Trainee Instructors

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My Philosophy

Being involved in the instructor training industry for many years has given me the opportunity to develop a training course which I believe is more effective than others available today.
I understand your needs as a trainee so I have developed a training course which is less complicated to follow, with more effective guidance notes and preparation exercises for you to complete, along with audio training material enabling you to learn and develop quicker and be more prepared for your in car training.

My Motto is “Honesty, Empathy & Respect” I will always be honest with you throughout your training, I will be able to empathise with you during your training,
(I was once a trainee and I understand just how you will be feeling) and I will always treat you with respect. In return I would expect you to follow the same values during your training and then keep them throughout your career as a driving instructor.

My Aim is to provide you with the best quality training, I will always give you 100%. However, to get the most from your training you must give 100% too.

Thinking of Training to become a Driving Instructor?

If you are interested in becoming a driving instructor ask your self these questions;

  • Am I a good communicator?
  • Do I like a challenge?
  • Am I self motivated?
  • Do I enjoy meeting people?
  • Am I patient?
  • Am I a good listener?
  • Do I like the idea of being able to pass on skills and knowledge to others?

If you can answer Yes to these questions then driving instruction could be the new career you’ve been looking for!

What are the requirements?

In order to be considered for acceptance onto the PDI (Potential driving instructor) register you must;

  • Have held a full British or N Ireland unrestricted Car driving licence for at least three and a half years
  • Have no more than 6 penalty points on your licence.
  • Be able to read, in good daylight with the aid of glasses or contact lenses if worn, a motor vehicle registration mark containing letters and figures:
  • 79 millimetres in height and 50 millimetres wide at a distance of 26.5 metres, or 
  • 79 millimetres in height and 57 millimetres wide at a distance of 27.5 metres
  • Be a fit and proper person to have your name entered onto the register and have no criminal convictions.

Taster Session.

As a responsible trainer, I want you to be sure that you have all the information needed to make a well informed decision on whether driving instruction is the right choice for you.
Therefore I offer an optional practical assessment (Taster Session) which will include an evaluation of your driving style and an assessment of your instructional ability skills.
By taking the assessment you will have a much clearer picture of what is involved in becoming a driving instructor and the standards required.
This will enable you to make the right choice for you.


What does the training involve?

The ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) Qualification consists of three parts;

  • Part One is a theory test and hazard perception test.
  • Part Two is a test of your driving ability.
  • Part Three is a test of your instructional ability.

To enable you to prepare for each part I have designed a comprehensive training course comprising of home study and self development exercises along with in car training.

Part One preparation is home study. However, you will have my full support should you need it, and as you will be taking Part Two Training Sessions whilst preparing for the Part One Exam, I will be monitoring your progress continually.

Parts Two and Three training are delivered in short practical sessions at intervals to suit your circumstances and personal development abilities.

Usually the Part Two in car training sessions are two hours in duration and Part Three in car training sessions are four hours.

Both Part two and three training will be “In Car” sessions and will be delivered in and around the area where you will be taking your practical test.

Training will be delivered on a 1-1 or 2-1 basis. (Read more about 2-1 training below)

Training sessions are not necessarily taken every week; they are spaced to suit your own development pace and your availability, so you can take training whilst still working.

What is 2-1 Training?

2-1 Training means that there are two trainee’s to one trainer for in car practical training sessions.

This method of training is by far the best way to learn, here are some reasons why;

  • Training alone can make you feel isolated, most people who do 1-1 training go through phases of feeling like they are the only trainee who has ever had to improve their driving standard or who has found learning a new skill difficult, by training with another trainee you will see that everyone has the same skills to develop and standards to improve and you will not feel isolated or singled out.
  • 2-1 training also improves your motivation because there is an element of competition involved, this will help you to develop quicker.
  • You will also be able to develop certain skills during part two training which will be used in part three training. For example, you will be able to practice fault identification, driver observation, giving route directions and feedback skills. You will therefore be more prepared when you begin your part three in car training.
  • While you are training either in the driving seat or the instructors’ seat you will be learning and developing your skills, however, there will be less pressure on you while you are observing your training partner, therefore you will find it easier to learn and just as effective while watching someone else.
  • You may even wish to practice with your training partner between sessions to improve your skills.

How long will it take?

The time it takes to complete the course depends mainly on your own personal development ability; you can go at your own pace.
It is possible to qualify in three months. However, most people take six months at least.
From passing your part one exam the DSA allow two years to complete the other two parts for qualification.

Remember My Motto is;
Honesty, Empathy and Respect.

So if you would like to find out more or arrange a Taster Session please either email me, give me a call or text me on 07921 688400