Do you enjoy driving? Do you have a goal of working for yourself? Do you have a passion to see others succeed? Then becoming a driving instructor may be a career you are looking for!
Here at Roadcraft, we can help and support you to make this dream become a reality, by using client-centered learning techniques to enable you to become an excellent driving instructor.
Driving instructors are governed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). You can not be a driving instructor without meeting their requirements.
Firstly, you need to meet these following entry requirements:
Be at least 21 years of age
Have held a UK full car driving licence for at least 3 years
Have not been banned from driving or hold 5 or more penalty points
Have not been convicted of any non-motoring offences
Once you have met these requirements, you can apply to become a driving instructor. You will be asked to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to begin your application.
Once the DVSA have approved your application, you can begin training as an Approved Driving Instructor. There are 3 exams that you need to pass to become qualified.
ADI PART 1
This is a computer based theory test. It consists of 2 parts. The first part is multiple-choice questions. You will be asked 100 questions relating to road procedure, traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians, mechanical knowledge, driving test, disabilities, the law and publications and instructional techniques. The multiple-choice test is broken down into 4 categories. You must answer at least 20 out of 25 questions in each category correctly and have an overall score of 85 out of 100 to pass the multiple-choice section.
The second part of the ADI Part 1 test is hazard perception. This consists of being shown 14 video clips. These video clips will show everyday road scenarios. Each video will feature at least 1 developing hazard. One clip will feature 2 developing hazards (double points). You will gain points for spotting these hazards and how quickly you react to the developing hazards. For this section of the test you need to score 57 out of a possible 75 points.
You must pass both sections to pass the ADI Part 1 test. You will need to pass ADI Parts 2 and 3 within 2 years of passing ADI Part 1, otherwise you will need to pass part 1 again. Once you have passed part 1, you can move onto ADI Part 2
ADI PART 2
The ADI Part 2 test is very much like the learner driving test, but to a higher standard. This test takes around 1 hour to complete. You will be asked 5 questions relating to vehicle safety, these are known as show me, tell me questions. You will be asked 3 tell me questions and 2 show me questions. You will get a driving fault for every incorrect answer you give and if you answer all 5 questions incorrectly or lose control of the vehicle while carrying out the show me questions, you will incur a serious or dangerous fault and therefore fail the test.
You will be asked to drive on various road and traffic conditions, showing the examiner an advanced level of driving ability. You will be asked to carry out 2 of the following reversing exercises:
Reverse into a parking bay and drive out
Drive forwards into a parking bay and reverse out
Pull up on the right hand side of the road. Reverse for 2 car lengths and drive off again
You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
You will also be asked to drive independently for around 20 minutes. This can be done by either following a sat nav or following traffic signs. The examiner will tell you which method they will like to you to do.
To pass the ADI Part 2 test, you must not make any more than 6 driving faults or incur any serious or dangerous faults. You are only allowed 3 attempts at the ADI Part 2 test. If you fail on the final attempt, you will have to wait 2 years from when you passed the ADI Part 1 test and then retake the ADI Part 1 test, then the ADI Part 2 test. Once you have passed ADI Part 2, you can move onto ADI Part 3.
ADI PART 3
This is the final qualifying test. A DVSA examiner will sit in the back of the car and observe you carrying out a 45 minute driving lesson. Your pupil can be a partly trained learner driver, fully trained leaner driver or a full licence holder.
The examiner will mark you on 17 areas of competence that are broken down into 3 categories. These are lesson planning, risk management and teaching and learning strategies. You will be scored from 0 to 3 on each of the 17 areas. You must score at least 31 out of 51 to pass the test. You will not pass if you score 7 or less in the risk management category.
You are only allowed 3 attempts at the ADI Part 3 test. If you fail on the final attempt, you will have to wait 2 years from when you passed the ADI Part 1 test and then retake ADI Parts 1 and 2, then the ADI Part 3 test.
Once you have passed the ADI Part 3 test, you will be qualified as a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor and be allowed to join the ADI register.