Driving Instructor Training

If you’re looking for a new career as a Driving Instructor, then The Driving Academy can get your new career on track. We are probably one of the best driving instructor training providers in Yorkshire and have a very high pass rate. Our training offices are based in Ilkley and we offer a range of both distance and on-site training. We also cater for the Armed Forces personnel too. At The Driving  Academy, we know how hard it can be to make changes for a new career, that’s why our bespoke training packages are tailored around you. We are experts in the driver training industry and we know that training to become a driving instructor can give you a completely new lifestyle, bring you happiness and give you total job satisfaction. We can also guarantee you that our training is second to none and all of our students have passed there exams and our enjoying their new career. We are also an ORDIT registered training provider and we also offer amazing franchise opportunities, you can read more about our franchise deals here.

As easy as 1-2-3

To become a qualified driving instructor, you first have to pass three exams. These are known as Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Our proven track record and training package is second to none. We give you all the training and all the tools you need to pass all three parts of the qualification exams. Your success is our success.

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Part 3 ADI Training

Did you know that you can earn a salary while you’re training to become a driving instructor. We actually pay you to train. How good is that? Once you’ve passed the second exam which is known as the Part 2 and completed your Part 3 training, we can put you out working on a trainee licence. This has the extra benefit of you earning a salary while you’re preparing for you final exam, the Part 3 coupled with the extra benefit of you practicing your craft and getting ready for your final exam.

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At The Driving Academy, we believe that your training to become a Driving Instructor should not cost you thousands of £££’s. On a national average, big companies such as BSM, AA, Red etc can charge you approximately £3,000 to £3,500 and sometimes upwards and then get you into a franchise where you have to pay them a fee of approximately £180 per week (£720.00 per month for example). We believe that you should pay just for the training and support you get and not the overheads for a big company such as their office rent, accountancy teams, company cars, sales & marketing teams, directors bonuses etc.

By paying less does not necessarily mean you’re getting less, that’s why our prices for our training are very competitive and work either on a “Pay as You Go” basis or a “Pre-set Price” training package. Whichever course package you choose you will get more than the right amount of training tailored to your needs and we will teach you the skills that will place you amongst the top 7% of drivers in the country and also be a successful Driving Instructor. Our courses also include a one day business training workshop so you will have all the tools and information necessary to be a success in business.

You are not just buying a training package; you are buying a new career, a new lifestyle and the backing and support of our skills and knowledge which we have accumulated through many years of training. All of our training staff are ORDIT registered and are in demand by Learner drivers in their local area and can earn in the region of £1000 per week. Just think, this could be you soon. We also offer rescue training for potential driving instructors who have trained with another provider but may be struggling to pass any of their exams. You can find out more on this page.

Our training courses

Your training course is flexible and can work around your availability. It will follow a set syllabus and structure which has been proven to be successful over the years. The process set out by the Government to qualify and register as an ADI has been designed to take at least 16 weeks to qualify due to a CRB check having to be completed and waiting times for tests and registration to get your ADI badge. Therefore it is advisable that you take your tests as soon as possible once you have taken your training. However, we will advise you on test readiness and ensure you are ready before you apply for your test.

Part 1 Training – Theory and Hazard Recognition (50 hours) This part of your course is primarily home study coupled with opportunities to meet up with your trainer to discuss your progress so there is a short element of classroom training involved. It’s also ran in conjunction with your Part 2 driver training, this enables you to put the theory side of driving into practice. This ensures that you receive plenty of help during your study for the Part 1 test.

You will receive a Part 1 study guide and 7 books and also have access to our online learning modules. Cutting corners at this stage could lead to problems for you further on down the line when you come to take the part 3 test. Many training companies simply get you to practice answering questions by parrot fashion which is simply a bad way to go about training. Our training program is different, we want you to be the best instructor there is because a detailed knowledge of the theory is vital and will act as a strong basis for a successful career as an instructor. You will also receive an assessment on your driving at this stage which will also help you with your Theory test and will give you good guidance in preparation for your part 2 driver training.

