Approved Motorcycle Instructors (AMI)
DVA understands the significant challenges that Approved Motorcycle Instructors (AMIs) have faced in these difficult times.
This information pack for stakeholders, outlines how the DVA plan to manage the phased return of driving tests, with key dates, and links to other useful information.
The DVA will continue to review how they are progressing with this challenging task, and would like to sincerely thank you for your continued support.
Following the Government’s decision to introduce measures to delay the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) the DVA has suspended delivery of the ADI and AMI qualifying tests – this includes the AMI theory test, practical test of driving ability and practical test of instructional ability.
This has recently been reviewed in line with existing guidance and a decision has been made to extend the suspension until further notice.
Tests for fully qualified AMIs also remain suspended.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Business Support Unit (BSU) has limited capacity to answer customer queries and there is currently no phone service available.
Should you need to contact BSU, email DVA.AMI@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
These email addresses will be monitored but due to ongoing pressure on services and staff, it may take longer than usual for a response to be provided.
Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)
Amended procedures are now in place for the provision of CBT certificates and logbooks to authorised CBT Trainers while counter services at DVA test centres remain closed.
Requests from authorised CBT trainers should be emailed to DVA.AMI@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk
About the AMI register
The AMI register is a list of qualified instructors providing on-road tuition and CBT training for learner motorcycle and moped drivers.
You will be registered for four years provided you continue to meet the eligibility criteria. After four years you will need to renew your registration. There is a fee payable and your membership will be renewed for a further four years provided you still meet the requirements.
Once on the register you can apply for CBT authorisation by:
- completing the application form in which you will agree to adhere to CBT conditions of authority
- purchasing at least one book of CBT certificates
An instructor's training and information manual, monthly return form and log book can be downloaded here:
- An instructor's guide to delivering Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)- DFI website
- CBT monthly return form DL196
- CBT log book training record
Ongoing assessment of AMIs
During your four years' registration you will be assessed by the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) to make sure that you maintain a satisfactory standard of instruction. This will be a continued ability and fitness test (also known as a 'check test').
A DVA examiner will observe a lesson as you deliver it to a pupil and assess you on the appropriateness of your teaching in terms of the ability and needs of the pupil. During this exercise the pupil will not be assessed in any way.
If you fail this test you will need to do a second assessment and if necessary a third and final assessment. If you fail for a third time, it will be recommended that your name is removed from the register.
Anyone wishing to appeal any decision taken by the Registrar about the refusal to add a name to the register or revoke an AMI's certificate, can do so.
The Registrar will let you know of their intention to remove you from the register and you are entitled to make representation to the Registrar within a specific period. Appeals are time bound depending on the circumstances. However, notification of time limits will be stated in correspondence to the individual.
Motorcycle training incident report form
Instructors should use the form below to report any incident that happens during a lesson: