Becoming a Driving Instructor – Course Information
Becoming a fully qualified driving instructor isn’t an easy process. However, as long as you’re prepared to work hard and you find the right trainer for
There are 3 exams you need to take and pass each one within 3 attempts. You also have 2 years to complete all 3 exams from the date you pass the first exam – Part 1.
You can pass all 3 exams in as little as 3 months. Typically trainees take between 6 months – 12 months if they have an existing job and they are doing their training in between.
Part 1 of the approved driving instructor (ADI) qualifying process is the theory test. Before you can take the test, you’ll need to have completed a criminal record check and been given permission by the ADI registrar.
There are two parts to the test
themultiple choice part thehazard perception part.
Preparing for the multiple choice test
In the multiple choice test, you’ll need to show your knowledge of
- The Highway Code
therules of the road
- instructional techniques.
The ADI theory test needs a higher standard of knowledge than the learner theory test because you’ll need a more thorough understanding of these topics so you can teach them to your pupils.
Preparing for your theory test will help you to understand what your pupils will be going through as they prepare for their test. Think about how you find the process and what you find helpful so you can use this to support your pupils in the future.
Using official publications will help you get the most out of your preparations. You can see a list of recommended resources on our Becoming an approved driving instructor page. You can buy these on our online shop.
The multiple choice test covers the following topics in four ‘bands’.
- road procedure
- traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge
- driving test,
- publications and instructional techniques
Tips for helping you learn
There are lots of tricks you can use to help you learn what you’ll need to know for your test. Here are a few ideas.
- Link what you’re learning to your own experiences: for example, think about where you’ve seen an example of a road sign and use this to help you remember what the sign means.
- Use mnemonics: these are sayings or stories that help you remember something – for example, ‘Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain’ reminds you of the
coloursof the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). Practisethe question formats: as well as knowing all the information, you’ll also need to know how the questions are asked in the test. Use the practice test and the self-assessment questions in The Official DVSA Theory Test for Approved Driving Instructors.
- Plan your study: set yourself some timelines and targets. This will help you to see your progress and make sure you haven’t missed anything. Plan to do your studying somewhere you won’t be disturbed and at a time when you’re fully awake.
- Get help: use friends, family, your instructor or your colleagues from work to ask questions and share driving experiences.
Use the stopping distances game and road sign quiz to help you
It might be a while since you did any studying so allow yourself plenty of time to find out what works best for you.
Preparing for the hazard perception test
This part of the test checks you can
The Part 2 test for driving instructors is very similar to the standard learner driver test. As with the learner test, at the
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Each Show Me Tell Me questions you get incorrect, you will receive a minor fault. The duration of the ADI Part 2 test lasts longer than a standard learner driver test at around one hour due to more
These will include the turn in the road, left reverse around a corner, right corner reverse, reverse parallel parking and possibly bay parking if bay facilities are available at the test
Unlike the L-test with 15 minor faults, the ADI Part 2 will only be allowed a maximum of 6 minor faults. The test will be spread over varying road conditions and environments to include busy town roundabouts, one-way systems, country roads, dual
- Expertly demonstrate handling of the car controls
- Follow road procedures safely and correctly
- Anticipate the actions of other road users, taking the appropriate action and in
- Demonstrate a sound judgment of distance and appropriate speed
- Give consideration to other road users and demonstrate a safe level of driving
- Abide by the Highway Code
ADI PART 2 TEST REQUIREMENTS
Before you can book the ADI Part 2 test, you must have completed and passed the ADI Part 1 test.
WHAT TO BRING TO ADI PART 2 TEST
You must take along to your ADI Part 2 test:
- your ADI Part 1 test certificate
- your valid Great Britain or Northern Ireland driving
licence, plus a valid passport if you have the old-style paper licence
- a suitable car for the test to be conducted in
ADI PART 2 CAR REQUIREMENTS
The ADI Part 2 car requirements are as follows:
- Fully insured, taxed and a valid MOT if applicable
Road worthy( tyres, windscreen / wipercondition, seat belts etc)
- Car must be right-hand steering
- Must be a hard-top saloon, hatchback or estate car
- Car must be of typical performance for its type
- Car must have fully adjustable front passenger seat, seat belts and head restraints
- If you have a manual licence you can take the test in either a manual or automatic car. You’ll be able to train people in both types of
carwhen you’ve qualified.
- Car must not be displaying L plates or D plates in Wales
- Car must not be fitted with a space saver
ADI Part 3 is to test your ability to teach. The test lasts for one hour and is divided into two 30 minute segments.
The examiner can choose from 10 Pre-Set Tests (PST). Each PST has two phases. If for
- Provide a clear and informative briefing of the lesson
- Provide clear instruction at the correct level of pupil ability the examiner sets
- Identify any faults made
- Analyse and explain faults
- Rectify faults
- Keep control of the lesson
HOW TO PASS ADI PART 3 TEST
The Part 3 ADI test is to assess your ability to teach. Throughout the test, the examiner will play the role of a pupil in which you will need to teach certain aspects of driving. The Part 3 test lasts for one hour and is divided into two phases. Phase one assesses your ability to teach a novice or intermediate learner and phase two assesses your ability to teach learners with a much higher ability to drive.
The examiner plays the part of a novice or intermediate learner driver in phase one and in the second phase he or she will play the part of a learner who is approaching test standard. The examiner will choose one out of ten Pre-Set Tests (PST). You can score from grade 1 to 6. A grade 4 or above must be
Below you will find some of the more important areas of advice to keep in mind when taking your ADI Part 3 test.
The DVSA ADI 1 document explains the rules that the examiner must abide by for the Part 3 test. A read of this may provide you with some insight and useful tips for passing your Part 3 test.
Once Part 2 has been passed and you have completed 40 hours of ADI Part 3 training, you may want to consider applying for a trainee driving instructor
Take time to learn the roads and routes around the test
At the start of your ADI Part 3 test, the examiner will give you a ‘word picture’. This word picture determines the role that the examiner will be playing. For example, the examiner will play a learner with very little experience and the PST he has chosen will be teaching the 3 point turn.
After your word picture,
During your ADI Part 3 test, one of the most important aspects of your training is your Part 2. If at any point the examiner does something that you yourself would not have done in your Part 2, then it is not acceptable. Use your Part 2 training to its fullest. The skills you gained on your Part 2 training is by far the most important knowledge needed to pass Part 3. Your ultimate goal is for your pupil (the examiner) to drive safely, with good control and abiding by the rules of the road just as you did when you passed your Part 2.
Keep control of the situation. The examiner at any given time will make error after error and they will come thick and fast if you let him. These errors escalate quickly and before you know it, all control is lost. The moment you see an error, pull the examiner up on it. If the errors are coming in fast then ask the examiner to pull up on the left, making sure it is a safe convenient and legal position (SCALP). By doing so, you can address the errors he or she has made,
It is important to know your Pre-Set Tests (PST) within reason but not to
The examiner isn’t interested in a set routine. He or she will be demonstrating to you that all your pupils will be different and will make entirely different and at times unexpected mistakes. Some will be very nervous and some will be far too confident. With this in mind, studying your PST to a routine simply will not work. Being prepared to change your course of action at any given time, identify,
ADI PART 3 TRAINING
There are many training establishments that will teach Part 1, 2 and of course ADI Part 3. It’s important to use a trainer that you feel comfortable with and one that you clearly understand their teaching methods and instructions.
An ORDIT registered trainer doesn’t necessarily mean they are good, it simply means they follow
Ask also if it is the same trainer throughout the entire course as it’s beneficial that it is. Sharing the vehicle with other trainee driving instructors has
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