How to become a driving instructor

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To become a driving instructor you will need to to sit three tests. You have unlimited attempts to pass Part 1 however you will have to pass Part 2 and 3 in three attempts each.

You will get two years to complete all training and tests from the date you pass your part 1 exam.

Although you have to two years, most people qualify within 6-12 months depending on their own availabilty and affordability.

Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Training

Part 1

The first test within your ADI training is in two parts:

  • The theory test;
  • A hazard perception test.

The theory test consists of 100 multiple choice questions, within the test there are four bands which each require a pass-mark of 80%. You have 1½ hours to complete the test and need an overall pass mark of 85% for this part of the test. The hazard perception test consists of 14 video clips and the pass mark is 57 out of a possible 75. You are given a further 20 minutes to complete the hazard perception. The cost to sit both parts of the test is £81 and can be taken as many times as necessary.

On passing the ADI Part One test you will be given an application form to apply for your ADI Part Two test.

Part 2

There are 5 parts to the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test:

  • An eyesight check;
  • 'Show me, tell me' vehicle safety questions;
  • General driving ability;
  • Manoeuvres;
  • Independent driving.

To pass the test you must be able to:

  • Drive safely in different road and traffic conditions;
  • Show that you know The Highway Code by the way you drive.

The national standard for driving cars tells you everything you must be able to do to pass the test.

To pass you must not commit more than six minors or one serious fault. The cost to take this test is £111 and can be taken up to three times.

Part 3

The aim of the Part 3 exam is to assess your ability to instruct and whether your instruction helps a person to learn in an effective way.

A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency examiner will watch you give a client-centred driving lesson lasting about an hour to one of your pupils. The examiner will look for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver and rider training.

You'll be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories:

  • Lesson planning;
  • Risk management;
  • Teaching and learning strategies

The cost to take this test is £111 and can be taken up to three times.

When you pass ADI part 3 you will become a fully qualified driving instructor.

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