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Deciding to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

So….. you’ve decided that you need a new career – one that is flexible, pays good money and is interesting as well as rewarding. You’ve had a scout around the internet and read with interest various websites of recognisable driving school brands but it didn’t convince you fully…. and then Google brought you here…

The best way to get some honest information about becoming a driving instructor is for us to have a conversation about it. We are not the type of organisation that has a glossy brochure and a sales pitch, and we don’t believe in pressuring people either. So, if you’re looking for someone to sell the driving instructor dream to you then we probably aren’t for you. If you are looking for some open and honest advice then we are exactly what you are looking for and can help you to avoid costly mistakes – regardless of whether you become part of our team or not.

How to Become a Driving Instructor

You must of held a full driving licence for at least 3 years and be over the age of 21 to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).

  • Recognise that you have the correct personal qualities and a real desire to help improve the lives of others through teaching. Just because you can drive it doesn’t mean that you are able to teach someone else to drive. Do you really think that you’ve got what it takes? Talk frankly to some driving instructors and sit in on some driving lessons to check that it’s really what you want. Monarch Driving School is happy to organise for you to sit in on some driving lessons.
  • Visit the government website to get the official process started. https://www.gov.uk/become-a-driving-instructor and read the guide to becoming an https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guide-to-the-approved-driving-instructor-register
  • You will need to have a criminal records check (DBS check), the check is free but you will need to pay £6 at the post office for them to check and confirm your identity documents. Make your application here https://www.gov.uk/criminal-record-check-become-driving-instructor
  • When you have received your DBS clearance you may Apply here to become an Approved Driving Instructor, you will then receive your PRN (Personal Reference Number) which will enable you to book your qualifying tests. https://www.gov.uk/apply-to-become-a-driving-instructor
  • Receive training to pass the ADI qualification tests. Find a training provider on the Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers (ORDIT). Monarch Driving School Chelsea Booth & Elaine Walker – Milton Keynes, Emma Cottingham and Stephanie Davies – North West. https://www.gov.uk/find-driving-instructor-training
  • There are 3 tests that you need to pass to become an ADI:

The ADI Part 1 Test is a theory and hazard perception test that takes around 1 hour 45 minutes. The test costs £81 and you can find information here on how to prepare for the test. You will then have 2 years from the date that you passed the Part 1 Test to successfully pass the Part 2 & 3 tests or you will have to re-sit the Part 1 Test. There is no limit on how many attempts you may have to pass the Part 1 Test. https://www.gov.uk/adi-part-1-test

The ADI Part 2 Test is a test of your driving ability, you must demonstrate expert handling of the controls, a sound knowledge of road procedure, courteous driving and excellent anticipation and awareness skills. The test is for 1 hour and costs £111. You must pass the Part 1 test before you are able to take the Part 2 Test. You will receive a maximum of 3 attempts to pass this test. Click here for further information regarding the Part 2 test. https://www.gov.uk/adi-part-2-test

The Trainee Driving Instructor Licence

You may apply for a Trainee Driving Instructor Licence (Pink Badge) once you have completed a minimum of 40 hours of training for the Part 3 Test. The trainee licence permits you to charge a fee for driving tuition for a temporary period of 6 months whilst you gain further experience. You must be sponsored by a driving school to have a trainee licence as you are not permitted to work as an independent driving school. You must also receive further training or supervision from your sponsor whilst you hold your trainee licence. The purpose of a trainee badge is for further your experience and it should NOT be used as a reliable source of income. You risk financial instability if you rely on the income when you are not fully qualified as it may take you longer to pass the Part 3 Test than the time in which your trainee licence is valid for. https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-a-trainee-driving-instructor-licence

It is a criminal offence to charge for driving tuition unless you have a valid trainee licence or unless you are a fully qualified ADI.

The ADI Part 3 Test is a test of your ability to instruct. The test lasts for 1 hour and is also £111. You must pass the ADI Part 2 Test before you are able to take the Part 3 Test. The test is for 1 hour and you will be required to perform a real-life lesson whilst your examiner observes from the back seat. There is a limit of 3 attempts to the test and you must pass within 2 years of when you passed your theory test. Click here for some helpful information about the Part 3 Test. https://www.gov.uk/adi-part-3-test

There are many driving schools and training providers for you to choose from and it is important that you choose the right one for you. If you would like an informal chat about the training process or if you have any questions please feel free to contact us 0800 335 7528 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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