Become a Driving Instructor

Become an Instructor

Are you patient?

A great communicator?

Have the ability to adapt to individual needs and learning styles?

Have you got a clean driving licence?

Are you looking for a career that could last the rest of your working life?

Then maybe becoming a driving instructor is for you.

You will learn how to observe, assess and give feedback, all under the supervision of your trainer.

Over 60% of trainee driving instructors fail, don't be one of them! Come and train with Brooks Driving School.

Before you apply to become a driving instructor, have you got the following:

  • A full UK or European Union/European Economic Area unrestricted car driving license, held for at least 4 years.

  • To have not been disqualified from driving at any time in the four years before you train.

  • The ability to be able to read car number plates at a distance of 27.5 meters (90 feet).

  • To be a 'fit and proper' person, in the opinion of the DVSA.

Any motoring or non motoring convictions will be taken into account when you are assessed for the inclusion on the Register. You'll also need an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This used to be called a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check, but the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have now merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). So CRB checks are now called DBS checks.

To qualify as an Approved Driving Instructor ( ADI ) you must pass 3 separate tests:

Part 1 – IT based theory test and hazard perception test.
Part 2 – A practical test of your driving ability.
Part 3 – A practical test of your ability to instruct.

You must pass the Part 1 test first, then you have up to 2 years after that to pass Parts 2 and 3 with a maximum of 3 attempts on each test. If you were to fail either part 2 or part 3, this would result in having to wait until your Part 1 theory runs out, before being able to attempt Part 2 and Part 3 tests again.

Part 1 


This is a theory test which is the first of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI.

There are 2 parts to the test:

Multiple-choice questions

Hazard perception - a video test about spotting hazards on the road

You book and take them as a single test. You must pass both parts to pass the test.

Part 2

Driving Ability

This module consists of practical in car training sessions and this is designed to bring your driving ability up to DVSA standard.

This will be on a 1-to-1 basis with your instructor; this will be in preparation for a one hour practical test of driving ability.

You normally take an ADI part 2 test when you’ve passed your ADI part 1 test.

The part 2 test is where you will demonstrate a high level of driving, anticipation and consideration of other road users.

You can start this while you are preparing for part 1.

To pass the test you must be able to:

Show you have advance knowledge of the Highway Code and are applying this to the way you drive

What happens on ADI part 2 test

Part 3

Instructional Ability

This module consists of a minimum of 40 hours practical in car training sessions with your trainer.

This is designed to develop your instructional technique and will give you all the tools to be able to teach your pupils to DVSA standard.

It’s the last of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI. It’s a test of your ability to teach pupils.

The national standard for driver and rider training tells you everything you must be able to do to pass the test.

What happens on ADI part 3 test

After passing all 3 parts of the DVSA test, you'll be awarded a green badge indicating you are a fully qualified instructor.

Take the first step and find out more about becoming a driving instructor, simply call  01978 898525 or send use an email enquiry.