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The Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) provides essential training for the safe operation of school minibuses.

MiDAS training

MiDAS 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.

If you want to discuss our MiDAS courses or anything else, we are here to help.

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Driving a minibus is very different from driving a car, yet many school minibus drivers have never received professional training. This is probably because they passed their test before January 1997 and inherited their D1 licence as part of that test. These drivers may be able to drive your school minibus legally, but this is not the same as driving it safely.

The training is completed in a day and consists of theory training with a small test in the morning, a walk-around of the minibus so you understand the checks required before every use, and the afternoon consists of practical driving and training for any improvements.

For those who have taken the D1 test, it’s also useful to take 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 offer small group training to ensure all attendees have the necessary time and attention, so numbers are limited to up to four candidates per day.

Theory training

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.

Practical driving

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.

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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.

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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 on MiDAS training please call 01869 253744 or email: admin@castledrivertraining.co.uk

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