St John Ambulance

Ambulance Driver Training Course

Nationally Recognised Training

2 day course where you will learn how to correctly and safely drive an Ambulance when transporting a patient.

Ambulance Driver Training Course

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Driving standards for those operating ambulances is critical to the safety of not just the patient on board, but of the wider community. Keeping everyone physically, emotionally and psychologically safe is vital in the pressured environment of an emergency response and ensuring a smooth ride and guaranteed arrival is the goal.

This course will ensure drivers are operating to the stringent Ambulance Victoria driving standards, required to be rostered onto their shifts run by NEPT providers such as St John. This course will open up employment potential for those who may have already completed a Certificate in Non-Emergency Patient Transport, Diploma of Paramedicine or Bachelor of Paramedicine, as driver training to Ambulance Victoria standards is not covered in those courses.

After a successful day on the road with our Accredited Trainers, you will be marked competent and have a completed Driver Training Booklet for your AV shifts.


Who should do this course

Those who would like to work in the Victorian NEPT industry for any of the larger providers operating shifts for Ambulance Victoria, as the completion of this course is a requirement by Ambulance Victoria. This course is ideal for those who have completed training as NEPT personnel, as the last step to beginning a NEPT career.


Upcoming Course Start dates

 For information on upcoming course dates, complete the enquiry form here.


Course Delivery

This hands on and practical 2-day course (8AM - 6PM AEST) is run by experienced NEPT trainers from St John at a St John Training facility. Through the course of the day, students will cover emergency and low risk driver training to ensure drivers are transporting patients in a safe and thoughtful manner. 

Students will be required to attend class which can be held at the following locations:

  • St John Ambulance (Victoria), 1/8 Redwood Drive, Notting Hill, VIC, 3168


Course Requirements

Both theory (pre-learning) and practical content in this course covers the following topics.

Pre-learning requirements must be completed at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the practical 2 day session.

Driver competency standards: operate the vehicle, drive in the road and traffic system, keep people and vehicles safe, perform operational driving duties, attend emergencies
How to manouevre efficiently: driving in confined spaces
Low risk driving skills: perceive driving hazards accurately and respond to them safely
Low risk thinking: looking at the causes of crashes and how to think about them
How to manage feelings in an emergency: a lesson in self-control
Stable platform driving: smooth techniques to deliver an excellent drive
Managing traffic: minimising delays
Victorian road rules
The Ambulance Victoria Driving Standards Policy


Pre-requisite Requirements

Participants must:

  • have completed the unit HLTOUT007 Transport non-emergency patients under operational conditions
  • have a minimum of three months experience as a patient transport officer.


Additional Requirements

Possess full and current Australian driver’s license and safe driving record. A driving history summary from Vic Roads will be required showing the last 5 years or your full driving summary (for those who have been driving less than 5 years).


Course Fees

Course fees can be paid through a direct payment prior to the start of the course or via Zip.

Course fees are $975

This course is eligible for Zip payments. Click to find out more.

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This course can be completed in 1 day for approved job applicants with special pricing.


Statement of Attainment

This course leads to a Statement of Attainment for the following units of competency:

  • HLTOUT006 Transport emergency patients


Frequently Asked Questions

The Ambulance Driver Training Course at St John is $875 (GST Inclusive) and can be paid as a direct payment or via Zip

Depending on what you have currently completed during your studies you may be suitable to undertake this course.

To find out if this course is right for you, contact us here.

Depending on what you have currently completed during your studies you may be suitable to undertake this course.

To find out if this course is right for you, contact us here.

Yes, this course is a requirement for any personnel who have completed Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport and would like to be rostered on any Ambulance Victoria shifts at large NEPT providers operating within Victoria.

To find out more about the St John Ambulance Driver Training course or to enrol, contact us here.

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