How Much Does Driving Instructor Training Cost?

How Many Parts Are There To The Driving Instructor Test?

Driving Instructor Test Part 1

The part 1 test is an extended version of the hazard perception and theory test – this is the first test you must take. There is no limit to how many times you can take this test but you must pass both tests together (The tests are viewed as two separate tests taken at the same time)

The tests take around 1 hour 45 minutes and can be taken at any theory test centre in the UK.

By far the best way to train for your part 1 test is through Theory Test Pro – all of our trainee’s get full unlimited access to this program and we monitor your progress to ensure you keep on track.

Driving Instructor Test Part 2

The part 2 test is essentially an extended practical driving test. The test compromises of an eyesight test, a show me tell me exercise a practical test of driving ability. The test takes around 1 hour and you are only allowed 3 attempts to pass this test.

The easiest way of preparing for this test is through practice and training with an approved driving instructor. You may believe you can easily pass the test but please remember it will have been several years since you took your original driving test. Also remember, things do change along with those bad habits you pick up along the way.

Driving Instructor Test Part 3

The part 3 test is the final test you must complete to become a fully qualified driving instructor. It is designed to test your abilities to instruct/teach a learner driver. The test takes around 1 hour and is divided into 2 parts. Your examiner will role play 2 different students/situations. The test will review your:

  • Core competencies
  • Instructional techniques
  • Instructor characteristics

The only way to get ready for your part 3 test is with a driving instructor trainer. We have developed a course which allows you to:

  • Observe our driving instructors working,
  • Learn in a one on one environment with our ADI trainers
  • Join in on our group training sessions.

Under the part 3 test, you are granted a trainee license, we will recommend you to apply for this license when we believe you are ready. Under this license, you get 40 hours of practical training covering every subject.

Once you have passed all 3 tests you are allowed to apply for your first ADI badge to teach learner drivers.

Once qualified as a Driving Instructor – what’s next?

Once you have qualified as a driving instructor you will apply for and receive your green ADI badge, which costs £300.  Once you receive this you are free to work anywhere you want as an ADI. You may be invited to join our franchise or you may decide to try and become an independent driving instructor.

Driving Instructor Free Help and Advice plus Spread The Cost

There are several options available to meet your needs. We do a full package where you get one on one training for each test or we offer packages which just cover set tests. You can choose to ignore our packages and pay our hourly trainer rate.

In a dream world, we only want to help you with your part 3 test. The part 1 test we provide free programs to help you practice and we offer free help & advice where needed. There is no need for a full training package for someone who truly wants to qualify as an ADI. For your part 2 test some one on one training with our instructors and following our set homework (there’s nothing to stop you practicing in your own car) you should be able to pass the part 2 test with little cost.

This leaves us with the part we are interested in, getting you through your part 3 test. With our driving instructor training plan you can quickly gain the knowledge and experience you need to become a driving instructor.


Complaints will be dealt with fairly and in a professional manner. If you feel our training is not up to scratch or one of our members of staff have not been professional whilst receiving your driving instructor training you may choose to make an official complaint in writing.

The Driving Academy Driving Instructor Training,
19 Monash Close,
L33 4ER.

You will receive a reply in writing within 10 working days of receiving your complaint. If you are unhappy with the result of your complaint you may escalate it further by writing a complaint to:

The Register of Approved Driving Instructors
Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency
Stanley House
Talbot Street