Thinking of Becoming a driving instructor.

How to become an approved driving instructor.
How to apply When I applied  to become a ADI I went through a national company and it cost me over £2,500 in 2001. But over the years I’ve learnt the business and I’m very pleased to say I’ve taught people to become instructors and it has cost them as little as £800/£1,500. Instructors have the opportunity to stay with 1st Choice or to working independently but that’s up to yourself.
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Before you can start your training you will 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. You can apply to become an ADI on GOV.UK or by clicking the icon to the left and it will take you directly to the page.
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Step 1
Criminal record check First of all you will need to fill out a CRB check (this normally takes 4/6 weeks).
When you’ve been accepted to start the qualifying process, you can start your training towards the three ADI tests.
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Now you have got your CRB back you can now request to go on the ADI register. Once this is done you can the start to work on the three sections of your tests.
Part 1  theory test
Part 2: practical driving test Step
Part 3: instructional ability test.
REMEMBER you’ll have to pass all  three tests within a two-year period.
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Useful resources
Here is a list of recommended resources for trainee
ADIs: Part 1
• The Official DVSA Theory Test for Approved Driving Instructors DVD-ROM
• The Official Highway Code
• Know Your Traffic Signs
• The Driving Instructor's Handbook
• The Official DVSA Guide to Driving - the essential skills
• The Official DVSA Guide to Hazard Perception DVD
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Parts 2 and 3:
• Prepare for your Practical Test DVD
• The Official DVSA Guide to Learning to Drive
• Practical Teaching Skills for Driving Instructors
• Road craft, The Police Driver's Handbook
As a PDI (potential driving instructor), you are entitled to a 15 per cent discount when you order these titles directly from TSO, DVSA's official publishing partner - call 0333 200 2401. Finding an ADI training course You don’t have to have any training before you take the ADI tests but you’re likely to find it very difficult to pass the tests without specialist training. As well as preparing you for the test, the course will teach you about some of the practicalities of being a driving instructor such as managing your diary and retaining your pupils. You can find driving instructor trainers on GOV.UK.
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