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Before their appointment, DGSAs must gain a Vocational Training Certificate (VTC) by passing approved examinations. The Department for Transport (DfT) is responsible for the approval of the examinations and it has appointed SQA as its agent. SQA is responsible, in conjunction with the DfT and its advisory panel, for:

The examination questions are prepared and moderated by experts in the industry.

How to gain a Vocational Training Certificate

To qualify as a DGSA or extend the validity of a VTC, you must undertake and successfully complete an examination in three subjects as follows:

You may only be employed as a DGSA in the mode(s) and class(es) you have passed, and hold a Vocational Training Certificate for.