A career as a driving instructor is an attractive prospect to many who are looking for a flexible business that they can run from home. It offers job security, with many national and local driving schools on the look out for new instructors, flexible working hours which suit your lifestyle and serious job satisfaction as you watch your pupils learn and pass their tests. But there are three tests to pass before you can become an approved driving instructor (ADI) and begin teaching.
What You Need To Know
Before you can start training to become a driving instructor you will need to have had a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) obtained through the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) contractor, Capita Recruitment Vetting Service (CRVS).
Before you can begin the testing process to become an ADI you must have held a full licence for three years (a foreign or automatic licence can count towards the three years). You must also be able to read a vehicle number plate from a minimum of 27.5 metres (90 feet) and pass the DVSA three part driving instructor examinations – which we will go through in more detail below.
If your licence has penalty points (generally a maximum of four) it is unlikely to affect your application and those points already spent will not count. But you must not have been disqualified from driving during the last four years, not even for one day.
In order to become a driving instructor there are three rigorous ADI tests which applicants are put through. Our driving instructor training course is designed to help you pass these tests providing you with all of the knowledge and materials you need – it’s why we have an 88% pass rate.
The ADI tests are broken into three parts:
The first test within your ADI training is in two parts – the theory test and a hazard perception test. The theory test consists of 100 multiple choice questions, within the test there are four bands which each require a pass-mark of 80%. You have 1½ hours to complete the test and need an overall pass mark of 85% for this part of the test. The hazard perception test consists of 14 video clips and the pass mark is 57 out of a possible 75. You are given a further 20 minutes to complete the hazard perception. The cost to sit both parts of the test is £81 and can be taken as many times as necessary. Our training covers the theory and hazard perception section of the ADI tests via in class training and reading materials.
Part 1 cost = £81
The second test is a driving and eyesight test which is conducted by a Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency Supervising Examiner and lasts approximately one hour. You will be required to demonstrate your ability to drive and manoeuvre the car safely and under control. To pass you must not commit more than six minor or one serious fault. The cost to take this test is £111 and can be taken up to three times. We offer tailored training packages for part two of your ADI test, designed to work around your other work commitments. For part two we will use our in-car recording system so that you can review your lessons at home.
Part 2 cost = £111
The third test is your ability to teach learner drivers which is conducted by a DVSA Supervising Examiner and lasts approximately one hour. The examiner will role play the part of a learner driver, you’ll be marked, amongst other things, on how you identify and correct mistakes.The cost to take this test is £111 and can be taken up to three times. Again, our flexible ADI training is designed to fit around your other work commitments and our in-car recording system will mean you can review your training from the comfort of your own home.
Part 3 cost = £111
Total ADI test costs: £303
We have broken our driving instructor training courses into different options, offering you the flexibility to change between course types to suit your circumstances. For instance, you may want to train for part one with a PAY AS YOU GO course and train for part two with a premier course and fast track your part three.
The 4 Wheelz premier training courses will cover everything you need to know to pass parts 1, 2 and 3 of your ADI tests. The costs below include DVSA recommended training books & DVD, and the full in-car and classroom training and support network. Extra training if needed is included.
Part 1 training course
Part 2 training course
Part 3 training course
Full course parts 1,2 & 3
Massive Discounts On All Training Courses
Limited Places Available
Easy Payment Options (call 0845 468 1808 for details)
A gentle introduction to the Part 1 programme, allowing you to study the base-
If you prefer the pay as you go approach 4 Wheelz also offer two hour training sessions. Pay for each two-hour training session at the time you book, offering a simple way to spread the cost of your driving instructor training. Includes Free DVSA recommended training books & DVD.
Only £30 per two hour session
You may wish to fast track part or all of your driving instructor training. We offer fast track options for parts one, two and three, which could have you up to ADI standard within two weeks. Simply call us on 0845 468 1808 for more details.
The ADI Standards Check, which happen every four years once you qualify, are an essential part of driving instructor training. Find out more about our ADI standards check training here.
£45 per one hour session
We support continual professional development (CPD) courses in our driving instructors and provide a range of CPD courses in order to help you keep up-to-date and continually improve your knowledge and skills.
£69 in-class four hour Standards Check Seminar
Find out more about our CPD courses here.
Call 0845 468 1808 for details or contact online.
There are plenty of courses available to those wishing to train as a driving instructor, but if you’re in the West Midlands we think our course offers the most for you, and here’s why:
If you’re thinking about a career as a driving instructor, but want to see first-hand whether it is right for you then the 4 Wheelz free assessment is perfect for you. Our free assessment allows you to:
Becoming a driving instructor requires commitment and is not something you should rush into. We guarantee no pressure from us following your assessment, go home to talk to friends and family before making your decision.
