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?
On the part two test, you will have to demonstrate your ability to drive at a high standard for approximately one hour. Before taking this test you will also be required to pass an eyesight test. You will be asked to read a numberplate at a distance of 90 feet (27.5 metres). When in car, on test, you will be expected to drive in a brisk businesslike manner, over varied routes, in and out of built up areas.
Set manoeuvres are also required as part of the test. These include:
- Reversing into a side road on the left
- Reversing into a side road on the right
- The turn in the road exercise
- The reverse park exercise or reversing into a parking bay
- The emergency stop exercise
- The bay park
Throughout the whole of the test you are allowed a maximum of six minor faults.
PART THREE – THE TEST OF INSTRUCTIONAL ABILITY
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Part three is a test of your instructional ability and lasts for one hour. There are two parts to this test. In each part the examiner will play the role of a learner driver. And he will give you the “word picture” for each.
First the examiner will give the “word picture” of a) a pupil who has never driven a car; or b) a pupil with very little experience of driving. He will then give you a suitable subject to teach the pupil (himself). For the second half of the test, the examiner will be acting as a pupil who is closer to test standard. Again, he will give you the “word picture”, and you will be assessed on your ability to instruct the pupil/examiner on a given subject. You will also be assessed on your ability to identify any faults, give a correct analysis and correct those faults. Your general manner will also be taken into consideration when assessing your grade.
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.