GDC combines the best standards across the world

Our philosophy: Preventive and Pro-active

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Why get accredited?

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How we do it?

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Global Driving Standards Certification

Global standards and certification programs for training centers, trainers, companies and drivers.

GDC certifies training centers and companies, master trainers, trainers and drivers worldwide. If you are on this website, you most likely see the importance of investing in road safety by getting GDC-accredited in order to save lives and – no doubt about it – costs. This is what we do. We get results for the drivers, their families, for your fleet, your company, your country.

GDC works with governments, companies, organisations and NGO’s worldwide to instil safe driving practices as a foundation of good business and an integral component of workplace health and safety and overall corporate responsibility.

What we do?

GDC is an independent certification body. We certify training centers, master drivers and drivers. If you successfully complete a certified examination, you will receive a unique GDC certificate, confirming your compliance with GDC standards. 

Independent auditors apply the same standards and demand the same performance in all of their audits, irrespective of the market they are operating in.


GDC Certification programs cover those for Trainers and Master Trainers and for Training Providers and meet globally recognised curricula and best practices.

Individuals receive a recognised certification, valid for three years, verifying their skills and capabilities independent of their employer.  Companies benefit indirectly from the GDC programs by having a quality framework to follow in selection and application of GDC certified training providers and programs.

GDC programs provide a reference framework for organisations who need to appoint driving standards trainers and programs.

Why you should get GDC accredited?

A licence is not enough

When it comes to drivers’ training and drivers, companies are looking for high quality and a consistent approach. This is what they get from GDC and GDC’s master franchisees. Our philosophy is simple: It boils down to saving lives, preventing injuries and saving costs. Look at these numbers: 1,3 million people die in traffic accidents worldwide each year. Several million people are injured and have to live with permanent damage to their physical and psychological health. The suffering is immense, but also costs are immense, often 2-3 % of a country’s GDP. You want to make sure, that your training center, your drivers get the best at reasonable rates, that a serious program is not only in place, but also followed. GDC certification is valid for 3 years.

GDC is an independent certification body. We certify training centers, master drivers and drivers. If you fulfil our standards, you will get a GDC certificate. Our training partners, CEPA, for example, certifies training centers in Russia on behalf of GDC.

How we do it?

Preventive and Pro-active

GDC’s standards cover four key driving related domains: Driving skills, Training of trainers and instructors, training material and documentation, Company drivers. GDC has developped a set of standards for each domain as a basis for accreditation. Below we outline our approach.  We are happy to reply to your requests and inquiries.

Driving Skills

Drawing on best practice from around the world GDC has developed a global standard for safe driving. While many countries use some form of driving test to assess driving competency before granting a driving licence, basic licence acquisition driving tests can’t cater for the vast range of vehicle performance, vehicle sizes, new technology and human factors that drivers are exposed to in their driving life. GDC’s driving standard goes beyond basic competency in vehicle control to encompass attitudinal and behavioural factors that have been shown in the last 20 years to have a significant influence on a driver’s likelihood of having a collision.

Standards for Driving Instructors, Trainer & Coaches and Master Trainers:
These standards focus on key issues such as:
(1) Standard of driving
(2) Knowledge of subject matter
(3) Ability to plan training
(4) Ability to present information
(5) Coaching style

Standards for Driver Training Courses
These standards focus on key issues such as:
(1) Suitability of the course for the target audience
(2) Technical accuracy and currency of the course content
(3) Effectiveness of the delivery of the course

Standards for the Management of Driver Training Organisations
Driver training organisations vary greatly in terms of size, location and course content so GDC’s standards for driver training organisations focus on how the organisation is managed and the key business processes required to manage driver training effectively. These are set out as performance areas:
(1) Business Management Processes
(2) Quality Control of Course Content and Delivery
(3) Course Administration
(4) Trainer Management
(5) Training Infrastructure
(6) Effectiveness & Impact

How are the GDC standards entwined?

The four domains of the standards relate closely to each other. Organisations involved in driver training are able to apply the individual domain standards to their management processes, their instructors and their courses. The standards for driving apply to both their instructors and their trainees.


GDC recognises that some countries and some organisations already have high quality standards in place for safe driving and driver training. Consequently, we operate to the principle of “Equivalence”. Some countries have high quality national assessments and registers in place for driving instructors that we recognise those as being at an alternative and equivalent level to the GDC driving instructor standard when assessing a driver training organisation.

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