practice in passenger comfort

  • Health and Safety at work for drivers

  • Manoeuvring of vehicles

  • Defensive driving techniques

  • Minibus fire and evacuation procedures

This course consists of a demonstration drive to show the standard required. There will be the opportunity for delegates to familiarise themselves with the vehicle (if required) and an assessment of each delegates driving skill and competence.

When delegates have successfully completed the Standard Certificate of the MiDAS training scheme, each delegate is presented with a nationally recognised Standard Driver MiDAS Certificate.


MiDAS Module Two (AD) Accessible Certificate (Wheelchairs) - One Day

  • Safe use of ramps, tail lifts, wheelchair and passenger restraint/tie-down equipment

  • Health and Safety at work in manual handling of passengers and transfer of passengers from wheelchair to seat.

  • Department of Transport codes of practice on safe carriage of passengers in wheelchairs.

  • Good passenger assistance procedures.

This course consists of a demonstration of correctly boarding/alighting passengers using a lift, ramp or winch and using wheelchair tie-down equipment/seat belt restraints. There will be the opportunity for delegates to familiarise themselves with the wheelchair/equipment (if required) before the formal practical assessment.

When delegates have successfully completed the MiDAS Driver and Accessible Training Modules, each driver is presented with a nationally recognised Driver & Accessible MiDAS Certificate.

MiDAS (PATS) Passenger Assistant Training Scheme - One to Two Days (depending on requirement)

PATS, developed jointly by CTA UK and Hampshire County Council, provides a nationally recognised standard of training to people whose role it is to provide care and assistance to passengers travelling by road.

Our Training Course covers the standard MiDAS modules A, B1, B2, C1 & C2;

Module A - The role of the passenger assistant- This is the foundation module for all passenger assistants. This module enables drivers/carers to understand the role of the passenger assistant.

Module B1 - Passenger awareness and assistance-This modules covers awareness of passenger needs and how to assist, looking at individuals who don’t use a wheelchair.

Module B2 - Assisting passengers who travel in wheelchairs- B2 covers similar aspects to B1 but focuses specifically on passengers in wheelchairs.

Module C1 - Supervising children and young people with special needs - For PA’s who work with children or young people with special needs.

Module C2 - Working with adults who need care and supervision- PA’s who work with vulnerable adults.


The PATS objectives are that passenger assistants will possess;

  • An awareness of legal, practical and saftey issues surrounding this role

  • Be given training in how to meet the needs of passenger groups

  • Be assessed to ensure their skills are of an acceptable standard

When delegates have successfully completed the MiDAS PATS Training Module(s), each delegate is presented with a nationally recognised PATS Certificate that is valid for 4 years.



MiDAS Module One (SD)/Module Two (AD)/PATS Refresher Training - Half Day to One Day

We also provide Refresher Training for those delegates holding a valid MiDAS Standard Driver and/or Accessible and/or PATS Certificate that has reached the end of its validity period. This will encompass the practical assessments as described in the above courses.