Become a driving instructor today!


As well as having the 'qualifications' you need the 'qualities' that make a good Driving Instructor. You need to be able to deal effectively with people from all walks of life and different backgrounds. You must be able to motivate your learners and bring out the best in them! Does this sound like you?

What qualifications do I need?

When applying to become a driving instructor, you must fulfill the following legal requirements:

  • Hold a full UK or European Union (EU/European Economic Area (EEA) unrestricted car driving licence.
  • Have held it for a total of at least four out of the past six years prior to entering the Register after qualifying.
  • Be a "fit and proper" person to have your name entered in the Register. All convictions, motoring and non-motoring, will be taken into account when the Driving Standards Agency assess your suitability to be entered on the Register. From Spring 2007 applicants will be required to have an enhanced level criminal record check. The information from this check will be used by the DSA to assess the suitability of persons applying for inclusion on the Register of Approved Driving Instructors.
  • Pass the two qualifying practical examinations within two years of passing the theory examination.
  • Apply for registration within 12 months of passing the final part of the examination.


Part 1 - ADI Theory Test

The theory test is made up of two parts; the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part. The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse and the hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other you will fail the whole test, and you will need to take both parts again.

For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles, each vehicle category takes the same test, however the pass mark is different for different categories of tests.

Part 2 - Driving Ability Test

The training and preparation for this part of the qualification process is all carried out in-car, on a one to one basis.

The 'average' number of hours differs from person to person, but 12-14 hours with a trainer is normally sufficient.

We'll look at your driving style and then advise you on strategies which will begin to raise your driving standard to 'expert' level.

Note: for every hour that you cover with a trainer, we suggest that you practise for 2 hours independently.

- One to one in-car training only
- Raise your driving level to expert
- Quickly eliminate poor driving habits

Part 3 - Teaching Ability Test

Although there are 10 Preset Tests, they do not cover all the topics required for teaching a 'real learner' to drive. My training doesn't just focus on the test, but will also ensure that you are equipped with teaching strategies that stay with you throughout your career and help you to teach successfully in the real world.

The average time it takes to prepare for this aspect of training varies from person to person, but it generally takes 1 to 1.5 hours per topic.

We will advise you on the appropriate training required.

      - One to one in-car training only
      - Clear and concise training
      - Training for the test AND real learners

The training and preparation for this part of the course is carried out in-car, on a one to one basis.

You must take AND pass all 3 exams in the correct order to apply for a teaching licence - this process must be done within 2 years of passing the Part 1 Theory Test. Candidates are allowed 3 attempts at each of the Driving Ability and Teaching Ability Tests.

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