Your standards check result
You’ll get your grade, along with your completed standards check form at the end of your standards check.
|0-30||Fail||Your performance is unsatisfactory|
|31-42||Grade B||You’ll stay on the approved driving instructors (ADI) register|
|43-51||Grade A||You have shown a high standard of instruction and you’ll stay on the ADI register|
You’ll automatically fail if:
- you get a score of 7 or less in the ‘risk management’ category
- the examiner stops the lesson because you’ve put yourself or someone else in danger
If you fail the standards check
You’ll have up to 2 more attempts to pass the standards check.
If you fail 3 times:
- you’ll be removed from the approved driving instructors (ADI) register
- you’ll have to retake the ADI tests to join the ADI register again
Complain about your standards check
Complain to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency if you’re not happy about the way your standards check was carried out.
Appeal your standards check
You can appeal if you think your examiner didn’t follow the regulations when they carried out your standards check.
Your result can’t be changed, but you might be able to take another standards check if your appeal is successful.
Contact your local magistrate’s court within 6 months to appeal in England and Wales.
If you live in Scotland, contact your local sheriff’s court within 21 days.
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.