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Driving Instructor Training

How to become a Driving Instructor

Driving Instructor Training with Smart Learner Driving School
Step 1


The first step is making sure your eligible to become an instructor. To become an instructor you must be over 21 and have held a full driving license for 3+ years. You will be required to have a Criminal Record Check (CRB). There are 3 parts/exams you must pass before you become a fully qualified driving instructor. However, before you apply for these tests we will need to apply and receive your unique PRN number.
Step 2

ADI Theory Test

Part 1 of ADI training is all about ensuring you have a thorough knowledge of the highway code and hazard perception. The test consists of 100 multiple choice questions with you needing to achieve a score of 85+ to pass. You will also need to pass the Hazard Perception test by achieving a score of 57 out of 75.

Note: You have unlimited attempts, however, each test you need to take will cost £81.00
Step 3

Driving Ability Test

Part 2 of the ADI training focuses on your driving ability, similar to the original test you would have sat to get your full driving license. To ensure you’re prepared, if you train with us, we provide 10 hours of lessons with an ORDIT Approved Trainer.

Note: You have a maximum of 3 attempts. Each test attempt costs £111.00
Step 4

Learn And Earn

After passing your driving ability test, you are required to take 40 hours of training with a qualified trainer. This allows you to apply for a “pink badge” which means you to provisionally teach learners and earn for 6 months. If you decided to go down the “pink badge” route you will be able to take a pupil you are currently teaching. This route requires you to pay for 20 hours of additional training, however, this cost is easily covered by the money you will be earning from lessons.
Step 5

Teaching Ability Test

Alternatively, once you complete your 40 hours of training you can apply to take your final test (also known as part 3.) This exam is all about your ability to teach a pupils. If you decide to go straight for the exam you would be required to find a full license holder who owns their own car. Note: You have a maximum of 3 attempts. Each test will cost £111.00
Step 6


All your hard work, perseverance, and commitment have paid off! You can now proudly say you are a fully qualified driving instructor (ADI).
Why Choose Us

Why choose GDS?

SmartLearner Driving School are dedicated to making sure they make driving instructor training high-quality and affordable!

Earn Over £30,000

An average full-time instructor will earn over £30K per year!


Be Your Own Boss

When you are an instructor you're the boss.


Flexible Working Hours

Work hours that suit you and your family.


Full Office Support

We offer full office support to help ensure you succeed.

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