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How to become a driving instructor

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Becoming a fully qualified driving instructor isn't necessarily quick or easy. However if you are prepared to work hard alongside one of our dedicated trainers you will have a great chance of passing.

You will need to sit three tests and pass each within three attempts.

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.

Instructor Review

Why join DLA

"I qualified as an ADI in 2019 with the help from Darren and Dave of DLA Driving School. I had previously started my training with another company but felt I was not making the progress I had hoped and felt I was wasting my money. After looking around I decided to continue my training with DLA and I didn't look back. Both Darren and Dave helped me push on and pass my part 3 with an excellent grade. I was really impressed with their approach to training and felt it was excellent value. I would strongly urge anyone looking to become an instructor or looking to change trainers to give the guys at DLA a call. I am now up and running and working for DLA Driving School who filled my diary within just a few weeks."

Matt Goding
Instructor Review

Why join DLA

"I had been working on my own for a number of years and had never previously considered joining a franchise company. After meeting with Darren and Dave I could see how they are building a very client focussed business and how they aredetermined to provide the best possible service, not just to their students, but also their franchisees as well. After I joined DLA Darren and Dave have done exactly what they said they would resulting in more clients for me at a better rate than I had when I worked alone. Although I am seeing that my earnings have increased its great to be part of a real team that I can call on at any time for help and advice."

Christian Bishop
Instructor Review

Why join DLA

"Choosing DLA for my instructor training was the best decision that I made when I was considering where to train to become a driving instructor. Having previously looked at the major training providers I chose DLA as they seemed to be the right fit for me. I wasn’t disappointed as Darren and Dave provided an extremely professional service throughout my whole training experience to become an ADI. I passed my part two and three exams at the first attempt and am now delighted to be working as part of the DLA team.Darren and Dave provide me with continued support and just as importantly DLA provided a full work diary in next to no time."

Tony O'Brien
Instructor Review

Why join DLA

"Having worked for a large franchise I decided to join DLA in order to continue to progress my business and career. For me DLA provide the right level of support and encouragement but still give me that independence that my other franchise didn’t. The team spirit at DLA is second to none, it’s a very happy company to be involved with."

Lucy Sapwell
Instructor Review

Why join DLA

"DLA Driving School provided me with a bespoke training solution to fit in around my then existing job. I was very impressed with the passion that Darren and Dave delivered their training and was delighted to pass all parts of my ADI training at the very first attempt. If you are looking for a fantastic friendly company where you are more than just another number then I can guarantee that Darren & Dave and the whole of the DLA team deliver exactly as they promised."

Eddie O'Brien

Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Training

Part 1 - theory testpart 2 - Driving TestPart 3 - Instructing test

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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