How to be a driving instructor

Explanation of the driving instructor qualification process

Independent driving instructor training for all of the ADI tests

Train to be a driving instructor with Marcus at Andrew’s Driving Instructor training. With the huge demand for driving instructors at the moment there has never been a better time to get into this industry.

There is no better way to get started than with an independent Ordit approved ADI Trainer.

Train to become a driving instructor and take control of your future, work your own hours, around your family, take your holidays when you like and share in the moment when your pupils pass.

Driver training is a fast moving business, with major changes not only in the learner driver test but also huge changes in the ADI qualification process, you should choose a trainer who knows the process inside out.

I am fully up to date with all that is required to pass all 3 of the driving instructor tests. I also sit in the back of the car of all of the part 3  which I present for test, this keeps my training sharp and means that I completely understand what the examiner is looking for.


A brief overview of the qualification process

What does it take to become a driving instructor? Your qualification process will consist of 3 tests known as ADI part 1,2 an 3.

Apply to join the ADI Register

The first step is to apply to join the DVSA register. For this you will need to apply for a DBS check. Details on how to apply are here on the DVSA website. Apply to become a driving instructor.

Part 1 the theory test

Part one consists of two separate tests and you need to pass them both in the same session.

The theory is to test your knowledge of the highway code, driving techniques and a little bit of basic first aid. You will also need to know some basic principles of how you will be expected to instruct and coach your future pupils.

Part 2 The Practical driving test

The next part is a practical driving test which lasts around an hour. During this test you must demonstrate a good level of driving which is something which you will be passing on to your pupils.

Part 3 The final test

The final part of the process is the part 3 test which will test your ability to instruct a pupil. You must pass this final test within 2 years of passing the part one. Once you have passed this test you will be a fully qualified ADI and you may apply for your green badge.

Trainee Licence

Once you have passed the part 2 test and completed 40 hours of training you may apply for a trainee licence also known as a pink badge. In effect this means that you will be able to teach paying students. This is the most popular and most effective route  to train for the final test. Also it means that you can earn as you learn.The trainee licence will last for 6 months and it is during this 6 months that you will be taking your final exam to become a fully qualified ADI.

Direct Route

It is also possible to continue training without taking the trainee licence option. All the way to taking your final part 3 test. Due to the nature of the recently introduced test format we do not usually reccomend this route.


After your training you will be offered a guranteed position as a franchisee of Andrew’s Driving School.

Working alongside one of the busiest driving schools in the area is a great way to improve your teaching skills. You will also earn a very good income and be fully supported as a franchisee.

Why Train with Marcus at Andrew’s instructor Training ?

  • Pay as you go training.
  • Fast track driving instructor training available.
  • Hi spec VW Golf for your instructor training.
  • Free theory test training.
  • Training available across North Wales and the North West of England.
  • Trainee Licence available with busy driving school.
  • Upon Qualification guaranteed position with a busy local driving school ( If required).

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ADI Part 3 in Rhyl passed by Peter

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Dafydd Jones ADI part 3

Dafydd Emlyn Jones from Caernarfon passed the part 3 test in Bangor after training with Marcus. Dafydd has been working as a PDI on a trainee licence with Andrew's Driving School and has built up an excellent reputation as a reliable local driving instructor with a...

Fiona Part 3 passed first time in Rhyl

Fiona Part 3 passed first time in Rhyl

Fiona Eames passed all 3 ADI qualifying tests on the first attempt. After passing the part 2 Fiona took the trainee licence option to gain valuable experience ready for the part 3. During her time on the trainee licence Fiona became a very popular instructor with...


Benefits of becoming a driving instructor

Here are some of the key reasons for becoming a driving instructor.

Recession proof business (People will always want to learn to drive)

Set your own hours for a perfect work life balance.

Job satisfaction theres nothing better than seeing your pupils pass their driving test.

Money! As an adi you can expect a well above average hourly rate.

New car Change your car every year

You will be your own boss You choose when you work, you choose when you take your holidays.

There are many benefits in becoming a driving instructor. Once you have completed the qualification process you have many options. Most new instructors opt for a franchise. This means that you can concentrate on doing what you are trained to do. If you choose the right franchise you will have no worries about advertising costs or finding pupils. For a small weekly fee your franchise provider should supply you with more than enough pupils. The job can be tiring particulary during the early days, but it is always very rewarding and enjoyable. You can also take satisfaction that you are passing on some very important life skills. People learn to drive for many reasons, whether its for a new job or just to take the kids back and to to school. Should you decide to take the plunge and embark on this career I will guide you every step of the way and that level of support will continue for as long as you need it.

More information on how you can get started in this exciting career. We will explain everything in detail so that you can decide if life as a driving instructor is for you.

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