Train to be a driving instructor
If you’re looking for a change of career that is rewarding, offers flexible working hours and being your own boss then this might well be the right career for you.
At DVDS we aim to train only suitable applicants to be an Approved Driving Instructor. With this in mind before we accept you on the training course you will undertake a 2 hour assessment to assess if you are a suitable candidate and also to allow you to decide if you feel its a career you would enjoy. You will also meet one of the instructor trainers, Rick or Kieran.
At DVDS will NOT be asked to sign any contracts during your training or once you have qualified and start teaching people to drive.
Part 1. The theory test
There are 100 multiple choice questions and 14 hazard perception video clips. This test is fully explained in the ADI 14 booklet. To help you with this part of your new career there are plenty of books, apps, and DVD’s to help you. Our instructor trainer Justin is always happy to help with any questions or concerns that you may have. There is no charge for Part 1 unless you need one to one help with Rick or Kieran.
Part 2. The driving test
The Part 2 Test is a test of your driving ability. Before you attempt this test Rick or Kieran will teach you to drive to a very high standard. He will assess your driving on town roads, country roads and dual carriageways. You will also need to complete various manoeuvres demonstrating a high level of skill.
This test is conducted at the nominated DVSA test centre. It consists of an eyesight test where you will read a number plate at a distance of 27.5 metres. There will follow 5 vehicle safety questions of a ‘Show Me,’ ‘Tell Me’ nature and then the test of your driving ability which is of an advanced nature. You will need good quality structured training to pass this part of the exam. This test will last for 1 hour and 15 minutes approximately.
The training for the Part 2 Test is £28.00 per hour.
Part 3. The instructional test
The Part 3 Test. This is by far the most involved part of the exam and you will need sufficient one to one training to ensure you are prepared. Classroom tuition is inadequate for this part of the exam. At DVDS all your tuition for part 3 is in-car practical tuition. Rick or Kieran will recreate situations that you will face when teaching students to make you fully prepared for the exam. This is a test of your ability to instruct learner drivers and will require effort and commitment from both you and us! Upon passing the Part 3 examination you will be a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) and ready for your new career! Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you require any more information.
Training for the Part 3 test of Instructional ability is £28.00 per hour.
Legal Requirements And Criteria
*To become an ADI you need to fit some basic criteria.
*You need to have a full UK or European Union/European Economic Area unrestricted car driving licence.
*After qualifying, you must have held your licence for at least four of the six years before entering the Register.
*You must not have been disqualified from driving at any time in the four years before entering the Register.
*You need to be a “fit and proper” person in the view of the DVSA.
*Pass the two qualifying examinations within two years of passing the theory and hazard perception tests. Have no more than 5 penalty points. In addition the law states that you cannot accompany a person learning to drive unless you have held a full UK or EU/EEA driving licence for three years and are aged 21 or over.
*You will also undergo a criminal records check, however this does not necessarily bar you from being accepted as a potential driving instructor.