Become a Driving Instructor

Become a Driving Instructor 2017-06-17T10:29:19+00:00

Driving Instructor Training

It is heart-warming that you are considering becoming a driving instructor because it is a wonderful job which creates fantastic memories every week, and in the next few minutes you will discover a few insider secrets to instructor training.

Is it for you?

Only you can answer that question, so at Elephant Driving School, we invite you to take our half day taster session with a very low price of just £50. Your morning or afternoon will consist of sitting in on 2 driving lessons plus your own 121 questions and answers session. Rather than paying a big sum of money for something you might not like, we feel it is better for you to see what is happening “hands-on”.

You will sit in the back of the car behind the pupil. The pupil will already be aware of your attendance before the lesson starts, and at the end of the lesson once the pupil has left it is time for you to discuss your thoughts while you are taken to the next lesson and a different experience. Finally the Q&A will allow you to ask questions you never had even thought of until you experienced a real lesson.

Quality Training

After the tester session if you decide to go ahead then we will guide to through the qualifying process for Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

We run Special Offers from time to time. Give us a call and we would be happy to go through with you.

  • Training Cost From £1,695
  • Part 1 Training Material absolutely Free
  • 2 Hour Part 1 Workshop absolutely Free
  • Training will be offered on one to one basis.
  • We will try to save you money by offering ongoing support.

We offer guaranteed work while you are preparing for the Part 3 test.  We will help you to apply for the trainee badge.

If you would like any further information please contact us.

**Elephant Driving School has the full right to withhold any offer at any time without any prior notice.

What’s involved in becoming a Driving Instructor?

Entry requirements

To become a driving instructor in the UK, you must check that you:

  • 21 of age or over.
  • Have Held A Full Driving Licence For least 3 Years.
  • That you have no more than 6 points on your licence.  A clean licence is preferable, however You may possibly still be accepted if you have some points on your licence as each case is taken on its individual merits.
  • Complete and pass enhanced criminal record and motoring conviction checks

The ADI exam is in three stages and you must pass all three to qualify:

  • ADI 1 – computer-based test in two parts: theory test and hazard perception test
  • ADI 2 – practical test of driving skills
  • ADI 3 – practical test of teaching ability

Steps to becoming a Driving Instructor

You must obtain a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure Number.

To do this, call a company called TMG CRB on 0845 251 5000 and complete the application form they send you and return to them ASAP. Or complete the application online You will need the following information:
• The organisation PIN of ‘105205’
• The ‘secret word’ which is ‘axis’
• The organisation name of ‘DVSA – PDI (PO)’
and register your details. You will need your email address and be asked to create a password.

Proving your identity
When you’ve finished the online application, you must give proof of your identity.
You can do this at a Post Office offering the ‘CRB and ID verification service’.
You’ll need to take a printed page from your online application with barcodes on it and 3 original forms of ID (not copies). These can be:
• your passport
• your driving licence
• a utility bill that’s less than 3 months old
• a bank statement that’s less than 3 months old
The service costs £6.

TMG CRB will write to you enclosing a copy of your disclosure certificate and number.

Once you have received your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) number you may now register as a PDI (Potential Driving Instructor).
To do this, you can apply by post or online.
To apply by post, complete your ADI3 Form (click here to download) or obtain a copy from Elephant Driving School and return to DVSA address on form.
Or to apply online, click here: Online. You will need:
• your driving licence number
• your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and the date it was produced (unless you’ve been told not to get one yet)
• details of any motoring or non-motoring offences, and disqualifications from driving or of any court cases being brought against you
The DVSA will write to confirm your registration and PRN.
This whole process can take about 4-6 weeks so Elephant Driving School advise you to start your studies ASAP and complete Part 1 whilst this process is completed.
If you are starting to become a driving instructor with Elephant Driving School, then we will help you to prepare for the part 1 examination for FREE OF CHARGE.
The overall pass mark for the Part 1 is 85%. However you must reach a minimum mark of 80% in each of the four areas the test is split into. In addition, candidates are required to score at least 57 out of 75 at the hazard perception test. Both parts of the exam must be passed together to pass the Part 1 test. The result of the test will be given at the end of the test.

