U Steer uses carefully planned lesson and our instructor training course aims to help you become a successful instructor through the use of learning tools and techniques to help you develop your skills. All of our training sessions are delivered on a 1-to-1 basis. U Steer understands that many instructors also work for themselves for the first time, therefore throughout your training and career, you will be given advice of how to run a successful business.

To become an approved driving instructor, you’ll need to pass three examinations.

ADI part 1

The approved driving instructor (ADI) part 1 test is a theory test. It’s the first of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI. View our course fees to get an inclusive package.

You must have been accepted to start the qualifying process by the DVSA before you book the ADI part 1 test.

The test takes around 1 hour 45 minutes and includes:

  • multiple-choice questions
  • hazard perception

You must pass both parts at the same time to pass the test and there is no limit to how many times you can take the test.

The theory test checks your knowledge of the Highway Code, general road safety, Traffic signs and signals, car control, basic first aid knowledge and the theory of instructing a pupil.

The second test includes a hazard perception test using 14 video clips, one of which will feature two hazards. On this test you must score 57 points out of a possible 75.

U Steer will provide you with all the necessary learning materials as part of your Course Fees, you will also receive free on-line training and app with our partnership with Theory Test Pro.

ADI part 2

The ADI part 2 test is a test of your driving ability. It’s the second of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI. View our course fees to get an inclusive package.

You must pass the ADI part 1 test before you book the ADI part 2 test.

The test takes around one hour and includes:

  • an eyesight check
  • ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
  • general driving ability
  • manoeuvres
  • independent driving

The second stage is an advanced practical driving test. You will be expected to demonstrate a professional level of driving ability with a DVSA examiner, which will last for one hour.

‘Show me, tell me’ questions

You’ll be asked 5 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. These test that you know how to carry out basic safety tasks.

You’ll be asked:

  • 3 ‘tell me’ questions at the start of your test, before you start driving
  • 2 ‘show me’ questions while you’re driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers

You’ll get a driving fault for each incorrect answer you give.

You’ll get a serious fault and fail the test if you answer all 5 questions incorrectly, or if you lose control of the car while answering any of the ‘show me’ questions.

Your general driving ability

You’ll have to show the examiner all of the following:

  • expert handling of the controls
  • use of correct road procedure
  • anticipation of the actions of other road users and then taking appropriate action
  • sound judgement of distance, speed and timing
  • consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users
  • driving in an environmentally-friendly manner

You’ll drive in varying road and traffic conditions, including motorways or dual carriageways where possible.

You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

Reversing your vehicle

The examiner will ask you to do 2 of the following exercises:

  • parallel park at the side of the road
  • reverse into a parking bay and drive out
  • drive into a parking bay and reverse out
  • pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for around 2 car lengths, and rejoin the traffic

Independent driving

You’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:

  • directions from a sat nav
  • traffic signs

The examiner will tell you which you have to do.

Following directions from a sat nav

The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up for you.

You cannot follow directions from your own sat nav during the test.

Going off the route

Your test result will not be affected if you take a wrong turning, unless you make a fault while doing it.

The examiner will help you get back on the route if you do.

If you cannot see traffic signs

If you cannot see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.

If you make mistakes during your test

You can carry on if you make a mistake. It might not affect your test result if it’s not serious.

The examiner will only stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users.

U Steer will provide you with a high level of fun and expert lessons by an highly trained instructor, the recommended amount required is 10 hours which is included in your Course Fees.

ADI part 3

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

You must pass the ADI part 2 test before you book the ADI part 3 test.

What happens during the test

A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency examiner will watch you give a client-centred driving lesson lasting about an hour to one of your pupils.

The examiner will look for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver and rider training.

Your pupil

Your pupil can be a learner or a full licence holder.

They can’t be an approved driving instructor (ADI) or someone else who is preparing to take the ADI part 3 test.

You can take your trainer or mentor with you, but they can’t take part in the lesson.

What you’ll be marked on

You’ll be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories:

  • lesson planning
  • risk management
  • teaching and learning strategies

The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ADI part 3 test report form, which the examiner will fill in at the end of your test.

You’ll get a score from 0 to 3 for each of the 17 competencies, which are added up to work out if you’ve passed the test, and what your grade will be.

You can apply for your first ADI badge and join the ADI register when you pass the test. The registration costs £300.

U Steer will provide you with all the necessary tools and skills to become a successful and well respected driving instructor.  You will be provided with quality 1-to-1 training by an highly trained instructor.  The recommended required training is a total of 40 hours which is included in your Course Fees.

Trainee driving instructor licence

You can apply for a trainee driving instructor licence after you pass the ADI part 2 test. The trainee licence is an ideal opportunity for a potential driving instructor (PDI) to gain the necessary skills and practise to pass the ADI part 3 test first time!

A trainee licence:

  • helps you get experience instructing pupils to drive so you can prepare for the ADI part 3 test
  • allows you to get paid for giving instruction
  • lasts for 6 months

Who can apply

You can apply for a trainee licence if you:

  • have passed your ADI part 1 test in the last 2 years
  • have passed the ADI part 2 test
  • have done at least 40 hours of training in the last 6 months with a qualified ADI and recorded it on the ADI 21T declaration form
  • are eligible to take the ADI part 3 test

Being refused a trainee licence

You can appeal to the transport tribunal if you’re refused a trainee licence.

 U Steer will provide you with the necessary training and appropriate franchise deals to ensure UR Success at part 3. The required amount of training during the trainee licence is 20 hours and needs to be completed within the first 12 weeks of the start of your licence, the cost of the training is an additional amount to be paid.


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