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Becoming A Driving Instructor

Becoming a driving instructor can be a very rewarding career: you’ll help people to learn an important skill for life. The job involves working with all types of customers so you’ll need:

  • Great people skills
  • Patience and understanding
  • A thorough knowledge of the theory and the skill of driving
  • An ability to teach
  • Business sense

Customers often want to fit in their lessons around school and work so you may have to work unsociable hours to fit in with their needs. You’ll also need to check that you’re eligible to apply to become a driving instructor.  Take a look to find out if you can become a Driving Instructor


The ADI qualification is made up of 3 parts:

  • Part 1: theory test
  • Part 2: practical driving test
  • Part 3: instructional ability test

You’ll have to pass the tests in this order and you must pass them within a two-year period before you can join the ADI register.


Part 1 – The Theory Test

The first part of the ADI qualification process is a Driving Theory Test, similar to the theory test for learner drivers, although far more in depth and with a much higher pass mark requirement.


Part 2 – The Practical Driving Test

From the date you pass your Part 1 test, you will have two years in which to complete the next two parts of the qualification process. Part 2 is a driving ability test where you will be examined on all aspects of driving over the course of around an hour. You will be required to perform all manoeuvres and drive at a very high standard for the duration of the test.


Part 3 – The Teaching Ability Test

This test examines your knowledge and your ability to convey and teach people to drive. A mandatory minimum of 40 hours of training must be dedicated to this part of the qualification process. The examination is conducted by a senior examiner who will be acting the role of a student learning to drive. You will be tested using one of 10 Pre Set Tests (PSTs), each of which focus on specific parts of your skill set, and this PST will be selected at random on the day of your test.


How to apply

First you’ll need to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to become an ADI. To do this you’ll need to give details about your current driving licence including any driving offences. You’ll also need a criminal records disclosure number. Apply to become a Driving Instructor

Criminal record check

Before you can apply to become an ADI, you’ll need to have a criminal record check. Apply for your criminal record check

When you’ve been accepted to start the qualifying process, you can start your training towards the three ADI tests.When you’ve been accepted to start the qualifying process, you can start your training towards the three ADI tests.


Here is a list of recommended resources for trainee ADIs:

For Part 1:

The Official DVSA Theory Test for Approved Driving Instructors DVD-ROM
The Official Highway Code
Know Your Traffic Signs
The Driving Instructor’s Handbook
The Official DVSA Guide to Driving – the essential skills
The Official DVSA Guide to Hazard Perception DVD

For Parts 2 and 3:

Prepare for your Practical Test DVD
The Official DVSA Guide to Learning to Drive
Practical Teaching Skills for Driving Instructors
Roadcraft: The Police Driver’s Handbook


How long will it take?

This really depends on your availability and on how much time you are able to dedicate to your training. It is possible to complete your training within 6 – 12 months.

Be wary of some of the bigger Companies that expect you to outlay thousands of pounds (Before you even start!) At the driving we are a small independent business, who always put their customers first! We make sure our prices are clear, simple and honest. We operate a pay as you go system for every stage of your training as we realise everyone has different needs and requirements. (Yes its that easy, no fine print or large deposits required!) Please call us or email for more information. There are also fees for each of the three tests: ADI test fees.

How can we help?

Training to become a Driving Instructor is a big commitment, but a hugely rewarding one! We offer one on one training, right from the beginning. We will guarantee you a position at our driving school once you have successfully completed your training course. This means that as soon as you gain your qualification, you will be able to start earning immediately. You will receive our full and ongoing support in your new career as a driving instructor, and we will help you every step of the way.

The next step is to call us on call on 0333 123 0245 or send us a message through our contact page.

We can arrange a time that’s convenient to meet and discuss any questions you may have.

This will also give you the chance to find out about our Company, the industry and meet some of our franchisees, many who have been through the training programme with us, and hear how they have built a successful business with the driving

we love teaching driving lessons!