Part 2 Training – Driving Skills (10 hours) This part of the course can either be on an hourly basis spread over a course of weeks or it can be condensed into 10 hours training spread over two consecutive days back to back – For the Part 2, here you will benefit from in-car training to bring your driving skills to a high standard which will place you in the top 7% of drivers in the country. You may have a lot of driving experience and probably have developed some incorrect driving habits.

Driving techniques have changed a lot over the years and so you may need to be brought up-to-date. As well as receiving expert tuition on advanced driving, you will also receive a Driver Training Workbook which helps you to keep track of your performance and it also gives you all the tips and advice you need to pass your Part 2 driving test.

Part 3 Training – Instructional Techniques (40 hours) Similar to the Part 2 course, this course can either be spread over weeks and months depending on your availability or it can be condensed into 40 hours of training spread over two consecutive weeks (excluding weekends). You will receive an Instructor Training Workbook, Lesson plans and visual aids diagram workbook and all of the material to help you to become and effective driving instructor.

The Part 3 exam is generally considered as the hardest out of the three so believe me when we say you need a good standard of training and a training provider who can get the best out of you in order for you to achieve a pass. There’s a lot to cover on the Part 3 course so some home study will be necessary. Once you have passed the Part 3 exam, you are now ready to get your career on the road and enjoy your new lifestyle. Oh, I nearly forgot to mention, also included in your course at this stage is a business training day. We cover everything you need to know about being self-employed such as business accounts, how to source a vehicle and dual controls, diary management and a whole lot more. Don’t worry, it’s not as boring as it sounds.

The Process

What’s the process to become a Driving Instructor and what are the steps?

The Legal Process – It’s a fairly straight forward process to become a Driving Instructor, as no qualifications or previous experience is necessary, but first you must tick a few boxes:

You must have held a driving license for at least 4 years prior to you applying to become an ADI. You must not have more than 6 points on your license, if you have, then please discuss this with us. You can check to see if you can become a driving instructor by clicking here

You have to be able to read a number plate (new style) from 26.5 metres, glasses or contacts are allowed. You have to complete a CRB/DBS check. Next, you have to take and pass the 3 Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency exams.

You will sit the 3 exams at your local ADI test centre. Part 1 is a computer based Theory and Hazard Perception Test. The Part 2 is a test of your driving ability and the Part 3 is a test of Instructional Ability.

You must pass each exam in order before you can move onto the next. Qualification must be within two years of passing the first exam. Our job is to prepare you for all 3 exams by giving you a high standard of training.

Part 1 Test: Theory and Hazard Perception. This is a computer based test which consists of 100 multiple choice questions. There are 4 categories and you need to score a minimum of 20 out of 25 in each category, the categories are:

Traffic signs and signals
Car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge
Driving test, disabilities, and the law
Publications and instructional techniques

Hazard Perception Test – You will be shown 14 video clips, each containing at least one developing hazard. You need to identify the hazards as they develop. You need to get a minimum of 57 out of a maximum 75 marks to pass.

Part 2 Test: Driving Ability. This is a driving test and lasts for approximately 1 hour. You must be able to demonstrate a high level of driving ability, anticipation and consideration of other road users, expert car handling and control, correct road procedure and driving in an environmentally friendly manner.

You will also complete a set of manoeuvres such as parallel park and reverse park your vehicle into a parking bay. There is also an independent driving part to this test which generally lasts approximately 20 minutes whereby you could be expected to follow a sat nav.

Part 3 Test: Instructional Ability. This test is to assess the quality of your instruction and your ability to pass your knowledge on to your pupils. The test lasts for 1 hour and you have to deliver a real lesson to one of your clients in a client centred way. An examiner will sit in the back of this lesson and assess your skills and ability. You will be assessed on the following:

  • Lesson planning
  • Risk management
  • Teaching and learning strategies

To pass, you must score a minimum of 31 out of 51. There are 17 sub-competencies and you will get a score from 0 to 3 for each competency and to achieve a pass you must score a minimum of 31 out of 51. You can a copy of the Part 3 test form here

The Driving Academy will give you the highest level of training for all three exams and get you on the road to success as quickly as possible.