Guidance

Official Register of Driving Instructor Training (ORDIT) scheme

Setup and manage an ORDIT registered training organisation to provide instructor training.

About the ORDIT scheme

The aim of the Official Register of Driving Instructor Training (ORDIT) scheme is to ensure ORDIT:

  • members provide good quality training by qualified trainers from premises that are inspected and meet satisfactory standards
  • registered training establishment members all agree to abide by the terms and conditions of ORDIT

Organisations and premises

You must have a specified business address where training records are kept and contact details for anyone with a legitimate complaint. PO Box addresses can be used as a trading address on letters etc. but are not acceptable for use in the register.

Your training organisation:

  • must offer training for all 3 parts of the ADI qualifying examination
  • after successful inspections may operate from more than 1 premises and each of the premises will be listed on the register under the organisations’ name

‘Premises only’ inspections will be dealt with on merit and on a ‘case by case’ basis. Acceptance of these premises shall be at the discretion of the ADI registrar.

ORDIT membership: first inspection and entry onto the register

Before your organisation, premises and trainers can be placed on the register you must:

  • make sure that each of the premises used for training purposes is properly equipped with training resources and classroom facilities
  • provide toilet facilities and meet appropriate Health and Safety regulations
  • show the accrediting body that your trainers are professional and can train a candidate to pass all parts of the ADI qualifying examination

Premises that pass inspection can display an ORDIT certificate at the establishment’s address. Satisfactory trainer(s) need to send a passport sized photograph to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for their ORDIT badge. This should be displayed in their vehicle.

If your organisation fails the inspection you can reapply to join the register as soon as the reasons for failure have been fixed.

You must sign the ORDIT terms and conditions and send it to DVSA as part of your application .

ORDIT terms and conditions

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ORDIT trainer or establishment inspection request form

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ORDIT Team
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street
Nottingham
NG1 6LP

Managing your registration

To join or stay on the register at least 60% of your trainers at each of your premises must have successfully qualified for ORDIT part 2 or 3 training.

The remaining trainers must be ORDIT qualified for part 1. In the case of a 2-person organisation, a ratio of 50% will be acceptable. Should the 60% or 50% rule be breached by resignation or failure at reinspection, you have 21 days in which to resubmit a trainer for inspection.

To maintain ORDIT membership you must make sure all your premises and trainers pass a full inspection when required to do so. Inspections must be applied for at least 3 months before the expiration of the previous registration period.

If you don’t do this your organisation can be removed from the register.

Course programme and trainee instructor records

The organisation must be able to show that the course and training provided for each part of the ADI qualifying examination are suitable. In particular, all the principles of structured learning should be followed and recorded in the training records.

Information to support this may be required before the inspection of the organisation premises or its trainers. On an inspection initial interview records, assessment, training and progress records may be inspected.

Types of training and courses

  Type of training
1 ADI part 1 theory written exam
2 ADI part 2 driving ability
3 ADI part 3 instructional ability
R ADI retraining
  Types of course:
F Full time course
P Part time course
C Classroom
D Distance learning course
A Residential accommodation service

Minimum trainer qualifications

To apply for an ORDIT inspection the trainer is required to have been an ADI for a minimum period of 12 months.

ADI part 1: theory written exam

Training for the theory test is acceptable in either classroom or distance learning format or a combination of both. You’ll be asked to specify either classroom or distance learning on your ORDIT application and to nominate which trainers are responsible for delivering the training.

Theory test: classroom training

The trainers’ name will appear in the register, qualified for classroom training, under the name of the organisation and the premises that they primarily work from. Trainers who are only ORDIT inspected for ADI theory classroom training must not undertake any part 2 or part 3 training.

Theory test: distance learning

The trainers’ name will appear in the register under the name of the organisation and the premises that they primarily work from. Such nominees must already be ORDIT qualified to give either part 2 or part 3 training.

When distance learning is used the organisation must have a system for monitoring trainee instructors’ progress and providing support and feedback. Just providing trainees with a copy of the theory test databank or other similar mock exam questions and the standard reference books will not be considered adequate.

The training for the ADI theory test should be properly structured with clearly defined aims and objectives. The training programme should cover a suitable syllabus for the ADI theory test.

The progress of each trainee instructor should be monitored and recorded for the benefit of the trainee and the trainer. Each trainee ADI theory test result should also be recorded.

Inspectors may require, in advance of the formal inspection of the individual premises or the organisation, to see:

  • the ADI theory distance learning materials (if any)
  • details of the ADI theory training course including any progress monitoring system

The inspector may want to review the distance learning material with the trainer responsible for ADI theory training within that premises or organisation

ADI part 2: driving ability

Each trainer who passes a part 2 ORDIT inspection will be listed in the register as qualified to deliver part 2 training. The trainers’ name will appear in the register under the name of the organisation and/ or the premises that they primarily work from.

