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Have you ever wanted to work in a rewarding job? Be able to teach people a skill for life, then becoming a Driving Instructor is for you.

To become a driving instructor there are 3 parts that you need pass to qualify as an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor)

Part 1

Your Part 1 is your theory test, there are 2 parts to this test, a multiple-choice set of questions and a hazard perception video test.

Multiple-choice questions

You have 1 hour and 30 minutes to answer 100 multiple-choice questions

There are 25 questions in each of these 4 categories:

• Road procedure

• Traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians and mechanical


• Driving test, disabilities, and the law

• Publications and instructional techniques

You can finish the multiple-choice question’s part when you’ve answered all of the questions. You do not have to use the full 1 hour and 30 minutes.

You can have a break of up to 3 minutes before the hazard perception test starts.

Hazard perception test

Before you start the hazard perception test, you’ll be shown a video about how it works.

You’ll then watch 14 video clips. The clips:

• Feature everyday road scenes

• Contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ - but one of the clips features

2 developing hazards.

You get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to


Pass Marks

To pass the multiple-choice part, you must get both:

• An overall score of at least 85 out of 100

• At least 20 out of 25 in each of the 4 categories of questions

You’ll fail if you get an overall score of 85 or higher, but do not score high

enough in each of the 4 categories.

To pass the hazard perception part, you need to score at least 57 points out of 75.

Part 2

For the Part 2 test you will have to conduct a driving test just like one of your future students. The difference is they are looking for a higher standard of driving and your test will last 60 minutes. During your test you will be allowed a maximum of 5 driver faults (minors). There is no minimum number of hours that you need to fulfill before

going to test, it will be in agreement with your instructor that you are ready for your test.

What happens during the test?

There are 5 parts to the Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Part 2 test:

• an eyesight check

• ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions

• general driving ability

• maneuvers

• independent driving

You’ll fail the test if you do not pass the eyesight test. It will count as one of the 3 attempts you’re allowed at the ADI Part 2 test.

Part 3

For the Part 3 you need to complete a minimum of 40 training hours before you can apply for your pink licence and the you need to complete a further 20

training hours before going for your Part 3 test.

For your training hours these would be done in blocks of 2-hour lessons, each

lesson would cost £80 which is in line with the current £40 per hour learner lesson fee.

Once you have completed your 40 hours you are able to apply for your pink licence as a Potential Driving Instructor (PDI). You would then be able to conduct and charge for your lessons that you are providing, you are limited to 20 hours of teaching per week on your pink licence. During your pink licence you need to have another 20 hours of teaching. This would be either me coming and sitting in the car while you teach a lesson or out in the car by ourselves. These would still be chargeable at the current lesson rate of £80. You have 6 months from starting your pink licence to passing your Part 3 test, you are allowed a maximum of 3 attempts to pass your Part 3 test.

The way the pink licence works is that you are allowed to take on students and charge them for lessons meaning that you start making an income. I don’t charge students less for lessons by a PDI as they have gone through the same training and cost as an ADI, the current rate is £40 per hour. The hourly rate is reviewed regularly with the price in the area.

The way the pink licence works is that you are not allowed to advertise for work as you are not a qualified driving instructor. Therefore, PDI’s work through companies who provide them with work, at Coffey’s School of Motoring we take all the stress and hassle away from you and provide you with students and a sign written roof box. Should you require more students and we don’t have any suitable on the waiting list we would advertise for you, all costs are covered through a franchise fee.

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