About Us

The Independent Taxi Training Company (ITTCo) was established to enable people in Cardiff and the surrounding areas to learn how to join the taxi trade, providing top class training by utilising expert knowledge of both Cardiff and surrounding areas whilst also ensuring the required qualifications are obtainable.


Qualification

The SQA Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver is designed to develop, the knowledge of prospective or existing drivers.

Practical Disability Applications

A specifically designed practical unit which raises awareness of the differing types of disabilities your passengers may present. We focus on ensuring that your service is accessible to all.

Detailed Knowledge

Our team have extensive local knowledge, built up over the last 18 years, to share with prospective taxi drivers allowing them to successfully pass the required local council knowledge tests.

Successful Pass Rate

Our team have successfully trained over 1,000 drivers during the last 13 years (10 at a previous training facility) with a first time pass rate exceeding 90%!

Where are we based?

We are currently located in The Beacon Centre in Harrison Drive, St. Mellons (CF3 0PJ).
The centre provides top class facilities to enable the delivery of training, ample car parking space, on site cafeteria and is easily accessible from A48 and M4.

Select Course

Choose which course you want to attend and follow the link through to PayPal to make the payment. You will receive confirmation of payment via email and as well as a receipt on your first day of training.

ITTCo Prices

Courses & Prices

What do I need to become a taxi driver?
To become a taxi driver in Cardiff, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a current UK/EU driving licence, which has been held for over 12 months;
  • Be over the age of 21;
  • Pass 2 tests - Regulatory Qualification (UK wide) & Local Knowledge (where applicable);
  • Pass a medical exam and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check;
  • Understand basic written and spoken English.
Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver. This is a mandatory qualification required by most councils throughout the UK to allow you to become a taxi driver.

We offer two methods for the qualification delivery - these are known as "Standard" and "FastTrack". Find out more in the "How long will the course last" section.

Knowledge – A local knowledge test which is broken down into two parts (written & oral). The exams will test your knowledge of the local area of Cardiff. They will also test your knowledge of the rules and regulations of the taxi trade, specific to the local city council. To ensure you can pass these exams, we run a ‘Knowledge School’ to teach you all you need to know.
Standard Delivery: The qualification is delivered over a 3 week period and will require candidate attendance for 1 day per week, on a Wednesday. On day 1, Units 1-4 of the quaification will be taught. On day 2, Units 5, 7, 8 an 9 will be taught. On the third day, Unit 6 will be taught and candidates will be required to perform a practical assessment. Exams for Units 1-4 will be taken on the same day. Candidates will be required to attend on the Thursday or Friday in the third week to sit exams for units 5-9.

FastTrack Delivery: The qualification is delivered over a 4 day period, spanning 1 week. Similar to the "Standard Delivery", Units 1-4 will be taught on the Monday, Units 5, 7, 8 and 9 on the Tuesday and Unit 6 Theory and Practical on the Wednesday. Exams for Units 1-4 will be taken on the same day. Candidates will be required to attend on the Thursday or Friday sit exams for units 5-9.

Local Knowledge: This is a Cardiff Council requirement where drivers will be expected to learn specific pre-defined routes e.g. Take me from location "A" to location "B". The Council require candidates to follow a specific route and be able to verbalise the route during an oral examination. ITTCo will give candidates the most thorough training to enable them to pass this exam. The course is run over a 12 week period, 1 day per week.

There are 9 exams in total which are sat on an external system (SOLAR), which is provided by the qualification provider. Exam costs are covered as part of the original course fee. Should a candidate fail a Unit, ITTCo will allow the candidate to resit the unit an additional time, free of charge. Should a candidate fail again, there will be an additional cost of £20 per unit, per resit. This additional cost is to cover charges for additional exam fees and to cover other associated costs such as admin, verifier attendance, centre access etc.

Candidate ScenarioActionOutcome
Candidate AFails Unit 1Passes Unit 1 at ResitNo additional charge
Candidate BFails Units 3 and 4Passes Unit 3 at Resit
Fails Unit 4 at resit
Passes Unit 4 at resit 2
£20 to cover resit 2
Candidate CFails All Units at attempt 1Fails All Units at resit
Passes All Units at Resit 2
£180 to cover resit 2

We recommend that you call to arrange a session where we can talk you through the course, what would be expected of you and to allow us to answer any queries you may have before you commit to attend the training. We typically run induction sessions at the centre on a Monday afternoon at 13:00 but will accomodate where required.

The Independent Taxi Training company has a very suitable training programme delivered by Steve, a qualified and widely respected trainer in this area. Steve has over 10 years’ experience in training obtained through one of the largest private hire companies in South Wales, Premier Taxis. During this time, Steve has helped over 1,000 people qualify to become a taxi driver in Cardiff.
CourseStandardFastTrack
Qualification Course£285£320
Knowledge School£270£270
Total Individual Costs£555£590
Total Combined Costs£530£580

Additional costs outside of the course will apply for exam resits, medical exams, DBS etc. Please enquire about these.

You can pay via PayPal by following the link opposite. Alternatively, you can pay via bank transfer to the following details:

  • Sort Code: 23-69-72
  • Account Number: 17893029
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