Standards Check Training

Standards Check Help in the Midlands

Standards Check Help in the Midlands

All our Xcel standards check training and preparation is provided by one of our experienced instructor trainers. They are specialists at standards check and check test training. They have many years' experience in the driver training industry and have helped dozens of ADI's to pass their checktest. Your training with our Xcel instructor trainer will be done on a one to one basis. You can choose to do the training in the trainer's car, or you can use your own vehicle. During your standards check training, our trainer will listen to what sort of pupil and lesson you are planning to do on the day of your test.

Approved Driving INSTRUCTORS

Approved Driving Instructors (ADI's) that need advice and some training to pass the standards check.


Approved Driving Instructors (ADI's) that need advice and some training to pass the standards check.


Half a day.

driver / trainer ratio

One to one


The aim is identify the strengths and weaknesses within the ADI's lesson plan and delivery of the proposed lesson. Observation of all the core competencies and instructor characteristics will also be observed and a suitable action plan put in place to rectify any weak areas.


At the end of the session the ADI will: Have a clear plan of what to develop within their lesson structure. Be given feedback on their use of the core competencies. Have any suggestions given in regard to ADI characteristics.

The ADI Standards Check

The approved driving instructor (ADI) standards check replaces the ADI check test from 7 April 2014. The standards check assesses your ability to help pupils learn and improve, not the ability to identify and correct specific driving faults. The standards check can only be taken in English or Welsh.

When You Need to Take the Standards Check

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will write to you when your standards check is due.

You must take at least 1 standards check in each 4-year period that you’re registered as an ADI.

You don’t have to pay a fee to take the standards check.

You must take the standards check even if you:

  • don’t have your own car
  • aren’t currently working as an ADI

You can be taken off the ADI register if you repeatedly don’t attend your standards check.

What You Must Bring to the Test

You must bring:

  • a pupil
  • a suitable car
  • your ADI registration certificate

Your pupil can be any of the following:

  • an inexperienced learner
  • an experienced learner
  • an inexperienced full licence holder
  • an experienced full licence holder

What Happens in the Standards Check?

An examiner will watch you give a normal 1-hour driving lesson to your pupil.

The examiner will look for evidence that you have:

  • identified the learning needs of your pupil
  • agreed the learning needs with your pupil

You can take your trainer or mentor with you, but they can’t take part in the lesson.

How You’ll Be Assessed

You’ll be assessed on your ability to show that your pupil has improved their skills and understanding, eg improved ability to deal with a risky situation.

You’ll be marked on 3 main areas:

  • lesson planning
  • risk management
  • teaching and learning skills

The 3 main areas are broken down into 17 further areas of competence. You’ll get a score from 0 to 3 for each.




Keep up the good work


Acceptable – there are clear areas of improvement


Not acceptable – more work needed


Completely unacceptable

You must score at least 31 to pass.

You’ll automatically fail if:

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

You can read detailed information about how the examiner assesses your skills.

After the Assessment

You’ll be given:

For further information please contact us.

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.

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