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Approved Driving Instructor Training Course ADI

Training is a vital step in beginning your career and maintaining success.  The right training programme can make all the difference to qualifying as an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).

Part One: Theory

The test calls for a higher standard of knowledge than expected of a learner driver.  The test is carried out in two parts; a multiple choice section and a hazard perception test which are taken at the same time. 

This part of the test will last 90 minutes during which time you will be asked 100 questions split into four bands.  Whilst the Hazard Perception Test has 14 clips, lasting about 1 minute and has 15 hazards in total. 

Classroom TrainingOur training consists of either 27 hours of classroom tuition over a short period, or individual support sessions.  The course is structured to meet the DVSA's criteria and the candidates individual needs. 

Individual support courses can be provided as an alternative, although, through experience is not as beneficial as a structured group Theory training course. 

Experienced teacher trainers will endeavour to teach the most important aspects, using a variety of teaching methods. 

The theory training provides the basis for future understanding of those subjects that make up your role as an effective ADI. 

You must pass all three parts of the examination process in order and within two years of passing the Theory exam. 

Part Two: Driving Ability

The practical driving test consists of an eyesight test, show & tell questions and driving techniques element which lasts approximately 1 hour. 

Motorway DrivingYou must be able to read a car number plate at a distance of 27.5m (90') where the numbers/letters are 79.4mm high.  If you do not pass the eyesight test, you are not allowed to take the driving technique element.  This will count towards your three attempts. 

The drive will cover varying types of road conditions, where possible, include motorways or dual carriageways, rural and urban conditions.  You must also display the ability to perform a variety of manoeuvres. 

Our training is based on individual needs and typically takes an average of 20 hours.  This can be usually arranged around your own circumstances and job commitments with training times typically through Monday to Saturday, between 8am and 6pm. 

All sessions are strictly on a one to one basis, very simply, this allows us to focus on your skills and therefore to make the most of your time.  A comprehensive course will also include private practice as suggested by your trainer. 

Part Three: Instruction

The objective of the test is to assess the quality of your instruction and your ability to pass your knowledge on to your pupils.  The test is in two parts, each of which lasts about 30 minutes.  You will be asked to demonstrate your knowledge and ability by giving practical driving instruction to the examiner who will take the role of the pupil.  The examiner will select two of the following options: a novice or partly trained pupil, a pupil who is about driving test standard and a qualified driver undertaking driver development training. 

Driving instructor badgesFor this part of the course, we will be teaching all physical driving tasks and teaching techniques, such as Fault assessment, Communication skills and the use of Question and Answer technique.  We will ensure that you have plenty of practice at giving instruction to varying levels of pupil ability and attitude.  You should be able to give a lesson on any aspect of learner driver training.  In doing so you will be more than familiar with all of the Part 3 pre-set tests. 

These skills will need to be taught effectively hour after hour whilst with real life pupils.  If you opt to apply for a trainee licence, please note, we do follow DVSA's recommendation of 40 training hours.  Not all trainee's choose this option, although it does provide the opportunity to practice what you have been taught.  This benefits you, guaranteeing that you are receiving adequate, up to date training and are well on the way to passing the part 3 test and importantly, delivering quality instruction to real pupils. 

ADI Standards Check Test

Every ADI must undertake a 'Check Test' with an SE ADI at regular intervals during their career.  If the SE decides that your teaching or instruction are not up to scratch, your career and your livelihood could be under threat if your instruction is sub-standard. 

The truth is that the Standards check is simply an honest assessment of your normal day-to-day teaching, nothing more, nothing less. 

Our ADI Standards Check Test training is designed to ensure that you fully understand the requirements of the Check-Test and how to integrate your normal-day-to-day teaching for the best test result. 

Basic content

Understanding the Standards Test requirements
Understanding basic fault assessment
Lesson structure
Understanding appropriate 'levels of instruction'
Route planning - critical success factors
Check-Test Planning - with examples ... 

For many instructors a failed Standards Test comes as a complete shock, avoid the disappointment by undertaking an individual training course.

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