ADI Training

The Who, what, when, where, why and how
  • Instructor Training with us
  • Price Guide 2016
  • Part one
  • Part two
  • Part three
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Why Learn With Us

We have trained our own instructors since 1998, and for some five years were on the ORDIT register (the Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers). Due to other commitments we have not maintained that registration but be assured our commitment to ensuring the best quality training is as strong as ever.

We provide training for parts 1,2, and 3 and check test training. All training will be completed on a 1:1 basis, usually by Alan, but on occasion where felt beneficial for the trainee Ian may do some role play (for part 3).

Training can be arranged around existing commitments and at suitable pickup locations.

We aim to provide a stable and professional training environment to allow trainees to gain both skills and confidence in their abilities, and develop to gain both the basic level of qualifications (DSA ADI(Car)), and also to go on and gain further Continued Professional Development qualification to enable them as our own instructors have, to differentiate themselves from the “competition” by offering a more knowledgeable service.

It is not a requirement of the training that a franchise is taken (or offered), but depending upon demand, a franchise may be offered. There is at no point any obligation to accept this. We are happy to support trainees and support their efforts if they wish to qualify and immediately set up as an independent instructor.

Price Guide 2016

Part 1:
12 hours including introduction, also overview of required syllabus. £500
Further hours / pay as you go as required, £40.00 / hour

Part 2:
12 hours, introduction, and setting of “benchmark standards” required for an advanced part 2 driving test, including the covering of manoeuvres. £500
Further hours / pay as you go as required £40.00 / hour

Part 3:
Introduction- covering Controls lesson, Turn-in-road exercise, and Pedestrian crossings.
4 hours £200

40 hours to include all above (part 3 tuition), plus associated subjects required by DSA to complete ADI21T £1950
Individual hourly rate thereafter if reqd. £45.00

Comprising 12 hours part 1, 12 hours part 2, and 40 hours part 3---------- £2700

TOTAL 64 HRS AS ABOVE ----------------------------------------------------------- £2950

All the above do not include the DSA test fees involved in qualification, nor fees payable for trainee licences or entry onto the register of ADI’s. See below for schedule of exam fees payable to the DSA.
PDI training is undertaken by the Supervising ADI in the case of a Trainee License being taken, which is an option when the part 2 has been passed and the fee is £140.00 for a six month licence.

FEES PAYABLE TO DSA as of 010116:
ADI PART 1 EXAM £81.00
ADI PART 2 EXAM £111.00
ADI PART 3 EXAM £111.00

Once qualified, a fee is required to enter and ever four years to maintain a place on the register of Approved Driving Instructors (ADI’s):

The above are readily available on the website .

The above is a guide to our standard package(s); a more comprehensive idea of your requirements can be determined when knowing your existing commitments / flexibility etc., please contact Alan for further details.
Prices are subject to revision at any time. All training is conducted subject to our normal instructor training terms and conditions which are available on request.

We do not claim to be or want to be the cheapest either as a driving school (for driving lessons) or as a franchise (to be part of as a driving instructor). We aim to be the best, and most supportive either to learners or instructors. With our franchise is a full support package, that rewards gaining more qualifications with lower franchise rates. There are no further training costs for any of the extras we provide.

A list of some current instructor training company charges for comparison:

Many companies charge different prices for training. For example:

Part 1 Training Rationale.

 This is the WWWWWH (who, what, when, where, why and how) of how we will complete your learning journey of becoming an ADI.


Your part 1 training will be the very foundation of your career as an ADI.

What you learn (or don’t learn) in this course will affect both your ability to pass the remaining  qualifying exams, and more importantly, your ability to teach people to drive safely.

The ADI part 1 test comprises two parts, a computerised multiple choice question test of 100 questions, and a hazard perception test (HPT).

During this training (or preferably in preparation for it), you are expected to have read and digested the Highway Code, the DSA book “The Essential Skillsand the Driving Instructors Handbook”. The list of books covered in our booklist (attached) gives a more extensive list of the extended subject matter which can be beneficially further researched.

The subject groups for the multiple choice questions are the following:

Road procedure.

Traffic signs and signals; car control; pedestrians; mechanical knowledge.

Driving Test; disabilities; law.

Publications; instructional techniques.

There is an obvious crossover of knowledge requirement in these areas between part 1 training and part 2 (and to some extent part 3), so we advise a good level of knowledge of all the required areas is of value and why we will break the subject down further into 6 x 2hour teaching sessions.

The Aim of these sessions is to enable you as the trainee instructor to gain, through a disciplined manner of self – motivated study the knowledge required to pass the Part 1 exam.

The Outcome of the training will be that you will continue on your journey to pass the part 1 exam.

The Part 1 exam explained:

There are four bands of questions in the MCQs (the subject groups referred to above). In each subject group you must answer at least 20 out of the 25 questions correctly to pass, achieving an overall pass mark of at least 85%. This theoretically means that you could get 94% and FAIL! Therefore make sure you do the correct amount of work and get marks in the high 90s!

