Association of Racing Drivers Schools

ARDS Instructor grades

Licence grades are determined by qualifications, training and experience, all of which must be clearly demonstrated and are subject to audit by ARDS and the MSA.

Grade S Licence

To qualify a candidate must:

• meet all the criteria for an ‘A’ grade licence and in addition
• have the appropriate experience to oversee all aspects of the schools operation on an event day
• be a recognised signatory, registered at the MSA, for competition licence application forms

Each ARDS member school is able to sponsor up to three S grade licences per school venue for whom the school may at its discretion pay all or part of the fee on behalf of the instructor. Additional S grade licences can be issued to qualifying instructors upon payment of the full current fee.

Grade A Licence

To qualify a candidate must demonstrate to their ARDS sponsor school that they have undertaken regular instructing work to a standard that justifies an upgrade from Grade B. Their upgrade application must be made through a member school and will be subject to audit and approval by ARDS.

To qualify a candidate must:

• have been licensed at Grade C or above to instruct under the ARDS scheme for a minimum of three years
• have held a Grade B licence for a minimum of two years before applying for upgrading
• currently hold, have held, or be qualified to hold an International C Race Licence
• have attained an ARDS recognised First Aid qualification
• have full knowledge and be capable of running the MSA Novice Driver Training Course (NDTC)
• be fully conversant with MSA licensing procedures
• have briefing and presentational skills and be able to carry out briefings to groups of drivers
• have organisational skills to be able to manage and control a group of customers and instructors
• to be able to instruct on circuit at all levels from novice experience to advanced race instruction

If instructing on track days:

• be fully conversant with current regulations governing the operation of track days
• be able to present the appropriate safety briefing
• be able to instruct on circuit for all levels of track day driver
• be listed on the Register of Approved Track Day Instructors

Note: This is the minimum grade of instructing licence for anyone taking the classroom session of the Novice Driver Training Course.

Grade B Licence

To qualify a candidate must demonstrate to their ARDS sponsor school that they have undertaken regular instructing work to a standard that justifies an upgrade from Grade C. Their upgrade application must be made through a Member School and will be subject to audit and approval by ARDS.

To qualify a candidate must:

• fulfil all the qualifications for and been licensed at Grade C to instruct under the ARDS scheme for a minimum of one full year
• have a full working knowledge of the MSA Novice Driver Training Course and MSA licensing procedures and able to answer correctly all questions on current written papers
• be capable of instructing in car at novice experience and intermediate level without direct supervision
• have attained an ARDS recognised First Aid qualification
• currently hold, have held or be qualified to hold a Race International C licence with at least 15 race signatures

If instructing on track days:

• be fully conversant with current regulations governing the operation of track days
• be able to instruct on circuit at novice experience and intermediate level of track day driver
• be listed on the Register of Approved Track Day Instructors

Note: This is the minimum grade of instructing licence for anyone assessing Novice Driver Training Course candidates on circuit or instructing on a Track Day.

Grade C Licence

To qualify a candidate must:

• currently hold, have held or be qualified to hold a Race international C licence or above.
• be able to demonstrate the ability to instruct
• have completed at least one year as a grade C and logged six signatures from an approved S Grade Instructor for the satisfactory completion of circuit instruction days worked at an ARDS Member School within 12 months of being issued a probationary Grade C licence.
• have attained an ARDS recognised First Aid qualification
• be fully conversant with the MSA Novice Driver Training Scheme and MSA licensing procedures and be able to answer correctly all questions on the current written papers
• be able to instruct on track for novice experiences with day to day supervision

Note: This is the minimum grade of instructing licence for anyone providing high-speed tuition on a race circuit.

Grade C Licence (Probationary)

The first grade C licence issued to an instructor will always be probationary.

To qualify a candidate must:

• currently hold, have held or be qualified to hold Race international C licence or above.
• have attended an approved introductory training course for instructors at an ARDS Member School and passed the initial assessment
• be able to demonstrate the ability to instruct
• have attained an ARDS recognised First Aid qualification
• be fully conversant with the MSA Novice Driver Training Scheme and MSA licensing procedures and be able to answer correctly all questions on the current written papers
• be able to instruct on track for novice experiences with day to day supervision
• demonstrate that they have all the skills and training required for a Grade D licence

Grade D licence

To qualify a candidate must:

• have an ARDS recognised First Aid qualification
• be able to strap drivers into cars in the correct, safe manner
• be able to instruct drivers on the correct selection and wearing of helmets
• be able to demonstrate vehicle controls to drivers
• be capable of enforcing Pit Lane discipline and safety procedures and controlling spectators
• be completely knowledgeable about the flags used for signaling and capable of instructing pupils in this area

Note:

• The Grade D licence is for trackside use only and does not imply any competence nor confer any right to instruct in car or advise on driving technique


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