The Driving Instructor Qualification Process

If you’ve found this page, I’m assuming you’re thinking about becoming a Driving Instructor in Romford. The very first thing you would need to do is register with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) to become a Potential Driving Instructor (PDI). You can do this several ways including online through the DSA website or by using the ADI 3 form. You can also get a starter pack which has useful information, and last time I checked, it cost £5.00.

The next part is the theory and hazard perception test. It has 100 multiple choice questions, and to pass you must get at least 85 correct. With the hazard clips, you must get at least 57 out of a possible 75. Both sections must be passed at the same time, so if you fail one, you need to re-take both. When you have passed this, you have 2 years to complete your training, or you have to start again.

Also included with the fee for the theory test, is the criminal records check fee, which looks into your background to see if there are any reasons (motoring offences or criminal convictions) why you might not be a suitable Essex Driving Instructor.

The second part is a driving test. It’s just like the one you took to get your full driving licence, but much harder. Most people need expert help from an Instructor Trainer for this and the next part of the training process.

The Part 2 driving test is 1 hour long, and in that time, you must not make more than 6 driver errors, and no serious or dangerous ones. You will also need to show the examiner an emergency stop, and all reversing exercises that a learner driver needs to know (along with a right reverse which isn’t in the learners test)

Assuming you’ve got through the first 2 tests, you’re ready for the last part, which assesses your teaching skills. This last stage consists of a Senior Examiner pretending to be a pupil (really well in most cases!). For the first half, they will play someone who has little or no experience of driving, while on the second 30 mins, they will change to someone who is close to, or has passed the driving test and needs to brush up on their abilities.

With both the Part 2 and 3 tests, you only have 3 goes. If you fail 3 times, you have to wait until 2 years after you passed the theory part, then start the whole thing again.

Is it worth all of this hard work?

Yes, but don’t expect it to be an easy ride once you’ve passed. However saying that, the smile on people’s faces when they pass their driving test makes up for it.

If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you for looking at this article on what it takes to become a Driving Instructor.