Booking your test
You can book your approved driving instructor (ADI) part 1 test when your application to start the ADI qualifying process has been accepted.
It’s the first of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI. It’s a theory test.
There are 2 parts to the test:
You book and take them as a single test. You must pass both parts to pass the test.
The ADI part 1 test works differently in Northern Ireland.
Change or check your test details
You can change the date of your test after you’ve booked it.
You can check your appointment details if you’ve lost your booking confirmation.
Rebook your test
Rebook your ADI part 1 test if you failed your test and want to resit it. You have to choose a date at least 3 working days after your last test.
Step 1 Check if you can become an instructor
Step 2 Apply to become a driving instructor
Step 3 Get a trainer
Get a registered trainer to help you prepare for the 3 qualifying tests.
Step 4 Take the theory test (ADI part 1)
Step 5 Take the driving ability test (ADI part 2)
Step 6 Get practice teaching
Step 7 Take the instructional ability test (ADI part 3)
Step 8 Register and start working as an instructor
Once you've passed the tests you must register within 12 months.
When you have your certificate you can start charging for lessons. You can either:
- join a driving school
- set up your own business
You'll have at least one standards check every 4 years. You also need to renew your registration and get a new DBS check every 4 years.