Driving Instructor Training

Great Opportunity

Being a driving instructor is a great opportunity to run your own business or be part of a great one within Berkshire.

If you want to train to become a driving instructor we can help you! Being a driving instructor can be a great career. You can work when you want to, so it’s great if you have other commitments. Helping someone to learn a new skill and pass their test is very rewarding, watching them grow at all stages of their driving life with you. If you genuinely care about people and take pride in your driving this is definitely the right job for you. Be your own boss, choose your own hours and look forward to going to work every day. We have experience in training driving instructors for the past 10 years, so you will be in safe hands. The instructor who will be training you can tailor the course structure to your learning style.

Currently there is a massive backlog of people wanting to learn to drive so there couldn’t be a better time to become a driving instructor. Train locally, at your own pace, pass with great success and proud of what you have accomplished.

Here to Help

At Always Pass driving school, you will be able to contact your training 7 days a week, to talk over concerns, training and more. We are here to help, for you and your learners, no matter what stage of your driver instructor training you are at.

Always Pass have trained more than ten successful instructors from start to finish, with all passing their part 1, 2 and 3 first time. If you’re thinking about learning to be a driving instructor train with us – we care about your progress.

To become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) three qualifying tests must be completed.

Part 1 - Theory and Hazard Perception

The test for part 1 is 1.5 hours in length to complete 100 multiple choice theory questions. Then half an hour to watch 14 hazard perception videos to spot the developing hazards as soon as they appear.

To pass the multiple-choice test, you must get both: an overall score of at least 85 out of 100 at least 20 out of 25 in each of the 4 categories.

To pass the hazard perception test, you need to score at least 57 out of 75. You must pass both tests to pass Part 1. If you need help with this we charge £50 per hour for training.

The DVSA charge £81 for the test & it can be booked at the link below. https://www.gov.uk/book-your-instructor-theory-test

Part 2 - Driving Ability & fitness test

On your advanced practical driving test, demonstrating expert-level driving skills and strong Highway Code knowledge. It lasts an hour and covers 5 parts: eyesight check, vehicle safety, general driving ability, manoeuvres, and independent driving, possibly commentary driving & motorway driving.

To pass the Driving Ability Test you need to make: no more than 6 driving faults no serious or dangerous faults.

Twelve hours training is recommended for this part of the training, charged at £50 per hour. The training can be taken in whatever hour or block sessions that suit you and the instructor, this also includes a mock test.

The DVSA charge £111 for this test, the link is below. https://www.gov.uk/approved-driving-instructor-adi-fees


Part 3 - Instructional Ability teaching test

You’ll give an on road, 45 minute lesson to one of your learner drivers, you’ll be tested on 17 areas of competence, grouped into 3 categories: lesson planning, risk management, and teaching and learning strategies. After the lesson, the examiner will discuss your performance, give you your result and your completed Part 3 test report.

This part of the training normally requires 40 hours training, we charge £50 per hour for this training. The training can be taken in whatever hour or block sessions that suit you and the instructor, all classes for all training are charged when you see the instructor, no up front costs or charges.

To pass you need to get either a grade A or B. If you pass the Part 3 test, you can apply for your first ADI badge within 12 months of passing the test. To complete your driving instructor training all three tests must be passed in order. Pass the part 1, you then have 2 years to completer the part 2 & 3, if you fail the part 2 or 3, on the 3rd attempt you have to wait 2 years from the date you passed your theory test to re apply.
The DVSA charge £111 for this test, the link is below. https://www.gov.uk/approved-driving-instructor-adi-fees

Are you Interested?

The DVSA ask a few things of you before you apply. You must answer yes to the following:

  •  pass motoring conviction checks.
  • pass enhanced background checks.
  • be able to read a licence plate at 90 feet or 27.5m, with glasses or contact lenses if worn.
  • have a full UK or EU driving licence, held for at least 3 years.
  • be over 21 years of age.
  • Not have been disqualified from driving for any part of the four years before the date of your application.

When you have had your DBS all back perfect you’re ready for the next step.

Apply to Become a Driving Instructor

Apply to become a driving instructor.. As normal press the link below


When this comes back with your PRN number you can then apply for your theory test.

Here are a few recommended training material reference books and more to help with your training and also coaching/teaching.

Driving Essential Skills
Highway Code
Know your road signs
Driving Instructors Handbook

Other recommended reading:
Official Driving Test
Official Theory Test
Road craft

Hazard Perception practice clips are available online.
You can buy all the pack items yourself as you will need them to complete driving instructor training. We also supply all your lesson plans if needed. There are now many apps online and great groups on social media to join so you feel part of the instructor network early on.


Can I become an ADI if I am disabled?

Yes, just send the details of the restrictions on your licence with your application. Disabled drivers who are unable to drive a manual car may take the tests in an automatic vehicle. This option is for drivers who have a medically-restricted licence, marked with Code 078. In this case, drivers are only able to provide paid instruction in automatic vehicles.

Train and Work with Us

Always Pass Driving School is a 16 year old established Reading based driving school business. We have a strong driving school, made up of great qualified, experienced instructor team to help us strive to be where we are today, our reputable as a driving school is second to none.

We are looking for instructors who want to join our team with the same drive as ours, to be successful in your career, profession, & teaching. So to help you become great, our instructor package can be tailored to suit your needs.

Standards Check Training

The ADI standards check assesses your ability to teach pupils.
One ADI standards check has to be taken during each four year period that you’re registered as an ADI. A standards check has to be taken even if you don’t have a car or aren’t working as an ADI.
The test lasts an hour from start to finish, it is conducted with the driving instructor teaching one of their pupils, with the DVSA examiner watching and assessing from the back of the car. At the end of your standards check you’ll get your grade, along with your completed standards check form.

Please contact us directly for a copy of the Standards check form, we can provide standards check training for £45 per hour.

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