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Improved driving instructor qualification tests to launch in December01-12-2017  
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has today (1 December 2017) announced that 2 of the 3 tests taken by people qualifying as an approved driving instructor (ADI) will be improved by the end of December 2017.

Regulations laid in Parliament today mean that the ADI part 2 (driving ability) test and ADI part 3 (instructional ability) test will be modernised from 23 December 2017.

The changes to the ADI part 2 test reflect the changes being made to the car driving test on 4 December 2017, and will make sure that new ADIs have to demonstrate the skills they’ll be teaching to learner drivers.

The ADI part 3 test will change to become a much more realistic assessment of a trainee instructor’s ability to teach a pupil.

In the current ADI part 3 test, trainee instructors provide training to a driving examiner role-playing the part of a pupil. When the test changes, they’ll give a driving lesson to a real pupil while an examiner assesses their ability to tailor the training to the pupil’s learning goals and needs.

Trainees who don’t have a ‘real’ pupil can provide training to a friend, relative or colleagues – it doesn’t have to be a learner driver.

The examiner will look for evidence that the trainee instructor meets the national standard for driver and rider training.They’ll be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories - lesson planning, risk management and teaching and learning skills.

The change will bring the ADI part 3 test in line with the ADI standards check, which every ADI has to take at least once every 4 years to stay qualified. Both the ADI part 3 test and ADI standards check will assess how well instructors meet the national standard for driver and rider training.

The improvements to the qualifying tests are part of DVSA’s strategy to help everyone stay safe on Great Britain’s roads.

DVSA ADI Registrar, Jacqui Turland, said:

“DVSA’s priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving.

“To make sure that new drivers get the best possible training, we’re improving how we assess that ADIs have the knowledge, modern driving skills and the understanding they need to provide successful tuition.

“ADIs play a vital role in improving road safety. These changes mean they’ll be better prepared for the realities of teaching pupils to become safe and responsible drivers.”

The changes to the tests don’t affect ADIs who are already qualified.

These changes are also supported by the driver training industry.

Chair of the National Association Strategic Partnership for driving instructors, Carly Brookfield said:

'We welcome the implementation of the new Part 2 and Part 3. Getting the process right for qualifying new driver trainers, and ensuring they have the most relevant skills and knowledge of driving in a modern context, is crucial in delivering the next generation of new drivers, and developing the safety of existing licence holders.'

Further information

DVSA had originally hoped to introduce the changes to the ADI part 2 test on 4 December 2017, and the changes to the ADI part 3 test in October 2017. These had to be deferred as DVSA needed to wait for the legislation to be laid in Parliament  before we could confirm the  implementation date..

Information about how the ADI part 2 test will work is available at, and the ADI part 3 test is at

Details of the 17 competencies that will be assessed in the ADI part 3 test and the marking sheet the examiner will use are available at

The guidance that driving examiners will follow when carrying out these tests is available at

The national standard for driver and rider training is available at

As at 30 June 2017, there were 39,373 ADIs on the register. Between 1 April 2017 and 30 June 2017, 2,187 people applied to start the ADI qualifying process.

Between 1 April 2017 and 30 June 2017, DVSA carried out 1,671 ADI part 2 tests, with an overall pass rate of 55.4%.  

Between 1 April 2017 and 30 June 2017, DVSA carried out 1,446 ADI part 3 tests, with an overall pass rate of 37.1%.


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