How to become an approved driving instructor…
If you are thinking of a new career as a driving instructor, choose a trainer/company who is on the ORDIT REGISTER. This means these establishments have reached standards set out by the DSA to ensure YOU WILL BE PROVIDED with a professionally run course.
Ashley Neal Instructor Training is on the ORDIT REGISTER. and all training will be provided by a GRADE A instructor.
To be a fully qualified Driving Instructor, you will need to pass three examinations. The training program will fully prepare you for all three modules of the ADI qualification.
Your Guide to Becoming A Driver Instructor
- A Theory Test
- A Practical Test of your driving ability
- A Practical Test of your ability to instruct
You must take and pass all three parts of the exam in this order and must complete the whole exam within two years of passing the written test. If you are unable to complete the exam within this time you must start again from the beginning and pass each part once again.
You are only allowed three attempts at each of the practical tests. If you do not pass in the three attempts you must wait until the end of your two year period before you can requalify, starting with the theory exam.
The Theory Examination (Part 1)
The Part 1 test can be taken at any theory test centre in Great Britain.
The test calls for a high standard of knowledge. It is a single test of 100 questions to be completed in one and a half hours. For every question a choice of four answers is given. Only one of these answers is correct. The questions are based on all or any of the following:-
- principals of road safety generally and their application in particular circumstances;
- techniques of driving a car correctly, courteously and safely including control of the vehicle, road procedure, recognising hazards and taking proper action, dealing properly with pedestrians and other road users, the use of safety equipment;
- the theory and practice of learning, teaching and assessment;
- tuition required to instruct a pupil in driving a car, including the items set out above, the correction of pupils’ errors, the manner of the instructor, the relationship between the instructor and pupil, and simple vehicle adaptations for disabled drivers;
- “The Highway Code”
- the booklet “The Official Driving Test”
- interpretation of the reasons for failure given in form DL25A the “Statement of Failure” to pass the driving test
- knowledge of the mechanism and design of a car;
- the official DSA book “Driving – the Essential Skills”
The overall pass mark for the Part 1 is 85%. However you must reach a minimum mark of 80% in each of the four areas the test is split into. In addition, candidates are required to score at least 57 out of 75 at the hazard perception test. Both parts of the exam must be passed together to pass the Part 1 test. The result of the test will be given at the end of the test.
Study for this section may be mixture of the following;
- Home study
- Classroom based study
- In-car training
You can have as many attempts at this part of the exam as you need to pass.
Once Part 1 has been passed you can immediately start the second part of your qualification “the practical test of your driving ability” (Part 2).
The Test of Driving Ability (Part 2)
The practical test of driving ability consists of both eyesight and driving technique. The test lasts for about one hour. You must pass both parts of the test at the same time.
You must be able to read a car number plate at a distance of 27.5m in good daylight, with the help of glasses or contact lenses if worn.
The test of driving technique is not just a slightly more difficult “L” test. It is of an advanced nature and a very high standard of competence is required. You must show that you have a thorough knowledge of the principals of good driving and road safety and that you can apply them in practice.
The routes used for the test will include roads which may carry heavy traffic or fast moving traffic, for example motorways or fast dual carriageways. The routes will be both inside and outside built up areas.
No more than six minor errors may be committed on this test, with any serious or dangerous faults committed resulting in an automatic failure of the test.
You must drive in a brisk business-like way, but you must drive safely and within the legal limits.
You must provide a car for the test which is properly taxed and insured. It must be a saloon, hatchback or estate car in proper working condition and with seatbelts in working order. It must be capable of the normal performance of vehicles of its type with manual transmission, right hand steering and a readily adjustable seat for a forward facing front passenger. The car must not be displaying “L” plates. (Vehicles can be hired for the purpose of this test from ourselves)
The examiner will give a decision at the end of the test.
Training for this section will comprise of the following:-
- In car training
- Practice in-between sessions
You are only allowed 3 attempts at this part of the exam. If you fail all three attempts you must wait two years from the date of passing Part 1, until you start to re-qualify from the beginning.
Once Part 2 has been passed you can immediately start the last part of your qualification “the practical test of your ability to instruct” (Part 3).
The Test of your ability to instruct (Part 3)
For the CRB you’ll need to use the:
- organisation PIN 105205
- secret word axis
- organisation name DVSA – PDI (PO)
COSTS (Prices are subject to change)
PART 1 (The written exam) Part 1 Home Study Pack 75.00
Classroom session/per hour (optional) 35.00
In car hazard perception training/per hour (optional) 40.00
PART 2 (The driving ability test) In car training/per hour 40.00
Car hire for the purpose of the Part 2 test 75.00
PART 3 (The instructional ability test) In car training/per hour 40.00
Car hire for the purpose of the Part 3 test 75.00
FULL COURSE 2250.00 Including Part 1 Home Study Pack, All Part 1 in car/classroom sessions as required, All Part 2 in car sessions as required (inc further training if Part 2 is failed), 40 hours training towards Part 3 exam, 5 hours further training after each attempt at Part 3 if failed, Lesson Plans Car hire for exams (if required).
RETRAINING (Development/ Standards Check Help)
In car sessions/per hour 40.00
ADI REGISTER (payable direct to the DSA)
Theory examination (multiple choice and hazard perception) 81.00
Part 2 practical examination 111.00
Part 3 practical examination 111.00
Trainee licence(6 months)140.00
Initial ADI registration- 4 years 300.00
Renewal of registration- 4 years 300.00
The driving school reserves the right to charge for any training not cancelled at least 48 hours before the date booked. Payment for training must be paid for in advance. Prepayments are refundable at the discretion of the management, on production of an official receipt (usually for medical conditions, and not including any course materials).
Any complaints will be treated very seriously and in total confidence. We pride ourselves in the services we provide to be professional and the information we give in any circumstances not to be misleading. If you have any complaint about how any of our staff have acted please contact us by post and we will endeavour to rectify the situation as soon as possible.
Complaints, ASHLEY NEAL Driving Instruction Limited,
50 Whitewood Park,
We will reply in writing, within 10 working days of receiving your letter. You can take matters further if you are still dissatisfied by writing to:
The Register of Approved Driving Instructors
Driving Standards Agency