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The qualities of an instructor

The instructor role can be a challenging job at times, but also one of the most rewarding.  You will be playing an important part in maintaining the high standards of driving on our roads as well as helping new learners at all ages achieving their independence, an important skill in life.  As well as this, you possibly will be responsible for running a business and comply with all the requirements of being self-employed.


As an instructor, you will need to be professional, a good communicator, with buckets of patience and understanding, able to plan, being proactive with a thorough knowledge of the driving rules and road procedures.  You need to be able to get the skills and knowledge across so having the ability to teach is an important key factor along with a business sense and keeping up with the changes in the regulations for driving tests as well a driving instruction. 

Being flexible with your availability may also be required as learner drivers often want to fit their lessons around school/college/work so working unsociable hours maybe needed.  Looks like a bit of a tall order regarding the requirements for the job role but they all link providing the back-bone for a rewarding profession.

Minimum & Legal Requirements

You will need to be at least 21 years of age and have held a full UK licence for at least 3 years, not banned from driving, less than 6 penalty points and have not been convicted of any non-motoring offences. To ensure your eyesight is valid, you need to be able to read a new style number plate from 27.5 metres using glasses or contact lenses if required.  You should also be a ‘fit and proper’ person according to the DVSA. 


The following link will outline the necessary requirements.


Responsibilities of an ADI

As an ADI, you have a very important role to fulfil.  This extends beyond being able to teach someone to drive a car; you will be responsible for instilling high standards of driving and behaviour into new drivers, many of whom are young and inexperienced.  The job is very demanding but can also be extremely rewarding from both sides.

An ADI will be expected to demonstrate: -

·       A high regard for all aspects of road safety

·       A high standard of driving and instructional ability

·       A professional approach to your customers

·       A responsible attitude to your pupils’ and profession

·       That you are a fit and proper person



The Qualifying Examinations

ADI Part 1 Exam

This is essentially a test of your theory knowledge, this calls for a higher standard of knowledge than expected of a learner driver.  It is split into two parts, a multiple-choice section consisting of 100 questions and lasting 90 minutes with a hazard perception test consisting of 14 video clips.  Both parts are taken at the same sitting with a pass mark of 85%.  The questions are split into 4 categories which a minimum of 80% needs to be achieved for each stage.  The pass mark for the Hazard Perception is 57 out of the possible 75.


ADI Part 2 Exam

This is a test of your driving ability to drive to a very high standard, demonstrating expert handling of the controls, correct road procedure, anticipating and planning and consideration and safety of other road users.  The driving test will last for about 60 minutes, slightly longer than the standard learner driving test incorporating 2 reversing manoeuvres, 20 minutes of independent driving (sat-nav / road-signs). Two safety questions will also need to be demonstrated whilst driving as part of the ‘show Me Tell Me’ section.   A maximum of 6 faults is permitted at this time.


ADI Part 3 Exam

This is a test of your ability to give instruction in a more realistic environment with an actual pupil. A change from the previous test where the examiner would have acted as the driver (learner / FLH) in a role play lesson.  The pass mark for this is 31 out of 51 covering a number of different criteria.  You will conduct a lesson with an actual pupil, the examiner will be observing and assessing you under 17 competencies under the headings Lesson Planning, Risk Management and Teaching & Learning Strategies.

Timescales, Course Structure & Cost

About the course and Tri-Coaching Partnership         

2BSHAW Driver Training is proud to have been teamed with Tri-Coaching Partnership who have created undoubtedly the best instructor training course on the market.  Tri-Coaching are a leading specialist in training solutions for qualified and trainee driver trainers.  2BSHAW Driver Training have attended a number of their courses, they are highly recommended as part of your Continued Professional Development (CPD) after you quality. 

The reason why the TCIT course is one of the best in the industry is it’s learning based, client centred course that teaches people to become instructors, not just to pass the qualifying examinations.  The course content is already positioned to meet the requirements of the new Part 3 exam, fully integrated structured to include online resources, books and in-car coaching sessions.

On starting your course, you will receive a TCIT course book, access to the online videos and resource pack including all your self-study books and access code to the on-line theory study.

How long does it take to train and qualify

Your present situation will determine on how long it will take to complete the course.  These factors will influence the amount of time it takes to train and qualify as an ADI with balancing your current job and commitments.

The in-car training sessions are based on 3 hours with a short comfort break.  You will have approximately 12 in-car sessions (additional 5 for PDI route). The in-car training sessions are generally scheduled for one a week (3hrs) giving you a goal of 4 months to train.  Another thing to consider is the test waiting times for all parts of the test which is why the training schedule is flexible to work around both your free time and test dates.


How much will it cost me to train?

2BSHAW Driver Training is pleased to offer training on a ‘Pay As You Go’ basis or a discounted when paying for the course in advanced.


The full course includes all your in-car sessions, course book, on-line videos and resource pack.  This is offered at a discounted price of £2040.  This can be paid in 3 equal payments of £680.



You can also choose to train on a Pay As You Go basis.  The first payment of £600 is to register, covering all the materials required for the course.  In-car sessions can be booked as and when required at a cost of £135.


The following fees are additional to the cost of the course which are paid separately to the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).


·       ADI Part 1 Exam - £81

·       ADI Part 2 Exam - £111

·       ADI Part 3 Exam - £111

·       ADI Registration on qualifying - £300


Qualifying Process

To legally charge for driving instruction, you will need to join the register for Approved Driving Instructors.  All 3 parts of the ADI examinations need to be completed to apply for your badge.

1.     Apply for your CRB check at

2.     Apply to start the qualifying process at

3.     Start studying through your TCIT course book.  The training for all three parts are covered throughout the 13 modules of the course, your trainer will advise you at each stage when you are ready to sit each one.


Note: - Pass both Part 2 & 3 examinations within 2 years from passing Part 1.


4.     Receive your green ADI badge and start teaching.  At this point you may consider to set up your own Driving School or a franchise opportunity.

Next step

Decide this maybe a career for you or need to find out more information.  Give me a call on 07725 107315 and I will be happy to answer any questions.  This document gives a brief outline of the job and its requirements.  I will be happy to discuss in further depth about the qualifying exams, realistic earnings, working with a driving school, marketing, running under a franchise and as a solo instructor.

Course materials

Training Materials: -

  • Driving Test Success (Part 1)

  • Driving Instructors Handbook

  • Practical Teaching Skills

  • Driving. The Essentials

  • The Highway Code

  • Know Your Traffic Signs

  • TCIT Course Book

  • TCIT Record of Progress

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