Being a driving instructor (ADI) can be a very rewarding career: watching a student grow from a novice to a competent driver and then passing their test – no better feeling in the world!
At this point we’re guessing you already know the facts and you’re itching to get started! There are 2 steps to get started, a DBS (criminal record) check and an application to the DVSA. You can find out more about them below.
Check to see if you can become an ADI
First check that you’re eligible to apply to become a driving instructor, you can do this before you apply for your DBS check. Take a quick test on GOV.UK to check whether you can apply.
Apply to become an ADI
You need to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to become an ADI. To do this you’ll need to give details about your current driving licence including any driving offenses. You’ll also need a criminal records disclosure number.
Get a criminal record check (DBS) to become a driving instructor
Before you can apply to become an ADI, you’ll need to have a criminal record check. Apply for your check at GOV.UK. You will be asked for your DBS number when you apply to become an ADI so keep it safe.
Applied and ready to go?
Great! Now you can start on your Part 1 exam and start looking at training schools and options available to you. It’s worth while looking around at reviews and different packages to see what one fits you best, the ORDIT register is probably a good place to start (did we mention we have 2 ORDIT trainers?)