What happens during the test
A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency examiner will watch you give a client-centred driving lesson lasting about an hour to one of your pupils.
The examiner will look for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver and rider training.
Your pupil can be a learner or a full licence holder.
They can’t be an approved driving instructor (ADI) or someone else who is preparing to take the ADI part 3 test.
You can take your trainer or mentor with you, but they can’t take part in the lesson.
What you’ll be marked on
You’ll be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories:
- lesson planning
- risk management
- teaching and learning strategies
The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ADI part 3 test report form, which the examiner will fill in at the end of your test.
You’ll get a score from 0 to 3 for each of the 17 competencies, which are added up to work out if you’ve passed the test, and what your grade will be.
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.