Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

If you are considering a new career as an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)  then you have come to the correct place. Whether you are about to start training or whether you are an existing Approved Driving Instructor -you will find a lot of the information you need right here.

“20% increase in learner provisional licence applications 2014”

The Approved Driving Instructor (ADIs)  Industry is booming. Since the recession the industry has seen a boom in learner drivers with a 20% increase in learner provisional licence applications in 2014 alone (DVSA). With a much noticed decreased number of Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) since the recession- there isn’t a better time to jump on board to get ahead and excel in a once again booming industry.

Benefits of Being an Approved Driving Instructor

There are lots of benefits of becoming an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). The UK is a booming market for the self-employed. More and more people are leaving the 9-5 rat race and becoming self-employed in a vast range of industries. The ever popular treat of ‘being your own boss’ is more than ever enticing people away from the classic payroll. Here are some of the benefits of becoming an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).

  • Work your own hours
  • Be your own boss
  • Work your business around family commitments
  • Charge your own prices
  • Reap your own rewards
  • Gain new friendships
  • Coaching life skills
  • Improving road safety and attitudes
  • Contributing to the local community
  • A fulfilling and life long career


If you are looking to start a career,  or you are already an existing Approved Driving Instructor (ADI), who is looking for a new direction- please get in touch!

How To Become An Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

There are a few things to consider when deciding to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). To become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) you will need to make sure you follow the following advice:

  • You must have had a full UK licence for at least 3 and a half years.
  • No more than 3 penalty points on your drivers licence
  • You need to provide 2 references
  • You will need to pass an enhanced CRB check
  • Be able to see a new style number plate from 26.5 metres away or 27.5 metres for an old style number plate.
  • Apply to become a PDI on the register of Approved Driving Instructors before booking your first exam.


For more information on becoming an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) visit the DVSA website here; or alternatively you can contact us and we will help answer any of your questions.


Approved Driving Instructors -Training Courses


To become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) you will need to complete a training course and pass three exams. The three exams include: A theory exam, an advanced driving test and a teaching exam. The three exams are commonly known as Part One, Part Two and Part Three.

When it comes to choosing a training provider it is important to make sure you understand exactly what it is they are offering as part of your course. Some training providers offer section training per exam and some offer full course training.  For more information on this please visit our sister site here where you shall find lots of articles to help you understand the process swell as the pros and cons of such training courses and providers. Here is some information on what you can expect on each of your exams.


Part One – The Theory Test


The theory exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions and is divided into four categories. These include:

  1. Road procedure
  2. Traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge.
  3. Driving test, disabilities, and the law
  4. Publications and instructional techniques


To pass this test you need to pass with a score of 85 or more, and you must get at least 20 questions per section correct overall.

You shall also have to do a Hazard Perception test. Here you are expected to score 57 out of a possible 75 points that are awarded over a total of 14 video clips. You shall need to pass both of the tests to pass the overall exam.


Part Two – Advanced Driving Test


The part two test consists of three elements in which you will need to complete to pass your exam. You are only permitted to take three attempts at the test. If you fail your third attempt you will not be able to continue onto the third exam and qualify as an ADI.

The three elements of the test include:

  1. An eye-sight test
  2. Vehicle safety questions
  3. A test of your driving ability


You will have to perform a variety of exercises including all of the reversing manoeuvres, show excellent control of the vehicle, sound judgement of speed, distance and timing. Drive in an economical manner, anticipate other road users and respond correctly. This may include motorway driving and complex road layouts. You shall also have to drive independently following a sequence of directions /road signs.

Your test can last up to an hour. To pass this test, you must gain no more than 6 driver errors and you are not allowed to have one serious or dangerous fault. On successful completion you can book your part three test, or apply for a training licence; which will enable you to teach for financial reward. For more information on becoming a PDI please check here.


Part Three- Teaching Ability Exam


The teaching ability exam is approximately one hour long and is conducted by an examiner who role plays two pupils during two 30 minute lessons. The examiner will role-play either a novice or beginner learner driver in the first 30 minutes, and a more advanced learner driver in the second thirty minutes lesson. During this exam you are being marked on the following:

  1. Core competencies
  2. Instructional techniques
  3. Instructor characteristics


You are only permitted to take three attempts at this exam. If you fail your third attempt you will have to re-apply to the register two years from the date you passed your theory exam to start over again.


 Approved Driving Instructors- Training Courses


Here at the Lpod Academy we know how important it is to our instructors to be the best that they can be. We work with a network of independent trainers that provide comprehensive courses to suit your style and ability. We pride ourselves on being able to deliver bespoke training packages that incorporate both practical and theory based training at the highest level.

“Training at the highest level”

Our courses are delivered on a one-to-one level; and are designed to give you a sound platform to passing your exams and to becoming a confident and successful ADI. With our franchise opportunity to help you gain experience in your chosen career- whether you are new to teaching, or an existing ADI, our intensive driving courses could be the perfect platform for your career as an ADI. We work with fully qualified ADIs.


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