The Steps to Take to Become an ADI

For those with a keen interest in becoming an ADI,(Approved Driving Instructor), the following information is going to be an invaluable resource for you to use, and refer back to. There are a number of steps involved in the process, from first registering, right through to getting your very first official ADI badge.

To reach that proud moment and start your new career as an approved driving instructor, the following steps are what it will entail to reach that crucial point.

The Steps to Take to Become an ADI

1)     You first have to apply

As obvious as it sounds, it does need a mention because you are going to need a background check carried out prior to submitting your application, or it’s going to be a waste of your time.

What you need for your application

  • Your unique driving licence number
  • A disclosure number for your criminal disclosure as well as the date that disclosure was produced
  • Every detail of any offences, whether they’re driving related or any other offense, including details of any disqualifications you’ve had in the past
  • Any pending court action you may have brought up against you

You can do the whole process online and it will take around 15 minutes of your time to complete the application. Provided you have the documents and details listed above.

2)     Take the check test

This is a mandatory part to be an approved driving instructor and you will have to take the check test once in every 4-year period. The aim is to ensure that you’re able to maintain a high standard of driving tuition in accordance with the DSA.

Note that you do not have to book this test, as the Driving Standards Agency will send you a notification letter, to notify you of a set date for your test.

You can reschedule the dates, but you will have to attend at some point to continue your ADI registration. This applies to every ADI, whether you a)     Have your own tuition vehicle b)     Are working as an ADI or not If you’re on the register for approved driving instructors, you need to sit the check test to stay on it.

3)     Part 1 of the ADI test

After your initial application is approved by the DSA, it’s time to get into the meat of your training. The 1st stage is a theory based test consisting of multiple choice questions, and will test your abilities on hazard perception. Both parts must be passed to continue your training; however, there is no limit to the amount of times you can retake the test. The whole test will take about an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

4)     Part 2 of your ADI training

The 2nd stage of your training is the part that you’re going to be most interested in passing. It’s the initial stage to get your PDI certificate, to let you teach as a “potential driving instructor,” and you can earn while you’re in this position too. That’s going to help cover the costs of your tuition. This part of your training test is based on testing your own driving abilities.

  • First you’ll have to pass your eyesight test
  • Then you’ll be tested on your knowledge of vehicle safety
  • Then onto the final stage of having your driving abilities tested.

Once you’ve passed the 2nd stage of your ADI training, you’re required to have at minimum, 40 hours of in vehicle tuition with another approved driving instructor. Once you’ve done your 40 hours you’ll be given an “instructor training declaration” which you are going to need, along with your payment of £140 and a passport photograph, for which you’ll then you’ll be able to obtain your PDI licence, to work as a trainee driving instructor.

5)     Part 3 of the driving instructor test

This is the crucial part and the final stage to completion and becoming an approved driving instructor. At this stage, it’s no longer about your own driving abilities, as rather the test is more to do with your abilities to teach driving skills to your pupils.

  • You’ll be tested firstly on your core competencies to teach students
  • Then you’ll be tested on the techniques you use to teach driving
  • And finally, you’ll be tested on your characteristics

These are tested in a role-playing environment, where your examiner will play the role of two different types of pupils, to find out how you cope with the different teaching requirements, necessary to be a competent driving instructor.

6)     Get your ADI badge

This is the best part as once you’ve passed part 3 of the driving instructor test, it’s time to get your application in for your ADI badge. You’ll need this to display on your vehicle when you’re out training your pupils, either as independent driving instructor, or teaching for a larger motoring school. To apply for your ADI badge, you will need your user ID for the DSA. It is different from your ADI reference number, but you’ll find it on all correspondence you receive from the Driving School Agency.

7)     CPD for an ADI

After you’ve passed your ADI training, you can do some further training, which is called your “continual professional development.” This is voluntary and isn’t required but the benefits are tremendous. It allows you to continually improve your teaching abilities and network with other instructors, by attending seminars.

These will also help you identify what the best tuition vehicles are, as well as enhance your business skills, should you decide to be an independent driving instructor. With only 7 hours of recorded CPD and an agreement for following the voluntary code of practice, set out by the ADI, upon your agreement, you can have your business listed on the “find your nearest driving instructors” service, which is a great way to enhance your credibility and save on your marketing overheads.

Once you have you have past all 3 parts of your ADI training, and got your badge, you’re then set up as an approved driving instructor and are able to teach your own students the rules of the road, the highway code and set others on their way to motoring around the UK.