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Why Become an Approved Driving Instructor?

Becoming a Driving Instructor is a rewarding and fun way to earn a living. You can generate a good income and are your own boss, choosing 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 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check 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, by way of following a sat nav or sign posted directions. 

During the test the examiner may ask you to carry out the following manoeuvres:

A parallel park or bay park, a controlled stop and pulling over on the right and reversing.

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 will assesses your competence to deliver effective training in line with the National Standards for Driver and Rider Training. The part 3 examination is a  competency-based  test. You will be assessed by delivering a 45-minute  lesson to a student, which can be a full licence holder.

The lesson delivered should reflect the learning goals and needs of the pupil.


The Trainee Licence is granted for a limited six-month period and is designed to help the trainee gain instructional experience. 

Before you can apply for this type of licence, you must have completed a minimum of40 hours part 3 training and be sponsored by a driving school. You must then have a further 20 hours training or have 20% of your lessons supervised by your trainer, prior to taking your part 3 test. 

The Trainee Licence enables you to gain some experience and 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 at

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