Train to become a Driving Instructor

At Duke & Duchess Driving School, we love what we do! None of us can imagine having a career doing anything different!

That doesn’t mean it is always easy, it can be a very challenging role at times. As with all careers, it can have its highs and it can have its lows…..we don’t want to make it out to be all idyllic! However, it does have to be one of the most rewarding jobs out there! Knowing you have helped someone gain a life skill that is going to open up doors and opportunities for them is total job satisfaction!

We have now trained many of our own instructors, as well as help others to become qualified who have originally trained with other schools.

We are able to train you from scratch should you be at the very beginning of your journey towards become a driving instructor, or we can step in and support you if you have already started with another company. It may be that you want more support, a second opinion or even just some extra input in conjunction with your current training

We currently have a 100% pass rate when it comes to training instructors and helping them to become fully qualified, with several passing their exams on their first attempt!

There are 3 parts to the qualifying process to becoming a driving instructor.

When you have been accepted to start the qualifying process by the DVSA, you can start your training towards the three ADI tests. These are known as:

Part 1: theory test
Part 2: practical driving test
Part 3: instructional ability test.

You have to pass the tests in this order, and the part 2 and 3 tests have to be passed within a two year period of the part 1. Once these are all completed, you can then join the ADI register as an Approved Driving Instructor.

You may choose to take the route of going on a Trainee licence. The DVSA will issue this licence to you, it is a provisional license to ‘teach for reward’. This means that you can gain experience as a Potential Driving Instructor (PDI) and begin giving actual lessons. This is an extremely effective way of honing your skills in instructional ability ahead of your part three test. It also means that you can start to make a living as a driving instructor.

Your trainee licence is valid for six months, and you will continue to receive 20 hours of in-car training whilst on the trainee licence prior to your part three test. On passing the test you can apply to be added to the DVSA register of approved driving instructors.

Duke & Duchess are able to support you however you decide to undertake your training to become an ADI. We can sponsor you and support you on a trainee licence, many of our current Instructors have undertaken this training in this way.

We do not charge you any money up front, and all the training we provide is pay as you go, so you only pay for what you need as you need it.

If you would like more information on training to becoming a driving instructor, or information about joining Duke & Duchess Driving School, please call us on 0345 676 9870 and ask to speak to Donna or David.

You can also email us on [email protected]

Part 1

Part 1 of the qualification process involves taking an advanced theory test which includes both a multiple choice question section, as well as a hazard perception test. As with the regular theory test, you are required to pass them both.

The theory test questions check your knowledge of the Highway Code, general road safety, driving techniques, basic first aid knowledge and the theory of instructing a pupil. The test lasts 90 minutes and you must achieve an 85 percent mark to pass.

The hazard perception test uses 14 video clips to test your ability to identify a hazard at the correct time. One of the clips will feature two hazards. On this test you must score 57 points out of a possible 75.

Part 2

Part 2 is an advanced practical driving test. You will be expected to demonstrate a professional level of driving ability with a DVSA examiner. The test itself lasts around an hour and includes an eye test, along with general vehicle maintenance questions.

Part 3

Part 3 The final stage of your instructional ability, this is the part of becoming a driving instructor that will take you the most time to train.

The part three test of instructional ability is approximately one hour long. A DVSA examiner will watch you delivering a client centred driving lesson to a pupil of your choice. This can be a learner or a full licence holder. The examiner will be looking for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver and rider training.

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