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Become A Driving Instructor

If you are interested in a change of career and becoming a driving instructor then we can help you from start to finish in all aspects of your training. The basic requirements to becoming an ADI (approved driving instructor) are:

The 'fit and proper' criteria

You will not be entered onto the register unless you show the ADI Registrar that you are a 'fit and proper' person.

Any convictions will be taken into account when the Registrar checks your suitability to be entered onto the register. This includes fixed penalty offences such as speeding.

The ADI Registrar will take into account any motoring convictions and/or your criminal record.

If you have committed any motoring offence(s) resulting in endorsements totalling five penalty points or more being recorded on your licence, the ADI Registrar will consider this carefully and may decide to refuse your registration.

There are three steps to becoming a driving instructor and the process is not an easy one!

Part 1 theory test

This only has a 50% pass rate but there is no limit to the amount of attempts that you have at this test. The test consists of a multiple choice section followed by a video based hazard perception test. The multiple choice section consists of 100 questions that are split into 4 sections of 25 questions. You must score no less than 20 in each section but must achieve an overall result of 85. This means that you could score more than 85 and still fail because you scored less than 20 in one of the sections.

During the hazard perception test you will be shown 14 video clips on a computer. These clips will simulate various driving situations from town centres to motorways. You are marked on your reaction times and each hazard is marked between 5 and 1 and the earlier you react to the hazard the higher your mark. One clip shown will contain 2 hazards so it is important to react to every hazard you observe. The pass mark for the hazard perception test is a minimum of 57 from a possible 75. You are only allowed a maximum of 3 attempts at this test.

ADI part 2 test

This is a test of your driving ability and you may only take this test once you have successfully completed the theory and hazard perception test. The first part of the test is an eyesight check. You must be able to read the new style number plate at a distance of 26.5 metres (90feet) with or without corrective lenses. The next step is a test of your vehicle knowledge known as “show me, tell me”. You will be asked 5 questions out of a possible 16 and you will receive one fault for each question that you answer incorrectly. if you get all 5 wrong this will be marked as a serious fault and will result in the failure of your part 2. The next step is a test of your driving ability, this combined with the above 2 steps is scheduled to take 60mins but can run over.

You will be assessed on: You will also be asked to drive independently; this allows the examiner to assess your decision making. During the complete 60 minutes you are permitted only 6 minor faults and 7 or more minor faults will result in a fail and any serious or dangerous faults will automatically result in a fail.

Part 3

The third and final part is your ability to give instruction. You will be tested on the quality of your instruction and your ability to pass on your knowledge to pupils. The test is split into 2 parts and will be asked each of which will be split into 30 minutes. During this time you will be asked to demonstrate your knowledge and ability by giving practical instruction to the examiner who will take on the roll of a pupil. The pupil could be a complete beginner or limited experience. The pupil could be someone who is nearly up to test standard and could even be a qualified driver taking development training. Again only three attempts at this test are allowed.

If you are successful with both parts 1 and 2 there is an option to apply for a trainee licence using an ADI 3l form this trainee licence is valid for 6 months where you can gain valuable experience for the part 3 test and earn a wage at the same time.

If you would like further information about costs and any further information about becoming a driving instructor, please call 0800 052 6713