Becoming a Driving Instructor – Before You Start

Before you start your driving instructor training course certain criteria have to be met.

To become a driving instructor you will need:

  • A full UK or EU car driving license held continuously for at least four years prior to application
  • Have fewer than 6 penalty points on your licence
  • Read a normal size number plate from 27.5 metres (90 ft)

To be entered in the Register of Driving Instructors you will undergo a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Check. We can begin the course while the checks are going ahead.

The CRB Check

Applicants who intend to start the ADI qualifying process will need to have a criminal record check. This is obtained on behalf of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), see below. If everything is in order an application pack will be sent out for you to complete and return. You will receive a unique reference number which is required when you apply for the first exam. You can proceed with the course once you know the application is on its way.

Apply for a CRB check using one of the following methods:

The Tests

There are three tests to pass before you become a qualified driving instructor which must be taken in order:

  • Stage One – Theory test.
  • Stage Two – The Driving Test.
  • Stage Three – The Instructional Ability Test.

There is no limit to the number of times you can take the Stage One theory test. For stages two and three you will be limited to three attempts at each test.

The Part 1 Theory Test

This is split into two parts:

  • A 100 question multiple choice exam
  • A hazard perception test

Various topics are covered some of which include knowledge of the Highway Code, driving and teaching techniques and the UK driving test criteria. Sally’s provides all the learning material you require. The test can be taken at your local theory test centre.

The Part 2 Driving Test

This is an advanced driving test. The test can be taken at most local driving test centres.

The Part 3 Teaching Ability Test

This a role play test where the examiner assumes the position of a pupil. The test is split into two parts:

  • Phase one – A partly trained pupil
  • Phase two – A fully trained pupil

The part three test is conducted at most local driving test centres.