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ADI Training

Approved Driving Instructor Training

The training we provide

Our training is provided by our ORDIT registered traininers Ian SedgwickGarry Commey, and Martin Maguire.  All our trainers are well-known and respected by DVSA examiners and qualified ADIs alike, and together over many years in the industry have trained hundreds of people to become qualified ADIs, many of whom are now members of our great team of ADIs. Therefore you will receive personalised training and advice throughout the qualification process.  We also offer Part 2 and Part 3 rescue training for PDIs that are struggling to qualify (trainees), as well as offering further training to qualified ADIs for the New ADI Standards Test.  All instructor training is carried out on a one-to-one basis unless trainees specify they want to 'buddy' and share sessions by observing one another's training.  

So how do you become an ADI?

Part 1: Theory

The first part of the qualification process is a theory test. You will have one and a half hours to answer 100 multiple choice questions, and then sit the hazard perception test. Both of these elements are computer-based and taken together; they must be passed at the same time otherwise you will need to sit both again.

Following an initial induction session we will provide you with FREE access to the ADI training section of our on-line Theory Test Pro software. You will also need to study all of the recommended reading material and PC DVD ROM (see costs below) for you to carry out home study. We also offer unlimited help and support via telephone and e-mail. We will also provide classroom assistance if required.

You can start your Part 2 practical training whilst studying for Part 1, once you have Criminal Record Bureau clearance.

Part 2: Driving ability

The next step in the qualification process is a test that ensures you put into practice the theory learnt in Part 1. Following an eyesight test and five questions on basic car maintenance ('show me / tell me'), the drive (approximately one hour) covers different road types and conditions and includes four reversing exercises, and a controlled (emergency) stop.

As part of our full course, after an eyesight test and initial driving assessment, you will receive ten hours of in-car training, a one hour mock test, and a two hour remedial session, all on a one pupil to trainer basis.

Part 3: Instructional ability

The final step in the qualification process assesses your ability to teach a pupil how to drive. The test lasts an hour, and the examiner will play the role of your pupil.

As part of our full course to prepare for this test you will receive 40 hours of in-car training on a one-to-one (not shared with another trainee) training.

At the end of your Part 3 training you have the option of obtaining a trainee licence, sometimes referred to as a 'pink' licence. This allows you to legally be paid for giving driving instruction to gain experience before sitting the final test. The licence lasts for a maximum of six months and normally only one is granted in the two-year qualifying period. To apply for a trainee license you are legally required to take at least 40 hours of Part 3 training before hand, plus whilst on a Trainee Licence you are legally required to undertake at least a further 20 hours of training, or have 20% of lessons you provide supervised by another fully qualified ADI. You must also be sponsored by another ADI or driving school. ELITE offer this option under our franchise service. Your training will initially be geared towards the Part 3 test. Different people develop in different ways. Some will benefit from a trainee licence, and some people are more suited to go straight to test. Depending on how you progress, advice will be given as to whether the trainee licence is going to be a good option for you.

What does the training cost?

The training course can be taken as intensively or spread out as required, but DVSA rules state that you MUST become fully qualified within 2 years of passing the Part 1 test.  To benefit from the reduced hourly rate, courses must be paid for in advance.  Our pay-as-you-train option allows you to spread to cost of training, but also gives you flexibility in the amount of training you take.

Fully inclusive course - £1,960

Full set of DVSA recommended study material - £100

Pay-as-you-train - £36 Per Hour

5 Hours of Training - £170 (£34 per hour)

10 Hours of Training - £320 (£32 per hour)

Fully inclusive course includes:

  • Initial induction course
  • All DVSA-recommended home study material
  • Trainee e-mail and telephone support line
  • ELITE Part 2 and Part 3 training manuals
  • Part 3 visual training aid
  • 15 hours Part 2 training
  • 40 hours Part 3 training

You will need to provide a suitable vehicle for the Part 2 and Part 3 tests; you can hire one from us for our normal driving test fee of £75, which will include a 1 hour coaching session prior to the test to familiarise yourself with the vehicle.

In addition to our charges there are fees payable directly to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency:

  • Part 1 test fee: £90*
  • Part 2 test fee: £111*
  • Part 3 test fee: £111*
  • Trainee licence (if taken): £140*
  • Full ADI licence (payable upon qualification): £300*

* These figures are subject to change by the DVSA. 

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