Although there are no formal qualifications needed to become a driving instructor in the UK, to be eligible for inclusion on the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) ADI register you first of all have to satisfy the following criteria:
If you meet all of the above the next step is to apply for an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. This will take a few days but at present is free. Once you have been cleared by CRB you may then apply for a personal reference number (PRN) this stays with you permanantly and will eventually become your ADI number.
- have a full UK or European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) unrestricted car driving licence
- have held it for at least four out of the past six years before you join the register when you qualify
- not have been disqualified from driving at any time in the four years before you join the register
- are a 'fit and proper' person to have your name entered in the register
- are able to meet the eyesight requirement
At this stage you are now faced with the three qualifying exams:
1. Part one. Combined theory and hazard perception test. Both parts must be passed at the same attempt. DSA Fee: £90.00.
2. Part two. Driving test. DSA Fee: £111.00.
3. Part three. Test of instructional ability. DSA Fee: £111.00.
These fees are correct as at June 2012.
Although you are allowed as many attempts as needed for the theory test, frankly at £90.00 a time, you really don't want to be going too often! The driving test and the test of instructional ability however are limited to a maximum of three attempts each. Fail either one three times and that's it, you're off the programme until the second aniversary of passing your theory test, at which point you will have to start the process all over again.