The road to becoming a driving instructor is pretty straight forward.

You don’t have to have any previous training or formal education, but there are a few steps you’ll need to follow. Before you start, it’s a good idea to have an understanding of what the process entails & what qualifications you need to become a driving instructor. We’ve listed all the information here, to make things easier for you.

Driving Instructor Checklist

There are some qualifications you need to become a driving instructor, we have broken down the process down into 7 simple steps for you:

Step 1 – You have to had held a driving license for at least 3 years

This is a requirement no matter what age you begin your training. This period of time allows you to build your own driving experience & feel comfortable & confident behind the wheel.

Step 2 – Be able to read a license plate at 90 feet (27.5m)

This is a requirement no matter what age you begin your training. This period of time allows you to build your own driving experience & feel comfortable & confident behind the wheel.

Step 3 – Have no more than 6 points on your license

Driving instructors are expected to lead by example & respect the rules of the road. Although a clean license is preferable, we all understand that accidents can happen.

Step 4 – Allow the DVSA to run a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check on you

All driving instructors are required to have a criminal record check due to the nature of the job & because you’ll be working with a variety of people. It’s no different to what teachers in schools would have to do.

Step 5 – Register with the DVSA

Before you start training, you’ll need to send your application to the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency) to get registered.

Step 6 – Pass the ADI part 1, 2 and 3 tests

The ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) is the main test you need to pass in order to pursue your career as a driving instructor. It’s broken up into three parts:

Part 1 – the theory test

This consists of a hazard perception test & multiple questions that cover 5 key categories:

  • The Highway Code
  • Driving essential skills
  • Traffic signs knowledge
  • The driver instructor handbook
  • Official theory test for approved driving instructor

You’ll need to pass a minimum of 80% within each of these categories.

Part 2 – your driving ability

This is the practical side where you’ll drive with an examiner & they’ll assess the following:

  • Your eyesight
  • Manoeuvring skills
  • Independent driving
  • General driving ability
  • Vehicle safety questions, including ‘show me, tell me’

You’ll need zero serious or dangerous faults & no more than 6 driving faults in order to pass.

Part 3 – the instructional ability test

This involves a 60-minute driving lesson with an examiner, where all your training will be showcased.

You need to pass each test in order to move on to the next one. Once you’ve passed all 3 tests, you’ll be awarded a green badge & become a fully qualified DVSA Approved Driving Instructor.

And there’s no need to worry – our Complete ITO Course can help you through these tests by providing flexible learning, practical training and 1-to-1 mentoring; ensuring you’re in the best position to pass with flying colours.

Step 7 – Apply for ADI badge

Once you’ve passed, you can now apply for your first approved ADI badge. Remember, you have to apply for this within the 12 months of passing your ADI test – so don’t put it off! You can apply for your badge here at a cost of £300.

Ready to set off?

Like we said, becoming a driving instructor is pretty straight forward & only takes you 7 steps:

  • Have held a driving license for 3 years
  • Can read a license plate at 90 feet
  • Have no more than 6 points on your license
  • Have a CRB check
  • Register with the DVSA
  • Pass the ADI test (parts 1,2 & 3)
  • Apply for your ADI badge

With ITO, our courses not only ensure you have the right training to help you through this process, we’ll make sure you’re supported all the way. Why not find out more?