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How to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

Thank you for your interest regarding training with the Driving Instructor Academy. At both the Academy and the DLA we have a fantastic success rate. At the DLA we specialize in personal professional tuition. We have over 18 years of teaching experience and are registered and approved by the Driving Standards Agency. We operate under their Code Of Practice for Approved Driving Instructors, which ensures that all our business dealings are done clearly and professionally.

Now our Driving Instructor Academy has broken the mould with it's ground breaking hourly rates for training, this has given people the opportunity to now do what they have thought about for some time, but couldn't find the investment needed. We ensure thorough, systematic, up to date training for all our trainee Instructors.

The Qualifying Examinations

The Driving Standards Agency sets and oversees all three parts of the examination process to enable Candidates to qualify as Approved Driving Instructors.

The Rules:

  • To begin with, you must have held a full driving license in category B (manual cars) for at least 4 of the last 6 years. You must not have been disqualified during this time.
  • Be able to read a car number plate from a minimum distance of 90 feet.
  • Your licence should be free of endorsements, although certain allowances may be made. Anybody with serious criminal convictions cannot be accepted.
  • You must also be a 'fit and proper' person. This relates to convictions not spent under the rehabilitation of offenders act.
  • You must pass a searching three-part examination. This comprises of theory, driving and instructional ability.

The Tests:

Before you can train people to drive, you must pass three main qualifying exams. You have up to 2 years to qualify from the date you pass the ADI Part 1 test.

1. Theory test - Hazard Perception Test - ADI Part 1 »
2. Test of driving ability - ADI Part 2 »
3. Test of instructional ability - ADI Part 3 »

For further details on each part of the ADI test please visit the above links.

DSA Driving Instructor test fees

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Once you have satisfied all of the above criteria, you will then be a Driving Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). You must then send in your registration fee, and you will receive your 'green badge' . This must be displayed whilst giving lessons for reward. Display it in the lower left corner of the front windscreen. Your registration will last for 4 years. You can renew the registration on payment of a fee, however your continued fitness and ability to instruct is monitored. If certain standards are not met, you could ultimately be removed from the register.