I’m sure we are not alone when we say that the standard of driving on todays roads is simply not satisfactory.
As a Driving Instructor, this is your chance to play a big role in the development of new skills for learner drivers and also to influence how your pupils will drive for the rest of their lives by showing them a safe and responsible attitude toward driving.
To become a Driving Instructor you need to seriously consider the skills required, such as
- Displaying a high standard of driving ability
- Having a sound knowledge of subjects relating to teaching others to drive
- How to teach individiuals
- Identifying how different people learn and changing your approach from time to time
- Knowing how to assess the performance of others
- Excellent interpersonal skills
Proactive Driver Solutions Ltd aims to help you make an informed decision regarding all aspects of Driver Instructor Training and also to answer some of the questions you may have. We will also give you a brief insight into the examinations you need to pass and the likely costs you will incur.
In order to become a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor and to have your name entered on the Register, DVSA have the following requirements.
- You must hold a full UK or European union (EU)/European EconomicArea (EEA) unrestricted car licence; any EU/EEA licence must either be exchanged for a GB licence or a community Licence. Advice on exchange of foreign licences can be obtained from the DVLA
- Have held it for a total of at least four out of the past six years prior to entering the Register after qualifying. A foreign driving licence, an automatic car driving licence or a provisional licence held after passing the driving test, all count towards the four years.
- Not have been disqualified from driving at any time in the four years prior to being entered in the Register.
- Be a fit and proper person to have your name entered in the Register.
All convictions, motoring and non-motoring still in force will be taken into to account when DVSA assess your suitability to be entered on to the Register. This includes fixed penalty offences such as speeding.
The decision rests with the Registrar and is based on all convictions not spent under the rehabilitation of offenders Act 1974 and/or any motoring convictions acquired in the last six years.
Any motoring offence(s)which result in endorsements totalling five penalty points or more will be looked at closely and could result in an application being refused.
DVSA Exams & Fees
ADI Part 1 – Theory Test
Part 1 consists of a 100 questions in multiple-choice format. You have 90 minutes to complete the multiple-choice section. You will have to obtain an overall pass mark of 85%, but you must also reach a minimum mark of 80% in each of the four groups of 25 questions.
This will then be followed by the hazard perception test, which consists of 14 film clips with 15 hazards, the pass mark for this is 57 out of 75. The materials you receive from us will give you all the information you require to pass the Part 1 examination and are yours to keep for future reference, these include several DVSA publications, learning DVD material, a Instructor Training Manual produced by us containing all your instructional techniques and part 2 -3 materials.
ADI Part 2 – The Advanced Driving Test
Part 2 is a practical test of driving ability, It is an advanced driving test and you must display expert handling of the controls and use of correct road procedure. The test will last for about 1 hour and is taken at a regional DVSA test centre. It consists of the following:
- Eye Sight Check- reading a car number plate at 27.5m where the letters and numbers are 79.4mm in good daylight.
- Basic Maintenance / Safety Checks to your vehicle known as ‘Show Me-Tell Me’ questions.
- Driving on various types of roads:
– Side Roads
– A Road (Urban & Rural)
– Motorways & Dual Carriageways
- Demonstrate following a SATNAV and road signs
- Demonstrating reversing exercises:
– Reverse out of parking space
– Pull up on the right hand side of the road and reverse back 2 car lengths
– Reverse Bay Park
– Reverse Parallel Park
- Emergency Stop
You can make no more than 6 minor driver faults to pass and you are allowed a maximum of 3 attempts.
Training will be provided at a pace to suit the individuals needs, we appreciate that you may well have a lot of experience but also bad habits can develop over the years.
ADI Part 3 – Instructional Ability
Part 3 is to assess the quality of your instruction and the ability to pass your knowledge on to pupils. You will be required to give a driving lesson to a real pupil while an examiner assesses your ability to tailor the training to that pupil’s learning goals and needs. This test will be taken at a regional DVSA test centre and is the most demanding of the examinations.
The training will be completed in our training vehicle and role play will be used extensively. The Driving Instructor training you will receive from us will be based on both learners and qualified drivers, we will also cover many other factors including developing your own business. There is no limit on the amount of training you will need to pass this examination, as it is in our own interest as a training provider that you are ready for it.
These need to be paid directly to the DVSA when booking each examination.
- Part 1 = £83.00
- Part 2 = £111.00
- Part 3 = £111.00
When you pass the Part 2 examination you have the option of purchasing a trainee licence, this costs £140.00 and is valid for six months.
Upon completion of all examinations a £300.00 registration fee is payable to the DVSA.
N.B. The DVSA Fees & Costs change occasionally. Please double check them at the time of taking the course.
Instructor Training FAQ
The DVSA advise careful consideration to any potential Driving Instructor when choosing an Approved Driving Instructor training course. It is in your interest to have the answers to the questions below:
Our training course covers all aspects involved when becoming a driving instructor.
We will work at your pace, as quickly or as slowly as you need.
A large selection of training materials comprising of books, VIDEO/DVD and CD-ROM are included. DVSA test fees are not included in the course fee.
We will endeavour to meet all your training needs and if this was not possible we would inform you BEFORE your enrolment on our training course.
Yes, it is a complete course.
We would only recommend you sat an examination if both you and ourselves felt you were ready and had the skills necessary to pass. If a fail did occur in any of the examinations, we would offer further training as required.
We do not limit the amount of training available to you. Each individual will receive whatever training is necessary.
Training for Part 1 is done using our comprehensive Distance Learning pack. This pack includes several official DVSA publications, DVSA recommended publications, video/DVD material and computer software.
Our Distance Learning pack will guide you through each step to ensure success for Part 1 and you will also be provided with all the support you require via post, telephone and e-mail. Parts 2&3 will be done in-car. Training will be given on a 1 to 1 basis.
Our course is designed to allow you to complete your training around your current commitments
We offer a very reasonable franchise package, but the choice is yours whether you start up on your own or work with Proactive Driver Solutions Ltd, either way we will be on hand to help you every step of the way.
Our Training Fees
We offer the following packages. Our ‘Pay As You Train’ package is the most popular as it is so much easier on the pocket.
Package 1: Pay as you go
Package 2 – Total £1675
N.B. If you require the use of a dual control vehicle for Parts 2 and 3 there is a car hire charge of £65.00 per test.
We accept all major credit and debit cards. There is a 3% surcharge when paying with a credit card.
Refunds are only issued if there are serious medical grounds and must be confirmed in writing by your Doctor or Medical Practitioner. If you are unable to complete your training due to medical conditions a refund would be issued for the total amount minus training already received.
Total course fee paid = £2030.00
Less Part 1 Comprehensive Learning Pack = £250.00
6 Hours in car training @ £30 per hour = £180.00
Total refund due = £1600.00