Driving Examiner

Everything you need to know in becoming a driving examiner.

We are in a unique position as we have an ex dvsa exeaminer who used to deliver training in dvsa, carry out recruitment assessments such as interviews, exercises, recruitment drives, quality control examiners during there probation and once established routine quality checks.

Your in safe hands, contact our team for any training needs or questions you may have.

KWIK PASS Driver Training

We Help You Prepare For The Examiner Assessments

We offer quality training in preparation for that big day! We understand the frustration and the build-up and drama that an assessment poses on you. 

KWIK PASS have the skills, knowledge and passion to help you prepare for that important day. Achieving that PASS can be very rewarding, to help you towards the next stage of the assessment process, also to remember, this can only depend on how much down time you put in to training, reading and practice. To find out more information on our exclusive examiner training course – please contact us or ring us on 079 666 777 77.

What a driving examiner does

Driving examiners carry out a number of driving tests every day, including:

  • meeting candidates
  • carrying out eyesight and vehicle safety checks
  • assessing the candidate’s driving ability on the road

They then report back on whether the candidate passed and prepare for the next test.


To become a driving examiner you must:

  • be 24 or over
  • have had a UK or EU driving licence continuously for the last 4 years
  • have no more than 3 penalty points on your licence

You need a desire to help improve road safety. You don’t need to have been a driving instructor to become a driving examiner.

Apply for a job

Driving examiners are employed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. Apply on the Civil Service jobs website when vacancies are being advertised by searching and applying.

Taking the assessment

Online driving examiner assessment

This assessment helps make sure you have the right attitudes and behaviours for the job. You’ll answer questions about your:

  • personality – questions about your attitudes, opinions and experiences in a work environment
  • interpersonal skills – you’ll be given 3 behaviours and asked to choose the one that’s most and least important to you at work
  • situational judgement – you’ll watch a video and need to choose the best and worst thing you could do from a list of possible actions

You’re only allowed one attempt at the assessment. You will not get feedback on your result because of the high numbers of people taking the test.

Assessment of driving ability

You have to pass a driving assessment for the car examiner post.

Preparing for the assessment with KWIK PASS

The assessment is more rigorous than a driving test, and you have to drive to a higher standard. Get training from KWIK PASS that specialise in advanced driver training to help you meet the standard. 

Read The Official DVSA Guide to Driving – the essential skills and The Official DVSA Guide to Better Driving, which contain information on essential driving techniques including overtaking safely, defensive driving and manoeuvring.

Before the assessment starts

You’ll take the assessment in a hire car. This is so every applicant has the same opportunity to drive a modern car, you’ll be given time to familiarise yourself with the controls. You’ll have to pass an eyesight test before the assessment starts. The rest of the assessment won’t go ahead if you can’t read a number plate from 30 metres.

How the assessment works

The drive will last for at least 60 minutes. You’ll drive in varying road and traffic conditions, including motorways or dual carriageways where possible. You’ll have to show the examiner all of the following:

  • manoeuvres – you must be able to carry out a full range of common manoeuvres safely
  • independent driving – you must be able to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the examiner
  • commentary – you’ll have to tell your examiner what you are doing, without affecting your driving performance

Training to be a driving examiner

The driving examiner training course takes around 5 weeks and covers what you need to know to carry out driving tests safely and effectively.

You’ll do some training at your driving test centre, and some at one of DVSA’s regional training centres. You’ll be paid the full-time driving examiner salary while you’re taking the training. If your training is successful, you’ll start working at a driving test centre. If you don’t achieve the necessary performance standards during the training programme, your employment with DVSA will end.

Being a driving examiner

Once you’ve passed your training, you’ll start working as a driving examiner at your test centre. Every day you’ll carry out a number of driving tests – each to the same standard. You’ll follow the guidance for driving examiners carrying out driving tests and use everything you learned in your training. You’ll assess that learner drivers meet the national standard for driving cars.

Probation period

You’ll be on probation for 9 months. You’ll be monitored regularly by your manager while you’re in your probation period. Even when you’ve finished your probation, you’ll still be monitored to make sure you keep the same high standards.