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how do i become an accredited driving instructor(ADI)?

Qualifying Process to becoming a driving instructor (adi)

The following is a step by step process to becoming a driving instructor.  Once you have passed your theory test, you must complete the remaining two stages within two years of passing your part one theory test.  For more details & information on becoming a driving instructor, please visit the DVSA (www.Gov.UK) website for further details, or click this link: 






  • You need to 21 years of age or over

  • You need to have held a full driving licence for at least 3 years - ideally this license should have no points, as this is a serious career choice  and your driving history should reflect this




  • Obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service check to become a driving instructor

  • Register with DVSA online




Part One Theory Test

  • Prepare for the multi-choice question and hazard perception tests

  • Apply for and take the theory test (fee £81)

  • Qualification must be completed within 2 years of passing Part One



Part Two Driving Test

  • Prepare for the Part Two advanced driving test

  • Apply for and take the one-hour test (fee £111)





Part Three Instructing Test

  • Prepare for the Part Three instructing test (Standards Check)

  • Gain practical experience teaching on a Trainee Licence* (optional but recommended)

Trainee Licence* - to gain practical experience:

  • Minimum of 40 hours instructing training to be completed first

  • Apply for a Trainee Licence (lasts 6 months, fee £140)

  • Attached to a driving school throughout the 6 months

  • Extra 20 hours of instructing training needed within the first 3 months

  • Apply for and take the one-hour Part Three test (fee £111)








Apply for the full ADI licence – lasts 4 years (fee £300)

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