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DRIVING INSTRUCTOR

SDA provides training to become driving instructor with reasonable fees ranging from £750 for ADI Part One, ADI Part Two, ADI Part Three

About ADI Part One Test
  • The approved driving instructor (ADI) part 1 test is a theory test. It’s the first of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI.
  • You must have been accepted to start the qualifying process by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) before you book the ADI Part 1 test.
  • The test takes around 1 hour 45 minutes with 100 questions and includes:
    • multiple-choice questions
    • hazard perception
  • Prepare for the multiple choice questions test and you will have 25 questions each in these 4 categories:
    • road procedure
    • driving test, disabilities, and the law
    • publications and instructional techniques
    • traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge
  • You must pass both parts at the same time to pass the test.
  • There’s no limit to how many times you can take the test.
  • You can take the test in English or Welsh.
  • Hazard perception test will have 14 video clips that may cause you to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.
Documents to bring during test
  • Valid driving license should be brought and no other form of photo ID will be accepted other than valid passport if you have old style license
  • Your test won’t go ahead and you’ll have to pay again if you don’t bring the right documents.
Test result
  • You’ll get a pass certificate letter if you pass the test. You’ll need this when you book and take your approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test.
  • You have 2 years from passing the ADI part 1 test to qualify as an ADI. You’ll need to take the ADI part 1 test again if you haven’t qualified as an ADI by then.
  • There’s no limit on the number of times you can take the part 1 test if you don’t pass it.
  • If you have reading difficulty, a proof of difficulty must be submitted and can ask extra time for test and the documents could be:
    • a teacher or other education professional
    • a doctor or other medical professional
About ADI Part Two Test
  • This is a test for your driving ability as a driving instructor. You need to pass ADI Part One test before Part Two.
  • Test is for 1 hour and includes an eyesight test, vehicle safety questions, a test of your driving ability.
  • Documents for appearing the test
    • Pass certificate of ADI part 1 test
    • UK driving license (valid passport should be brought if photo card driving license is not available)
    • Suitable car
  • Rules for the car you use
    • be able to reach the normal performance for vehicles of its type
    • have working seat belts
    • be taxed, insured and have a valid MOT if it needs one
    • have an easily adjustable seat with a head restraint for a forward-facing front passenger
    • not display L plates - or D plates in Wales
    • be checked and fixed if it has a known safety fault
    • have right-hand steering
    • not be fitted with a ‘space saver’ tyre for the test
    • be a saloon, hatchback or estate car in good working condition - you can’t use a convertible

If you have manual license you can use manual and automatic cars but if you have automatic license you can only use automatic cars.

Test result
  • 3 types of faults can be marked after the test and
    • Driving fault- not dangerous
    • Dangerous fault-danger to everyone
    • Serious fault-could be dangerous
  • You will be passed if you make less than 6 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults

    You can take test again if you fail the test until 2 times have completed. You will have to take the ADI Part1 test again if you fail for third time.

About ADI Part Three Test

This is an ability test to know whether you have enough capacity to train students and is the last test of all the 3 tests to qualify as ADI.

The test takes around one hour and includes an assessment of:

  • instructional techniques
    • plan the lesson
    • communicate with the ‘pupil’
    • control the lesson
    • use question and answer techniques
    • give feedback and encourage the ‘pupil’
    • match your level of instruction to the ability and experience of the ‘pupil’
  • core competencies
    • identify and prioritize faults
    • give instruction to correct faults
    • analyze and explain faults
  • instructor characteristics
    • appear confident, and are able to fill your ‘pupil’ with confidence in a patient and tactful way
    • have a relaxed and friendly manner, but aren’t over familiar
Documents for appearing the test
  • You must bring:
    • your UK driving license
    • a suitable car (abiding all rules provided in ADI Part two test)
  • The examiner will be driving your car, so the car insurance must cover:
    • the examiner’s liability for all third-party and damage risks
    • liability to all passengers
    • any Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) examiner
  • DVSA will not normally give out personal information for your insurance. In rare situations, on the day of the test the examiner will:
    • confirm they are over 25 years old
    • give you their full name
Test procedure and result
  • You’ll have to give practical instruction to the examiner
    • a beginner or partly trained person
    • a qualified driver taking driver development training
    • a person who is about test standard

The examiner will stay in character as the student when the test starts and you should cover the instructions asked by the examiner to check your ability to become driving instructor.

After the test is completed, the examiner will grade your performance from 1-6 for 2 parts of test and you must get higher grades above 4 to get passed and become ADI. You can apply within 12 months for your first ADI badge if you pass the ADI part 3 test.


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