Become A Driving Instructor

Experience the perfect p1 pass

When you qualify as a P1 driving instructor

Before signing up with any driving school ask yourself these questions.

  • Is it for me?
  • How much will it cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • What happens after I pass?
  • Is it one to one training?
  • How much does a franchise cost?
  • Is insurance expensive?
  • How much can I earn?
  • Is virtual training helpful
  • is it online training
  • How long is the contract for
  • Do you really get your training costs back
  • Is anything really free

We can help you do your homework
to ensure you choose the right driving school.

At P1 Drive School we pride ourselves on being totally transparent, so if there’s one thing you owe to yourself, it’s to chat to us before signing any contract.

P1 Drive School can explain all these questions for you.

The P1 Driving Instructor training course.
Ordit registered trainers over 50 years combined experience

Part 1. Driving theory

This part is usually done at home, using online services, apps for your phone/tablet, and training books. You can arrange the test when you’re ready. Your instructor trainer will give you support for this part. You’ll be tested on road procedure traffic signs and signals, driving test and laws, and instructional technique.

Reference books and online material supplied with your starter pack

Complete support from P1 Trainers and Management

You are welcome to join us on our monthly meeting to chat and ask questions to all our instructors.

There are 2 parts to the test:

1. Multiple-choice questions

You have 1 hour and 30 minutes to answer 100 multiple-choice questions.

Before the test starts you’ll get:

  • instructions on how the test works
  • the chance to do some practice questions to get used to the screens

How the test works

There are 25 questions in each of these 4 categories:

  • road procedure
  • traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge
  • driving test, disabilities, and the law
  • publications and instructional techniques

A question and several possible answers appear on a screen. You have to select the right answer.

Leaving a question

You can ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later.

Changing your answers

You can go back to any question to review and change your answer at any point.

When you’ve finished

You can finish the multiple-choice questions part when you’ve answered all of the questions. You don’t have to use the full 1 hour and 30 minutes.

You can have a break of up to 3 minutes before the hazard perception test starts.

2. Hazard perception test

Before you start the hazard perception test, you’ll be shown a video about how it works.

You’ll then watch 14 video clips. The clips:

  • feature everyday road scenes
  • contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ – but one of the clips features 2 developing hazards

You get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen.

What a ‘developing hazard’ is

A developing hazard is something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction.

Example A car is parked at the side of the road and isn’t doing anything. It wouldn’t cause you to take action, so it’s not a developing hazard.

When you get closer, the car’s right-hand indicator starts to flash and it starts to move away. You’d need to slow down, so it’s now a developing hazard.

How the scoring works

You can score up to 5 points for each developing hazard.

To get a high score, click the mouse as soon as you see the hazard starting to develop.

You don’t lose points if you click and get it wrong. However, you won’t score anything if you click continuously or in a pattern.

You only get one attempt at each clip. You can’t review or change your responses.

Part 2. Driving ability

Practical driving lessons with our ordit registered instructor trainers will increase your driving ability to the high level required by the DVSA. Your trainer will prepare you for the 1 hour practical test. In all you’ll get 10 hours of 1-to-1in car training, additional time available if required.

Complete support from P1 Trainers and Management

You are welcome to join us on our monthly meeting to chat and ask questions to all our instructors.

What happens during the test

There are 5 parts to the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test:

  • an eyesight check
  • ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
  • general driving ability
  • manoeuvres
  • independent driving

How long the test lasts

The test takes around one hour.

The eyesight test

You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

  • 26.5 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
  • 27.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate

New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, such as AB51 ABC.

You’ll fail the test if you do not pass the eyesight test. It will count as one of the 3 attempts you’re allowed at the ADI part 2 test.

‘Show me, tell me’ questions

You’ll be asked 5 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. These test that you know how to carry out basic safety tasks.

You’ll be asked:

  • 3 ‘tell me’ questions at the start of your test, before you start driving
  • 2 ‘show me’ questions while you’re driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers

You’ll get a driving fault for each incorrect answer you give.

You’ll get a serious fault and fail the test if you answer all 5 questions incorrectly, or if you lose control of the car while answering any of the ‘show me’ questions.

Your general driving ability

You’ll have to show the examiner all of the following:

  • expert handling of the controls
  • use of correct road procedure
  • anticipation of the actions of other road users and then taking appropriate action
  • sound judgement of distance, speed and timing
  • consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users
  • driving in an environmentally-friendly manner

You’ll drive in varying road and traffic conditions, including motorways or dual carriageways where possible.

