Before you can take on clients and start teaching clients how to drive you must first gain the relevant qualification. In the United Kingdom to be a driving instructor you must first successfully complete the Approved Driving Instructor test (ADI tests).
The driving instructor test (ADI test) is made up of three sections. Part one will test your knowledge of driving theory.
The theory test is made up of two elements; a multiple choice test and a hazard perception test. The multiple choice section will test your knowledge of the Highway Code and the rules of the road. You will also be asked questions about various instructional techniques.
The test is 100 questions long and each question is multiple choice and lasts for 90 minutes.
The Hazard perception test has 75 questions.
Once you have successfully completed the theory based tests you will be able to move on to part two of the ADI test which is the driving ability test. In this part of the ADI test you will be assessed on your driving competency and how well you demonstrate vehicle safety.
In addition you will have to pass an eyesight test. The driving test is a lot more difficult than the standard learner driver test. In order to pass you will have to display a high level of competency on the road.
The test will commence with basic vehicle safety questions after which the driving test will begin. In order to pass the driving test you are allowed to make up to six minor driving faults any more than this (or 1 or more major faults) and you will fail the test and have to retake it at a later date.
The third and final part of the ADI exam is the instructional ability section. In this part of the test you will be tested on your instructional ability, instructor characteristics and core competencies.
The test is split in to two parts lasting about half an hour each. Each part is role play based, with the examiner playing the part of a student. It is important that you prepare well for part three of the
Approved driving instructor test because you can only take the test a maximum of three times and must also be completed within two years of passing the theory (part 1) of the driving instructor test.