Eligibility and the ADI Examinations
To be eligible to become a Driving Instructor and have your name entered into the ADI Register you must:
A person who wants to become a driving instructor needs to understand that they will come up against many different situations and will have numerous problems to solve in the course of teaching people to drive. These situations and problems can often be solved by knowledge and an ability to predict and avoid dangerous situations developing. The ADI Part 1 Examination is the start of all this knowledge that you need to learn.
The ADI Part 1 Exam is a test of your knowledge on all the subjects relating to the job of an Approved Driving Instructor. A very high standard is required with a sound knowledge of a wide number of subjects such as road procedures, traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians, mechanical knowledge, disabilities, the law, driving tests, instructional techniques and a good understanding of various publications from the Government and DVSA.
The ADI Part 1 Test consists of 100 questions with 4 possible answers, only one of which is correct. The questions are on a touch screen computer and are held at all Theory Test Centres in towns and cities around the country.
Immediately following the 100 questions you will be required to sit the ADI Hazard Perception Test this test is part of the ADI Theory Test and it will consist of watching a number of video clips on driving and being able to immediately identify a number of potential hazards, ones that could affect you in a real situation.
This is a test of your ability to drive to a very high standard. It is not just a slightly more difficult L driving test. Many people are surprised as to the driving standard required, this may be because they have acquired bad habits over many years, or they may have been trained to a poor standard of driving in the early years. Our objective is to train you to be an excellent driving instructor and therefore with regard to your own driving we look at this in only one way We will look for you to reach a standard of driving that is fault free and perfect we believe that if you do not look for perfection in your own driving you will probably not look for perfection in your learners drivers. However the DVSA do allow you up to 6 driving errors on this exam but don't forget you start with a clean sheet and you should be aiming to be return with a clean sheet.
The ADI Part 2 Test will last approximately one hour and is conducted by a specialist examiner who will test you on a wide variety of road and traffic conditions, this could include include motorways. You will also be asked to perform a number of driving control exercises including reversing manoeuvres.
The examiners words just before you move off on the ADI Part 2 Test seems to sum it up exactly. His/Her final words are usually "please remember I am looking for a very high standard of driving"
The instructional ability test is your final test that you have to pass to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)
The test consist of you attending the test centre with a pupil where you will meet and be accompanied by a specialist examiner who will ask you to conduct a 60 minute client-centered driving lesson
You can take any driver except a current ADI or someone who has already passed the Part 2 test.
Your examiner will be looking for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver training and that you are teaching the full training syllabus.
The examiners assessment form is divided into 17 areas which are divided into 3 groups:
* Lesson planning
* Risk management
* Teaching and learning strategies
On each of the 17 categories you get a score of between 0 to 3 points, you need to score a minimum of 31 points out of a total of 51 points to pass the test. Your examiner will sit quietly in the back of your car watching how you teach. At the end of the test your examiner will thank both you and your pupil and then go back into the test centre to work out the result and to fill in the necessary paperwork. The examiner will then come back out to your car and ask your pupil to wait in the waiting room and then discuss how you have done and give you the result of your test.
The scoring system is as follows:
0 to 30 points: You will be regarded as unsatisfactory and fail the test.
31 to 42 points: You will have passed the test and be graded as a Grade B instructor.
43 to 51 points: You will have passed the test and be grade as a Grade A instructor.
However you will automatically fail if:
* You score 7 points or less on the Risk Management section
* The examiner asks you to stop the lesson because you put yourself people in danger