Before you start, you MUST ask yourself the question:
"Why do I want to be a Driving Instructor?"
Some of you will already know why; to run your own business or work more flexibly.
To earn more or be more secure.
If you are not sure yet, but like the idea and would like to learn more, take a look around this site and we will try to answer all of your questions and tell you all about this industry and the Job.
The training and tests are not hard and most people actually enjoy it,
but you will need to work hard.
This is in 3 steps and can be done as you study:
1: Check list
2: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau check
3: DSA registration
This is in 3 steps:
1: Theory and Hazard Perception
2: Driving Ability
3: Instructional Ability
There a lots of companies out there that will train you to be a driving instructor.
National Driving Schools like RED, BSM, The AA, LDC etc.. and large Local Schools
that you may see around your area.
We will look into the syllabus for each part of the training and look at what
is the best and most cost effective way for you to train.
If you would like to talk about any of the above, please call us on
0800 09 88 321
Train for just £999. You don't need to spend thousands of £££'s
on your training, but never compromise on quality.
How can I learn about training? Where can I get all the important facts and information I need? Get an impartial view on training
What's involved in the process? What are the legal requirements do I need to know before I make a decision?
People look to become driving instructors for many reasons. Why are you looking to be an instructor? What's important to you?
Driving instructors can work full or part time and even work around a job or other commitments, or as their main job and career.
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Become a Driving Instructor - Legal Process
If you want to work as an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) in Britain, you'll need to be registered on the Driving Standards Agency's Register of ADIs.
An Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) is someone who has passed all three parts of the ADI qualifying test and is currently registered with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the Government's agency and part of the Department of Transport. The three parts of the test are explained below.
A computer based Theory and Hazard Perception Test.
Click the link for more information on Part 1 of driving instructor training
Click the link for more information on Part 2 of driving instructor training
A test to assess your ability and knowledge as a Driving Instructor.
Click the link for more information on Part 3 of driving instructor training
If you want to become an ADI, you will need to apply to the ADI Registrar (the Registrar) to start the qualifying tests via the ADI 3 form. Click here for your copy (opens in new tab).
Before you can complete this form however, you will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau check before applying to start the qualifying process and obtain a 'disclosure number'. To do this you must call TMG, the government's DBS agent, on the DBS Application form hotline - 0870 850 2455
(The way in which your application is processed may be affected if any of the following apply:
- you have endorsements - including disqualifications - or more than three fixed penalty points on your driving licence
- you are only allowed to drive vehicles with an automatic transmission due to a disability
- you have not held a full UK or European Union driving licence for four out of the last six years
If you fall within any of these categories, you should send full details - along with your application - to the DSA. They will then tell you when you should obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service. At this point, you must copmlete the DSA's ADI 3 form (opens in new tab).)
You must pass all three parts of the examination in this order and must complete the whole examination within two years of passing the theory test (Part 1). This is to ensure that your training is structured and that the information gained from studying for the theory test is still relevant when you qualify.
There is no limit on the number of attempts you may have at the Part 1 of the ADI qualifying tests. You are only allowed three attempts at each of the two practical tests. If you do not pass either in the three attempts you must wait until the end of your two-year period before you can start again, beginning with Part 1.
The two-year period cannot be extended for any reason. If the Registrar has received a valid application for the Part 3 test from you before the two years expires, you can take the test after the expiry date. Once an appointment has been made, you will only be allowed to change the date in exceptional circumstances and you are only allowed to have one applicationlodged with the Registrar at any one time. If you pass that test you are deemed to have done so within the two years.
The qualifying examinations are very demanding and you are advised not to arrange a test for a date that falls before you will be thoroughly prepared. We (the DSA) recommend that you take a proper structured training course before you take each part of the qualifying examination, particularly Parts 2 and 3, but remember to check with us that your application will be accepted before committing yourself to a training course.
Once you have passed the second part of the qualifying examination - the driving ability assessment, you can apply for a trainee licence to help you prepare for the third part - the test of instructional ability. This allows you to be legally paid for giving driving instruction, but you should not see it as an alternative to registering as an ADI.
Once qualified, you must also pass special 'check tests'(soon to be replaced by the new 'Standards Check')- at certain intervals in order to remain on the instructors register. These tests are to satisfy the Registrar that you still meet the DSA's standards for ability and fitness to give instruction. ADIs must also have further criminal record checks when they apply to renew their four-yearly registration or rejoin the ADI Register.