Course description

Developed by FutureQuals and delivered by St John Ambulance instructors, this course is for ambulance and patient transport drivers, who need compliant with the changes to the section 19 of the Road Safety Act 2006. The course teaches delegates the skills, knowledge and understanding required to drive an ambulance in an emergency. 

Who should attend? 

This course is for those who need to know how to drive an ambulance in an emergency who have a contract with an NHS or CQC registered ambulance service. Attendees must have a valid UK driving licence and be aged 18 or over and hold a contract with an NHS or CQC registered ambulance service.

If you would like to register for a place, please complete this short form. 

Course duration 

This course can be taken over 4 weeks, or over seven weekends. 

 Topics covered 

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


The course was intense but thoroughly enjoyable because of the excellent and engaging teaching style of St John Ambulance’s advanced instructors. The theory exams were less stressful than I expected because of the great theory sessions we had in the classroom. The sessions gave us all the underpinning knowledge we needed before putting it into practice in the exam. Matt S - Course participant

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Assessment and certification


This course is taught through a mixture of classroom learning, self-guided study, and practice sessions in a vehicle.  

The course is split into 2 parts: there are 80 taught course hours and 150 additional, self-taught Guided Learning hours, which the delegate must complete outside of the classroom. Overall, the total qualification time is 230 hours. 

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.  


Successful delegates will receive a certificate from Future Quals , 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?

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