Why become an Observer?

Qualified Observer Criteria

Qualified Observer exam

Cost

Certificate

National Observer

National IMI Observer Test

National IMI Observer Qualification

Welcome Back

 

Once you have passed the Advanced Driving Test, you may consider giving back some of the time and effort you benefited from, by becoming an Observer. This allows you to attain and retain an even higher standard of driving, and gain from the pleasure of passing on your knowledge to new Associates.

The Dewsbury & Batley Group provides guidance towards Observer Qualification. This includes, an observer pack, observed drives with a Senior Observer who will guide you through your initial sessions leading to group qualification.

Why become an Observer?

The reason that the group can continue to thrive, enabling more Associates to pass each year and thus make our roads safer is because of the efforts of our dedicated band of Observers who provide their time and energy free of charge. This is not only a highly rewarding and enjoyable activity, but also ensures that your own driving maintains a high standard.

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Qualified Observer Criteria

  1. Requirements: Full Member of both National IAM and the Dewsbury & Batley Group. Observers also require an ability to relate to Associates in a sensitive but firm manner.
  2. To have carried out a minimum for 10 hours of Observed runs with Associates and had six months practical experience of observing within a group during the preceding twelve months.
  3. Achieve 80% in each section of an IAM validated Qualified Observer Written Test administered by the group.
  4. Achieve a "Satisfactory" Grade in a group validated IAM approved Qualified Observer Practical Test conducted by a Senior Observer.
  5. Be approved by the committee.

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Qualified Observer Exam

The written Test

         Achieve 80% in each section of an IAM validated Qualified Observer Written Test administered by the group's Chief Observer or person nominated by the committee, and consisting of: -

1.      Ten Highway Code Questions,

2.      Ten Advanced Driving Questions,

3.      Ten Documentation/Administration Questions.

The Practical Test

1.      Forty Five minute Demonstration Run,

2.      Ten Minute general Observation Commentary and Twenty-minute demonstration commentary, including System definition and explanation, cornering techniques, Observation links, etc.

3.      Verbally resolve two problem situations presented.

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Certificate

Qualified Observers are presented with a certificate to acknowledge their achievement at our regular group meeting. This Group award may not be recognised by other groups.

In order to retain Qualified Observer Status, they must: -

  1. Continue to fulfil the Observed Run requirement (i.e. minimum of 10 hours of Observed Runs per year)
  2. Re-qualify every three years with the approved Qualified Observer Practical Test conducted by a senior Observer

 

Cost

There is no cost to the member for any training provided through the course. All we ask is that consideration is given to the time and effort put in by your trainers and Senior Observers to ensure that this is matched by your own commitment. It is expected that Observers will continue observing actively for a minimum of one year (but hopefully much longer).

 

National IMI Observer

the National Observer qualification is now recognised by the industry and is accredited by IMI

  1. You are required to be a Qualified Observer and full member of Dewsbury & Batley Group and National IAM.
  2. Have carried out an additional ten hours of Observed Runs with Associates or other Qualified Observers making a total of 20 hours of Observed Runs during the preceding twelve months.
  3. Achieve a "Satisfactory" Grade in a Practical observing situation Test with an IAM Staff Examiner.
  4. Give a demonstration drive above the advanced level and be able to be self critical.
  5. Be recommended  by the staff Examiner.
  6. Name to held on IAM HQ and Group records.

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Senior Observer Test

An IAM examiner, with an Associate present, conducts the test. There are two parts:

          The candidate giving a 45 minute demonstration drive, with suitable introductory commentary

          45minutes observing a group associate driving towards the PYADT.

The cost to undergo the IAM National Observer Test is paid by the IAM.

Senior Observer Qualification

Your National Observer status is registered by IAM Head Office and recognised by all other groups and is an IMI recognised qualification.

To retain the Naional Observer Status, they must: - re qualify every 5 years

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Welcome Back

We recognise that Observers have many other commitments and understand if they need to withdraw their services for a period. We will always welcome back previous Observers, and are happy to provide some additional refresher training if required. Our Senior Observers (see the who's who page) will greatly appreciate being kept informed of your availability.

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