Why Become an Approved Driving Instructor?
Becoming a Driving Instructor is a rewarding and fun way to earn a living. If you are successful you can generate a reasonable income, you can be your own boss and choose the hours that you work.
If you are good with people, have held a full UK or EEA driving licence for a minimum of three and a half years (with no more than 5 points and no disqualifications) and take a pride in your driving, this could be the job for you. You are required to undergo a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check and provide two written character references before undertaking the three part qualification process.
Qualifying as an ADI should be fairly straight forward; however statistics show otherwise, with the Part 3 Instructional Test having a particularly low national pass rate of just 34%, which I believe is due to insufficient and poor training.
My highly effective training methods not only produce outstanding Part 3 test results, but also provide the trainee instructor with all the necessary skills to set up, organise and maintain their own business.
I offer a high level of flexibility in my approach to training, you can qualify at your own pace and fit training around your existing job and lifestyle commitments, without costing thousands of pounds.
Part 1 the Theory and Hazard Perception Test
This is a test of your knowledge of The Highway Code, the rules of the road and your knowledge of instructional techniques amongst other things.
The theory part of the test will last 90 minutes during which time you will be asked 100 multiple choice questions split into four bands each comprising of 25 questions. The purpose of the banding is to ensure candidates have a comprehensive knowledge of the whole syllabus including; 1.Road procedure, 2. Traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians, mechanical knowledge, 3. Driving test, disabilities, law, 4.Publications, instructional techniques.
After a short break the hazard perception test will start. This test is designed to test your ability to identify hazards which arise whilst you are driving. You must score 80% in each section with an overall pass mark of 85%.
The hazard perception element consists of 14 video clips, each clip showing real road scenarios in which you will be required to respond to the developing hazard/s. The pass mark for this section is 57. Should you fail one of the elements, you will be required to take the whole test again. There are no limitation the number of attempts you can have at this test.
My Part 1 course is designed to be delivered as a distance learning package. However I do provide a support service (email or telephone) and I will record your progress throughout the study elements and answer any questions that you may have.
Part 2 the Test of Driving Ability
This is a practical test of driving ability. This test is an advanced test, and a very high standard of competence is required to be demonstrated by the candidate.
The test will last approximately 1 hour and will take place on a variety of roads; you will also be required to drive independently for 10 minutes.Driving independently means making your own decisions - this includes deciding when it’s safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where you’re going.
During the test the examiner will ask you to carry out the following manoeuvres:
Reverse into a limited opening to the left and right. Parallel park or bay park, a turn in the road and a controlled stop.
My training will help you gain the knowledge and skill required to succeed, and as an ex-DVSA ADI examiner I know exactly what is required by the DVSA for this test.
You will also be in the unique position of being offered a professionally assessed DVSA mock test to make certain that you are thoroughly prepared.
Part 3 the Test of Instructional Ability
The DVSA are changing the
way in which PDI’s will be assessed on the part 3 test. In 2014 the ‘standards check was introduced
which assesses an ADI’s competence to deliver effective training in line with
the national standard for driver and rider training.
From 2nd October 2017 part
3 will change to the same competency based assessment. A PDI will be assessed over a single one-hour
lesson on the 3 main competencies of lesson planning, risk management and
teaching and learning strategies. They will also be assessed on the 17
The PDI will no longer be
assessed by role-play, but will need to provide a ‘real’ pupil for the test, which
could be a family member, friend or colleague.
The lesson delivered should
reflect the learning goals and needs of the pupil.
The PDI will be graded in
the same way as the standards check.
The Trainee Licence is granted for a six month period and is designed to help the trainee gain the relevant instructional experience. Before you can apply for this type of licence, you must have completed a minimum 40 hours Part 3 training and be sponsored by a driving school. You then must undergo a further 20 hours training or have 20% of your lessons supervised by your trainer.The Trainee Licence enables you to be paid for giving instruction whilst you complete your training. It is, however, perfectly possible to pass your Part 3 test without having a trainee licence so you should carefully consider all the options before committing to a training scheme.
For further details about my training courses, please call Jane on 07926 054843 or email me via the contact form