Driving Instructor Training

Here at HDT we provide full instructor training courses. David Heathcote - Bury Driving InstructorBefore embarking on such a course it would be wise to assess your own suitability. Being a driving instructor is a highly responsible position teaching the next generation of safe and responsible drivers. Training potential drivers from all backgrounds: new drivers, refresher and motorway training.

Qualities needed would be:

  • High standard of drivin.
  • Thorough and up-to-date knowledge of theory
  • Excellent communication skills

You can train around your current commitments if necessary.

Being an ADI is a very rewarding career. Once successful you will be able to choose your own working hours, with potential high earnings and great job satisfaction.

Now that you have decided to go ahead with the training you will have to register with the DSA and apply for a CRB disclosure. The DSA will be looking for a person who is “ a fit and proper person to have their name entered in the Register. All convictions, motoring and non-motoring, still in force will be taken into account when assessing your suitability”. You will have to have held a full UK driving licence and to have held it for a total of at least 4 out of the last 6 years.

Once you have been accepted on to the Register you must pass three qualifying exams.

Part 1: The Theory test consisting of a multiple choice section and a video based hazard perception section and will test your knowledge of;

  • Highway code
  • Rules and laws of the road
  • Instructional Techniques
  • Last 90 minutes
  • 100 multiple choice questions, split in to 4 categories;
    1. Road Procedures
    2. Road signs/signals, car controls, pedestrian users of the road and mechanical knowledge of the car
    3. The driving test, disabilities and the law
    4. Instructional technique

The hazard perception part of the test will test you on your ability to identify potential dangers/risks, it will consist of 14 clips, one of the 14 clips will have two hazards which you will have to identify and these will be marked on how quickly the hazards are identified on a sliding scale of up to 5, the earlier you see the hazard the more points you score.

To pass the theory test you must pass both parts of the test at the same time, the pass mark is 85% with a minimum of 80% in each of the categories. The hazard perception is 57 marks out of 75.

Once you have passed the theory you have 2 years to pass parts 2 & 3.

Part 2: Driving Techniques you must be able to read a number plate from 26.5 meters or 27.5 meters depending on the size of the letters on the plate, you can wear glasses or contact lenses if needed, you will also be asked show/tell questions. This driving test is far more demanding than the learner test and you must demonstrate a high standard of driving including a well-planned, progressive, eco-friendly drive. You must show and demonstrate.

  • Experience of handling controls.
  • Use correct road procedure, anticipate hazards and risks of other road users and take the appropriate action.
  • Good judgement of speed, timing and distance, be considerate to other road users and drive in an environmentally friendly style.

The test will also include a ten minute independent drive, the route will take you through various road and traffic situations, including rural dual carriageways and motorways where possible. You must not commit more than 6 driver faults, one serious or dangerous fault will mean a fail.

Part 3: Instructional Technique, the core competencies are;

  • Instructional techniques
  • Instructor characteristics
  • Quality of instruction
  • How to pass your knowledge on to pupils

The examination:

The test lasts about 1 hour and is divided in to two half hour sections, the examiner will roll play a pupil, either a beginner or a client who is qualified taking driver development training. The examiner will choose from a list of pre-set tests which include;

  • Move away and stop
  • Reversing
  • Approaching Junctions
  • Dealing with pedestrian crossings

You may need to brief the examiner on the subject or use a question and answer technique to determine the level of instruction. You must demonstrate that you can identify faults, analyse and correct the faults. You need to make sure that you use the correct level of instruction, plan and control the lesson, be enthusiastic and supportive and communicate with the pupil.


Parts 2 and 3 can only be attempted 3 times and must be completed within 2 years of passing part one.

If you live in Bolton, Chorley, Bury, Wigan or indeed anywhere within Greater Manchester or Lancashire areas and want take driving lessons then contact us today.

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