The training for part 2 of the ADI qualifying examination should:

  • be properly structured with clearly defined aims and objectives
  • identify and eliminate any driving faults of the trainee instructor

The progress of each trainee instructor should be carefully monitored and formally recorded for the benefit of the trainee and the trainer alike. Each trainee instructor’s part 2 exam results should also be recorded whether they are a pass or fail.

Depending how the part 2 training is delivered the inspector may require, in advance of the formal inspection of the individual premises or the organisation, to see:

  • the part 2 distance learning materials (if any)
  • details of the part 2 course including any progress monitoring system

ADI part 3: instructional ability

Trainers who are successfully ORDIT inspected for part 3 will automatically be qualified to deliver part 2 training. On each alternate inspection the trainer may elect to be inspected for part 2 rather than for part 3 if they so wish.

Each trainer who passes a part 3 ORDIT inspection will be listed in the register as qualified for delivering training for part 3 and part 2. The trainers’ name will appear in the register under the name of the organisation and the premises where they primarily work.

The training for part 3 should:

  • be properly structured with clearly defined aims and objectives
  • cover each of the necessary topics to help the trainee instructor develop the skills to pass part 3 of the ADI qualifying examination

A dual-controlled training car must be available to the trainee so that use of dual controls can be covered. The progress of each trainee instructor should be carefully monitored and formally recorded for the benefit of the trainee and the trainer alike.

Each trainee’s part 3 exam results should also be recorded whether they are a pass or fail.

Depending how the part 3 training is delivered the inspector may require, in advance of the formal inspection of the individual premises or the organisation, to see:

  • the part 3 distance learning materials (if any)
  • details of the part 3 course including any progress monitoring system

In-car training ratios

During a training session for parts 2 or 3 no more than 2 trainees are permitted in the car.

Full premises inspection

Premises inspections include:

  • inspection of classroom facilities (if available)
  • training and trainee facilities
  • teaching materials (books videos)
  • training course programme and trainee assessment system

The assessment forms provide a check list of what has been seen and the inspector’s assessment. The inspector will tell you or the trainer what the inspection will consist of and how long it will last. If your premises pass inspection before the current period expires the new registration period will start on the date the current period ends.

Failing the first inspection

If your organisation fails its first premises inspection, you have 28 days to fix the reasons for its failure and reapply for a second inspection

Failing the second inspection

If your premises fail a second inspection the ADI Registrar will review your membership and may suspend or remove your organisation and its premises from the register.

Trainer inspections

Preliminaries will be similar to those of a normal check test, eg details of the student / what has already been covered / what is the lesson plan?

You must make sure:

  • your trainers are reinspected when required by the regulating body
  • that any trainer who fails their first inspection applies for a second inspection within 21 days of being notified of the first inspection result
  • that any trainer who fails their second inspection applies for a third and final inspection within 21 days of being notified of the second inspection result
  • you must immediately stop using the services of any trainer who fails their third inspection on being notified of the inspection result by the accrediting body
  • at least 60% of trainers are fully ORDIT qualified for either part 2 or part 3 training at all times, both overall and at each premises - all the remaining trainers must be ORDIT qualified for part 1

Failing a trainer inspection a third time

Any trainer who fails a third inspection:

  • will no longer be ORDIT qualified to give training for that part and will have their details amended on the register
  • cannot apply for another inspection for 1 year from the date when the third inspection was taken

ORDIT fees

ORDIT inspection Cost
Premises only (office) £207.30
Premises (office) + 1 trainer £295.50
Premises (office) + 1 trainers £383.70
Premises only (car) £63
Premises (car) + 1 trainer £151.20
Trainer only at agreed location £232.50
2 trainers only at agreed location £320.70
Trainer only at DVSA premises £88.20
2 trainers at DVSA premises £176.40

Trainers moving between ORDIT registered organisations

ORDIT qualified trainers may move between ORDIT registered organisations, providing the registration of both organisations is current. Responsibility lies with both the organisation and the trainer leaving to inform the ADI Registrar within 21 days of the move.

If an ORDIT trainer fully qualified in all parts wishes to leave an ORDIT organisation to set up their own organisation, they must follow the laid down procedures.

They would not need to be individually inspected as a trainer if their inspection expiry date is still valid. However, their ORDIT badge can only be used for the establishment to which it was issued.

Non-compliance with scheme

Failure by you, your premises or a trainer to comply with the ORDIT scheme may result in removal or suspension from the register.

You can appeal against a decision to the Registrar. To appeal you must email or write to DVSA within 14 days of the written confirmation of the decision being sent to you.

ORDIT team

ORDIT Team
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street

Nottingham
NG1 6LP

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