A-plus School of Motoring


To apply to become an Approved Driving Instructor, (ADI) you must:
Hold a full British or Northern Ireland unrestricted driving licence, and have held this licence for a total of 4 consecutive years prior to applying to join the register; you must also be able to read a number plate at a distance of 27.5 metres (90 feet). The DSA have also recently introduced criminal record checks for ALL entrants to the Driving Instructor Industry; if you feel that this may be a problem contact the DSA BEFORE you spend any money on training.

To qualify as a driving instructor you must pass a three part exam within a time period of 2 years, starting from the date you pass the part 1. Potential Driving Instructors (PDI's) are currently allowed unlimited attempts at the part 1, the parts 2 & 3 however MUST BE PASSED within 3 attempts respectively.




Part 1 test
Part 1 is a theory and hazard perception test

Part 1 training
Part 1 will be self study and I will supply all PDI's with the website address to purchase the relevant training materials at the lowest available cost. If the PDI requires any help during this period of their training then I will be on hand to offer assistance as needed.

Part 2 test:
The part 2 test is a driving test of an advanced nature. The test lasts an hour and covers all road types, from rural national speed limit, to town driving, to motorways. The test also examines the candidate's ability to complete all of the pre set manoeuvres: turn in the road, left reverse, right reverse, and reverse park. An emergency stop at speeds in excess of 30 mph will also be carried out on the test. To pass this test the candidate must make no more than 6 minor faults and no serious faults.

Part 2 training:
All part 2 training will be carried out in car and the PDI's driving ability will be brought up to a standard that will easily enable them to pass this relatively simple test. During this part of the training the PDI will be asked to pay particular attention to the method and style of teaching that I employ to correct any faults within their driving. They will also be asked to prepare lesson plans for their next session, which will be compared to the actual lesson plan that I will follow.
This holistic approach to training will provide a solid link to what is expected from the PDI during their part 3 test of teaching ability exam; whilst reinforcing the fact that even though the exam is split into 3 parts, it is classed overall as one exam.
You simply cannot cram for part 1 then forget this information, or scrape through part 2 and stop working on developing your driving ability; these skills form the mainstay of any good instructor's teaching ability.

The part 2 element of the test will usually require between 10 & 15 hours of 1:1 advanced driving tuition, this is of course dependent on the driving ability of the PDI.

The part 3 is a test of ability to instruct; THIS IS THE PART OF THE EXAM PROCESS WHERE 72% OF ALL TRAINEES COME TO GRIEF.
During the part 3 test the examiner role plays the part of 2 typical learners, (if there is such a thing), over two half hour periods.
The phase one pupil is relatively inexperienced and this part of the test is designed to examine the teaching ability of the PDI to teach a new topic to a pupil.
The phase two pupil is a much more advanced pupil, or since mid 2006 the examiner can role play the part of a full licence holder. This part of the test examines the instructor's analytical skills and in particular their ability to identify, analyse and remedy any faults that occur within the pupils driving.

The current (2008) pass rates for the part 3 exam are around about 28%. However, recent research by Professor Peter Russell has shown that the true number of PDI's that make it through the QUALIFYING EXAM and then their 1st CHECK TEST, and onto full instructor status is ACTUALLY BELOW 5%. (see links page: DIA website: go to features: "MONEY FOR COLD HOPE".)

Part 3 training:
All part 3 training will also be carried out in car and will take the form of role play and /or demonstration. During training I will role play the part of a learner driver and the PDI will take the instructor's role. To stand any chance of passing this final part of the exam the PDI must be able to show that they have retained the knowledge gained from their part 1: the driving skills gained from part 2: and most importantly be able to demonstrate that they can not only access this knowledge, but link it to their teaching skills from part 3 to deliver a structured and coherent lesson.

Given the complexity of the part 3 exam the industry standard is that 40 hours of instructor training will be required for this element of the test. Please be aware that many training organisations deliver this training at a ratio of 2;1, or 3:1, always ask what ratio the training will be delivered at before you sign any agreement.

Unlike some national Instructor Training establishments, all training will be delivered by an ORDIT reg'd trainer and at a ratio of 1:1 (so that you are learning all the time, not watching someone else learn for half the time or more), and is on a pay as you go basis. This is an extremely cost effective way of becoming an instructor and fits easily around family and job commitments. It also carries the least financial risk. If your circumstances change or if you suddenly decide that you no longer wish to continue with your training, you are only out the money you have paid up until that point. Please take some time and think things through carefully if you are considering training with an establishment who require full payment up front, or who offer you a training course via credit terms.

Many large instructor training companies will promise you earnings in excess of 30,000 a year, and employ high powered sales techniques to get you to sign up for a training course immediately. if you are tempted to train with them, then please read the article "Money for Cold Hope" by Professor Peter Russell on the DIA web site and also visit the "Ordit Registered Driving Instructor Trainer" link on the home page, I am sure you will find this information highly informative.

I trust that the above information will be helpful in saving many PDI's from making the wrong decision at the outset of their training, however, if any PDI reading this has any further questions about the industry that this site has not supplied answers to, then please contact me and I will be only too happy to assist you in any way I can.

ORDIT Registered Driving Instructor training in North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Glasgow and Edinburgh

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