Driving Instructor Training

The Register of Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) was set up in order to maintain and improve the standard of car driving instruction available to the general public.

It also ensures that the public can expect an acceptable standard of tuition from those registered as driving instructors. It is administered by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), an Executive Agency of the Department of Transport, under the provisions of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

It is therefore illegal to charge any money or “monies worth” for instruction in driving a motorcar unless:

Their name is on the Register of Approved Driving Instructors.

They hold a trainee “Licence to give instruction” issued by the registrar.

Legal requirements

When applying to become a driving instructor, you must fulfil the following legal requirements:

Hold a full UK or European Union (EU/European Economic Area (EEA)          unrestricted car driving licence.

Held it for a total of at least four out of the past six years prior to entering the Register after qualifying.

Not have been disqualified from driving at any time in the four years prior to being entered in the Register.

Be a ‘fit and proper’ person to have your name entered in the Register. All convictions, motoring or non-motoring still in force will be taken into account by the DSA before allowing you on the Register. You now also need to apply for a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check as part of this process.

Pass the two qualifying practical examinations within two years of passing the theory examination.

Apply for registration within 12 months of passing the final part of the examination.

The qualification examination is in three parts:

    Part 1 - a computer based theory test

    Part 2 - a practical test of your driving ability

    Part 3 - a practical test of your ability to instruct

All three parts must be passed in this order and the whole process must be completed within two years of passing the theory test. If unable to do this within the timescale then you must begin again from the start and pass each part again. The theory test can be taken as many times as required but there is a limitation of three attempts at each of the practical tests within the two year period.