What happens at the standards check
A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency examiner will watch you give a normal driving lesson to your pupil.
The examiner will look for evidence that you meet the national standards for driver and rider training.
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 skills
The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ADI standards check report form, which the examiner will fill in during your check.
You’ll get a score from 0 to 3 for each of the 17 competencies, which are added up to work out your grade.
After you give the lesson, the examiner will discuss your performance and give you your grade. This will take about 15 minutes.
You can take your trainer or mentor with you, but they can’t take part in the lesson.
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.