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In order to become a Driving instructor there are some legal requirements required.
You must hold a Full UK unrestricted car Driving licence and have held it for at least four out of the past six years prior to entering the register after qualifying. An automatic driving licence or a provisional licence held after passing the driving test all count towards the four years.
You must not have been disqualified from driving in the four years prior to being entered on the register. You must be a fit and proper person, all motoring and non-
Must pass the three qualifying exams; Parts two and three must be completed within two years of passing part one.
Apply for entry on the register within twelve months of passing part three of the qualifying exams.
Must complete a Criminal Record Disclosure (CRB) check
The exams are challenging and a lot of hard work is required in order to qualify, some people never qualify even after investing large sums money in Training. Below are the pass rates for 2010 (DSA figures)
Part one exam 45%
Part two exam 50%
Part three exam 34%
Part One Exam
This is a two part exam comprising of a Theory test and a Hazard perception test, you must pass both parts in order to qualify for an overall pass
This is split into four bands and comprises of 100 questions, 25 questions in each band. You must answer at least 20 questions in each band (80%) your overall pass mark must be 85 out of 100 (85%) you will have 90-
This part of the exam consists of 14 video clips, 13 of these have one developing hazard and one clip has two developing hazards. You can score a maximum of 5 on each developing hazard (total 75) to achieve a pass you must score at least 57 points (57 out of 75) The sooner you identify the hazard and click on the mouse the higher your score will be. The test will last around 20-
You are allowed as many attempts as you wish to retake this exam should you fail. Once you pass you will only be allowed three attempts at the part two and part three exams within a two year period. If you do not pass within this period then you have to start the whole process again.
Part Two Exam
This is a test of your driving ability, it is of an Advanced nature and split into three parts consisting of an eyesight test where you must be able to read a number plate from a distance of 26.5 meters for an old style number plate and a distance of 27.5 metres for a new style number plate. You can of course use glasses or contact lenses.
This is followed by some basic vehicle maintenance and safety questions, these are called show me / tell me.
You will then have your test of driving ability, this will cover a route comprising of rural and urban areas, dual carriageways and motorways (where possible) you will need to demonstrate a confident and expert approach to handling the car. During the test you will be required to carry out various manoeuvres
Reverse into a limited opening on the left and on the right
Reverse parking manoeuvre in a car park or on the road
Emergency stop exercise
Turn the vehicle around using forward and reverse gears
These must be carried out using effective observations and must be reasonable accurate
You will be allowed a maximum of 6 driver faults, any more will result in a fail, and also a serious or dangerous fault will result in automatic failure.
Part Three Exam
This test is essentially a teaching test where the examiner will role play the part of a pupil, it is split into two categories the first part will be giving instruction to a beginner or partly trained pupil and for the second part the examiner will role play the part of a trained pupil or full licence holder. You will need to pitch your instruction taking into account the needs of the pupil. These parts are called phase one and phase two. You will need to obtain a grade of at least 4 or above in both parts in order to qualify. Each phase is scored on a scale of 1-
Driving instructor Training
make the roads safer, one student at a time
Once you have passed the part three exam you will be entered on the register as an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) You could either work under a Franchise or work under your own name. Level road can give advice and guide you on the best way forwards whether it be helping you choose a franchise that suits your needs or helping you to set up on your own.
After making this decision and you are working as an ADI, it doesn’t end there. You will be Check Tested on a regular basis to ensure you are teaching to the required standards. These are called test of continued ability and are carried out by a supervising examiner for your area. Once qualified you will be seen pretty soon for an educational visit where you could be graded either an E (educational) or if you’re standard of instruction warrants it a grade of 4-
Once you have gained more knowledge and been in business at least 12-
Level Road Driver Training will help and advise you on how to make the most of your new career.