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).
- 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.