How to get started ...

In order to become a DVSA approved driving instructor you will have to meet certain criteria and pass the qualifying tests, we have developed a step by step guide contained within our instructor welcome pack which you can apply for by clicking here.

To get started on your way to becoming a qualified driving instructor you will need an Enhanced DBS check (formerly CRB check), and you will need to be accepted by the DVSA as a 'fit and proper' person in order to be added to the ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) Register - Don't worry, this done mostly online and we can help you wherever needed.

Once you have been added to the ADI register you will be able to undertake our driving instructor training and the qualifying tests, there are 3 tests to pass and each of them are explained in more detail below.

Just a few reasons to become a driving instructor with Supreme:

  • The chance to make positive changes to your life
  • Become your own boss
  • No long contracts to sign up to
  • Work flexible hours that suit your lifestyle
  • Meet new people every day
  • Be an active part of the community, and get involved with schools or colleges by helping to improve road safety through teaching a ‘skill for life’
  • Earn around £650 a week... or even more
  • Enjoy great job satisfaction
  • Become an expert - You can diversify into specialist areas, such as advanced driving, fleet training, LGV training, or driver re-education.

ADI - Part 1

Part 1 of the qualification process comprises of two separate tests, and you are required to pass them both.

The theory test aspect checks your knowledge of the Highway Code, general road safety, driving techniques, basic first aid knowledge and the theory of instructing a pupil. We can provide you with all the necessary training material, accessible online, and you can attempt as many mock tests as you wish on the training website to gauge your progress. The test lasts 90 minutes and you must achieve a score of 85% or more to pass.

The hazard perception test comprises of 14 video clips, one of which will feature two hazards. Our training programmes include state-of-the-art interactive video systems that not only allow you to practice the test, but also review your performance after each attempt, helping you to recognise the hazards.

On this test you must score 57 points out of a possible 75 to pass.

ADI - Part 2

The second stage is an advanced practical driving test. You will be expected to demonstrate a professional level of driving ability to a DVSA senior examiner. Supreme can provide you with study material for the test, but we suggest that you also book some one-to-one training sessions with one of our experienced driving instructor trainers to give you the best chance of passing first time.

The test itself lasts around an hour and includes an eye test, along with general vehicle maintenance questions, and manoeuvres.

You are only permitted three attempts at each of the part 2 and part 3 tests, so it is very important to choose the right school when deciding to train as an instructor.

ADI - Part 3

The final stage checks your instructional ability, preparing you to be able to pass on your driving skills to others. Supreme will initially provide you with a minimum of 40 hours one-to-one in car training, which is stated as mandatory by the DVSA. Then you can apply for a trainee instructor licence which allows you to legally give paid driving instruction for a maximum of 6 months, within this period you will need to pass the part 3 test to continue giving driving lessons after your trainee licence expires.

The part 3 test is split into two sections, each lasting around 30 minutes, during which an examiner plays the role of a driver. The first section will assess your ability to instruct a pupil, while the second phase will assess your technique when instructing a partly trained pupil or full licence holder. You must pass both parts of the test.

You are only permitted three attempts at each of the part 2 and part 3 tests, so it is very important to choose the right school when deciding to train as an instructor.

Trainee ADI licence

The DVSA will issue you with what is, in effect, a provisional teaching licence. This means that you can join Supreme as a potential driving instructor (PDI) and begin giving actual driving lessons. This is an extremely effective way of honing your skills in instructional ability ahead of your part 3 test, and allows you to start to making a living as a driving instructor. Your trainee licence is valid for 6 months, and you will continue to receive a further 20 hours of in-car training on a one-to-one basis from your Supreme trainer prior to your part 3 test. On passing the test you can apply to be added to the DVSA register of approved driving instructors.


For any more information, or to request a welcome pack, or to arrange a meeting with one of our instructors, please just give us a call on 01621 779890 or email us at info@supremedrivertraining.co.uk