Dave Foster MA Dip.DI

Curriculum Vitae

Dave Foster in mortarboard

DIA Chairman of the General Purposes Committee

Qualifications, Awards and Honours

  • Master of Arts in Driver Training Education
  • DIA Diploma in Driving Instruction
  • DSA.ADI (244999)
  • Fleet
  • DIA (0301.0068)
  • MSA (029934)
  • DIAmond Advance, (M403.0002)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Driver Education and Research
  • Member of the Institute of Master Driving Instructors
  • Member of the Association of Industrial Road Safety Officers
  • Affiliate of the Institute for Learners

Feb 2000 – Present: Managing Director

1st 4 Driving Limited

  • Consultant to Multi-car Schools and Independent Driving Instructors; advising on CPD, education, business creation and management, pupil generation and retention etc.
  • Delivery of National Speed Awareness and Driver Awareness courses for Devon and Cornwall Police.
  • Consultant to the Driver Education and Research Foundation
  • Writing, development and delivery of Continuing Professional Development courses for Driving Instructors
  • Development and writing of e-Learning solutions
  • Delivery of training courses for individual and multi-car Driving Schools

Mar 2009 – Feb 2012: Director of Training

Dave at New Driver

New Driver Schools of Motoring Limited

  • Overseeing training of almost 300 Driving Instructors
  • Running and writing ORDIT training courses (trainer training)
  • Reporting writing and running of CPD courses
  • Training instructors for entry onto the fleet driving register
  • Advising company Directors on all legal and training matters that affect the industry

Oct 2006 – Mar 2009: Instructor Trainer

Red Driving Instructor Training (formerly Let’s Drive)

  • Training clients to qualify as Driving Standards Agency Driving Instructors
  • Training instructors to become ORDIT trainers

Oct 2000 – Oct 2006: Driving Instructor

AA Driving School

  • Teaching pupils to drive
  • Training clients to become Driving Instructors
  • Fleet and Corporate training to qualified drivers
  • Coach and training services to other instructors in the Devon area

Driver Training Qualification Timeline

  • June 2012 Inducted into the Master Tutors of Driving
  • Mar 2011 MA with Distinction in Driver Training Education
    Middlesex University
    (1800hrs Home and assignment study)
  • Feb 2011 Coaching skills
    University of East London
    (3 day course)
  • Jan 2011 Check Test – Grade 6
    (5 hrs home study)
  • Aug 2011 Accredited DIA fleet trainer
  • Jul 2009 Qualified Taxi Trainer
  • Apr 2009 Business skills course
    (1 day course)
  • Apr 2009 Road safety and risk management
    (1 day course)
  • Mar 2009 Coaching skills course
    (1 day course)
  • Nov 2008 Full A+ motorcycle test
    (30 hours practical training)
  • Dave on Two Wheels

  • Dec 2007 Passed CBT
    (1 day course)
  • Dec 2007 Passed motorcycle theory test
    (10 hrs home study)
  • Jun 2007 DIAmond advanced instructor
    (You must have received the Diploma in Driving Instruction, passed the Cardington driving test and have signed the DIA code of conduct to qualify)
  • Dec 2006 ORDIT
    (20 hrs home study, 100 hrs practical study)
  • Nov 2006 Cardington special test – Grade A
    (20 hrs home study)
  • Sep 2006 Skid Control Course
    (1 day course)
  • Jul 2006 City and Guilds 7407 classroom teaching certificate (part one)
    (26 week course Exeter college + 100 hrs home study)
  • Apr 2006 DSA check test Grade 5
    (5 hrs home study)
  • Apr 2006 Brake Driver Safety course (Brake Safety Graduate)
    (1 day course)
  • Apr 2006 AA Coaching the Coach training course
    (4 day course)
  • Sep 2005 AA instructor trainer training course
    (4 day course)
  • Jul 2005 Fleet corporate exam
    Entered on to DSA Corporate Driving register
    (4 day course)
  • May 2005 Diploma in Driving Instruction
    (2 years part time)
  • Feb 2005 Passed Instructors HPT test 1st time
    (10 hours home study)
  • Feb 2004 Passed DIAmond advance motorists driving test with 2 minors
    (20 hours home study)
  • Nov 2000 Pass Plus registered
  • Oct 2000 Qualified as driving instructor
    Joined AA the driving school
    Part 1 (8 hrs Tuition 30 hrs self study) Theory
    Part 2 (14 hrs Tuition 100 hrs self study) Driving
    Part 3 (60 hrs Tuition 200 hrs self study) Teaching Ability

Other work and professional memberships:

Dave receiving I.D.E.R fellowship from Prof. Russell
Dave receives I.D.E.R fellowship from Prof. Peter Russell
Oct 2011 Fellow of the Inst. Of Driver Education and Research
Awarded fellowship status on strength of what I had achieved in the profession. (F.I.D.E.R)
Oct 2011 Gave presentation about the next step for ADI’s. Looking at routes for Driving Instructors to achieve graduate status with Institute of Driver Education and Research (I.D.E.R)
Mar 2010 Became member of the Institute for learning the professional teaching organisation. (A.I.F.L)
Oct 2009 Running a workshop on lesson planning and core competencies at the DIA Exeter and Manchester seminars
May 2009 Co-opted on to DIA GPC (general purposes committee)
This committee stands to promote the interests of Driving Instructors and to support the DIA management
Jul 2008 Started writing updates for Driving Instructors Manual DIA
Having been asked by the DIA I am proud to be writing updates for this manual
Jun 2008 Became DIA Diploma exam question writer
I am now the sole question writer and mark the module 3 ‘mechanical principles paper’ for the Diploma in Driving Instruction
Apr 2006 DIA Diploma exam invigilator
Asked by the DIA to invigilate the Diploma in Driving Instruction exam and have done every year since.
Feb 2006 DIA instructor trainer
Jan 2006 DIA corporate driver trainer
Sep 2005 Accepted as DIA representative South West
Jun 2005 Invited to and joined AIRSO (Association of Industrial Road Safety Officers)(M.A.I.R.O)