So, you’re interested in training to become a driving instructor. We can offer you expert ADI training in Brecon and the surrounding areas. Did you know that you can also earn a salary whilst you’re training? This is known as a PDI (potential driving instructor) and once you have passed the part two exam you can apply for a trainee license. This gives you the added benefits of practicing your craft and getting paid for it.
How do I become a Driving Instructor and what are the steps?
It’s a fairly straight forward process to become a Driving Instructor, as no qualifications or previous experience is necessary, but first you must tick a few boxes:
- You must have held a driving license for at least 4 years prior to you applying to become an ADI. You must not have more than 6 points on your license, if you have then please discuss this with us.
- You have to be able to read a number plate (new style) from 26.5 metres, glasses or contacts are allowed. You have to complete a CRB (DBS) check. Next, you have to take and pass the 3 Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency exams.
The Process – You will sit the 3 exams at your local ADI test centres. Part 1 is a computer based Theory and Hazard Perception Test. The Part 2 is a test of your driving ability and the Part 3 is a test of Instructional Ability.
You must pass each exam in order before you can move onto the next. Qualification must be within two years of passing the first exam. Our job is to prepare you for all 3 exams by giving you a high standard of training.
The Three exams you have to take!
The Part One Exam – Theory and Hazard Perception. This is a computer based test which consists of 100 multiple choice questions. There are 4 categories and you need to score a minimum of 20 out of 25 in each category which are:
- traffic signs and signals
- car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge
- driving test, disabilities, and the law
- publications and instructional techniques
Hazard Perception Test – You will be shown 14 video clips, each containing at least one developing hazard. You need to identify the hazards as they develop. You need to get a minimum of 57 out of a maximum 75 marks to pass.
Part 2 Test: Driving Ability. This is a driving test and lasts for about 1 hour. You must be able to demonstrate a high level of driving ability, anticipation and consideration of other road users, expert car handling and control, correct road procedure and driving in an environmentally friendly manner. You will also complete a set of manoeuvres such as a parallel park exercise and reverse into a parking bay. There is also an independent driving part to this test which generally lasts approximately 20 minutes.
Part 3 Test: Instructional Ability. This test is to assess the quality of your instruction and your ability to pass your knowledge on to your pupils. The test is known as the Standards Check Part 3 and lasts for 1 hour.
On the Part 3 test, The examiner will:
- look for evidence that the trainee instructor meets the national standard for driver and rider training
- mark 17 areas of competence in 3 categories – lesson planning, risk management and teaching and learning skills
By doing your Driving Instructor training with us, we can assure you that you will have access to all training resources you need and your course will be delivered to you at the highest standard. Our course material is second to none and we want you to succeed in your new career.
To find out more about your training and the costs for a training package, just simply contact us and we’ll be glad to talk you through your options.