To become a driving instructor, you must have held a full licence for 3 years and be able to read a vehicle number plate from a minimum of 27.5 metres (90 feet). If your licence has penalty points (generally a maximum of 4) it is unlikely to affect your application.  Penalty points already spent will not count. To become a driving instructor you must not have been disqualified during the last 4 years, not even for one day.

To qualify as an approved driving instructor (ADI), you must pass the 3 part ADI examination.

Part 1

The approved driving instructor (ADI) part 1 test is a theory test. It’s the first of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI.

The test takes around 1 hour 45 minutes and includes:

  • multiple-choice questions
  • hazard perception

You must pass both parts at the same time to pass the test.

There’s no limit to how many times you can take the test.

Part 2

The approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test is a test of your driving ability. It’s the second of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI.

The test takes around one hour and includes:

  • an eyesight test
  • vehicle safety questions
  • a test of your driving ability

Part 3

The approved driving instructor (ADI) part 3 test is a test of your ability to instruct pupils. It’s the last of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI.

The test takes around one hour and includes an assessment of:

  • core competencies
  • instructional techniques
  • instructor characteristics

The examiner will assess these by playing the role of 2 different pupils.