Step-by-step: Becoming an Approved Driving Instructor
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. if you take our full course, part 1 training will be included.
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.
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.
- A 20-minute independent drive. This is where you will need to follow a Sat Nav, traffic signs or a set of directions. Maybe even a combination of these.
- Possibly an Emergency stop
- Forward bay park
- Pull over on the right
- Reverse bay parking
- Reverse parallel parking
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.
Your final exam will involve you giving a real driving lesson, with an examiner observing from the back seat. This will last around 1 hour. You must identify what the pupil wants to work on and help them achieve their goals, using client-centred learning technics.
The examiner will mark you 3 main areas,
- Lessons planning
- Risk management
- Teaching and Learning strategies
You must score a minimum of 31 out of 51 to pass this test. You must also score no less than 7 in the risk management section, otherwise you will be 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.