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    Part 3: Test of Your Ability to Instruct

    Part 3 of the driving instructor training test is also practical test, which lasts an hour and is conducted in certain designated Driving Test Centres in all regions. It’s the last of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI. It’s a test of your ability to teach pupils. The ADI part 3 test works differently in Northern Ireland. The national standard for driver and rider training tells you everything you must be able to do to pass the test.

    On the day of the test you need to bring:

    You should also bring a log of the training you’ve been doing to qualify as an approved driving instructor (ADI).

    A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency examiner will watch you give a client-centred driving lesson lasting about an hour to one of your pupils.

    The examiner will look for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver and rider training.

    Your pupil: Your pupil can be a learner or a full licence holder. They can’t be an approved driving instructor (ADI) or someone else who is preparing to take the ADI part 3 test. You can take your trainer or mentor with you, but they can’t take part in the lesson.

    What you’ll be marked on


    You’ll be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories:

    • lesson planning
    • risk management
    • teaching and learning strategies

    The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ADI part 3 test report form, which the examiner will fill in at the end of your test. You’ll get a score from 0 to 3 for each of the 17 competencies, which are added up to work out if you’ve passed the test, and what your grade will be.

    You’ll get your grade, along with your completed approved driving instructor (ADI) part 3 test report form.

    Fail: Score: 0-30. Your performance is unsatisfactory, and you won't join the ADI register.

    Grade B: Score: 31-42. You'll be allowed to join the ADI register.

    Grade A: Score: 43-51. You have shown a high standard of instruction and you'll be allowed to join the ADI register.

    You’ll automatically fail if:

    • you get a score of 7 or less in the ‘risk management’ category
    • risk management
    • the examiner stops the lesson because you’ve put yourself or someone else in danger

    If you pass:

    You can apply for your first ADI badge if you pass the ADI part 3 test. You must apply within 12 months of passing the test, or you’ll have to pass all 3 qualifying tests again.

    Training Offered


    The Part 3 is without doubt the most involved of the three exams and will need the most tuition and studying. Lynne will base the studying around her own book 'Pass Part Three', and if you complete Parts 1 and 2 with the establishment, the book and prompt cards are free.

    The training will commence with sessions to introduce you to the skills you will need to instruct your pupils e.g. giving route directions; assessing and correcting driving faults; lesson planning; giving brief explanations of subjects to pupils on all the lessons you would be expected to teach; and role play situations. The training sessions are on a one to one basis and the number of hours needed depend on your ability to impart knowledge and skills. Mock tests will be arranged and you will feel ready to take Part 3 when you are entered for it.

    A Trainee Licence


    • Helps you get experience instructing pupils to drive so you can prepare for the ADI part 3 test
    • Allows you to get paid for giving instruction
    • Lasts for 6 months

    Who Can Apply?


    You can apply for a trainee licence if you:

    • Have passed your ADI part 1 test in the last 2 years
    • Have passed the ADI part 2 test
    • Have done at least 40 hours of training in the last 6 months with a qualified ADI and recorded it on the ADI 21T declaration form
    • Are eligible to take the ADI part 3 test

    Do I Need a Trainee Licence?


    You can study for Part 3 without the need for a trainee licence and instruct friends and relatives so long as no payment is involved. This will allow you time to continue with your present job and have plenty of time for essential studying for Part 3. Many people pass Part 3 without a trainee licence.

    There is no financial burden of a franchise payment, and a good trainer can role play a learner driver, duplicate faults and know if you have spotted them, something a learner driver wouldn’t do in lessons.

    Having a trainee licence is not a guarantee of passing Part 3, I have talked to many trainees on licenses that have not passed and at the end of the day are without a job. On the other hand, having a trainee licence can give you confidence and experience. If you do hold a licence you must make sure your driving lessons fit in with your training and Part 3 exam, not the other way round!

    Entry to the Register

    On successful completion of all three parts of the exam to become a driving instructor you can apply to be included on the Register of Approved Driving Instructors. This costs £300 and a green badge will then be issued which must be displayed in the tuition vehicle. It has to be renewed every four years. You are then entitled to work as a driving instructor for payment.

    More Information


    Part 1: The Theory Test

    Part 2: Test of Driving Ability

    Part 3: Test of your Ability to Instruct

    ADI Test Fees