Booking your test

You can book your approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test when you’ve passed your ADI part 1 test.

It’s the second of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI. It’s a test of your driving ability.

The ADI part 2 test works differently in Northern Ireland.

To pass the test you must be able to:

  • drive safely in different road and traffic conditions
  • show that you know The Highway Code by the way you drive

The national standard for driving cars tells you everything you must be able to do to pass the test.

You can find driving instructor training if you need help to prepare for the test.

Only take your test when you can do everything without instruction.

Change or check your test details

You can change the date of your test after you’ve booked.

You can check the details if you’ve lost the email confirmation you were sent when you booked your test.

Rebook your test

Rebook your ADI part 2 test if you failed your first or second attempt at the test and want to resit it. You have to choose a date at least 10 working days away.

You cannot rebook the test if you fail it a third time.

  1. Step 1 Check if you can become an instructor

  2. Step 2 Apply to become a driving instructor

    You must get a new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to start your application, even if you already have one.

    1. Get a DBS check £6
    2. Start your application
  3. Step 3 Get a trainer

    Get a registered trainer to help you prepare for the 3 qualifying tests.

    1. Find driving instructor training courses
  4. Step 4 Take the theory test (ADI part 1)

    1. Revise and practise for your test
    2. What you need for your test
    3. Find a theory test centre
    4. Book your test £81

    Once you've passed the theory test, you must pass the other parts of the test within 2 years or you'll have to start the whole process again.

  5. Step 5 Take the driving ability test (ADI part 2)

  6. Step 6 Get practice teaching

    If you’ve passed ADI part 2 you have the option to apply for a 6 month trainee licence to get experience teaching students.

    1. Find out about trainee instructor licences
    2. Apply for a trainee instructor licence £140
  7. Step 7 Take the instructional ability test (ADI part 3)

  8. Step 8 Register and start working as an instructor

    Once you've passed the tests you must register within 12 months.

    1. Register for your first ADI certificate £300

    When you have your certificate you can start charging for lessons. You can either:

    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.

    1. Find out about ADI standards checks
    2. Renew your registration £300
    3. Improve your skills as an instructor