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Teaching People to Drive or Ride

Before you teach someone to drive you should check the regulations for teaching driving. This section focuses on how to set up a driving instruction business and how the different qualification processes work. Further topics explain how to qualify for, and then become, a motorcycle or LGV driving instructor. The UK rules on driver education are stricter when lessons involve fleet driving or large goods vehicles.

Giving People Driving Lessons as a Business

Becoming an approved driving instructor (ADI) is a legal requirement before charging people for driving instruction you give to them.

There are three separate parts to take and pass before you can qualify as an approved driving instructor.

After passing the ADI part 3 test you would be able to apply for your first ADI badge online (if within 12 months of passing).

Other categories in this overview explain how to become a motorcycle instructor. Check what you would need to do to meet the qualification criteria.

Do you want to specialise in training ‘fully’ qualified fleet drivers (e.g. cars and vans)? If so, you would need to apply to join the voluntary register of fleet driver trainers.

And what about LGV Instructors?

A different set of rules apply to become a large goods vehicle instructor, especially if you will supervise a learner as an LGV driving instructor.

Other sections explain how to run a Driver CPC training centre or course. You can also set up delegated driving examiners to provide driving tests for employees.

Before using DVSA logos:

As a driving or motorcycle instructor (or someone who provides other types of driver training) you would need to get permission to use DVSA logos and other advertising materials or promotional merchandise.

Note: The master section elaborates further on the rules and regulations for transport and driving businesses in the United Kingdom.

Becoming a Driving Instructor

The step by step guide explains how to become an approved driving instructor (ADI). Check how long the process takes, how much it costs, and what qualifications you will need.

Further topics in this section also cover:

Note: Another section explains how to prepare for your approved driving instructor (ADI) standards check in the United Kingdom.

Becoming a Motorbike Trainer

Use this step by step guide to check if you can become a motorcycle instructor and how long the process takes. Find out how much it costs and what qualifications you will need.

Further topics in this section also cover:

Note: Another section explains how to prepare for your motorcycle trainer standards check in the United Kingdom.

Getting a Trainee Driving Instructor Licence

The section explains how to get a trainee driving instructor licence from the DVSA. Review your options for applying, the rules for using it, and what happens when a trainee licence runs out.

ADI Professional Development (CPD)

Extra training through continuing professional development (CPD) is an ideal way to keep your instructor skills current. CPD is not mandatory, so you can choose how you do it and then pay any related costs.

Once you become an approved driving instructor ADI professional development can include:

  • Attending local or national meetings or seminars (and formal courses)
  • Updating your instructional or driving skills
  • Researching new vehicles to use in your business
  • Spending extra time developing your business skills or carrying out research (e.g. on the Internet)
  • Networking with other driver trainers

Recording Your CPD

You should link your CPD with the competencies in the driver trainer competence framework. Use the ADI continuing professional development evaluation template to record your CPD against the framework.

Committing to CPD

If you complete at least seven (7) hours of CPD per year you can update your approved driving instructor (ADI) registration by recording your commitment to CPD.

Note: The ‘Find your nearest driving instructors’ service can highlight your commitment to CPD to learner drivers who use it.

ADI Registration Suspension

You can be suspended as a driving instructor. Review how driving instructor suspension works and your rights for claiming compensation if your name was not taken off the register.

ADI Standards Check Test

Review the process of preparing for your approved driving instructor (ADI) standards check. Find out how to book an instructor assessment and how long it takes to get your grade.

DVSA Special Test for ADI Instructors

You must be an ADI or a motorcycle instructor to take part in the DVSA special tests for instructors. It is an ideal way to get your driving or riding skills tested to the highest standard.

Driving Instruction: Teaching People to Drive in United Kingdom