|MSA launches online marshals' training and accreditation|
co-driver Nicky Grist helped the Motor Sports Association (MSA) launch
a new online training and accreditation scheme for rally and cross
country marshals today at Autosport International.
The scheme is
part of the RallyFuture campaign to further enhance safety on UK stage
rallies. Its purpose is to ensure that all Rally marshals have a common
understanding of their roles and responsibilities, the management of
spectators and how to handle an incident.
The online training
takes less than an hour to complete, and has been designed as a
supplement to – not a replacement for – the high quality
face-to-face training sessions currently being delivered across the UK.
Grist said: “Safety has become a highly contentious issue. This
new scheme will dramatically speed up and improve the quality of new
marshals, and it’s exciting that they can now do it online and so
Jon Binns, Marshals’ Representative on the
Motor Sports Council, said: "I wholeheartedly support what the MSA is
striving to deliver with the new online marshals’ training and
accreditation scheme. It will help to ensure that everyone who marshals
on a rally stage will have received a common level of training relating
to their personal safety, managing spectators and what to do if an
incident occurs. This not only better equips them to do their roles but
also demonstrates to external third parties that we take safety very
Existing and prospective Marshals can undertake online training and accreditation by logging in or registering at members.msauk.org
events for young girls will boost awareness and demonstrate the varied
and exciting areas of the sport – showing that they too can dare
to be different.
“I’m proud to launch today and must
thank my team and our ambassadors for their invaluable contribution and
dedication to the project.”
Why do experienced marshals have to do this?
marshals should have a common set of basic skills to protect themselves
and others on the stages. This includes first-on-scene training. The
MSA aims to ensure that the training is useful and relevant to everyone.
What are the contents and how long does it take to do?
are three modules: Roles & Responsibilities of the Marshal;
Spectator Management; and Incident Management. It should take a maximum
of one hour to complete, including the online assessment.
What is the process?
register online via the MSA’s members’ site at
members.msauk.org. Then follow the links to the learning management
system and proceed.
What will happen if you do not pass?
You can simply retake once you have re-read the sections you didn’t quite manage first time.
Do all Marshals have to complete the on-line scheme, regardless of status?
but you can apply to register at the grade for which you are most
experienced. If you wish to apply for a grade higher than trainee you
will need to supply the MSA with an application form endorsed by your
club and a CV covering your motorsport history.
Do you have to complete the online scheme every year?
No – it is a one-off for everyone.
When do all Marshals have to be registered by?
now on, online training and accreditation will be compulsory for
new/first-time rally and cross country marshals. Existing marshals are
encouraged to complete it as soon as possible and will need to do so
before renewing their 2017 registration.
If a Marshal chooses not to register will he/she still be able to marshal?
will continue to be a buddying system, which will allow non-accredited
marshals to join accredited volunteers on events. This will also help
to ensure we don’t lose opportunities to recruit new volunteers.
All marshals will need to complete the online scheme before marshalling
unsupervised – a non-accredited marshal will not be able to man a
junction on his or her own, for example.
Will marshals still require a club endorsement on the application form?
For 2016, new marshals will not require club endorsement. However, they will need endorsement when they come to upgrade.
How will the grade be decided for existing marshals?
the same way as for race, it will be decided by a small committee upon
submission of a CV and an application form endorsed by the club.
Any further questions from volunteers should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.