How to become a Driving Instructor

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How to Become a Driving Instructor

KWIK PASS your local driving instructor trainer company based in Bedfordshire are authorised by DVSA to deliver driving training. We can provide you with an insight and the steps involved to become an instructor. These are:

Pre-qualifications

In order to begin training to become a Driving Instructor, you must meet certain criteria as set by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

You must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have held a full driving licence for at least 3 years
  • Qualified to drive the same category of vehicle you’re supervising them in

If you meet the above criteria then you can start the process of becoming a Driving Instructor.

Application for Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) / CRB

Firstly, you will need to have a criminal record check. You must apply for one even if you hold one already. The way to do this:

Online: You can apply online by completing an application.

Before you start, you’ll need to use the below codes:

organisation PIN 105205      

secret word axis     

organisation name DVSA – PDI (PO)

After completing the online application you must prove your identity. This can be at a post office that offers the ‘DBS / CRB and ID verification’ service and will cost £6.

You must provide 3 original forms of identification, these could be:

  • An up to date driving licence
  • Your passport
  • A utility bill that is less than 3 months old
  • Bank statement that is less than 3 months old
  • These documents must be originals, copies will not be accepted.
  • You must also bring out your printed application – the page with the barcodes on.

Factors taken into account when having CRB / DBS

Having a criminal record will not necessarily stop you from becoming an ADI. Before reaching a decision on whether you’re a ‘fit and proper’ person, the risk you’re likely to pose to pupils is assessed by considering factors like:

  • whether the caution, conviction or other information revealed is relevant to the ADI role
  • the seriousness of any offence
  • the circumstances surrounding an offence and the explanation
  • the length of time since the offence occurred and if it’s ‘spent’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
  • whether there’s a pattern of offending behaviour
  • whether the circumstances have changed since the offending behaviour

Each case is considered on an individual basis. The ADI Registrar will write to you giving you the opportunity to explain your circumstances before making a final decision.

Offences where it’s unlikely you’re ‘fit and proper’ – These include both motoring offences and other convictions

Your application can be refused if you have:

  • been banned from driving
  • 5 or more penalty points
  • been convicted of any non-motoring offences

The ADI Registrar will consider whether or not you’re suitable to become a driving instructor.

Your application is unlikely to be accepted if you’ve been:

  • convicted of a sexual, violent, financial or drug-related crime
  • banned from working with children

Please click here to see further details about eligibility

Before starting to apply as an instructor you will need:

  • your driving licence number
  • criminal record disclosure number to become a driving instructor – you must have got this within the last 6 months
  • details of any motoring or non-motoring offences, and disqualifications from driving
  • details of any court cases being brought against you

Click on Start now to register on the driving instructor service before you can book the ADI part 1 test.

Taking the qualifying tests

When you’re going through the qualification process

You’ll be training drivers to meet the national standard for driving cars and light vans. It sets out the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to be a safe and responsible car or van driver.

You can use the learning to drive syllabus as a way of teaching people the skills, knowledge and understanding.

To apply for your first approved driving instructor (ADI) badge online. You’ll need to have passed the ADI part 3 test within the last 12 months.

When you have qualified you need to take the SC...

You must take and pass at least one ADI standards check during each 4-year period you’re registered as an ADI. The purpose of the check is to make sure you have kept up your standard of instruction. The ADI Registrar will contact you to tell you to book your standards check via the online booking platform. It doesn’t cost anything.

You can be removed from the ADI register if you:

  • fail to meet the required standards
  • fail to attend the standards check when required
  • refuse to take the standards check 

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