Guidance

Become a driving instructor (ORDIT) trainer

Train people to become driving instructors by joining the official register of driving instructor training (ORDIT) - including the assessments you have to pass.

How the scheme works

By law, you have to be an approved driving instructor (ADI) to charge money for driving instruction in a car.

You do not need an extra qualification if you also want to train driving instructors. However, you can join the voluntary official register of driving instructor training (ORDIT).

It’s run by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Joining it lets you:

  • prove you meet the DVSA standard to provide high-quality training
  • advertise yourself as a DVSA ORDIT trainer
  • have your details added to the GOV.UK service to find driving instructor training courses

Eligibility

To become an ORDIT trainer, you must:

  • be an ADI
  • have got a grade A at your latest ADI standards check (a grade A from your ADI part 3 test does not count)

You then need to pass an assessment of your training skills with DVSA.

Prepare for your assessment

Study these documents on GOV.UK:

You can also use books and software to help you prepare for your assessment:

Get a trainer

Get a registered trainer to help you prepare for the assessment.

Find driving instructor training courses and check if the trainer provides training to help you qualify.

Book the qualifying assessment

Read and agree the ORDIT terms and conditions (PDF, 186KB, 15 pages).

Download and fill in the application form.

Book an ORDIT trainer assessment

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Send the form to DVSA with the £151.20 assessment fee (which includes VAT). You can pay by:

  • debit or credit card
  • cheque or postal order made payable to ‘DVSA

ORDIT Team
DVSA
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street
Nottingham
NG1 6LP

What happens next

DVSA will call you to arrange the date and time of your assessment. You’ll then get an email to confirm the details.

The assessment lasts up to 1 hour 30 minutes. This includes:

  • a short time at the start where the examiner will ask you about the trainee you’ve brought with you
  • around one hour where you give a training session to your trainee
  • 15 minutes at the end where the examiner will give you your result and feedback

What to take to your assessment

You need to take:

  • your ADI certificate (badge)
  • a suitable car (it must meet the same rules as cars used for the ADI part 3 test)
  • a trainee
  • your trainee’s ADI certificate or trainee instructor licence (this must be displayed in the windscreen if the trainee is paying you for the session)
  • training records for your trainee

You can take your trainer or mentor with you, but they cannot take part in the assessment.

Your trainee

Your trainee must be either:

  • someone training to become an ADI
  • a qualified ADI

During your assessment, your trainee can either:

  • train a real learner driver, while you give regular guidance and feedback from the back of the car
  • ‘train’ you, if you’re role-playing a pupil and are simulating faults for them to correct

Training records

You also need to bring either:

  • a log of the training you’ve been doing with your trainee, if you’ve trained them before
  • an overview of how you intend to record your trainee’s progress (for example, a blank template) if you have not trained them before

If your trainee is providing a lesson to a real learner driver, they need to bring training records for their pupil.

Before the assessment

The examiner will ask you some questions about your trainee. You need to be able to tell them:

Training themes

The training themes include:

  • prepare to train learner drivers
  • design learning programmes
  • enable safe and responsible driving
  • deliver driver training programmes
  • manage risk to the instructor, learner and third parties
  • evaluate and develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the driver training industry

Other training themes might also be appropriate, depending on your trainee.

During the assessment

The examiner will look for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver and rider training.

You’ll be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories:

  • trainer’s lesson planning
  • trainer’s management of risk
  • trainer’s teaching and learning strategies

The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ORDIT assessment report (PDF, 30.4KB, 2 pages)- the examiner will fill this in at the end of your assessment.

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 assessment.

You need to score at least 43 out of 51 to pass the assessment.

After the assessment

The examiner will:

  • tell you the result of your assessment
  • give you a copy of the ORDIT assessment report (PDF, 30.4KB, 2 pages)
  • give you feedback on the assessment

If you pass the assessment

You can register as an ORDIT trainer.

If you fail your first assessment

You can resit the assessment if you fail your first attempt. You have to book and pay again.

If you fail your second attempt

You will not qualify as an ORDIT trainer, but you can continue to be an ADI.

DVSA will write to you when you’re next due to take an ADI standards check.

You need to pass the check with a grade A if you want to try again to qualify as a driving instructor trainer.

You can be removed from the ADI register if you do not book the standards check, or if you fail it.

Complain about an ORDIT assessment

You can complain to DVSA if you think your examiner did not follow the guidance when they carried out your assessment.

Your assessment result cannot be changed, but you might get a free re-assessment if your complaint is upheld.

Register after you pass your assessment

Download and fill in the application form to register as an ORDIT trainer.

Register as an ORDIT trainer

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You need to state which training establishment you’ll work for on the application form. This could be:

  • your own business (if it has 5 or more ORDIT trainers you’ll need to get it approved by DVSA)
  • someone else’s training establishment

You can register with more than one training establishment.

Send the form to DVSA with the £120 registration fee (which includes VAT). You have to pay £18 for each additional establishment you register with.

ORDIT Team
DVSA
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street
Nottingham
NG1 6LP

What happens next

You’ll be:

  • sent an ORDIT certificate (badge) for each training establishment you register with
  • added to the GOV.UK service to find driving instructor training courses
  • able to advertise yourself as an ORDIT trainer

Your ORDIT registration will last for 4 years. It does not match your main ADI registration period.

Example Your ADI registration runs from 1 June 2018 to 31 May 2022.

You register as an ORDIT trainer on 1 May 2020. Your ORDIT registration lasts until 31 May 2024.

However, you need to renew your ADI registration by 31 May 2022 for your ORDIT registration to continue.

You then need to pass an ORDIT re-assessment and re-register as an ORDIT trainer by 31 May 2024.

When you’re registered

When you’ve registered you need to:

  • manage your registration details, for example, changing your address or contact details
  • renew your registration every 4 years
  • follow the rules about training

Find out how to manage and renew your registration.

Fees

Fee type Price
Qualifying assessment £151.20
Registration with a training establishment £120
Registration for each extra training establishment you work for £18
Published 1 March 2019
Last updated 13 January 2020 + show all updates
  1. Removed information about managing and renewing your registration, as this has been added to a new guide, which is linked to.

  2. Added information on how to re-register as an ORDIT trainer.

  3. Updated the terms and conditions you need to follow to be an ORDIT trainer.

  4. Updated the form to book the ORDIT trainer assessment.

  5. Added application form to book an ORDIT trainer assessment, terms and conditions, and application form to register as an ORDIT trainer.

  6. First published.