Becoming an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) requires a substantial commitment of your time, effort and money. It is important that you do not make this commitment without very careful consideration of what your training establishment is offering you.
The following notes outline the requirements for becoming an ADI and are summarised from the Driving Standards Agency booklet ADI14 ‘Your Road to Becoming an Approved Driving Instructor’. A copy of this booklet will be given to you when you attend for interview. You are strongly advised to read this booklet thoroughly before committing yourself to a course with any training establishment.
Not everyone can apply to become an ADI. To do so you must satisfy the following requirements;
You must hold a
full and unrestricted UK or European Union (EU) European Economic Area
(EEA) unrestricted driving licence
You must have held this licence for a total of four out of the past six years prior to entering the Register after qualifying.
You must not have been disqualified from driving at any time in the four years prior to entering the Register.
You must be a fit and proper person to have your name entered on the Register. All motoring and non-motoring convictions will be taken into account.
You must pass the Register Qualifying Examination and pay the appropriate fees.
1. How do I know that I’m suitable to become a driving Instructor?
Most importantly you must be able to interact with people from all age-groups and backgrounds. Other personal qualities a good instructor should possess include:
- Patience and flexibility
- Confidence and Enthusiasm
- Ability to inspire and Motivate
- Attention to detail
- Dedication and Commitment
2. Can I obtain financial assistance or a grant to help me train to become a driving instructor?
Yes, Subject to certain conditions. Here are some examples of people who may be able to qualify for assistance in
- If you have been recently made redundant
- If you are over 50
- If you are on Job Seekers allowance
Please contact your local job centre for further advice on whether you can qualify for free grants to help you to become a driving instructor.
3. How long will it take me to train to qualify as a driving instructor?
Times will vary depending on the individual and commitment given.
4. Must I pay up front for the entire training course?
No. As an independent trainer I understand that paying upfront for an entire course can be restrictively expensive. Therefore we charge for our lessons on a 2 hour session basis.
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