Due to our growing reputation and rapid expansion, LEARNER ONE driving school is always looking for new driving instructors or already fully qualified ADIs.
LEGAL REQUIREMENTS / DRIVER & VEHICLE STANDARDS AGENCY REQUIREMENTS
In order to become a Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVLA) Approved Driving Instructor (ADI), and have your name added to the DVLA register. The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency has certain legal requirements that candidates need to comply with:
- You must have held a UK driving license for four years, ideally without endorsements (up to 4 penalty points are unlikely to affect your application).
- Neither must you have any non-motoring convictions, unless spent.
- You must pass a 3 part qualifying examination (candidates are allowed a period of up to 2 years in which to do this, starting from the date of passing the part 1 test
PREPARING FOR THE 3 PARTS OF THE TEST
At LEARNER ONE, we prepare you for each test individually over a period of weeks leading up to the test date. This allows you to concentrate on one subject at a time and will ensure you are thoroughly prepared.
Your tutor will be highly experienced in instructor training. We ensure that all students reach a high standard before sitting any of the tests. The theory, driving ability and instructional ability tests must be taken one after another and in this order. i.e: you must pass one test before applying for the next.
At LEARNER ONE we appreciate that people are individuals and will learn skills at their own pace. Their training will be adapted to suit their needs, and will mainly be on a ONE TO ONE basis, unlike larger establishments which offer shared training on a one to three basis.
Test waiting times are on average approximately 6-8 weeks. Provided that our students put personal effort into our carefully prepared sessions, we will continue to give them support and training until they pass.
At LEARNER ONE, we will always endeavour to work around any work or other commitments you may have, when arranging training (within reason).
PART ONE – THE THEORY AND HAZARD PERCEPTION TEST
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
The candidate (yourself) will be given 90 minutes to complete 100 multiple-choice questions. The questions are based on 4 main subjects. These include:
- ROAD PROCEDURE
- CAR CONTROL
- HIGHWAY CODE
- INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES
Each of these main groups will require a pass mark of 80%. However, the overall pass mark must be at least 85%.
After a short break, your theory test is followed by the hazard perception test. The test consists of 14 video clips, each lasting approximately one minute. The clips feature various types of hazard, such as vehicles, pedestrians and road conditions. The candidate should respond by pressing a mouse button as soon as you see the hazard developing that may result in the driver having to take some action such as changing speed or direction. The earlier the developing hazard is identified and the response is made, the higher the score. Candidates can score up to five marks on each hazard and the test contains 15 scoreable hazards. Candidates need to pass both elements of the theory test at the same event to obtain an overall pass result. For the hazard perception test, the pass mark is 57 out of 75.
PART TWO – THE DRIVING ABILITY TEST
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
There are 5 parts to the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test:
- an eyesight check
- ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
- general driving ability
- independent driving
How long the test lasts
The test takes around one hour.
The eyesight test
You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:
- 26.5 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
- 27.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate
New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, such as AB51 ABC.
You’ll fail the test if you do not pass the eyesight test. It will count as one of the 3 attempts you’re allowed at the ADI part 2 test.
‘Show me, tell me’ questions
You’ll be asked 5 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. These test that you know how to carry out basic safety tasks.
You’ll be asked:
- 3 ‘tell me’ questions at the start of your test, before you start driving
- 2 ‘show me’ questions while you’re driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers
You’ll get a driving fault for each incorrect answer you give.
You’ll get a serious fault and fail the test if you answer all 5 questions incorrectly, or if you lose control of the car while answering any of the ‘show me’ questions.
Your general driving ability
You’ll have to show the examiner all of the following:
- expert handling of the controls
- use of correct road procedure
- anticipation of the actions of other road users and then taking appropriate action
- sound judgement of distance, speed and timing
- consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users
- driving in an environmentally-friendly manner
You’ll drive in varying road and traffic conditions, including motorways or dual carriageways where possible.
You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
Reversing your vehicle
The examiner will ask you to do 2 of the following exercises:
- parallel park at the side of the road
- reverse into a parking bay and drive out
- drive into a parking bay and reverse out
- pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for around 2 car lengths, and rejoin the traffic
You’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:
- directions from a sat nav
- traffic signs
The examiner will tell you which you have to do.
Following directions from a sat nav
The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up for you.
You cannot follow directions from your own sat nav during the test.
PART THREE – THE TEST OF INSTRUCTIONAL ABILITY
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Part three is a test of your instructional ability and lasts for a normal one hour lesson with a pupil.
What you’ll be marked on
You’ll be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories:
- lesson planning
- risk management
- teaching and learning strategies
The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ADI part 3 test report form, which the examiner will fill in at the end of your test.
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 test, and what your grade will be.
You can start work with LEARNER ONE as a driving instructor before you are fully qualified (the 5 day in car course must have been completed).
This allows you to gain practical experience needed before taking the part 3 test. As most approved driving instructors work on a self-employed basis, LEARNER ONE will give sound business advice on how to make the most out of the pupil base you have.
At LEARNER ONE we are very selective when recruiting. If you have what it takes to achieve the goal of being an approved instructor and your assessments have been completed, LEARNER ONE and yourself can discuss which options are best for you.