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The ADI Qualifying Process


ADI Qualification

The requirements are listed below to gain your Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) qualification. Have held a full UK or EU license for 3.5 out of the last 6 years. Read a normal size number plate from 27.5 metres (90 ft). Have less than 6 penalty points on your licence. Pass the criminal record check. Pass the 3 tests.

The Qualifying Exam

The ADI qualifying exam comes in three parts: Part One The theory and hazard perception test. This is a computer touch screen test of 100 multiple choice questions and a computerised DVD Hazard Perception test. Part Two The practical test of your Eyesight and Driving Ability. At the start you must show that you can read a car number plate from a distance of 26.5 metres for the new style plate (or 27.5 metres for the old style). The practical test then lasts for one hour and you must drive to an advanced standard making no more than six minor errors. Part Three The practical test of your Instructional Ability. This test consists of two half-hour phases, in which you have to give the examiner two of the twenty possible driving lessons; the first phase is where the 'pupil' is at a beginner's level, the second at a more advanced level

Once you have finally qualified

At Xcel we believe that all newly qualified driving instructors should be given all the help they can get and that's why we have designed a bespoke short course that is specifically aimed at new ADI's. One of our most experienced trainers within the industry will help you start up your business. We will help you get your self working as a paid driving instructor at a local school or help you set up on your own. We will help you navigate your way around your new career. In other words, we are here to help even after you become an ADI. We have helped many new ADI's progress with their careers, a long time after they have become ADI's. If you have just qualified and need help or advice on what to do next then please contact us. We may be able to help you.

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.