Start the process to become an approved driving instructor (ADI) if you’re:
- applying for the first time
- reapplying after failing the qualifying tests
- reapplying after being an ADI before
Check you can become a driving instructor before you apply.
There’s a different process to apply to become an ADI in Northern Ireland.
Step 1: Check if you can become an instructor
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.
- Get a DBS check £6
- Start your application
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.