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ADI BadgeThis page will give you all the information that you will need to know about training to become a Driving Instructor. PLEASE CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION

When applying you must fulfil the following legal requirements:

Requirements• hold a full UK or European Union (EU/European Economic Area (EEA) unrestricted car driving licence

• have held it for a total of at least four out of the past six years prior to entering the Register after qualifying

• not have been disqualified from driving at any time in the four years prior to being entered in the Register

• be a “fit and proper” person to have your name entered in the Register. All convictions, motoring and non-motoring, will be taken into account when we assess your suitability to be entered on the Register. You will be required to have an enhanced level criminal record check. The information from this check will be used by us to assess the suitability of persons applying for inclusion on the Register of Approved Driving Instructors. To help you decide if any conviction you may have could affect any application you might make, you can find the link to our statement on the suitability of ex-offenders below.

• Pass the two qualifying practical examinations within two years of passing the theory examination

• Apply for registration within 12 months of passing the final part of the examination.

ADI starter packFirstly You should apply for a Starter pack and Theory question book from the Driving Standards Agency - A starter pack is available from DSA. This includes an explanatory booklet which gives full details of the ADI Register and qualification process and application form. A book giving the multiple choice questions and answers, as well as information to help you understand the answers, is also available.

To order a starter pack please call 0870 121 4202 with your credit or debit card details. The ADI Starter pack currently costs £5.00.

The theory test question books are available at £6.00 each.

Once you have done this you will have a good idea as to whether you want to go ahead with the qualifying process. If you do the next step is to get a CRB check.

Crb checkThe Driving Standards Agency (DSA) introduced criminal record checks for Potential Driving Instructors and Approved Driving Instructors in March 2007. We use the services of the Criminal Records Bureau to obtain criminal record disclosures for individuals normally resident in England and Wales, and of Disclosure Scotland for individuals normally resident in Scotland.

If you wish to apply to start the qualifying process you will have to have an enhanced level criminal record check before you can be granted permission to take your theory test.  

You should apply for your criminal record check by ringing Capita Recruitment Vetting Service, on 0870 850 2455. They will then send you a disclosure application form and guidance on how to complete it. The form should then be returned to them. There is no charge for this service.

When they have checked it to make sure it is completed properly, they will send it to the Criminal Records Bureau. A criminal record report, or disclosure, will then be sent to you and a copy to the DSA. 

Once you have your CRB you can apply for the Part 1 Test:

Hazard perceptionThe first part of the process is a theory and Hazard perception test:The theory test is made up of two parts; the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part. The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse and the hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other you will fail the whole test, and you will need to take both parts again.

Before the test starts you will be given instructions on how the test works.

You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

A question and four answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen or using the mouse. Some questions may require more than one answer. You can navigate between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test. You will have 90 minutes to answer 100 questions that will be split into four bands which will be:

  • road procedure
  • traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians, mechanical knowledge
  • driving test, disabilities, law
  • publications, instructional techniques

The purpose of the banding is to ensure candidates have a comprehensive knowledge across the whole syllabus.

The pass mark for the multiple choice part of the theory test is 85% -that is 85 questions answered correctly. However, you must reach a minimum 80% (20 out of 25) in each of the four bands. It is therefore possible for you to get an overall mark of 85% or above but still fail the examination because you have not gained the minimum of 80% in one of the bands.

After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts.

Hazard perceptionAfter the break you will then be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works.

The hazard perception part is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You will be presented with a series of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes, in each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. You will not be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you will only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.

The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 57 out of 75.

The practical test of driving ability consists of tests of eyesight, safety questions and driving technique. The test will last for about one hour. You must pass all parts of the test at the same time.

eye sight testThe eyesight test: You must read a number plate from 27.5 metres.

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The test of driving ability is an advanced driving test 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.