You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

Reversing your vehicle

The examiner will ask you to do 2 of the following exercises:

  • parallel park at the side of the road
  • reverse into a parking bay and drive out
  • drive into a parking bay and reverse out
  • pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for around 2 car lengths, and rejoin the traffic

Independent driving

You’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:

  • directions from a sat nav
  • traffic signs

The examiner will tell you which you have to do.

Following directions from a sat nav

The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up for you.

You cannot follow directions from your own sat nav during the test.

Going off the route

Your test result will not be affected if you take a wrong turning, unless you make a fault while doing it.

The examiner will help you get back on the route if you do.

If you cannot see traffic signs

If you cannot see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.

If you make mistakes during your test

You can carry on if you make a mistake. It might not affect your test result if it’s not serious.

The examiner will only stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users.

Faults and test result

There are 3 types of faults you can make:

  • a dangerous fault – this involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property
  • a serious fault – something potentially dangerous
  • a driving fault – this is not potentially dangerous, but if you keep making the same fault, it could become a serious fault

Pass mark

You’ll pass your approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test if you make:

  • no more than 6 driving faults
  • no serious or dangerous faults

If you pass your test

The examiner will:

  • tell you what faults you made, if any
  • give you a copy of the driving test report

You can then either:

A trainee driving instructor licence can help you prepare for the ADI part 3 test.

If you do not pass

The examiner will tell you what faults you made.

You can take the test again if you fail at either your first or second attempt

You have to book another test and pay again.

Failing the third attempt

You have to retake and pass the ADI part 1 test again if you fail the ADI part 2 test 3 times.

You have to wait 2 years from when you first passed the ADI part 1 test before you can take it again.

Part 3 – Instructional ability

For this part you will receive 40 hours of 1-1 in car training with one of our ordit registered trainers, after this you have 2 options:

  1. Attempt your part 3 test.
  2. (Recommended) Apply for a trainee licence which is valid for 6 months (Learn and earn as you instruct learner pupils on normal lessons) plus take a further 20 hours of 1-1 in car training, then, take your part 3 test.

Before attempting your part 3 test we invite you on Observational lessons free of charge. Sit in and observe a learner lesson (as many as you want) that your trainer or one of our instructors are conducting and gain experience from a fully qualified instructor. You’ll find this invaluable training.

Complete support from P1 Trainers and Management

You are welcome to join us on our monthly meeting to chat and ask questions to all our instructors.

What to take to your test

You must bring:

You should also bring a log of the training you’ve been doing to qualify as an approved driving instructor (ADI).

Your test will be cancelled and you won’t get your money back if you don’t take the right things with you.

Your driving licence

You need to apply for a replacement driving licence if you lose yours before your test. This could take up to 15 days to arrive.

Rearrange your test if you don’t get the new licence in enough time.

If you don’t have a photocard licence

Bring a valid passport and your paper licence, or your trainee driving instructor licence (if you have one)

If you have a licence from Northern Ireland

Bring the Northern Ireland photocard and paper counterpart.

Rules for the car you use

Your car must:

  • be taxed
  • be insured for a driving test (check with your insurance company)
  • be roadworthy and have a current MOT (if it’s over 3 years old)
  • be a saloon, hatchback or estate car in good working condition – you can’t use a convertible
  • have full-size rear seats
  • have no warning lights showing, for example, the airbag warning light
  • have no tyre damage and the legal tread depth on each tyre – you can’t have a space-saver spare tyre fitted
  • be smoke-free – this means you can’t smoke in it just before or during the test
  • be able to reach at least 62mph and have an mph speedometer
  • have 4 wheels and a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of no more than 3,500 kg

The MAM is the limit on how much the car can weigh when it’s loaded. It’ll be in the car’s handbook.

Your test will be cancelled and you’ll have to pay again if your car doesn’t meet the rules.

Things that must be fitted

The car must have:

  • L-plates (‘L’ or ‘D’ plates in Wales) on the front and rear if your pupil is a learner
  • working rear seat belts

Dashcams and other cameras

You can use a camera fitted for insurance purposes, as long as it:

  • faces outside of the car and doesn’t film the inside
  • doesn’t record audio from inside the car

Hire cars

You can take your test in a hire car if it’s fitted with dual controls and meets all the other rules.

Vehicle features

You can use a car with:

  • an electronic parking brake
  • hill-start assist

Manual and automatic cars

If you have a manual license, you can take the test in either a manual or automatic car. You’ll be able to train people in both types of car when you’ve qualified.

