Instructor Training.

To become a driving instructor, also known as an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) you will first have to:


  • Hold a full British or Northern Ireland unrestricted car driving licence.
  • Not have been disqualified from driving at any time in the four years prior to being entered in the Register.
  • Be a fit and proper person to have your name entered in the Register.
  • Pass the Register qualifying exam.
  • Apply for registration within 12 months of passing Part 3 of the ADI exam.

All new entrants now have to have a criminal records check. Having a criminal record won't automatically bar you from becoming an ADI. The DSA look at various factors when assessing how suitable an applicant is.


How much does it cost?

Simply give us a call on 07595 733380 and we’ll put together a quote that’s based around you.


The driving instructors exam consists of three parts:

Part 1 Of The Driving Instructors Exam: Theory and Hazard Perception.
The first part of this test is a multi-choice question test which covers a wide range of subject knowledge, including

  • The rules and regulations for driving on UK roads
  • Mechanical principles
  • Teaching techniques
  • Dealing with disabilities.

The test is taken using a touch screen computer and consists of 100 multi-choice questions. English is the only language used for the test. The test duration is 90 minutes.


Part 2 Of The Driving Instructors Exam: Driving Ability.

This is a practical driving test that lasts about an hour. To start with you will need to read a standard number plate from a distance of 27.5 metres. Fail to do this and the test will go no further.

You will then be asked several questions regarding vehicle safety. These questions are the same as the learners show me, tell me test. For full details see our show me tell me test page. Once complete the practical driving test will begin.

The test is of an advanced nature and a very high standard of competence is expected. You will be required to drive in a brisk and 'business-like' manner, demonstrating that you have a thorough knowledge of the principles of good driving and road safety; and that you put them into practice at all times. You will have to drive in a variety of road and traffic environments including heavy and fast moving traffic i.e. motorways and dual carriageways, rural roads and urban areas.

You must satisfy the examiner on your:

  • Expert handling of the controls
  • Application of correct road procedure
  • Anticipations of the actions of other road users and taking the appropriate action
  • Sound judgment of speed, distances and timing
  • Consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users

Any deviation away from this standard will earn you a driving fault. You will fail the test if you score six or more such faults.


Part 3 Of The Driving Instructors Exam: Instructional Ability.

The test is a practical test that lasts about an hour. A specially qualified senior DSA Examiner will take you through the test and mark you. It is designed to test whether you can pass on your knowledge to students with different levels of ability through your practical teaching skills.

There are two parts to the test. In part 1, you have to teach a learner with limited driving skills; and in part 2 you have to make an assessment and give remedial instruction to either a learner who is at test standard or a qualified driver who is undergoing driver development training.

The test relies on role-play. An actual learner and qualified driver play no actual role in the test. Instead the Examiner will describe each pupil to you and then role-play the character. You will then need to adapt your instruction to suit the personality and level of ability of that particular student.

During the test you will be assessed under the following headings:

  • Core competencies
  • Instructional techniques
  • Instructor characteristics

These are sub-divided into the following categories:

Core competencies:

  • Identification of faults
  • Fault analysis
  • Remedial action

Instructional techniques:

  • Level of instruction
  • Planning
  • Control of lesson
  • Communication
  • Question and answer techniques
  • Feedback and encouragement
  • Instructor's use of controls

Instructor characteristics.

  • Attitude
  • Approach to pupil

The maximum grade attainable in each is six and you must attain a grade of at least four in each in order to pass the exam.

Driving Instructor Training - Trainee Licence

A potential ADI doesn't have to wait until they have passed all three parts of the driving instructor exam before taking on paying students.

Once you have passed parts 1 and 2, have undergone at least 40 hours of training with a qualified ADI and have a qualified ADI sponsor, you can apply for a licence, which will allow you to take paying students over a six-month period.


How much does it cost?

Simply give us a call on 07595 733380 and we’ll put together a quote that’s based around you.

Instructor training is a big investment so we offer interest free payment options to make the price of the course more manageable. For full costs give us a call on the number below.

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If you feel you could do with some extra support, help is at hand. Our instructor training should fully prepare you for every stage of learning. But if you feel you need it, extra lessons are available at extra cost to support you through either part 2 or part 3 of your training. Simply call us on the number below.

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