Become A Driving Instructor

Special Offer: 25% discount when you purchase a course of training

Come and Train with Us

It’s a great job opportunity and it gives you the flexibility to fit around your lifestyle. Teaching can be very rewarding when you see the development of your pupil into a fully fledged driver. We will take you through the steps towards becoming a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) from start to finish.

First Steps


  • Must be over 21
  • Have had a full car driving licence for over 3 years
  • Apply for a criminal record check 

Your must be over 21 years old and have had a full car driving licence for 3 years or more.  These are the same requirements as for friends and relatives of learner drivers when accompanying them for additional practice on the road.  You will be required to undergo a criminal record check with the Disclosure and Barring service.  It will cost £6 and you will need to provide proof of ID.

The process should take approximately one week, providing you submit all of the required documents in good time. Once the check has been completed, you can then go on to apply to be on the ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) Register with the DVSA via the website.

The ADI Test

The test is divided into 3 parts:

  • Part 1 – Theory and Hazard Perception Test
  • Part 2 – Driving Ability
  • Part 3 – Instructional Ability

Part 1 - Theory Test

The test is longer than that for a learner and must be completed within 1 hour and 45 minutes at a test centre on a computer.  It is split into two parts:

  • 100 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 14 Hazard Perception Clips

In preparation for Part 1 Theory Test, we recommend you read the following DVSA-approved books:     

  • The Official Highway Code
  • Driving – The Essential Skills
  • Know Your Traffic Signs
  • The Driving Instructor’s Handbook

These and other DVSA resources can be found by clicking on the image below:

Part 2 - Driving Ability

The test will last approximately 1 hour and is split into 5 parts:

  •  Eyesight test – You will be asked to read a number plate from a distance of 26.5 metres ((27.5 metres for an old-style number plate)
  • ‘Show Me, Tell Me’ Vehicle Safety Questions – You will be asked 5 questions.  These will include 3 ‘Tell Me’ Questions at the start of the test, and 2 ‘Show Me Questions during the test while you are driving.
  • General Driving Ability – This will test your driving ability on a variety of roads, in different situations.
  • Two Manoeuvre Exercises, for example the Parallel Park manoeuvre and one bay park manoeuvre
  • Independent Driving – This will last 20 minutes and will involve either a sat nav or your ability to follow traffic signs

Part 3 - Instructional Ability

You will need a suitable car and a pupil to teach for the purposes of the test. the pupil can be of any ability but must not be an approved driving instructor (ADI) or someone preparing to take the ADI Part 3 Test. The accepted categories of pupil will be one of the following:

  • Beginner 
  • Partly-Trained
  • Trained
  • Full Licence Holder

You are marked on 17 areas of competence and these are divided into 3 categories:

  • Lesson Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies

The test lasts an hour and the examiner will give you the result within about 10 minutes of the test ending.  The grading system is as follows:

Unsatisfactory performance
Sufficient competence demonstrated to permit or retain entry on the Register of Approved Driving Instructors
A high overall standard of instruction demonstrated

Once you have passed the test, you will be invited to apply for your ADI Licence (Green Badge).  Upon receipt of this, you can then embark on what will hopefully be a long and fulfilling career as an ADI!!

Our Services

  • Guidance on Part 1
  • Full training on Parts 2 and 3
  • Mentoring and support throughout the process
  • ADI Standards Check Training

So how do you start training? We will give you help and guidance regarding the Theory Test and link in the theory with the Part 2 test so that you can get a feel  how everything relates to the way you drive.  The Part 2 training course will involve 6 modules whereby we will help you brush up on your driving ability.  One of the modules will include a mock test.  Once you have passed Part 2, then we will take you through comprehensive Part 3 training with a Grade A, DVSA Approved Driving Instructor Trainer.        

The training has 11 modules and will be tailored to your learning style.  We advise that, where possible, you also practice teaching with a real pupil outside of the training offered.  You will not be able to charge for your lessons unless you have obtained a DVSA-approved trainee licence (Pink Badge) with an ORDIT (Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers) trainer.  The price of the entire course is £2,000.  However we are currently offering a healthy discount of 25%, saving you £500!

ADI Standards Check Training

You will be required to have a Standards Check within around 6 months of having passed your Part 3 Test.  For new ADI’s this will be very similar to the format of the Part 3 as the Standards Check and ADI Part 3 tests have now been aligned. 

Just as with the Part 3 training, we will guide you through the 17 core competencies through the tried-and-tested role-play method and put you in position to pass your Standards Check with flying colours!

Franchise Opportunities

  • Brand new cars complete with dual controls
  • Regular supply of pupils
  • Competitive franchise fee
  • You can use your own car

Once you have passed the ADI Exam, why not join our team of ADI’s!  We have flexible franchise packages designed to suit every preference.

Franchise Package #1 - £90 per week

  • You would supply your own car.  We can source your driving instructor insurance for an admin fee of £50
  • We would supply the roof box and L Plates for free
  • We would supply you with pupils at a rate of £10 per pupil
  • Full marketing support via the web and social media

Franchise Package #2 - £ 165 per week

  • No franchise fee for the first two weeks
  • We would supply the car which would have on the livery of Nirvana Driving School
  • Free car insurance and tax
  • Pupils supplied free of charge
  • Free business stationery
  • Full marketing support via the web and social media

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Become A Driving Instructor is a trading style of Nirvana Driving School Ltd