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What is an ADI?

An ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) is someone who is licenced by the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) to provide car driver training to learners and qualified drivers. Typically an ADI will mainly teach learners but can also train fully qualified drivers wanting some refresher training; other people wanting to become driving instructors; or drivers of company vehicles who have to pass an assessment or adhere to specific company policies.

Unless you have an ADI licence or an ADI trainee licence (also known as a PDI licence of pink badge), you cannot legally charge for delivering driver training – whether in-car or in a classroom.

In order to become an ADI you need to pass a series of three inter-related exams. These are Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. You can find out more about these by downloading our ADI Career Guide and watching the Official DVSA Videos on this website.

On successfully completing Part 2 and undertaking 40 hours of Part 3 training, you can apply for an ADI trainee licence which then allows you to legally start charging for delivering lessons. On successfully completing Part 3, you can apply for your ADI Licence which then lasts for 4 years. You can opt to sit your Part 3 exam without taking out a trainee licence first must you are only allowed three attempts at Part 2 and Part 3. If you fail either of these two exams on the third attempt, you will have to start the whole process again.

Whilst no previous teaching experience or academic qualifications are needed to become an ADI, the training and exams you will need to go through are often considered to be the equivalent of studying for two A levels. So whilst the training isn’t hard in terms of adapting and acquiring knowledge and skills, it does require commitment, study and practice. That’s why Around the Bend will help you every step of the way and ensure you have the support you need to fully prepare for and pass each exam.

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