You have a gap of no more than 3 minutes between the end of the MCQ’s and the HPT. You will be required to wear headphones and view 14 film clips as if you were driving a car. You are being assessed on your ability to identify developing hazards- those involving other road users to which you need to react. Unlike the MCQs you dont get to view a clip again. You must click the mouseat the point you would react to the hazard which you see developing. A scoring window” (which is invisible) opens at the point where you should react. If you click there, you get 5 points, and as you react later, you would get 4,3,2,1, or zero points for that clip. On the 14 clips, there are 15 hazards, so concentrate! One clip has two hazards.

To pass the HPT for the part 1 test, the candidate must get at least 57 of the 75 points available. Learners need only to get 44 points to pass this element.

When you are ready and prepared, and are getting scores in practice tests that are comfortably above the pass marks, put in for the test as per the details in your ADI14 pack.

Although the standard course is 6 x 2hour sessions, please do not feel we can accommodate your learning style - we are available for as many or few training sessions as is needed to reach the required standard, because some candidates are obviously more organized for home study than others.

Do not just practice the question bank- pupils do ask searching questions that are not in anything other than the most obscure book, so read them all! Preferably before starting to practice.

If you are a morning person, then organize for a morning study session on a regular basis. Avoid studying when tired.

Tag up your books that you intend to use as teaching aids when qualified, so that you can open them at the correct page easily. Highlight important areas.  

Part 2 Training Rationale.

The Part 2 test is an advanced driving test who is approximately an hour and a half in length, when you need to demonstrate a style of driving which is highly skilled, positive, and shows a full and professional understanding of the DVSA syllabus of driving. You can only take the part 2 after passing part 1, and will only be allowed 3 attempts at it in the two year qualification period.
My explanation of the requirements are that you as a trainee (PDI) must show the examiner that you can read the road far enough ahead and thoroughly enough ahead to demonstrate the ability to keep pupils safe on all road types. You must display a level of car controls skills which can fairly be described as “expert”, and perform all required manoeuvres to a consistently high standard.
From this point forward, we will be dissecting and coaching your existing driving skills so that you can work on the areas we highlight during private practise to change any areas potentially of weakness and maintain any strong points to allow a consistently high standard of driving to have developed and become your default style. This needs to have become “second nature” and to achieve this you will have needed to develop a series of analytical skills to both observe and benchmark your mistakes and provide a solution for yourself which will achieve the objective.
Although gaining a part 2 pass is the obvious objective and requirement of this session of training but it must be done to help you develop a new range of skills which will prepare you for the part 3 training when you will need to fully understand what part 2 standard is to be able to teach to this as a standard. I have started recommending to trainees that they take the RoSPA Advanced Driving test - which gives a recognised vocational qualification - as at some point later this will stand them in good stead should they wish to do their DVSA (Fleet) badge. RoSPA grade a pass Bronze, Silver, or Gold, and if the annual subscription is maintained (around £20 per year) no further tests require payment, they invite members for a retest every three years.
Since we have been following this path, we have had no part 2 failures and trainees have been very positive about its inclusion in our programme - they feel the extra cost (less than £50 for the test) is greatly outweighed by the benefits. To prepare for and make best use of the training modules, you need to have a full knowledge and understanding of:
The Highway Code (HMSO)
The Essential Skills (DVSA)
Roadcraft (RoSPA)
As per the part 1 rationale, we tend to run the training for parts 1 and 2 side by side as most trainees prefer to have sufficient time to make any changes in their driving style and have time to cement changes in place so they are secure in their driving before taking the part 2 test. Otherwise some feel rushed and undisciplined.
The objective is to pass the part 2 first time but should you fail it we provide a level pf remedial training if needed to retake the test (unless training is paying per hour).
The most common cause of failure is driving like a learner. As previously outlined the training is designed to get you to analyse and develop your driving to drive like an EXPERT. This is the requirement so the DVSA have the confidence knowing that you can keep pupils safe on the most testing of roads, whatever the situation.

Part 3 Training Rationale.

The Part 3 test is an assessment type test of your teaching ability and is approximately an hour in length, when you need to demonstrate a style of teaching which is highly skilled, positive, and shows a full and professional understanding of the DVSA syllabus of driving. You must provide a welcoming and engaging whilst professional learning environment for the pupil, who will be role-played by a Supervising Examiner.

You can only take the part 3 after passing part 2, and will only be allowed 3 attempts at it in the two year qualification period.

We would recommend the taking of a Trainee Licence, allowing practise to be gained in teaching pupils so you can practise the skills needed to successfully complete the part 3 role-play.

My explanation or definition of the requirements are that you as a trainee (PDI) must show the examiner that you demonstrate the ability to keep pupils safe on all road types whilst teaching them new skills at random from the required syllabus and identify, analyse and offer remedial action to deal with any errors committed by the “pupil”. You must be able to control the situation and “lesson”, the teaching environment whilst not impacting the traffic flow you may be in.

To be able to demonstrate that you can teach others. In two half-hour sessions the examiner acts as a pupil in a role-play situation. For this module you'll receive tuition from us on a 1:1 basis normally to allow you to understand the requirements of this exercise and to be able to successfully demonstrate your ability.