With 4front Driving School
Looking for a career change?Been made redundant?Looking for work?We can help…
What we can offer you?
We can offer you training to become an approved Driving Instructor.
Why is this a good choice of a career?
Being an approved driving instructor (ADI) can be a very rewarding career: you’ll help people to learn an important skill for life and help teach others to be safe and confident drivers.
The job will involve working with all sorts of people so you’ll need good people skills as well as:
patience and understanding as an instructor,
a thorough knowledge of the theory and practical driving test,
an ability to teach,
awareness of changes in the regulations for driving tests, as well as driving instruction and the highway code,
And the great thing is you can be your own boss. At 4front Driving School we can offer you all your training needs, all we ask is that you are committed and withhold our company’s fantastic reputation for delivering a fantastic and caring service towards our students.
A bit about me –
I am Simon, an ADI who trained a number of years ago to become a driving instructor as I believed I had the qualities, patients and credentials needed to become a successful driving instructor. I was a teacher for 12 years, originally in secondary education, I later moved into primary but the workload and stress was all to much. That might sound familiar. I wanted to be my own boss, no more targets, no-one looking over me, calling me into their office –
I worked for a local driving school to begin with, learnt the ropes and how to be successful in this field of work. After a year or so I felt confident I could grow my own business and not rely on others help anymore.
So at 4front Driving School we can offer you a package to suit your needs – we have competitive rates and no ties. If you fancy meeting up to discuss your situation, options or way we can help you then please don’t hesitate to contact me for a chat.
Things you will need to consider
You’ll need to check that you’re eligible to apply to become a driving instructor. Take a quick test on GOV.UK to find out whether you can apply. This test will also tell you what to do next to become an ADI.
How to apply
First you’ll need to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to become an ADI. To do this you’ll need to give details about your current driving licence including any driving offences. You’ll also need a criminal records disclosure number.
Criminal record check
Before you can apply to become an ADI, you’ll need to have a criminal record check. Apply for your check at GOV.UK
When you’ve been accepted to start the qualifying process, you can start your training towards the three ADI tests.
Part 1: theory test
Part 2: practical driving test
Part 3: instructional ability test.
You’ll have to pass the tests in this order and you must pass them within a two-year period before you can join the ADI register.
Once you have completed Part 1 we advise you undergo some driver training to get you prepared for part 2. Most drivers develop habits over the years that need to be ironed out. You only get 3 attempts at this part otherwise you have to wait 2 years before you can start again from scratch. Each attempt is costly and time consuming to you.
Once you have successfully completed part 2 then we can undergo the relevant training for part 3. When we think you are ready you can apply for a pink PDI badge which will allow you to teach whilst getting paid with real students that we can provide for you. Some of this will involve us observing your teaching so that you can develop the right skills to pass part 3.
You will be required to take 40 hours of Part 3 training before you will be entitled to apply for a trainee licence. We can offer more training if you need it or request it.