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Qualifying As A Driving Instructor

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No one can charge a fee for providing driving tuition unless they are an approved driving instructor – an ADI. To become an ADI, you must (1) be registered with the Driving Standards Agency, (2) have passed what’s known as the qualifying examination, and (3) be over 21. The information on this page is a summary of the government’s own advice.


At the Wimbledon Driving School, we provide tuition to help you pass the qualifying examination. Applying to join the register is something you can do online.

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  • Registration

    The first step is to register online at: https://www.gov.uk/apply-to-become-a-driving-instructor

    You may also need a criminal record check. You can apply for that online too at: https://www.gov.uk/criminal-record-check-become-driving-instructor

    Registration is not automatic. You must:

    ▪ have held a full driving licence for at least three years

    ▪ be free from disqualification and have fewer than six penalty points

    ▪ be free from criminal convictions

Qualifying examination

The examination is in three parts, all of which must be completed within a period of two years.

If you would like to become a driving instructor, call us today on 0203 524 7968

Part 1: Theory

The theory test consists of a multiple-choice test and a video-based hazard-perception test. The multiple-choice test lasts 90 minutes and involves 100 questions; the hazard-perception test lasts 15 minutes. The standard is high (the pass marks are 85% and 76% respectively), but there are plenty of written and online learning materials to help you prepare. Nationwide pass rates in 2010/11 were 47%.

You can have as many attempts at Part 1 as you need. When you pass, the clock starts ticking on the two-year timescale for Parts 2 and 3.

Part 2: Driving technique

The driving test starts with an eyesight test. You must be able to read a new-style number plate at 26.5m with or without glasses.

Next, you’ll be asked five vehicle-safety questions.

There follows an hour-long test of your driving skills. Up to six minor faults are allowed, but just one serious or dangerous fault will lead to failure. You can make up to three attempts to pass Part 2. Nationwide pass rates in 2011/12 were 52.8%.

If you pass Part 2 and have at least 40 hours’ training with an accredited school like ours, you can apply for a pink trainee driver-instructor licence. The trainee licence lasts only six months, but it does allow you to charge pupils for driving tuition.

When you apply for your trainee licence, you will have to undergo some additional training. But you do get a choice. You could opt for supervision for 20% of the lessons you give or your could undergo a further 20 hours’ training.

According to the rules, as much as 75% of those additional hours could be in the classroom. At the Wimbledon Driving School, all 20 hours will be one-to-one in the car. Few driving schools can match that quality of tuition.


Part 3: Instructional ability

The hardest test of the three is the last one. It tests your ability to instruct pupils of varying abilities.

There are two parts to the hour-long test. In each part, the examiner pretends to be a pupil – a beginner, a more experienced learner, or a qualified driver undertaking driver-development training.

Your task is to assess their ability level and tailor your instruction to fit. You can make up to three attempts to pass Part 3. Nationwide pass rates in 2011/12 were 30.4%.


Qualification as an ADI

When you’ve passed Part 3, you can apply for the green licence that allows you to practice as an ADI, either independently or with a school such as the Wimbledon Driving School. You must apply within one year of passing Part 3. If you don’t, you’ll have to go back to Part 1 and start the process over again.

Registration as an ADI lasts four years, during which time you will be subject to check tests. Before the four years are up, you can reapply for another four years. Your registration will not be renewed if you fail or refuse to take a check test.


Why wait? Start your new career today

Why not pick up the phone to start the ball rolling? We can talk you through registration and the source materials you need for passing Part 1. And we’ll explain how our tuition will help you sail through Parts 2 and 3.

And don’t forget, that initial, hour-long aptitude test-drive is free.

Call 0800 511 8800 to start your journey to a new career.

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