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The Road to Becoming an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

  • Be over 21 years of age
  • Have held a valid driving licence for at least 3 and a half years
  • Have not been disqualified at any time in the 4 years before you join the register
  • Be able to read a number plate from 27.5m (with glasses if normally worn)
  • Complete a CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) check. Call the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) on 0300 200 1122 for an application form.
  • After the CRB check, complete ADI14 pack, disclosing all cautions or convictions, current or spent, motoring or non-motoring
  • Once you have submitted ADI14, the DVSA will issue you with a Potential Driving Instructor (PDI) personal reference number, and you can then apply for your theory test.

You will also need the following personal qualities:

  • Commitment
  • Drive
  • Determination
  • People skills

You will have to pass 3 tests set by the DVSA

  • Part 1 - Theory and Hazard Perception
  • Part 2 - Driving Ability
  • Part 3 - Instructional Ability

Each part must be passed before the next test can be booked and Part 3 must be passed within 2 years of passing Part 1.

You will receive all the training materials and support required in order to help you through each section, including 50 hours of 1:1 tuition with our instructor trainer.

You will work from home using the workbooks, manuals and other materials which we provide, and you can arrange the test for when you feel you will be ready. The test takes 1 hour and 30 minutes, and comprises 100 multiple choice questions. The pass mark is 85% and you will need to achieve a minimum mark of 80% in each of these 4 areas;

  • road procedure
  • traffic signs & signals; car control; pedestrians; mechanical knowledge
  • driving test; disabilities; law
  • publications; instructional techniques

There is also a Hazard Perception Test, where you will be shown 14 video clips, each clip lasting about 50 seconds, and each containing at least one hazard about to develop (one clip will have 2 hazards). You will need to click the mouse as soon as you identify a developing hazard and your mark for each clip will depend on how soon you identify the hazard and click the mouse. To pass you will need 57 marks out of a possible 75.

Once you have passed the Part 1, you may apply for the Part 2, and will have a maximum of 3 attempts to pass this test.

There are 3 sections to the Part 2;

Eyesight Test

Correctly read a car number plate from:
26.5m if the figures are 79mm high by 50mm wide
27.5m if the figures are 79mm high by 57mm wide

If you fail the eyesight test the Part 2 test will be terminated and marked as a fail. This will count as one of your 3 allowed attempts at Part 2.

Vehicle Safety Checks

You will be asked to explain and show how to check the condition and safety of 5 components of the vehicle.

For example - tyres, brakes, lights, coolant, etc.

Test of Driving Ability

This is an advanced driving test, and a very high standard of competence is required. You will have to demonstrate a high level of driving technique, anticipation and consideration of other road users. The test will last approximately 60 minutes, during which time you will be allowed to make only 6 minor faults (with none serious or dangerous). There will also be a number of manoeuvres to perform, as well as an emergency stop.

Once you have passed the Part 2 you may apply for the Part 3, and you will have a maximum of 3 attempts to pass this test.

There are 2 sections to the Part 3 test, half an hour each;

Phase 1

The examiner will play the role of a novice driver and you will deliver a 30 minute lesson on the first phase of his chosen 'pre-set test'.

Phase 2

This will follow on immediately from the Phase 1 and the examiner will play the role of a more experienced learner. Again, you will deliver a 30 minute lesson on the second phase of his chosen 'pre-set test'.

You are being tested on your ability to instruct and deliver a lesson.

PST Phase 1 Phase 2
1 Controls Crossroads
2 Moving Off and Stopping Meet, Cross Path, Overtaking, Clearance and Anticipation
3 Turn in the Road Approaching Junctions
4 Reversing (left or right) Emerging Safely
5 Emergency Stop and Mirrors Progress, Hesitancy and Position
6 Pedestrian Crossing and Signals Reverse Parking
7 Approaching Junctions Pedestrian Crossings and Signals
8 Emerging Safely Meet, Cross Path, Overtaking, Clearance and Anticipation
9 Crossroads Pedestrian Crossings and Signals
10 Meet, Cross Path, Overtaking, Clearance and Anticipation Progress, Hesitancy and Position

 

  • you will have the same trainer throughout (other than in exceptional circumstances).
  • all the training will be 1:1 (unlike other organisations).
  • flexible payment options.
  • tailored and flexible training schedule to suit your own availability, personal circumstances and pace of learning.
  • lessons recorded by in-car CCTV and delivered promptly to your home on DVD.
  • once you have crossed the finishing line, you will be free to consider whether you want to work for yourself, or with ourselves as a franchisee (subject to selection process, interview, etc).
  • £1000 for Part 1 and Part 2
  • £1300 for Part 3

The test fees are payable direct to the DVSA and are currently as follows;

  • Part 1 £90
  • Part 2 £111
  • Part 3 £111

If you require additional information or would like to call in for a further discussion, please phone us today.

If you require additional information or would like to call in for a further discussion, please phone us today.

 

Hot Wheels Instructor Training Academy

We will provide you with all the training and materials you will need to prepare you for the Part 1, 2 and 3 tests

Part 1

  • Know Your Traffic Signs - Department of Transport
  • The Official Highway Code - Department of Transport
  • The Official DVSA Guide to Learning to Drive
  • The Official DVSA Guide to Driving; The Essential Skills
  • The Official DVSA ADI Theory and Hazard Perception Test DVDs
  • Study Guide Workbook

Part 2

  • Driving Workbook

Part 3

  • Practical Teaching Skills for Driving Instructors - Miller and Stacey
  • The Driving Instructor’s Handbook - Miller and Stacey
  • The Complete ADI Teaching System - Aim4Success
  • Instructing Workbook
  • Briefings CD

You will be allocated 50 hours of 1:1 tuition with our Academy Manager, Daren Haller. These will be split between the 3 parts as follows

Part 1 - 1 hour
Part 2 - 9 hours
Part 3 - 40 hours

The allocation of the training hours can be flexible if necessary. For example, if a PDI wants more than one hour of assistance for the Part 1, then that time can be taken from the allocation for Part 2, or from Part 3, as required.

If a PDI wishes to purchase additional training time beyond the initial 50 hours, this will be charged at a rate of £35 per hour.

All tuition for Parts 2 and 3 will be recorded on DVD, and you will receive a copy soon after each session. You will therefore be able to review each session at home in your own time, and this will enable you to derive the maximum benefit from each lesson.