To Become a driving instructor:
  • You must meet the legal requirements to start the qualifying process.
  • The process you must follow will depend on your situation.
  • Before you start, use the ADI preview service to find out what it’s like being an ADI.
  • https://safedrivingforlife.dvsalearningzone.co.uk/driver-training-preview
  • whether you’re suitable for this kind of work
  • your level of understanding of driving theory and practice
Qualifications needed to become a driving instructor

To legally operate as a driving instructor in the UK you are required to pass the DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) qualifying examination. The DVSA is the Government body who regulate driving instructors in the UK. But don’t worry if you are not academically minded as the exams are practically based. The driving instructor qualification process is in 3 parts

Part 1 is a PC based multiple choice ADI theory and hazard perception test like the current test for learner drivers, but you are required to answer 100 questions (not just 50) on a broader set of subjects, and you need to score 57 as opposed to 44 on the hazard perception part.

Part 2 is an advanced driving test, again like the current test for learner drivers but you are only allowed to make 6 minor faults (not up to 16 as on the L test). After passing Part 2 and completing the necessary training you can start your job as a driving instructor on what is called a Trainee Licence (see below for details).

Part 3 is an instructional ability test, where the examiner watches you deliver a 45-minute driving lesson to a real learner. Depending on what they see will determine if you pass this third and final part of the qualification process.

Client Centred Learning (CCL).

CLL refers to an overarching philosophy of learning which says that the learner is the most important person in the learning relationship. The learner has full responsibility for her/his learning and learning will only take place if they are fully involved and participating. The instructor is a facilitator, skilled and highly knowledgeable resource person in the learning experience. The instructor’s role is to use their skills and knowledge to help the learner to develop their thinking and to address any issues that are getting in the way of effective learning.

Within a client-centred process a good instructor may instruct, explain, demonstrate or coach or whatever else they think will help the learner to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to learn to drive safely for life.

A good Instructor:

The key point is that, at each stage, the instructor is making active, informed, choices about what will work best to help the learner make progress. They will talk to, and most importantly, listen to the learner to help them understand what the learner needs, and they will, from day one, be looking for the learner to take responsibility for the process. They will not be expecting the learner to do it all and they will certainly not be wasting the extensive skill, knowledge and experience they have accumulated as an ADI.

In other words:
  1. Client Centred Learning is about placing the individual at the centre of the learning process.
  2. It’s about making the individual as much as possible, their own ‘teacher’ through the development of their own self-evaluation skills.
  3. A ‘blended’ approach using a set of learning styles that suits the individual at that time.
  4. Through CCL the pupil learns that all decisions have consequences, by practicing decision making they become more skilful and safer at it.

Ordit training sets out the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to deliver successful learning. The ‘key’ to delivering a good lesson is about instructors delivering agreed syllabuses using a ‘client-centred’ approach.

Preparation for ADI Part 1 Test

Preparation for ADI Part 1 Test
  • Self-Evaluation
  • Learning Styles
  • Reflection Learning Log
  • Intro to relevant learning materials


Preparation for ADI Part 2 Driving Test
(Students usually require approximately 20 hours of “in car” training)

When you have passed the Part 1 theory examination, arrangements are then made for the practical “in car” advanced driver training.

The aim of these sessions is to cover specific training for the Part 2 examination. Integrated training will also be introduced at different stages of learning. In other words, understanding and applying the practical elements from ADI Part 1, that are necessary for the Part 3 examination.

The part 2 examination is of an advanced nature and a very high standard of competence is required. You must show that you have a thorough knowledge of the principles of good driving and road safety and that you can apply them in practice.

A series of mock exams will take place towards the end of the course, and you will be advised whether to apply for the examination.

ADI Part 2 - Sessions Content:
  • Requirements of the Test
  • Commentary Drive
  • Eco-Safe driving ability
  • Part 2 Form
  • Core Competencies
  • Reflection Learning Log
  • CCL
  • Independent Driving
  • Show Me / Tell Me Questions
  • Car and light van driving syllabus (CAT B)
  • Part 3 Instructional ability form


Preparation for ADI Part 3 Assessment Test
(Students usually require approximately 40 hours of “in car” training to reach the required standard)

What you’ll be assessed on:
During your ADI part 3 test, your examiner will be looking for evidence that you meet the National standard for driver and rider training.

You’ll be marked on 17 high level areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories:

  • lesson planning
  • risk management
  • teaching and learning skills

The 17 high level areas of competence are listed in the ADI Part 3 Test Report Form Form which the examiner will assess during your test. Look at these before you take your ADI part 3 test, so you know what the examiner will be assessing.

Part 3 - Sessions Content:
  • Requirements of the Test
  • Part 3 Form
  • National standard for driver & rider training
  • Lesson Plans
  • Completion of learning log
  • Knowledge, understanding and application of the 3 broad or ‘high’ areas of competence:
  • Knowledge, understanding and application - of the 17 lower competences & elements
  • How to deliver a great lesson
  • Applying a model for goal setting and risk management
  • Risk Management
  • Transferring Responsibility
  • Choosing the right pupil:
  • Goals of Driver Education (GDE) Matrix
  • Client Centred Learning (CCL)