The Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) provides essential training for the safe operation of school minibuses. It is an award winning, and nationally recognised assessment and training scheme for minibus drivers in the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors. Once completed, you can apply to use the logo to promote your commitment to safety.
For those who have taken the D1 test, it’s also useful to provide MiDAS as top-up training. Many people drive a minibus quite infrequently and MiDAS is ideal for refresher training – particularly when transporting children.
MiDAS driver training is not a licence. Your school minibus drivers also need a D1 driving licence. Read more about our D1 training.
What’s involved in MiDAS driver training?
Book with Castle Driver Training - Contact Castle to book your place. NO hidden costs, the price you are quoted includes everything. We will help your organisation become members of the MiDAS scheme.
We will train up to 4 candidates per day.
This involves classroom training on all aspects of driving a minibus safely. All candidates have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have. MiDAS training takes place in the morning
Getting to know your bus and what to be aware of before driving. Our instructors aim to complete this within a 30-minute timescale.
Small theory test
This will be a test based on the training provided to you during your morning session.
Our Castle Driver Training instructors will assess you, making sure that you are the best driver you could possibly be. Each candidate is required to have a minimum of 30 minutes driving time. However, Castle Driver Training is keen to allow you as much driving time as we possibly can. Should any candidate require additional support or advice, our instructors will be more than happy to provide this for you.
PASS your Castle assessment or MiDAS training
Our aim is to make sure that each candidate successfully completes the training to the highest of levels. Certificates are awarded by Castle Driver Training.
A driver certificate lasts for four years. Drivers must attend refresher training (including another on-road assessment) every four years in order to retain their entitlement.
Castle Minibus driver training also offers the Castle Assessment Day; a day’s practical minibus training which is less theory and classroom based with more practical driver training.
For more information about MiDAS training or the Castle Assessment Day please call us on 01869 253744 or email us