Becoming A Qualified Driving Instructor In The Uk

Becoming an​ Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) requires a​ substantial commitment of​ your​ time, effort and​ money. it​ is​ important that you​ do not make this​ commitment without very careful consideration​ of​ what your​ training establishment is​ offering you.

The following notes outline the requirements for​ becoming an​ ADI and​ are summarized from the Driving Standards Agency booklet ADI14 ‘your​ Road to​ Becoming an​ Approved Driving Instructor’. you​ are strongly advised to​ read this​ booklet thoroughly before committing yourself to​ a​ course with any training establishment.

Eligibility to​ Become an​ Instructor

Not everyone can apply to​ become an​ ADI. to​ do so you​ must satisfy the following requirements;
• you​ must hold a​ full and​ unrestricted UK or​ European Union​ (EU) European Economic Area (EEA) unrestricted driving license

• you​ must have held this​ license for​ a​ total of​ four out of​ the past six years prior to​ entering the Register after qualifying.

• you​ must not have been disqualified from driving at​ any time in​ the four years prior to​ entering the Register.

• you​ must be a​ fit and​ proper person​ to​ have your​ name entered on​ the Register. All motoring and​ non-motoring convictions will be taken into account.

• you​ must pass the Register Qualifying Examination​ and​ pay the appropriate fees.
No formal academic qualifications are needed to​ become a​ driving instructor, but individuals must be registered with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) as​ an​ Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) or​ licensed trainee for​ car instruction. The minimum age is​ 21.

Before starting training they must:

• have held a​ full UK or​ Northern Ireland​ driving license for​ four out of​ the last six years

• not have been disqualified from driving at​ any time in​ the last four years

• be a​ fit and​ proper person​ - all convictions, including motoring convictions will be taken into account

• pass the ADI qualifying exam.

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