Irish Emergency Service RPC has implemented a comprehensive review of its driver training programmes. This has resulted in a five (5) level suite of Competency Based Driving (CBD) courses, with each level specifically catering for the required knowledge base, skills set and the operational requirements of members undergoing the relevant training. In reverse order, the courses and course content are as follows:
CBD 5 Garda Driving Instructors: All competencies necessary to deliver driving instruction in all aspects of operational driving requirements, to members of An Garda Síochána.
CBD 4 Advanced Driving Course: Establishment of highest level of knowledge of Roadcraft and practical driving instruction in all competencies necessary to drive high power cars, to the highest standards, including emergency response, vehicle stopping using full driver commentary.
CBD 3 Specialist Unit Driving Course(R.S.U, E.R.U, Ministerial Pool, Roads Policing etc): Reinforcement of knowledge of Roadcraft and practical driving instruction in competencies necessary to drive vehicles and carry out all driving tasks, including emergency response and vehicle stopping, relevant to the roles of specific and specialist units.
CBD 2 Standard Response Course: Delivered to the vast majority of front line Gardaí, enabling them to drive the majority of patrol cars and patrol/public order vans available to them. It establishes an underpinning knowledge of Roadcraft, and practical instruction in vehicle handling, defensive driving, emergency response driving, and vehicle stopping.
CBD 1 Assessment Driving: assessment delivered primarily to non front line members of the Force, and to members not yet selected to undergo full training at CBD 2.