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Part Three Training

Part Three TrAining


Potential Driving Instructors (Pdi's) that have passed part two and are preparing to take the part three test of instructional ability.


Part three training is usually carried out locally to the trainer providing the part three course. If the location is not within reasonable travelling distance then a B&B can be recommended to the pdi.


Half day or full day.

Driver/ Trainer Ratio

One to one.


The aim is prepare the pdi for the part three test of instructional ability.


On our part Three course you'll acquire the instructional standards and the practical skills you'll need in order to successfully pass this test. All your training manuals can be purchased from Xcel or we can recommend a good supplier of books/manuals you will need for the part three training. Part three is probably the most interesting part of the three exams to become an ADI. It draws on all the life experience that the pdi has had in their "previous life". Our trainer believes in the Gestalt theory, that is: old knowledge and new knowledge = insight. Whoever is being trained on part three, nearly always the pdi has had some experience of teaching, explaining or demonstrating something to someone else. Therefore our trainer believes in drawing on all this old knowledge while developing the required specific skills needed to become a competent ADI. To become a good ADI is not just about passing part three it's about being a patient and knowledgeable teacher that gives value for money. You will be given tasks and exercises to complete between training sessions as an aid to skills development. The more work you can do between training sessions the more benefit you will get from in car.


Please click here to be redirected to the government page for Part Three.


What happens during the test? 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 can be a learner or a full license 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. For more information please contact Rachel Kavanagh

About Rachel

Rachel Kavanagh established Xcel Driver Training in 2001.

She is a grade A Driving Instructor and is on the ORDIT (Official Register of Instructor Trainers). Since qualifying as an approved driving instructor in 1993, Rachel has gained many qualifications with in the driver trainer industry. She has worked for many of the large national driving schools and continues to be a well-respected trainer within the industry.