Course description

Developed by FutureQuals and delivered by St John Ambulance trainers, this course is for ambulance driving instructors wishing to update or develop their teaching and assessment skills to Diploma level.  

Who should attend? 

Those who would like to become an Emergency response ambulance driving instructor. 

Due to the high-risk nature of this qualification and to ensure high quality teaching is maintained in the sector, there are specific entry requirements for this course.  

 Delegates 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 Level 3 Certificate in Emergency Response Ambulance Driving  
  • 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)

To register your interest for a place, please complete this short form. 

Topics covered 

  • Enhanced knowledge, behaviours, understanding and skills required to instruct, coach, support and assess learners 
  • Routine and emergency response ambulance demonstration driving 
  • Knowledge and understanding of driving legislation, regulation, standards and agreed ways of working to a safe and competent level 
  • How human factors can influence attitude to risk. 

 Course duration 

 Depending on a delegate’s previous qualifications and experience, we offer 2 course options: 

The full DERADI programme: 19 weeks 

  • 7 weeks of training (split over several months to allow for portfolio completion) 
  • 4 weeks of supervised practice 
  • 8 weeks of consolidated practice. 

 The DERADI RPL Conversion (short course): 5 days 

This is designed for those with sufficient prior knowledge and experience. It can be completed in 5 days, including presentations and completion and submission of a portfolio. 

If you are unsure which qualification is right for you, please contact us at 


Register your interest

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Assessment and certification


This course is run over 23 weeks, with a combination of teaching, self-guided learning, and practice sessions. There are 7 weeks of training (173 hours),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.  

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 internally quality assured by St John Ambulance staff 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.  

Any questions?

For more information on the course structure, prices, course locations and dates, please email us at

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