Learning to become a coach driver involves more than you may realise. To become a coach driver you need good skills with people and vehicles. If you are interested in becoming a coach driver or if you would like to find out just what it takes details follow on how to become a coach driver.
If you are interested in becoming a coach driver you should hold a current driving licence for a car and be an experienced driver. Already holding a PCV Licence will enhance your prospects but many employers will enrol you on the PCV course where you will learn how to drive a coach so it’s not neccessarily a deal breaker !
The PCV training will usually take around six weeks and involves a medical exam, theory test and a practical test. If your employer cannot enrol you to study for the PCV you can arrange to study and complete the tests privately. If you are unemployed you may be able to have the PCV training and test funded via a New Deal arrangement.
Once you are qualified you will have an induction where you will learn customer service skills, how to operate equipment, health and safety issues and other basics. Once you have completed your PCV licence and you are employed you can start to study towards an NVQ level 2 in Road Passenger Transport. With this course you can choose units and specialise in coach driving.
Coach drivers usually work in shifts and depending on the length of the journey, there may be more than one coach driver on a coach at any one time ! At the beginning of a shift the coach driver will usually check that their coach is in good working order. Coach drivers need to be punctual as passengers usually have to be at a certain place at a certain time, eg the airport, the ferry terminal, a football match or their hotel.
Coach drivers need to have good communication skills and be approachable. Coach drivers often have to deal with enquiries from customers so a good knowledge of local areas and services is necessary – even when working abroad. Coach drivers may also be required to assist disabled or elderly people getting onto and off the coach as well as people with prams or excessive loads of luggage.
Coach drivers can often spend a lot of time away from home, especially when on European coach tours & package holidays. This can be a great way to see the World and get paid for doing so !!