If you have an automatic license, you must take the test in an automatic car. You’ll only be able to train people in an automatic car when you’ve qualified.

Proof you need to bring to your test

You must bring proof that says one of the following:

  • the car was recalled and the recall work has been done
  • the car was recalled but didn’t need any work to be done
  • the car wasn’t part of the recall

The proof must be either:

  • the recall letter or safety notice, stamped by the manufacturer or dealer
  • on official or headed notepaper from the manufacturer or a dealer

Your test will be cancelled and you could lose your fee if you don’t bring the right proof.

What happens during the test

A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency examiner will watch you give a client-centred driving lesson lasting about an hour to one of your pupils.

The examiner will look for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver and rider training.

Your pupil

Your pupil can be a learner or a full licence holder.

They can’t be an approved driving instructor (ADI) or someone else who is preparing to take the ADI part 3 test.

You can take your trainer or mentor with you, but they can’t take part in the lesson.

What you’ll be marked on

You’ll be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories:

  • lesson planning
  • risk management
  • teaching and learning strategies

The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ADI part 3 test report form, which the examiner will fill in at the end of your test.

You’ll get a score from 0 to 3 for each of the 17 competencies, which are added up to work out if you’ve passed the test, and what your grade will be.

Your test result

After you give the lesson, the examiner will discuss your performance and give you your result.

You’ll get your grade, along with your completed approved driving instructor (ADI) part 3 test report form.

Total scoreGradeDescription
0-30FailYour performance is unsatisfactory, and you won’t join the ADI register
31-42Grade BYou’ll be allowed to join the ADI register
43-51Grade AYou have shown a high standard of instruction and you’ll be allowed to join the ADI register

You’ll automatically fail if:

  • you get a score of 7 or less in the ‘risk management’ category
  • the examiner stops the lesson because you’ve put yourself or someone else in danger

If you pass

You can apply for your first ADI badge if you pass the ADI part 3 test.

You must apply within 12 months of passing the test, or you’ll have to pass all 3 qualifying tests again.

If you don’t pass

You can take the test again if you fail the first or second attempt. You must book the next attempt within 2 years of passing your ADI part 1 test.

Failing the third attempt

You have to retake and pass the ADI part 1 test and ADI part 2 test again if you fail the ADI part 3 test at your third attempt.

You must wait 2 years from when you originally passed the ADI part 1 test before you can take it again.

How much does it all cost

Cost of training with P1 Drive School

Part 1.Theory test books & online access to theory test Pro Inc.£50
Part 2.10 hours in car 1-1 training (includes Part 2 Workbook)£395
2 hours for the day of your test (if using our car)£80
Hourly rate if you don’t take advantage of block payment£40
Part 3.40 hours in car 1-1 training (includes Part 3 Workbook)£1495
20 hours in car 1-1 training (block payment) if on trainee license£740
5 hours addition training (required if not successful on test)£185

Other payment options maybe available, please book a Chat & a Coffee.

Additional costs:

The following costs are compulsory (not payable to P1 drive school)

Training material£55
DBS Check (Disclosure and Barring Service) required before you apply£6
Theory Test (part 1)£81
Driving Ability Test (part 2)£111
Instructional Ability test (part 3)£111
Trainee license (if you choose this route, learn and earn)£140
ADI license when fully qualified (payable every 4 years)£300

P1 Drive School Instructor Franchise

Why join our team?

Being a Driving Instructor with P1 is not just a job, its being part of a team that’s dedicated to professionalism, support and friendliness in all aspects that surround you in your career. We often hear from other instructors that they feel forgotten about, lonely and just left to get on with the job without any help from the driving school they joined. P1 Drive School are committed to their Instructors to ensure they are happy in their job and confident to deliver the best driving lesson possible.

Included in the franchise

  • Franchise Holiday entitlements (3 weeks per annum)
  • Free Marketing material (Business cards, Lesson planners, Promotional material, Car livery and Roof box)
  • When joining we offer a free business introduction course
  • Monthly meetings (keep in touch and up to date on current affairs)
  • Promotions on Google and social media
  • Short term contracts
  • Competitive prices
  • Annual functions
  • Well respected Brand name, easily recognisable
  • Option to purchase branded clothing

Franchise cost and contract

£65 per week (Week 1 & 2 Free, Week 3 & 4 £32.50, Week 5 onwards £65)
6 Month contract followed by a rolling 1 month contract