Becoming a driving instructor
So you have decided that you want to become a driving instructor? So how do you do this well the first this to do is to go to the gov.uk website, to apply for your DBS ( disclosure barring service). Once this is done with paperwork the register for the DVSA will look through your application and then if accepted you will be sent you letter advising you of your personal registration number.
You can then apply for part 1 of 3 test that you have to do. The theory test for this you will have 100 question which is in 4 categories, you must get 85 out of 100 with at least 20 in each category. Then you have the hazard perception where there are 14 clips and of the total score of 75, you must achieve a minimum of 57. You then can book part 2 of your test which is the driving module.
The driving test/module will include an eye test where you can see 26.5 meters on the new style and 27.5 meters on the old style registration plate. You must be able to do this with or without glasses/contact lenses. If unable to do this you will fail. The next bit is some show me tell me questions you will be asked 3 show me questions and 2 tell me questions. you get a driver fault for each incorrect answer. If you answer all 5 questions wrong you will get a serious fault and fail your test.
The driving ability consists of a safe drive showing expert handling of the controls along with using correct road procedure, anticipation of the actions taken by other road user and taking the correct action, sound judgement speed, and timing, consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users, driving in an environmentally friendly manner.
For the manoeuvers you must be able to:
- move away straight ahead or at an angle
- overtake, meet or cross the path of other vehicles
- turn left-hand and right-hand corners
- stop the vehicle as if you’re in an emergency
- drive in reverse and enter limited openings to the right and left
- reverse-park the vehicle into the space behind a parked car
- reverse-park into a parking bay
- turn the vehicle to face in the opposite direction using forward and reverse gears
You’ll have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the examiner for around 10 minutes. You’ll have to follow either:
- traffic signs
- a series of directions given to you before you set off
- a combination of both
To pass you must not get any serious or no more than 6 minors. Then you will be able to do part 3
For the part 3 the instructional test
For this the examiner will play 2 roles this could be :
- a beginner or partly trained pupil
- a pupil who is about test standard
- a qualified driver taking driver development training
The examiner will stay in character as the ‘pupil’ when the test starts.
The examiner will come out of character to help make instructions clearer and for road safety reasons.
You’ll cover 2 exercises – 1 for each of the roles the examiner plays. The examiner will choose the exercises from the following:
- safety precautions on entering the car and explanation of the controls
- moving off and making normal stops
- reversing the car and entering limited openings to the right or left
- turning the vehicle round in the road to face the opposite direction
- parking close to the kerb, using reverse gears
- practical instruction in how to use mirrors and make an emergency stop
- approaching and turning corners
- the judgement of speed and general road positioning
- dealing with emerging at T-junctions
- dealing with all aspects of crossroads
- dealing with pedestrian crossings and giving appropriate signals
- the meeting, crossing the path of, and overtaking other vehicles
- Your instruction should be tailored to the standard of the ‘pupil’ the examiner is playing and to the time available – about 30 minutes for each part. You’re allowed to:
- ask the ‘pupil’ questions to find out more about their knowledge
- use lesson plans and training aids
- refer to notes or subject headings – but you can’t read at length from notes or books
- keep any briefing or stationary instruction short
- be prepared for the ‘pupil’ to ask questions
- You’ll be assessed on 3 main areas during your approved driving instructor (ADI) part 3 test:
- core competencies
- instructional techniques
- instructor characteristics
If you have passed this test you can then apply for your green badge and once received you can then charge people for teaching them to drive.
Hope this helps you when deciding if you want to become a driving instructor if you do remember that I can offer you free training t&c’s apply all the best.