Are you considering becoming a Driving Instructor?

Each year thousands of people start out along the road to becoming an Approved Driving Instructor (A.D.I.). This means for most the start of a new career, or in some cases a second.

Most drivers believe that they drive well and therefore expect it to be easy to teach others to drive. Consider the stereotype of husbands teaching wives to drive and the consequences!!

In our experience too many people do not fully understand what an Approved Driving Instructor does in terms of a job. Nor do they fully appreciate the knowledge and skills needed to effective and an efficient instructor.

Consider the skills required. A high standard of driving ability. A sound knowledge of the subjects related to teaching others to drive, how to teach, how people learn, how to assess the performance of others. Communication, interpersonal skills and their application.

Where can I obtain further information about becoming an A.D.I.?

A more detailed explanation of all procedures can be found in the leaflet A.D.I. 14. Along with other useful material. (This starter pack will also include details of approved training establishments) or visit for details on approved training establishments.
The following pages outline the procedures, examinations etc. which must be undertaken before becoming an Approved Driving Instructor. (A.D.I.). Study them carefully. Then decide if this is what you would like to do. If you wish to proceed further please contact us.


The Theory Test (Part One)
The written test calls for a high standard of knowledge; it is a single paper of 100 questions. For every question there is a choice of 4 answers. Only one answer is correct. You have 90 minutes to complete the test.

The questions are based on the following:
Road procedure
Traffic Signs and Signals, Car Control, pedestrians and Mechanical Knowledge
The Driving Test, Disabilities and The Law
Publications and Instructional Techniques

To pass the written test you must:
Gain an overall pass mark of 85% or better
Reach a minimum mark of 80% in each of the four bands

It is therefore still possible to fail the examination, having gained the overall pass mark. Results of the Theory test will be given at the end of the examination.

Hazard Perception Test
The Hazard Perception Test consists of 14 video clips, each lasting one minute. The clips feature various types of hazards, such as vehicles, pedestrians and road conditions. The earlier the developing hazards are observed and a response made, the higher the score.
Candidates score up to 5 marks on each hazard and the test contains 15 developing hazards. The pass mark for instructors is currently 57 out of 75.

How does 17-70's Instructor Training help?
Our training consists of 27 hours of classroom tuition. This is arranged over 4/2 weeks, (two, three hour training sessions per week) meeting candidate's circumstances where possible. The maximum class size is just 6 trainees.
We provide all books, publications and resource materials which are to be combined with each teaching session. The course is structured to meet the D.S.A.'s criteria and the candidate's individual needs.
The Theory training course provides the basis for future learning and understanding of those subjects that make up the role of an effective driving instructor.

The Test of Driving Ability (Part Two)
The practical test of Driving Ability consists of driving Techniques and eyesight. The test lasts for approximately one hour. Both parts must be passed at the same time.
Be able to read a motorcar number plate at a distance of 27.5m (90') where the number and letters are 79.4mm high.
The test is more than a slightly difficult 'L/ test. It is of an advanced nature, with a very high standard of competence expected.
must show:
Expert handling of controls
Use of correct road procedure
Anticipation of actions of other road users
Sound judgment of speed, distance and timing
Consideration and safety of all other road users
The test routes will include all types of road conditions, including motorways, fast dual carriageways, country roads and built up areas.

Our training consists of:
For this part of the course each trainees is assessed and then taught individually by an ORDIT, grade 6 instructor. The training will be conducted in accordance of the principles laid down by the Driving Standards Agency. (DSA) The number of hours required will depend on the individual trainees ability, although usually 20 hours.
Each lesson is strictly on a one to one basis and usually lasts 2 hours
This part of the training can be financed on a lesson-by-lesson basis or as preferred.
You are allowed 3 attempts at this test, if you fail all three (which is very rare), you will have to wait 2 years from the date of passing the theory exam before you can try again. As with part one, we do expect and encourage trainees to adhere to a course of private practice as recommended by your trainer.

The Test of Ability to Instruct (Part Three)
The object of the test is to assess the value of the instruction you give to the pupil. The test is in two parts each lasting approximately 30 minutes. You must pass both parts of the test at the same time. You will be asked to instruct an examiner taking on the role of a pupil as a beginner or partly trained pupil and then someone of test standard ability.
The examiner can choose from 10 pre-set tests, covering the syllabus of learning to drive.
Candidates will be told of the results at the end of the instructional ability test.

