Kingsley School of Motoring

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Driving Instructor Training


ORDIT was set up by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to protect the public from substandard driving instructor training and unscrupulous business practices. … The DVSA only approve training from ORDIT organisations.

A competency based modular syllabus is used that meets with the regulation and standards required for the Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers (ORDIT) preparation. In order to be on the ORDIT register you have to be an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) for 12 months and pass the qualifying ORDIT test’ ..


Be Your Own Boss

Work the hours that you choose and be rewarded for your efforts. As a self-employed driving instructor, the hours you choose to work are completely up to you. Because you are your own boss, you also decide on the days you work, some instructors work at weekends and have a day off in the week, others never work at weekends preferring to spend time with their families.

Freedom of choice

Take your holidays whenever you choose and should you decide to take a day off it’s entirely up to you (you do need to give your pupils reasonable notice though). Self- employment gives a freedom seldom experienced when working for someone else. In this industry you can have the best of both worlds. Our franchised instructors will have the freedom to make their own decisions while receiving the full backing and support of the driving school. The amount you can earn will depend on the hours you choose to work of course, but lesson prices are around £26.00 – £30.00 per hour (based on Kingsley Driving School, others could be higher or lower).


ADI Qualification Guide

You must meet certain rules if you want to start qualifying to become an ADI. The process you have to follow will depend on your situation.

Train to become an ADI

There are many organisations that offer training to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). There is no statutory scheme governing the training of driving instructors, but DVSA administers the voluntary Official Register of Driving Instructor Training (ORDIT). Kingsley Driving School is registered as an ORDIT training provider.
You can download a copy of the ORDIT terms and conditions (PDF, 101KB, 8 pages) that trainers agree to.

Start the Qualifying process

Driving instruction: the law

To legally charge anyone (either money or monies worth) for driving instruction in a car you must either:

  • be on the ADI register
  • have a trainee’s ‘licence to give instruction’ issued by the ADI Registrar


ADI Part 1 (Theory Test) explained

The approved driving instructor Part 1 test is a theory test. It’s the first of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI.
You must have been accepted to start the qualifying process by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) before you book the ADI part 1 test. ADI Part 2 (Driving Test). You must pass the ADI part 1 test before you book the ADI part 2 test.

The test takes around one hour and includes an eyesight test, 5 vehicle safety questions and a 1hr test of your driving ability

ADI Part 3 (Instructional Ability)

The approved driving instructor (ADI) part 3 test is a test of your ability to instruct pupils. It’s the last of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI.

The theory test is made up of a multiple choice part and a hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass it.

Once you have passed the theory test you can then apply to take your practical driving test.

The approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test is a test of your driving ability. It’s the second of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI.


Earn While You Train

A trainee licence:

  • helps you get experience instructing pupils
  • allows you to get paid for giving instruction
  • lasts for 6 months

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 had at least 40 hours of training from a qualified ADI in providing drivinginstruction,
  • are eligible to take the ADI part 3 testRules for using a Trainee Badge
  • get the required amount of supervision or extra training while your licence is still valid
  • make sure your advertising doesn’t make it seem like you’re a fully qualified instructor

    Where you work
    Your trainee licence shows the name and address of your training establishment. You can only give instruction from there, so you can’t work independently, eg by setting up your own school.


Our Learning Plan

Part 1

Distance learning. Learning resources are available on loan or online (subscription paid for)
Contact will be made on a fortnightly basis to offer support and advice
Progress can be monitored via online tests

Minimum 2hr Assessment Drive to be conducted during this period and goals set for PDI to start practicing for Part 2

Part 2

Approx 10 hrs depending on your skill level.
Initially focusing on developing driving skills, then introducing core skills for Part 3 such as commentary driving, DVSA wording, route planning
This part of the training can be run in conjunction with the Part 1 and Part 3 training.

Part 3

Approx 60 hours depending on previous experience.
There is only a set requirement to complete a minimum 60 of hours training if you plan to make use of the Trainee licence.
It is essential you do as much private preparation and practice as possible and this will help keep your training costs to a minimum. Our instructors are happy for you to sit in on their Learner lessons at no extra charge. Subjects you will cover:

  1. lesson planning/ pupil records/DVSA syllabus
  2. Levels of instruction / learning styles
  3. Client centred conversations
  4. How to control risk.
  5. Identifying, analysing and correcting errors
  6. Part 3 test/ standards check overview
  7. GDE Matrix
  8. Coaching Skills


Why Choose Us?