You now have your DVSA PRN (personal reference number). You may now book your 1st test when ready.

Click Here to Book Part 1 Test

You can have as many attempts at this part of the exam as you need to pass.
Once Part 1 has been passed you can immediately start the second part of your qualification “the practical test of your driving ability” (Part 2).

The test of driving technique is not just a slightly more difficult “L” test. It is of an advanced nature and a very high standard of competence is required. You must show that you have a thorough knowledge of the principals of good driving and road safety and that you can apply them in practice.

Click Here to Book Part 2 Test

You are only allowed 3 attempts at this part of the exam. If you fail all three attempts you must wait two years from the date of passing Part 1, until you start to re-qualify from the beginning.
Once Part 2 has been passed you can immediately start the last part of your qualification “the practical test of your ability to instruct” (Part 3). Or you can apply for trainee licence. Elephant Driving School will help you to apply for the trainee licence.

Trainee Licence
If you have passed the driving ability test you can apply for a “trainee licence”. This will allow you to instruct for payment although you are not registered as an Approved Driving Instructor. Some people pass the Part 3 exam without needing a trainee licence; however the experience gained from the licence is often invaluable in gaining the necessary experience to pass the part 3 exam, and is the most popular choice.
A licence is only valid for 6 months and apart from very exceptional circumstances you will only be granted one licence.

How to apply
You can apply for a trainee licence after you pass the Part 2 driving ability test. You can apply online by submitting an application form (ADI 3L) which you can download from here.

Please note that the relevant section in the ADI 3L must be signed by the manager or owner of your driving school or establishment. If you apply online, your manager or owner will need to download and print the Manager’s Declaration form ADI 3L (MD). or obtain a copy from Elephant Driving School

One of the conditions of the trainee licence is that you receive at least 40 hours practical training from us.

If the trainee licence is the preferred option, Elephant Driving School can usually organise this for you.

DVSA Booking Support
Telephone: 0300 200 11 22
Monday to Friday, 8am to midday

The test of instructional ability lasts for about one hour. It consists of two “phases”, where the Supervising Examiner who conducts the test, role-plays a pupil at a certain level of competence that the candidate has to teach. You must pass both parts on the same test. For each of the two roles the examiner will choose one of the exercises given below as the basis of the instruction.

• Safety precautions on entering the car and explanation of the controls
• Moving off and making normal stops.
• Reversing and when doing so entering limited openings to the left and the right.
• Turning the vehicle round in the road to face the opposite direction, using forward and reverse gears.
• Parking close to the kerb, using forward and reverse gears.
• Explaining how to make an emergency stop, and practical instruction in the use of mirrors.
• Approaching and turning corners.
• Judgement of speed, making progress and general road positioning.
• Dealing with road junctions.
• Dealing with crossroads.
• Dealing with pedestrian crossings, and giving correct signals in a clear and unmistakable manner.
• Overtaking, meeting, crossing the path of, allowing adequate clearance for other road users and anticipation.

The instruction you should give should be tailored to the time available (30 min’s each part) and to the standard of the pupil being role-played by the examiner.

You must provide a car for the test to the same regulations as described in the Part 2 section of this booklet, but in addition you must also display two “L” plates for the test (As with Part 2 such vehicles can be hired from ourselves for the purpose of the test).
The examiner will give the decision at the end of the test.
You are only allowed 3 attempts at this part of the exam. If you fail all three attempts you must wait two years from the date of passing Part 1, until you start to re-qualify from the beginning.

Click Here to Book Part 3 Test

Once again, if you have any queries about any of this process, please do call Elephant Driving School, on
0800 772 0061 or 0203 633 2535

What is Standard Check?

The standards check is an hour assessment to assess how effectively an ADI is able to teach people to drive.
All ADI’s have to take at least one standards check during each 4-year period.

What we offer:
• At Elephant Driving School we offer all level of instructor training that includes Standard Check training.
• We offer training to suit the needs of the individual ADI.
• Training commences on a one-to-one basis.
• Detailed assessment and written report will be given on completion.

Whether you want to develop your grade to GRADE A, to improve your earning potential to develop your skills. Give us a call, we are here to help.

Useful documents:

ADI Standard Check Form SC1
ADI Standard Check Appointment Letter

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