You must show the ability to perform any or all of the following manoeuvres including all three of the reversing exercises:

• move away straight ahead or at an angle

• overtake, meet or cross the path of other vehicles and take an appropriate course without undue hesitancy

• turn left-hand and right-hand corners correctly without undue hesitancy

• stop the vehicle in an emergency

• drive the vehicle in reverse gear and whilst doing so enter limited openings to the right and to the left, taking effective all round observation

• turn the vehicle to face in the opposite direction by the use of forward and reverse gears taking effective all-round observation

• reverse park the vehicle into the space behind a parked car, within the space of about two car lengths and close to and parallel with the kerb, taking effective all round observation 

• reverse park into a parking bay, with due regard for other vehicles or pedestrians, while taking effective all-round observation

You are allowed only three attempts at this part of the examination within a two year period. If after three attempts you have not passed you must wait until two years have elapsed and start again with the Part 1 Theory Test.

Pink licenceOnce you have passed the first two parts of the Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) qualification process, you can apply for a trainee licence to help you gain experience instructing pupils to drive.

A trainee licence allows you to be legally paid for giving driving instruction, but should not be regarded as a sole means of making a living or as an alternative to registration as an ADI. The trainee licence lasts six months and normally only one is granted in the two year qualifying period.

It is not essential to have a licence in order to prepare for the part three examination, but it is an option that is available to assist in preparing for the examination. 

  • you are only authorised to give instruction for the school whose address is shown on the licence
  • you must not advertise yourself as a fully qualified instructor
  • you must receive 40 hours practical training from a qualified ADI before your apply for your licence.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you receive training in each of the specified subjects. You must submit a completed Instructor Training Declaration (ADI 21T) with your application

ADI 21T form

You must also abide by one of the following conditions:

  • you must receive supervision for 20 per cent of all lessons you give from your sponsoring ADI
  • a record of all lessons given, along with the supervision received must be kept on the form ADI 21S which will be issued with the licence, this must be signed by you and your ADI and must be returned to the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) as soon as the licence expires

ADI 21S form

  • you must receive a minimum additional 20 hours training covering all the specified topics
  • this extra training must take place within the first three months of the licence or before you take your first attempt at part three, whichever is the soonest
  • a record of this training must be kept on the form ADI 21AT, and must be sent to DSA before the end of the three month period, or presented to the examiner conducting the part three test, whichever is the earliest
  • at least 25 per cent of the training will have to be practical training

ADI 21AT form

The application form for trainee licences can also be obtained from the examiner who passed you on your driving ability test or you can use the link below to download a copy.

ADI 3L form and guidance notes

Part 3The object of this test is to assess the quality of your instruction and your ability to pass your knowledge on to pupils. The test is in two parts, each of which lasts about half an hour. You must pass both parts on the same test.

You will be asked to demonstrate your knowledge and ability by giving practical driving instruction to the examiner who will first take on the role of a pupil who is a beginner, or a learner driver with limited driving knowledge, and then a pupil who is about test standard. The examiner will explain everything to you at the time.

The instruction you give should be tailored to the time available and to the standard of the ‘pupil’ being role-played by the examiner. You will probably find it helpful to establish the depth of the ‘pupil’s’ knowledge in each phase, by asking questions and observing the ‘pupil’s’ performance as you would with a real pupil you had not taught before.

In assessing your performance, the examiner will take into account:

• the method, clarity, adequacy and correctness of instruction given

• the observation, analysis and correction of faults committed by the pupil

• your general manner

You will be expected to maintain control of the lesson, be patient and tactful and give encouragement to the ‘pupil’ at all times. What is assessed is the relevance of the instruction for the ability of the pupil and to the particular conditions on the road on the day of the test.

You are allowed only three attempts at this part of the examination within a two year period. If after three attempts you have not passed you must wait until two years have elapsed and start again with the Part 1 Theory Test.


That is really up to you. you should allow 60-80 hrs  on average but it could take a few months or up to 2 years depending on your current commitments.

Each part is normally broken down as follows:

Part 1 you can easily manage on your own with the right books CD Roms and a little guidance.

Part 2 normally 10 - 20 hrs of training to reach required standard + private practice.

Part 3 normally 40(minimum) - 60 hours ( depending on whether you take a trainee licence)


No, If you choose to you can pay for a block of training and that would normally attract a discount, however you can pay as you go per session of training.

Each test is charged for by the Driving Standards Agency, as is a "pink" trainee licence please see the DSA website for up to date prices and more information. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to give me a call or an email - Contact