How do we train for this exercise?
An experienced ORDIT inspected instructor trainer will conduct this part of the training.
As with part two, the training will be on a one to one basis, or as the trainer recommends, meaning the trainee will have an opportunity to practice and demonstrate their ability on every subject.
The training will include all 10 pre-set tests for both the novice and test standard pupils, and importantly incorporate the teaching techniques, such as fault assessment, communication skills and use of Question & Answer, also strategies that may be employed in day to day tuition.
17-70's Instructor lesson plans can be supplied for trainee instructor's use.
You have up to three attempts at this test, if you fail, either of the first two attempts, then a further 5 hours training must be taken before attempting the test again. When you qualify you will be entered on to the official register as an Approved Driving Instructor, A.D.A.
We invite our trainee's to support their individual training with passive learning by means of supporting and observing qualified instructors whilst they are instructing their pupils. Should you fail any part of the exam, you will of course have to pay for further tuition if required. This one exception being part one. Should any trainee require further guidance, you will be invited to train as often or little as necessary without further charge. The DSA examination fee must be paid by the candidate.


How long will it take to qualify?

To become an ADI, you have to pass three exams, one written and two practical. You have a two year time period starting from the date you pass the theory exam. The time taken will depend on the candidate's ability and personal circumstances. Obviously there are examination timetables to be aware of, although the course can be completed on average between four to eight months.

Can I pass the Theory test without attending the 27 hour training course?
Whilst it may be possible to pass the test, initially saving money, it is our experience that candidates do so with a lack of understanding that therefore hinders progression, costing more time and money. 17-70's can supply all the recommended reading materials.

Can I make mistakes on any of the tests?

Yes. On part one the overall pass mark is 85%, on part two a maximum of 6 driving faults are permitted and with the instructional exam it is graded between 1 through 6, with grades of three and below being sub-standard.

Will I have to do any other tests?

Yes. Having qualified, you will throughout your 4 years registration have what's called a 'check test'. The frequency of the check test depends on your standard of instruction.

How much will the training cost?
The cost will depend on the candidate's ability and the DSA exam fees at the time of booking the tests. As this will be reflected in the trainees ability further details can be obtained direct from Paul for an individual quote.
08000 56 78 10

The course fees can be financed on a pay as you go basis, payable per lesson or through credit terms. 17-70's Instructor Training is registered as a Training Provider with the Department of Education and Skills and as such are able to help you arrange a Career Development Loan if necessary, (

Can I teach before I qualify?

Yes. Having passed your part two, you have the option of applying for a trainee license. This will allow you to instruct, thus gaining experience before taking the part 3 exam. Conditions apply, which include completing 40 hours of instructional training, which is an acceptable standard before the issue of the license with a further 20 hours required when the license become valid or whilst the trainee license is being used, 20% of your paid lesson must be supervised by an ADI.
These are the minimum conditions asset out by the DSA; however, each individual will be guided by the trainers to reach 17-70's high standards.

Will I be guaranteed a job?
Although 17-70's Instructor Training will not guarantee you a placement with 17-70's School of Motoring , every endeavour will be made to take on our trainees. Over 70% of our successful trainees now work with the school. In any event we would give assistance in gaining a position with an alternative driving school.

What kind of living can I expect?
This will depend on your own requirements, however, simply multiply the price of an average lesson by the number of hours you work and you can expect to earn in excess of £25,000 per year, based on a 40 hour working week. Do not forget to allow for petrol, insurances and franchise fees; these along with training costs are allowable against income tax.

What qualifications will I obtain?
You will become a Driving Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor (car), responsible for teaching safe driving for life.
17-70's believes and promotes continuing professional development and so encourages its instructors to strive for further qualifications in teaching, advanced driving as examples.

Is there anything more I need to know?

If you are positive that this is the direction you wish to head in, there will always be further questions you feel the need to ask or should ask so please feel free to contact us using the contact form or telephoning
08000 56 78 10
Who can train to become a driving instructor?
You must:
•  Hold a full British or Northern Ireland unrestricted car driving license.
•  Have held your full license for 4 out of the last six years prior to entering the register after qualifying.
•  Not have been disqualified from driving at any time within the 4 years prior to being entered on to the register.
•  Be a fit and proper person to have your name entered on the register.
•  Pass the register qualifying exam.
If you do not meet the above conditions you cannot proceed with the course.