In order to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) you are required to pass three examinations.
The first is the Theory Exam. This exam is 100 multiple choice questions divided into 4 bands. The pass mark is 85%, but you must achieve 80% in each of the following 4 bands:
- Road procedure
- Traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians, mechanical knowledge
- Driving test, disabilities, law
- Publications, instructional techniques
Also included in the Theory Exam is a hazard perception test. This involves watching 14 clips of which there are 15 hazards. When you see a developing hazard, you have to click the mouse, and then you click the mouse once it develops again into a hazard.
Because of the wide range of subjects needed to be covered on the part 1 exam, it is essential to have some training for parts 2 & 3 before taking the part 1 exam. This will greatly help your chances of passing, and will also speed up the process of training.
The second examination is the Practical Driving Test. You have to show the examiner that you can drive to a very high level, encompassing a variety of road & traffic conditions. You are only allowed to accrue 6 minor faults during the one hour drive. This test also incorporates an eye sight test, and vehicle safety questions where the examiner will ask you to describe how to perform a check on the condition and safety of three components of the vehicle and demonstrate an actual check on the condition of a further two components.
The final exam is the Part 3 examination, which is to measure your teaching ability. The examiner will take on the role as your pupil. There are 2 stages to this exam. The first stage is a pupil who has had little or no driving experience, and the second stage is a learner near test standard, or a qualified driver taking further training, i.e. someone who needs to improve driving skills for a job interview.
This examination seems to carry a very low pass rate! This is usually down to Trainee Instructors being unprepared, and not doing enough training. We pride ourselves in having exceedingly high standards, and excellent pass rates!