Train to be a Driving Instructor

At Ellison's School of Motoring you are not just buying a training package; you are buying a new career, and investing into a new lifestyle for yourself. By training with us, you can be safe in the knowledge that you will be receiving the highest level of training in order to make your career transition a success. We are one of the best training providers in the South of England.

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So, you're interested in training to become a driving instructor. We can offer you expert ADI training in Somerset. We have a nice mixture of friendly staff with a blend of both male and female trainers. Did you know that you can also earn a salary whilst you're training? This is known as a PDI (potential driving instructor) and once you have passed the part two exam you can apply for a trainee license. This gives you the added benefits of practising your craft while getting paid for it. To find out more information about our training courses then just simply get in touch.

How do I become a Driving Instructor and what are the steps?
It’s a fairly straight forward process to become a Driving Instructor, as no qualifications or previous experience is necessary, but first you must tick a few boxes:
  • You must have held a driving license for at least 4 years prior to you applying to become an ADI. You must not have more than 6 points on your license, if you have then please discuss this with us.
  • You have to be able to read a number plate (new style) from 26.5 metres, glasses or contacts are allowed. You have to complete a CRB check. Next, you have to take and pass the 3 Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency exams.

The Process - You will sit the 3 exams at your local ADI test centre. Part 1 is a computer based Theory and Hazard Perception Test. The Part 2 is a test of your driving ability and the Part 3 is a test of Instructional Ability.

You must pass each exam in order before you can move onto the next. Qualification must be within two years of passing the first exam. Our job is to prepare you for all 3 exams by giving you a high standard of training.

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The Three exams you have to take!
The Part One Exam - Theory and Hazard Perception. This is a computer based test which consists of 100 multiple choice questions. There are 4 categories and you need to score a minimum of 20 out of 25 in each category which are:
  • traffic signs and signals
  • car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge
  • driving test, disabilities, and the law
  • publications and instructional techniques

Hazard Perception Test – You will be shown 14 video clips, each containing at least one developing hazard. You need to identify the hazards as they develop. You need to get a minimum of 57 out of a maximum 75 marks to pass.

Part 2 Test: Driving Ability. This is a driving test and lasts for about 1 hour. You must be able to demonstrate a high level of driving ability, anticipation and consideration of other road users, expert car handling and control, correct road procedure and driving in an environmentally friendly manner. You will also complete a set of manoeuvres such as reverse around a corner and reverse park your vehicle. There is also an independent driving part to this test which generally lasts approximately 10 minutes.

Part 3 Test: Instructional Ability. This test is to assess the quality of your instruction and your ability to pass your knowledge on to your pupils. The test lasts for 1 hour and is split into 2 parts with each part being 30 minutes long, Phase 1 and Phase 2.

It's important to note that the Part 3 test is changing as of the 02nd October. The assessment and marking criteria will change so it aligns itself with the current Standards Check. Our training and support packages have already catered for these changes.

To find out more about your training and the costs for our training packages just simply contact us and we'll be glad to talk you through your options.

Come and Join Our Team

When you join our team our main priority is ensuring that you are valued as a Driving Instructor and become part of the team. We want you to enjoy the rewards that come with working with a professional team like ours, not just for the pupil support but also financial rewards too. Please get in touch with us if you would like more information about joining our team.

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One of the main things that people should look for when choosing a driving school is that their instructors should be encouraging and very positive. Sometimes, when starting driving lessons with a new instructor it can be a daunting experience, however, we can assure you quality of service.

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I always thought learning to drive would be very difficult but my instructor Steve made things very simple and easy to understand. I would recommend everyone who wants driving lessons in Taunton to take driving lessons with Ellisons School of Motoring. Thank you so much Steve. I am now a confident and safe driver.
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I was recommended to Ellison's Driving School in Somerset by a friend. My friend was always telling me how he loved his driving lessons and kept going on about it. So, I thought I would give Ellison's a call to start taking driving lessons in Bridgwater and I soon realised that my friend was right.
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If you're looking for a driving school in Wellington then make sure you give Ellison's School of Motoring a call. I was nervous at first but my instructor was amazing. I had heard of Ellison's and that they were good and I soon realised for myself that they very good, in fact, not just good, but bloody brilliant - Thank you Ellison's.
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