More and more people are choosing to become driving instructors; it is a great way to have a change of career (or the start of one) and it pays well and gives you independence from employers. To become an Approved Driving Instructor, or ADI, you have to undertake very specific training and be tested at the end of it. Before we look at what the training entails, let us look at who is qualified to become an ADI.
• You have to be more than 21 years of age.
• You have to have held a full driver’s license for the last 3 years.
• You should never have been disqualified from driving in the UK and your driver’s license should not have more than 6 penalty points.
• You must pass a CRB check.
• You should be a fit and proper person according to the DVSA.
The training course
As we said, you need specific training to become a diving instructor and the course comes in 3 parts. Part 1 is ADI theory and here, you learn the basis of driving instruction. At the end, you will be required to take a test that is divided between multiple choice and hazard perception. In hazard perception, you will be taken out on the road by your instructor and he will see how well you deal with hazards when you are driving. You have to pass both tests in order to proceed to part 2.
Part 2 is all about testing your driving skills. It is very much like a regular driving instructors course, but it is longer and there are more challenges. Your instructor comes with you on the road and his job is to make sure that your driving is good enough that you can instruct another person. You will be trained for 10 hours after which you are then tested on the road to see whether your driving is up to scratch. You have to pass part 2 in order to go to part 3.
Part 3 is also about testing your driving skills. Your instructor will select 2 different locations for 2 half hour driving tests. He will also be asking you questions in the process and assessing your ability to deal with mistakes. This is the final part and it is here that you will be graded so that you become an ADI. The highest grade that you can get is a 6 which is Excellent. 5 is Good and 4 is Adequate. These are the only grades that allow people to become ADI’s. The whole course takes 5 months and many people pass without much difficulty.