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|DCA is a Canadian company that currently operates in 6 provinces and has a number of service providers. Service Providers are privately owned companies or individuals who hold the required credentials and operate under contract to administer DCA protocols and assessments. The two groups that generally offer DCA Protocols (all the different treatments and assessments developed by DCA) are those working in the fields of loss prevention and fleet training and those working in the field of medical rehabilitation.
DCA offers consulting services for corporate fleets & agencies as well as sending speakers to various conferences and workshops. In many cases Head Office works with the service provider to counsel the fleet to find the most applicable course of action.
DCA offers a number of training courses in becoming credentialled as a DCA Evaluator, a fleet trainer/facilitator (with signing authority in some jurisdictions) or a Driving Therapist (DT). DCA maintains an up to date record of each person holding a DCA credential. At any time a fleet or agency can contact the DCA Head Office for clarification of an individual’s active status with DCA.
This assessment protocol is an on-road assessment of a driver's ability to operate safely. DCA2 is a risk assessment tool for evaluating how a driver matches his or her cognitive, attentional and psycho-motor skills with decision making behaviour. The ‘2’ signifies that the driver is using the entire system and is expected to be able to deal with different distracter conditions. DCA1 is used for drivers just entering the system or those starting to self restrict and not use the entire system (novice drivers and seniors). DCA3 is a measure of both a trainer’s driving and their ability to facilitate learning in their students.
The DCA2 protocol provides an on road in vehicle relative measure of those attributes which current research suggests are most directly related to crash involvement such as risk management, inattention and distractibility. The higher order executive functions required for driving become quite apparent during this assessment and are taken into account in the analysis.
Utilizing highly trained evaluators, the DCA2 is conducted systematically by standardizing the testing environment, distracter conditions, and driving situations. The resultant competency/risk measure profiles a driver's decision making based on six variables and quantifies the degree of variability a driver exhibits in situations of diverse complexity and different distracter conditions while driving in a complex urban environment.
Three levels of this assessment protocol have been developed:
DCA 1 and 2 cost approximately $220 per assessment in a passenger vehicle and generally $275 per assessment on a classified vehicle route which includes a report indicating the current level of ability of an individual. Additional charges may be incurred, e.g. extra counselling, remediation or rehabilitation and are billed at a rate of approximately $85/hour.
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