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How to train as a driving instructor

Quick guide on becoming a driving instructor

A brief outline into the driving instructor qualification process. What you need to do to qualify. What can you expect when you have qualified.

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How to become a driving instructor 

The first step is to apply to go on the DVSA register, for this you will need to meet the criteria of being a fit and proper person and obtain a DBS check.

Once you have been accepted onto the register you can then start your training. Take care choosing a trainer, there are many driving instructor trainers in the UK and when choosing a trainer you should check a couple of things.

Is your trainer Ordit registered?

Can your trainer show a good track record of ADI tests?

Is the training carried out in the car? ( I.E not classroom based)

Will your trainer still offer support after you have qualified?


How our training works

We will provide you with the best quality driving instructor training to set you up for your new career as a driving instructor. Once you pass we will give you priority to join our franchise

Firstly you will have an initial meeting with our instructor trainer. During this meeting we will go into more detail about the training course. As well as costs and of course your options once you have passed.

This initial meeting is totally free. Giving us the opportunity to show what we can do for you.

Should you decide that you wish to pursue a career as a driving instructor. Then we will assist you with all of the paperwork to join the register. Also we will  give you full access to our driving instructor theory test program.

The Qualification process consists of 3 qualifying tests known as the ADI part 1, 2 and 3. Details of each of these tests may be found on our become an instructor page. These tests must be taken in sequence and you have to pass each one prior to taking the next one.

Benefits of becoming a driving instructor

There are many benefits to becoming a driving instructor including:-

  • Be your own boss- Being your own boss gives you the Ability to give yourself a great work life balance.
  • Competitive earning – with earning up to £50,000.
  • Brand new car – with our franchise packages you can have a brand new fully serviced car which is regularly updated.
  • Great job satisfaction – helping people work through the challenging yet satisfying process of learning to drive.

Why train with us.

 One to one in car training.

Free initial assessment.

Free theory test training.

 Excellent pass rates.

 Up to date training for the new style adi tests.

Approved Driving Instructor Qualification criteria and process

In the first place you will need to register with the DVSA (Driver and vehicle Standard Agency). In order to do this you must comply with the following conditions.

  • Have held your full licence for at least 3 years.
  • Be 21 years old or over.
  • No more than 5 penalty points on your licence.
  • You will need to demonstrate that you are able to read a car number plate from 27.5 metres, with glasses or contact lenses if needed.

CRB Background Check

You will be required to undergo a CRB (criminal records bureau) check. Any convictions will be taken into account. You will need to take and pass the 3 qualifying tests which consist of;

  • Part one- Theory test.
  • Part two – Driving ability test.
  • Part three – Ability to instruct.

Although this may seem quite complicated, it really is not. With the right guidance and training it is possible to complete the training in less than 6 months. Once you have completed your training, and passed the tests. Finally you will become a fully qualified instructor.

Training Enquiry

Ordit Approved Trainer

Tomas and pupil after driving instructor part 3 test

You will need to register with the DVSA as a potential driving instructor, we will explain all of this to you in our initial meeting. The link to register is here DVSA ADI registration.

You will also need to have a driving instructor DBS check which you can apply for here ADI Dbs Check.

Once you are on the register and your DBS check is complete you may apply to take the theory test, we will give you free access to our driving instructor theory test training software which will help you sail through the first test.

The cost of the ADI tests are as follows.

ADI part 1 theory test is £81.00

ADI part 2 driving ability £111.00

ADI part 2 teaching ability £111.00

As shown above assuming you pass all 3 tests on the first go. There is an additional cost of £303.00 payable to the DVSA which would be in addition to your training costs.


Why you should choose an Ordit registered instructor trainer.
Ordit Driving instructor trainer
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Part 1 theory

Read more about the ADI part 1 theory test.

Newly qualified driving instructor.

Part 2 driving ability

What is involved in the ADI part 2 driving test.

Driving school franchisee

Part 3 teaching ability

Guide to the ADI part 3 test.