You can apply for a trainee driving instructor licence after you pass the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test.
A trainee licence:
- helps you get experience instructing pupils to drive so you can prepare for the ADI part 3 test
- allows you to get paid for giving instruction
- lasts for 6 months
Who can apply
You can apply for a trainee licence if you:
- have passed your ADI part 1 test in the last 2 years
- have passed the ADI part 2 test
- have had at least 40 hours of training from a qualified ADI in providing driving instruction (at least 10 of which were done in a car), recorded on the ADI 21T declaration form
- are eligible to take the ADI part 3 test
Being refused a trainee licence
You can appeal to the General Regulatory Chamber if you’re refused a trainee licence.
The rules and process for getting a trainee licence are different in Northern Ireland.
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
If you’ve passed ADI part 2 you have the option to apply for a 6 month trainee licence to get experience teaching students.
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.