Qualifying to Become a Driving Instructor

Your first step to becoming an instructor is to register with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to train as an approved driving instructor (ADI).

Entry Requirements

  • Be aged 21 or over
  • Have held a driving licence for at least three years
  • Complete and pass enhanced criminal record and motoring conviction checks
  • The ADI exam is in three stages and you must pass all three to qualify: ADI 1 passing ADI 1. Driving instructor courses are run by specialist training schools and by driving schools. Costs, course length, content and teaching methods will vary. A list of training providers can be found on the Official Register of Driving Instructor Training (ORDIT)

3 Part ADI Exam

Part one of the qualification process comprises of two separate tests, and you are required to pass them both.

  • Theory Test– The theory test checks your knowledge of the Highway Code, general road safety, driving techniques, basic first aid knowledge and the theory of instructing a pupil.
  • Hazard Perception Test – The second test includes a hazard perception test using 14 video clips, one of which will feature two hazards.
The second stage is an advanced practical driving test. You will be expected to demonstrate a professional level of driving ability with a DSA examiner
The final stage checks your instructional ability, preparing you to be able to pass on your driving skills to others.

Testimonials

Randeep N

Thanks Smartlearner for helping me pass my test, I never believed I could do it as I was literally shaking just thinking about driving, now I am very confident and drive my Mum around everywhere.

I will tell everyone how good your instructors are because I passed first time and loved the whole experience X

Randeep N

Smart Learner Driving School
5.0
2013-10-20T13:05:28+00:00

Randeep N

Thanks Smartlearner for helping me pass my test, I never believed I could do it as I was literally shaking just thinking about driving, now I am very confident and drive my Mum around everywhere.

Stacey Rushton

Passed first time and only 20 lessons, everyone said I would never pass but thanks to Smartlearner it cost me a lot less money and time! I love driving and all my friends say I am a brilliant driver, my instructor was the best ever, she really listened to me and was patient, she knew exactly what my weak points was and every week she made sure I got better.

My confidence grew hugely, I started loving my lessons and not being afraid of what the instructor would say or think, I was just myself which made a massive difference in my confidence.

I would recommend smartlearner to anyone who want s a quality instructor in a quality vehicle for less then 20 quid a lesson!

Stacey Rushton

Smart Learner Driving School
5.0
2013-10-20T13:06:31+00:00

Stacey Rushton

Passed first time and only 20 lessons, everyone said I would never pass but thanks to Smartlearner it cost me a lot less money and time! I love driving and all my friends say I am a brilliant driver, my instructor was the best ever, she really listened to me and was patient, she knew exactly what my weak points was and every week she made sure I got better.

Colin T

Where do I start? First of all I tried 2 other "so called" driving schools and found that the instructors were not very good. My friend later told me that he had started with Smartlearner and it was good, so I thought to give them a call.  I passed first time and only had around 15 lessons, I really think the instructor makes ALL the difference, and the quality of the vehicles was very good.

Thanks Smartlearner

Colin T

Smart Learner Driving School
4.0
2013-10-20T13:07:11+00:00

Colin T

Where do I start? First of all I tried 2 other "so called" driving schools and found that the instructors were not very good. My friend later told me that he had started with Smartlearner and it was good, so I thought to give them a call. I passed first time and only had around 15 lessons, I really think the instructor makes ALL the difference, and the quality of the vehicles was very good.

James Anderson

My driving experience with SmartLearner was the best ever! I passed within 4 months of starting driving and my instructor was very patient and really helped me to progress.

James Anderson

Smart Learner Driving School
5.0
2013-10-20T13:10:12+00:00

James Anderson

My driving experience with SmartLearner was the best ever! I passed within 4 months of starting driving and my instructor was very patient and really helped me to progress.

David Hall

AMAZING CARS, AMAZING PRICES AND MOST OF ALL PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTORS WHO ACTUALLY CARE IF YOU PASS OR NOT. I WAS ON A BUDGET AND PASSING FOR ME MEANT EVERYTHING. I NEEDED MY OWN INDEPENDENCE AND WHERE I WORK IS LIKE AGES AWAY FROM A BUS STOP. MY INSTRUCTOR KNEW HOW DESPERATELY I WANTED TO PASS AND HE KNEW I HAD A LOT OF BAD HABITS AT THE WHEEL BUT HE MADE SURE THAT WE MET OUR TARGET EACH WEEK AND WAS QUOTE STRICT WITH ME WHICH IS WHAT I NEEDED, SOME OF THE OTHER DRIVING SCHOOLS I TRIED WERENT BOTHERED HOW MUCH TIME IT COULD TAKE THEY WERE HAPPY TO TAKE MY MONEY BUT SMARTLEARNER REALLY WERE DIFFERENT.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND SMARTLEARNER TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO LEARN TO DRIVE AND PASS FIRST TIME.

 

David Hall

Smart Learner Driving School
5.0
2013-10-22T15:51:48+00:00

David Hall

THE BEST INSTRUCTORS! HIGHLY RECOMMEND SMARTLEARNER TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO LEARN TO DRIVE AND PASS FIRST TIME.

Thomas P

I would just like to thank my driving instructor in Rugby, Simon, who helped me pass my manual driving test in record time. I had been with another driving School locally before but wasn't getting anywhere and found SmartLearner through a friend. Not only were they cheaper, the standard of teaching was much greater

Thomas P

Smart Learner Driving School
5.0
2015-07-09T03:25:47+00:00

Thomas P

I would just like to thank my driving instructor in Rugby, Simon, who helped me pass my manual driving test in record time. I had been with another driving School locally before but wasn't getting anywhere and found SmartLearner through a friend. Not only were they cheaper, the standard of teaching was much greater
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