Your success.

Do you know what the most important element in becoming a Driving Instructor is?


Not the Training. You.
If you work hard, study, practise and follow your trainer’s advice, you will qualify as a Driving Instructor.

The tests are not difficult and most people have many of the skills needed to successfully pass already.

Cut corners or try to avoid the work, and you will become one of many a year that never make it.

A Guide

The DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) outline the topics you must cover when training to become a Driving Instructor.
Below, we have put together an extremely comprehensive guide covering all of the important aspects about how the DVSA will assess you and what you will cover in your training.

Training for Part 1

As Part 1 is a very straight forward, common-sense based test, it is completely possible to pass this part with little or no training and many people do try this. Indeed, many instructors would tell you this is the bit you can do by yourself.
We would beg you to NEVER consider this…. Part 1 is so vitally important to get right. So many problems we see in Parts 2 and 3 come from a limited knowledge at Part 1 – Please do part 1 correctly!
Any good trainer will have workbooks and training for you to complete as well as the DVSA recommended reference material.

The DVSA say:

“You should prepare with a professional structured programme of tuition. Preparing for Part-One requires a degree of self-discipline and self-management; this is because you will have to spend quite a lot of time reading and studying. DVSA has compiled the list of books which you may find useful to help you study for the multiple choice part of the theory have been based on information contained in these books.”

Our Advice…

A lot of people ask us “Can’t I just buy the disks?” – referring to the CD-ROMs out there available. Whilst we recommend them, you MUST do some kind of Part 1 course along side them. The most common faults at part 2 and 3 are from a lack of knowledge at Part 1!


Because you only need 85% correct to pass, and because the test is a 4 way multiple choice test, the law of averages states that it is possible to pass this test without any knowledge in the topic and simply guessing! So we ask you the question: Do you want to pass it the test with limited knowledge or do you want to give your self the best possible opportunity to succeed at part 2 and 3 and be the best instructor you can be?
By using a professionally structured course you can ensure you cover all the topics and give yourself the foundation to build your skills.

Training for Part 2

Part 2 is very straight forward; you are already an experienced driver so the examiner wants to see you demonstrate your understanding and knowledge of driving procedure.
Remember, this is what you are going to teach so you need to practice your skills and study the process of driving.
So how do you train for this?

The DVSA say:

“To pass the test, you must drive to a high standard of competence, demonstrating the principles of eco-friendly driving, and a well-planned positive, progressive drive, adhering to and attaining national speed limits when safe and where possible.”

Our Advice

Preparing for Part-Two requires self-discipline and self-management as well as driving skill. This is because you will spend time studying and practising the knowledge, understanding and skills.

How many little habits do you think you have? Some of you will have very few; you may have passed an advanced test or be a very good, careful and observant driver.
Some of you will have lots of habits having learnt to drive many years ago so you will need to learn how to practise the correct driving procedures again. How many habits are very small and straight forward to fix with practice?

REMEMBER, practise makes perfect!
Once you have completed all of your preparation practice and coursework, we want one of our SmartDriving Specialist Trainers to spend a day with you.

What will I cover?

Any ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) will tell you that when they trained, they studied hard and developed their skills by revising, researching and PRACTISING their skills in addition to any ‘driving lessons’ they had.
The iCoursePro syllabus is broken into easy to follow ‘bite-sized’ sections to help you study, learn and understand. Nothing is left to chance as we cover over 100 hours with a step-by-step approach – created by our experts – using structured video tutorials and visual training systems to develop your knowledge.
Using our practical worksheets and structured exercises to guide you, we will build your skills and ability. Our training team provides UNLIMITED tutor support for Part-Two – we are always ready to help you. Remember, you can practise at times to suit you, and you can repeat the iCourse as often as you like – truly unlimited training and support.

Will I be ‘mock tested’?

Once you have completed all of your iCoursePro work, one of our SmartDriving Specialist Trainers will spend time with you on-the-road.

Part 3 - Instructional Ability Test

Part 3 is very straight forward IF you have completed the first two parts properly. The examiner will want to see your ability to pass your knowledge onto your pupils and to be able to fix faults in their driving.

The DVSA Say:

“This test measures your ability to give effective instruction. The objective of the test is to assess the quality of your instruction and your ability to pass your knowledge on to pupils.
You will probably find it helpful to establish the depth of the ‘pupil’s’ knowledge in each phase, by asking questions and observing the ‘pupil’s’ performance as you would with a real pupil you had not taught before. You should remember that asking how many lessons a pupil has had previously does not establish their ability. You are allowed to use lesson plans and training aids and you may refer to brief notes or subject headings, but you should not read at length, word for word, from notes or books. The ‘pupil’ must be given a chance to demonstrate what has been taught, and any faults must be corrected.”

Our Advice

Just as with Parts 1 & 2, Part 3 preparation requires a degree of self-management and self-discipline because you will have to spend quite a lot of time studying and practising.
There are three main key subject areas you will need to cover:

  • core competencies
  • instructional techniques
  • instructor characteristics

These three subjects areas cover the range of skills you need to be successful in the Part 3 examination and qualify as an Approved Driving Instructor.
Traditionally, Part 3 has been viewed as a problem area for many students, however this need not be the case. In fact, at SmartDriving, by following the structured iCourse format, Part 3 should now not only be enjoyable, but also the culmination of all your efforts and straight forward.
Problems typically arise because of poorly delivered in-car training or insufficient study and/or training or simply because people have made a wrong career choice. That is why it’s so important to speak to us.


Driving Schools

A Driving School like BSM, RED or LDC, by its very nature, teaches learner drivers and needs instructors in its cars paying a franchise fee as soon as possible and they may insist on a trainee licence, when in many cases this can be the worst possible thing to do.
Imagine, a badly trained and under trained PDI (potential instructor) now on the road teaching learners; badly. What affect will this have on your confidence or that of the learner?
Of course, the trainee licence can also be absolutely perfect for the right people. At SmartDriving we will help you make the decision that is right for YOU.
Our training team provides UNLIMITED tutor support for Part 3 to help you. We are always ready to help. You can practise at times to suit you, and remember that you can repeat iCourse as often as you like. Truly unlimited training and support.


So how do I check I am on the right track?

Once the iCoursePro is complete, you will have up to 56 bonus hours with one of our Specialist Trainers to develop and assess your understanding and knowledge. 40 hours are delivered pre test.
In the unlikely event that you fail a test, we provide further training with one of our team and in the even more unlikely event that you should fail three attempts at the Part 3 test, we will provide ret-training at no extra cost to prepare for the process again.

Trainee Licence?

Once you have completed a minimum amount of Part 3 Training, you can now consider the Trainee Licence.
There are pros and cons to the licence and it should only be used if it will be right for you. We will discuss this with you in detail.

Once you have passed

When you pass the Part 3 Test, you are now a Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor (DVSA ADI)!
All your hard work has paid off – congratulations!
You are now ready to start work as an ADI!

Here to help

All the way through the process, we are here to help you.

Follow our advice and complete the training and you WILL become a Driving Instructor.
If at any time you need any help, advice or support, please make use of your unlimited support from our team of experts.

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