If you’re considering a career as an Approved Driving Instructor your first step is to register with the Driving Standards Agency (DVSA) as a Potential Driving Instructor (PDI). All instructors need to be registered with the DVSA and you should be accepted on the register as long as you:
- Hold a full UK or European Union / European Economic Area unrestricted car driving licence, for at least four years.
- Not have been disqualified from driving at any time in the four years before you apply to reister with the DVSA
- To be a ‘fit and proper’ person in order to be accepted onto the register. Things like criminal records and motoring convictions will be taken into consideration.
All applicants wishing to be included on the DVSA register will need a criminal record check.
The cost for entry onto the ADI register is currently £300.
Once you have been accepted onto the register by the DVSA, you will be required to take and pass three tests as outlined below.
- Theory and Hazard Perception Test (part one)
- Driving Ability Assessment (part two)
- Test of Instructional Ability (part three)
Once you have passed part one, you have two years to pass parts two and three.
Is this the right career choice for me?
Becoming a driving instructor can be hard work with unsociable hours, but it can also be very rewarding. It will be your responsibility to develop a high standard of driving behaviour in your pupils and teach them how to stay safe on our roads.
You will need to have a lot of patience and understanding with a thorough knowledge of the theory and practice of driving. You will need to be a high regard for all aspects of road safety as you will be responsible for the safety of not only yourself and your pupil, but also to other road users too. A professional approach to your pupils is required at all times.