9 Essential Questions You MUST ask before committing to an Instructor Training Course

Thousands of people have wasted their money with inadequate training. 1. Do you have a refund policy?

Many training providers will ask for money up front but have NO refund policy. Once your training program begins, you may feel this is not the job for you, but you may not get your money back if you change your mind.

We offer easily affordable payment options and will refund any prepaid training costs if you decide not to continue.

2. Who will do the training?

Training the general public to become driving instructors is a very different role to simply teaching learners to drive and unfortunately many trainers have not taken the required training

Our trainers are highly experienced in training instructors, and have all undergone extended advanced training qualifications.

3. Will I be able to train in my local town?

Some national companies will insist you travel considerable distances to train. This may not seem an issue at first, but 70 hours of training is quite time consuming and of course you will also loose the local knowledge aspect.

We are locally run, with great customer service as the backbone of our business.

We only recruit locally so all training will be carried out in Exeter.



4. Is the company O.R.D.I.T. registered?

The Official Register of Driving Instructor Training (ORDIT) means Training establishments on the register will be checked every two years to monitor standards of training supplied and give the customer a degree of protection from unscrupulous training providers. The industry is rife with cut-price trainers who are no more than standard driving instructors.

Invest in the best training you can find. Prolonged and inefficient training is the major hidden cost of cut-price training.

We have been on the DVSA Official Register for Driving Instructor Trainers (ORDIT) for over 6 years.

5. Will there be a guaranteed position with the school once qualified?

This offer must be investigated carefully, you really need to assess the driving school you will be working for and if possible speak to driving instructors who already work at the school to gauge their opinion.

It is common practice to reduce the cost of a training course but then tie clients in to long-term franchise contracts. Many of these contracts have been challenged in the courts when the Driving School fails to deliver the required amount of new pupils but still demand the franchise fee.

We operate a very advantageous, easy to leave scheme for any instructors who wish to operate under our company name.

Once qualified, you will be in a position to decide who you work for or be free to make the decision to work as an independent.

6. Will the training be one to one or car share?

Training companies often have two or three trainees to a tuition vehicle, one of the many hidden costs of cheap training. Although this may have some benefits, one to one training is a huge advantage, as the trainer will work closely with you on your exact requirements.


Quality Training for Potential Driving Instructors

All of our training is quoted as 1:1 If any part of the training is to be shared it is done with your consent and at a reduced cost.

7. Will a tuition vehicle be available on test day?

The majority of training providers do not supply a car for test, this means that you will take the test in a car that you have not prepared in. If this is your own car, you will find that many insurance companies are reluctant to provide cover for tests and this can lead to expensive short term cover or the need to hire a vehicle. (Yet another hidden cost)

We will provide a practice vehicle for you to use on test.

8. Will I receive help and support during the Part One study?

Most training companies leave clients to pass the part one test (Theory Exam) on their own. The pass rate for this element of qualifying is only around 65% and it will cost £90.00 for a retake.

Please do not under-estimate theory preparation; this is the foundation that all your training will be based upon. Cutting corners here will cost a fortune to correct at the later stages.

We will monitor your progress, make regular contact and check your knowledge and understanding.

9. Will I receive on-going support and guidance once qualified?

Make sure you know what help will be provided going forward. Without support and guidance many new instructors fail to make it past the first year.

We can offer guidance, support and ongoing career development whether you decide to work with us or independently.

How much does it cost?

70hrs 1:1 training Access to Theory Test Pro Training workbook

This gives 10hrs of Part 1 and 2 training, 40hrs Part 3 training, 20hrs trainee licence training.

(There is only a set requirement to complete a minimum 40 of hours Part 3 training if you plan to make use of the Trainee licence.)

At our full hourly rate of £45 this will cost £3150

Pay in full and only pay


Pay as you Go Option 10hr blocks £430

Please discuss your training needs with us. Previous experience or transferable skills may mean that you may not need that many hours and it may be more beneficial for you to pay as you go.

Test fees and license fees are not included in these prices.

It is essential you do as much private preparation and practice as possible and this will help keep your training costs to a minimum. Our instructors are happy for you to sit in on their Learner lessons at no extra charge.