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How to become an ADI

If you wish to become an approved driving instructor, you need to be aware of a few things.

Make sure you cover all DVSA requirements before registering in their system. You need to be 21 years old or over, hold a full driving licence for at least 3 years, should have no convictions and penalty points (or less than 5), and should not be banned from driving. You can check this and/or register on the DVSA website, following the link Apply to become a driving instructor - GOV.UK ( I would not advise you to register straight away. I recommend you talk to me first so we can plan your training.

Be prepared to spend a lot of time and money during your training. Also, be aware that at some point you might decide that this job is not for you, not because you find it challenging, but simply because this type of job is not suited for you.

If you decide that you want to be a driving instructor, you can rest assured that you will have all the support and guidance you will need during the full process.

Now, a little bit about me. My name is Maria. I am an ADI since 2012. According to DVSA regulations, I can teach new learners, as well as those who want to become approved driving instructors. I have a high pass rate, and currently, a very long waiting list. Recently, DVSA changed the way they check the ADIs' teaching standards. They used to carry away a standard check every 4 years. However, last year they changed the rules and now they invite only those who have a low pass rate. The easiest way to get in touch with me is by email or text message, using my contact details.

During your training to become an ADI, I can provide you with materials, teach you how to pass Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 tests, give you advice on how to start your own business and support you throughout this process.

Part 1 is an extended version of the theory test. You have 90 minutes to answer 100 multiple-choice questions and the hazard perception test. For more information, follow the link: Approved driving instructor (ADI) part 1 test: Booking your test - GOV.UK (

Part 2 is a test on your driving abilities. A high driving standard should be demonstrated during the test. It lasts for approximately 1 hour and covers all type of roads and all manoeuvres. For more information, follow the link: Approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test: What happens during the test - GOV.UK (

Part 3 checks your ability to teach people. You will be teaching a real pupil or an experienced driver. For more information visit: Approved driving instructor (ADI) part 3 test: Booking your test - GOV.UK ( On successful completion you will receive an ADI badge that will allow you to start your career as a driving instructor.

Before taking the Part 3 test, you will have the opportunity to get a lot of practice by obtaining a trainee (PDI) licence. More information is available here: Get a trainee driving instructor licence: Overview - GOV.UK (