Helping people learn an important life skill is a popular reason why many start a rewarding career as an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).
At Kinetic Driving School, we train hundreds of new instructors each year, providing them with the most up-to-date practices and are proud to have a proven success rate in helping those become a qualified driving instructor.
If you’re looking into this career, then you must already know the amazing benefits of being a driving instructor:
- Work life balance – You can easily balance your work life and social life schedules with flexible working hours.
- Your own boss – As a driving instructor, you are your own boss. You can decide the days and hours you work.
- Job Satisfaction – It’s always important to enjoy what you do. If helping people achieve their goals from training is your goals? This is the perfect role for you!
Becoming a good driving instructor means you need great communication skills. You will need to be able to provide the necessary assistance if your student is stressed, nervous or needs general help. Our Ordit trainers will provide the necessary professional guidance and assistance to help you achieve these important skills.
Here at Kinetic, we’re with you every step of the way to become a qualified Driving Instructor. It can be an intimidating experience when you first start, but we are here to make this process as easy as possible to help you through!
To be considered for a Driving Instructor career, you must register with the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), be over 21 years old, have held a driving licence for over three years and have no more than 3 points on your driving licence.
You must then get a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) with the DVSA.
This checks that you have not had any criminal convictions in the past and that you are a fit and proper person to go on to the Government’s Approved Driving Instructor Registerer once you have qualified.
You can apply for a DBS check on gov.uk site. You’ll need to use organisation PIN :105205 secret word: axis
Once you receive your DBS number back, you will need to apply to become a driving instructor by following the steps to get your PRN number (personal reference number).
Your will need your PRN to book your Tests with the DVSA. Once you have qualified, it will become your badge number for life and allowing you work as a driving instructor.
Frequently asked questions at this stage
A DBS check is free, but the post office currently charges £6 for the check to be sent.
You will need three of the following: Bank statement, Any Utilities Bill, Council Tax Bill, Passport or Driving Licence.
A DBS check can take up to 3-6 weeks.
There are three Driving Instructor exams to pass, and Kinetic Driving Instructor Training will fully prepare you for all of them:
- Part One- Theory training
- Part Two- ADI Driving Test
- Part Three- Teaching Abilities Test
Lets look at these in more detail:
Part 1. Theory training
The first part of your driving instructor training is theory and hazard perception. For the test you will have a multiple-choice exam which tests your theory knowledge and then a separate hazard perception test.
Kinetic has made this easy and simple with our online theory training suite. All you need do is login at your leisure and learn from the comfort of your own home. Every time you finish a session you will get a history-gram of all the training you completed up until that point.
The online theory training suite will tell you what you have answered correctly and importantly the answers you did not. Your Kinetic Ordit trainer will receive the same information and will organise a private video training session with you to give you the correct guidance and support.
We recommend you login for 30 mins a day for two weeks to ensure you are fully prepared for you test.
Part 2. Driving training
Part Two of your driving instructor training exams is your ADI Driving Test.
This will be carried out on a variety of roads including all types of traffic conditions. This Test will last around 90 mins and will also include all manoeuvres.
At Kinetic we will fully prepare you for this test with our industry leading 14 hours of “One to One” in-car training with your personal Kinetic Instructor trainer. Our trainer will work closely with you and assist with any areas of improvement to fully prepare you for your test and bring your driving to a naturally advanced level.
Part 3. ADI training
The final stage of your ADI Training will be your “Teaching Abilities Test”, where you will be assessed on core competencies, lesson control and Client Centred learning skills.
Here at Kinetic we believe this is where the fun really begins. Kinetics Part three training consists of a minimum of 40 hours “One to One” training with your Ordit registered Kinetic trainers.
In this time, we will build all your lesson plans from start to finish, train you in how to identify learner faults and how you are going to analyse those faults. You will gain knowledge on how to correct the fault to the different learners’ styles with the appropriate level of instruction for the pupil’s abilities.
I am sure during your research into becoming a driving instructor you have come across some acronyms that you are unsure of. Lets see if we can help
- ADI – Approved Driving Instructor: This is what you will become once you fully qualify.
- PDI – Potential Driving Instructor: This is what you are called when you training to become a driving instructor.
- PDI License or Pink License – This is a licence that enables a trainee instructor to work as a driving instructor whilst still studying for the part 3. This way the trainee can earn money whilst they train.
We hope this has helped you and answered some of your questions. If there are any questions you have regarding Kinetic Driving School franchise, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0800 542 8673 and we will be happy to help.