An Observer is a person who has passed their IAM RoadSmart advanced driving test and has gone a step further and undertaken a training course along with passing either the IMI National Observer or IMI Local Observer qualification, aimed at preparing Associate members of our Group pass their advanced driving test.
If you are interested in becoming an Observer (which some members do as a way of putting something back into our Group), then firstly you need to make your wish known to the Observer Training officer, via our Contact Us page.
Next will come your training culminating in passing your IMI National/Local Observer qualification to check that you have acquired the standard required to be an IAM RoadSmart group observer.
The first part of your training usually starts by you sitting in the back of one of our Associates car with an already IMI qualified observer sitting in the front. You will normally have about 3 drives out like this during which time you will be required to take note and learn from the IMI qualified observer during the associates guidance drive.
The second part of your training with us requires you to sit in the front of an Associates car, with an IMI National Observer in the back. From what you learnt as a back seat trainee you will now apply as a front seat trainee and guide the associate to an advanced standard of driving in order for them to pass the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driving Test. The number of drives you do at this stage as a front seat trainee observer will depend on your confidence and competence. Once we are mutually comfortable with your standard, we will recommend you take the IMI National Observer Qualification (you can take the IMI Local Observer if your prefer) which will then enable you to become a fully qualified observer.
Once you are a qualified Observer you will be required to attend quarterly Observers Meetings. These are forums to receive the latest thinking and ideas on observing and also put forward any ideas or problems you have etc.
As a successful Group with 1,008 Advanced test passes, we are always looking to strengthen our Observing team, so we would welcome new trainee observers and also already IMI qualified observers.