The approved driving instructor (ADI) standards check assesses your ability to teach pupils.
The ADI standards check has replaced the ADI check test.
You have to take at least one ADI standards check during each 4-year period that you’re registered as an ADI.
You have to take a standards check even if you don’t have a car or aren’t working as an ADI.
You can be removed from the ADI register if you don’t book or go to your standards check.
You can only take standards checks in English or Welsh.
There are different rules for taking a standards check in Northern Ireland.
Part of Become a car driving instructor
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.
Guidance and regulation
News and communications
News story - 13 March 2014ADI standards check: simpler and clearer grading structure
News story - 3 July 2013Revised code of practice for driving instructors
News story - 30 May 2013Driving instructor criminal record check changes