Step-by-step: Becoming an Approved Driving Instructor
You will need to have held a full UK license for 3 years or more and be over 21 years old to do the driving instructor training.
Unlike most schools we offer “Pay as you go” driving instructor training, so there is no need for large upfront fees. You will also have the opportunity to be a driving instructor for the very successful Nayland driving school. Driving Instructor training will be given by an ORDIT registered ADI who will be there to help you every step of the way.
Firstly you will need to go to the DVSA to complete a Criminal Record Check before you can go any further in training as a driving instructor. Once you have this you can apply to be a driving instructor.
This process can take a while so we recommend you start studying for your part 1 exam of the driving instructor training.
To become a driving instructor you will need to pass 3 exams; known as part 1, part 2 and part 3 (see below for more details). Once you pass these – Congratulation! You are a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor
Please call us for a more information on driving instructor training. We even offer a free consultation.
This is an extension of the learner driver theory test and expects a higher level. This is a home study course to be done in your own time, however we can help you if needed. We call this Distance Learning.
This is a driving theory test and has two sections. You must pass both parts on the day to be successful at the first stage in your driving instructor training. Once you have passed this you have 2 years to pass the other driving instructor training exams.
Part 1Learn more
Section 1:- Multiple choice questions
You must get 85 out of 100 questions over 4 categories with a minimum of 20 in each.
- Road procedure
- Traffic signs and signals, car controls, pedestrian and mechanical knowledge
- Driving test, disabilities, and the law
- Publications and instructional techniques
Section 2:- Hazard perception
In this section you will have to watch 14 video clips. Each one of these will have a developing hazard. You will be marked from 0 to 5 depending how early you spot this hazard. Keep watch though because one clip will have two hazards, making it worth 10 points. You must get 57 out of 75 to pass this section.
Nayland Instructor Training provides you with a study pack to help you with this stage of the driving instructor training.
Part 2Learn more
Part 2 is a test of your driving ability and can’t be taken until you have passed part 1 of your driving instructor training. It takes in various type of roads and traffic conditions. Where possible it will also include motorway and dual carriage way driving.
Its starts with having to read a number plate at 27.5 metres. This is known as the eyesight test.
Then you’re going to be asked 5 of a possible 19 questions these are known as show me/tell me questions, every wrong answer will result in a driver fault (6 only allowed throughout whole test). Answer all of them incorrectly and you fail the test.
Then you will start your drive and it will last around an hour and include:-
- A 10 minute independent drive. This is where you will need to follows traffic signs or a set of directions. Maybe even both.
- Emergency stop
- Turn in the road
- Reverse round a corner left and right
- Reverse bay parking
- Reverse parallel parking
You are allowed a total of 6 driver faults and no serious or dangerous faults. You will be limited to 3 attempts at this test.
Part 3Learn more
Before attempting this test you must have passed part 2 of your driving instructor training.
Now you have two options
- Have a direct attempt at part 3
- Take out a trainee licence.
As with the part 2 you are limited to 3 attempts. This is a role play exam with the examiner playing the role of the pupil and you as the instructor. You will have two scenarios, each of these are 30 minutes long. This makes the total exam time 1 hour.
Example: I have my driving test in two weeks but my instructor can’t make our lesson today but he would like you to look at my left and right turns.
These are based on 10 pre-set tests.
At the end of the test the examiner will disappear into the office for 10 minutes to complete the marking sheet. Both scenarios will be marked 1-6. You must get at least 4 in each scenario to pass, a mark of 1-3 is considered unsuccessful.
The trainee licence is a license to instruct for 6 months before completing the third exam. If you decided to take this route, you must complete a total of 40 hours before you can apply for it. You will be able to charge full price for lessons. This is to gain experience for the final exam, not to earn money. With this you must do an additional 20 hours or have 25% of all your lessons supervised in the first 3 months or before taking your first attempt, whichever comes first.