The demand for professional qualified driving instructors throughout the West Midlands is constant. Joining driving instructor training with 4 Wheelz means you will have a guaranteed job with the team on passing your ADI exams in your local area. We always have an opportunity for those who are willing to put in the work, but we are particularly looking for ADI trainees in the following areas:
Our trainers are familiar with each of these areas and the many possible ADI test routes you could experience, such as Acocks Green High Street in Birmingham where you’ll have to deal with many different types of pedestrian crossings, the Ring Road in Wolverhampton which requires forward planning and multi-lane junctions, or the orbital road network of the A5, M6 Toll road, A462 and the A34 in Cannock. 4 Wheelz are constantly growing to meet demand, just recently we experience a significant business growth of over 34% for driving lessons in Wolverhampton and surrounding Black Country areas.
Theory Test Centres
38 Dale End,
Four Oaks House,
160 Lichfield Road,
Driving Test Centre (ADI)
Practical ADI test centre
Saturn Industrial Estate
ADI Theory Test centre
2nd Floor, Derwent House,
42-46 Waterloo Road
Nearest theory test centre
2nd Floor, Derwent House,
42-46 Waterloo Road
Theory test centre
Haswell House (3rd floor)
St Nicolas Street,
ADI test centre
Call 0845 468 1808 DVSA Officially Recognised Training All ORDIT (Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers) registered driving instructor trainers are assessed every two years by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency. If the training establishment has offices where they can hold in-class training sessions then the training facilities are also assessed and inspected every two years. 4 Wheelz has full in-class and in-car training facilities.
‘Do What They Advertise 100%’
‘I found 4 Wheelz most reliable, who do what they advertise 100% & beyond. H was there for me when ever I needed to ask anything or go through something again. All the staff are very friendly & helpful, I know I wouldn’t have achieved my goal as an ADI without their full support.’
‘Training Me Near my home’
‘I decided to use 4 Wheelz after they were recommended to me after my previous training school. 4Wheelz part 3 training was suited to my needs. My instructor H was very thorough at the same time very entertaining, which made my learning enjoyable. 4 Wheelz were very flexible in training me near my home’
‘Having trained with a different company I failed my first attempt. I was left with no confidence, no self esteem and no will power to carry on. H the hero was recommended to me. Thank god for Mr H Surti he has made a 200% difference to me and my confidence, the knowledge and skills that I have gained are amazing. Being left broken I feel H has put me back together again. This course is difficult enough make it easy and go with 4Wheelz.’
‘Same Excellent Standard’
‘After passing parts 1 & 2 with 4 Wheelz, I found the training for part 3 to be at the same excellent standard. My training officer H fully supported me as he guided me through all the training levels, giving me the confidence to pass part 3. Many thanks’
‘Head And Shoulders Above’
‘Compared to the company I started my instructor training with, 4 Wheelz are head and shoulders above them. I felt I left each session having achieved something and not frustrated as was my previous experience. H’s attention to detail is second to none and he left no stone unturned ensuring I went for my part 3 test fully prepared. I can thank H and all the 4 Wheelz staff for getting me to an ADI’
‘Properly Structured Training’
‘Faultless training & support I received from H & Barry for all 3 parts to achieve my ADI qualification. Thorough & properly structured training allowed me to track my progress. Both H & Barry were there for anything I needed as were all the staff at 4 wheelz. I would not hesitate to recommend anyone who wishes to become an ADI or simply learn to drive to 4 Wheelz.
‘4 Wheelz are a friendly company who are prepared to help in any way. The standard of training offered is very high and is structured in a way that will help everyone individually. H is a fantastic trainer who is always pushing you to give 100% every session, which at the end of my training proved invaluable in achieving my end goal. I passed part 1,2 and 3 first time which is all down to the thorough yet relaxed training methods.’
‘Recording Of The In-
‘Once I decided to become a driving instructor I visited a few driving schools to see what their training set ups were. As soon as I had seen H I new that 4 Wheelz was the company I wanted to learn with. My training sessions have always been well structured, enjoyable and flexible to suit my needs. I found the recording of the in-car sessions particularly useful. I would like to thank everyone at 4 Wheelz for all their support especially Richard and H for their expertise. I wouldn’t have passed without 4 Wheelz and I look forward to a new career with them. ’
‘When looking at the training opportunities available from various companies, 4 Wheelz stood out from the crowd. They offered a professional and personal service. They were supportive right from the enquiry stage and have continued to support me in a professional yet friendly manner throughout the training process. The training program is excellent.’