Do You Want To Train To Become A Driving Instructor?
Lets begin by seeing what it takes to be a successful driving instructor, there are 2 things I always hear whenever someone finds out I’m a driving instructor ‘you must have nerves of steel’ and ‘you must be so patient’
Nerves Of Steel
Personally I don’t think this is true, I don’t think you need anything more than you need to be out on the roads as a normal driver, as a driving instructor you will be teaching people what to do and how to do it safely the better you are as an instructor the better your students will be as a result of this you will be in no more danger than any other road user is, don’t forget as a good instructor you will need to control the lesson, you are increasing your level of risks if you take your student to locations or roads that they are not ready to cope with. There is more danger involved with assessing someone who has had previous lessons or had other road experience than there is with a brand new student and even then with some good Q&A it is very easy to determine what those students have experience previously what they are comfortable with and where you should then start with them.
This is VITAL you will be dealing with a lot of different people with different levels of understanding, different strengths and weaknesses, different physical and mental attributes, and different levels of development. You will need to adapt and change to your students needs and requirement to help them learn and get the most out of their lessons, when they are doing this they will be happier, they will be more successful and as a result you, they and other road users will be safer.
This is another key thing that you will need to be a successful driving instructor you will need to help your students to understand what they need to do and more importantly why they need to be doing it, a student who understands ‘why’ is much more likely to ‘do’ as a result.
Excellent, in that case this is the process you will need to follow to train to become a driving instructor;
Check To See If You Can Become A Driving Instructor
Apply To Become A Driving Instructor
Get A DBS Check
Start Your Application
ADI PART 1
The first part of the process is an advanced theory test you will get 90 minutes to answer 100 questions, you get 25 questions for each of the following categories;
traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge
driving test, disabilities, and the law
publications and instructional techniques
You then complete a hazard awareness test whereby you will have 14 video clips featuring everyday road scenes, each clip will contain at least 1 developing hazard you will need to identify the hazards the earlier you identify the hazard the more points you will score.
Our recommendation is to complete ADI Part 1 by yourself with private study we can offer any help and assistance if you need or want any but this is something you should easily be able to complete on your own.
You can obtain some very useful study material from here https://www.tsoshop.co.uk/Driver-And-Vehicle-Standards-Agency/Instructors-and-Trainers/
Book Your Test
When you feel you are ready to do so you can book your ADI Part 1 test here https://www.gov.uk/book-your-instructor-theory-test?step-by-step-nav=80bd32e4-9708-4214-bc0f-50358223bb09
ADI PART 2
The second part of the of the process is an advanced driving test that is designed to test your ability to drive safely you must show you can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions and show that you know the Highway Code by the way you drive. In order to pass the test you must get 6 or less driving faults and no serious or dangerous driving faults the test last for 1 hour. You can find out further details about what to expect on the test here https://www.gov.uk/adi-part-2-test/what-happens-during-test
Prepare For Your Test
Our recommendation is for an initial assessment lesson with one of our ADI’s they will be able to advise you of any issues within your everyday driving that you will need to rectify to be successful. Depending on the outcome of this assessment you could either go away and try and fix them then we could schedule a further assessment when you believe you are ready or we could book in a couple of lessons with you to get you up to scratch.
Book Your Test
When you feel you are ready to do so you can book your ADI Part 2 here https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test
please be aware you will only get 3 attempts to pass your part 2 test, if you fail 3 times you will have to start the whole process again but you can only start this once your ADI Part 1 expires this is valid for 2 years from the date you pass it.
ADI PART 3
This is the part where you need to be able to demonstrate your skills and abilities in being able to teach someone to drive. When it comes to the test itself you will need to take a student with you and you will need to show the examiner what you have previously done with your student the test last for 60 minutes and you will be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories; lesson planning, risk management and teaching and learning strategies. The best way to fully prepare yourself for Part 3 is to get a trainee license this allows you 6 months to teach students.