Guidance

Become a driving instructor (ORDIT) trainer (from 1 April 2019)

How to join the official register of driving instructor training (ORDIT), including taking the assessment, providing training, and managing your registration.

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 the register 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

The way you qualify to become an ORDIT trainer is changing. This is how the process will work from 1 April 2019.

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

Download and fill in the application form. This will be available from 1 April 2019.

Send the form to DVSA with:

  • a signed copy of the ORDIT terms and conditions (these will be available from 1 April 2019)
  • 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

The examiner will give you an application form to 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 renew your ADI registration before you try again, your resit will count as another first attempt. This is because attempts are linked to your 4-year ADI registration period.

If you fail your second attempt

DVSA will write to you to tell you to book an ADI standards check.

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 reassessment if your complaint is upheld.

Register after you pass your assessment

Download and fill in the application form to register as an ORDIT trainer. This will be available from 1 April 2019.

Send it to DVSA with the £120 registration fee (which includes VAT).

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

Where you’ll work

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. You have to pay £18 for each additional establishment you register with.

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

Provide training

You’ll be training your trainees to meet the national standard for driver and rider training. It sets out the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to provide training to drivers.

Display your ORDIT certificate

When you provide training, you need to display your ORDIT certificate in the car windscreen.

If you’re registered with more than one training establishment, display the certificate for the one you’re working for at that training session.

You cannot display an ORDIT certificate while you’re working for a training establishment that is not approved by DVSA.

Take reassessments to stay on ORDIT

You have to take at least one ORDIT trainer assessment during each 4-year period that you’re registered as an ADI. You’ll take this instead of an ADI standards check.

DVSA will write to you to tell you when you need to book your assessment. You book and pay in the same way as the qualifying assessment.

The reassessment works in the same way as the qualifying assessment.

What to take with you

You need to take the same things that you took to your qualifying assessment, plus your ORDIT certificate.

If you fail the reassessment

You’re allowed 2 attempts at the reassessment. If you fail the second attempt, you’ll need to take and pass an ADI standards check to continue being an ADI.

You can be removed from the ADI register if you fail the standards check.

Manage your ORDIT registration

Email or write to DVSA within 7 days if you:

  • change your name, address or contact details
  • get a caution or conviction

DVSA ORDIT team
ordit@dvsa.gov.uk

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

DVSA will update your details on both the ORDIT register and ADI register.

You do not need to separately update your ADI registration details. DVSA will do this for you.

Leave a training establishment

Write to DVSA within 10 working days if you stop working for a training establishment. Include your ORDIT certificate for that training establishment with the letter.

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

Lost or stolen ORDIT certificate

Contact DVSA straight away to:

  • tell them that your ORDIT certificate has been lost or stolen
  • request a replacement certificate

You need to give your crime reference number if your certificate was stolen - contact the police to get this.

It costs £3 to replace a lost or stolen certificate.

DVSA ORDIT team
ordit@dvsa.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 200 1122 (press the 2-digit fast track code)
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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If your ADI badge has also been lost or stolen, you need to report this to DVSA separately.

If you want to leave ORDIT

You can leave ORDIT but still be an ADI. Send your ORDIT certificates with a letter to DVSA.

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

You also need to send your ADI badge to DVSA if you want to leave the ADI register.

Fees

Fee type Price
Qualifying assessment £151.20
Registration with a training establishment £120
Registration for each extra training establishment you work for £18
ORDIT trainer reassessment £151.20
Replacement ORDIT certificate £3
Published 1 March 2019