The Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is an executive agency of the Department of Transport. In respect to
driver training the agency is responsible for conducting all theory and practical driving tests in Great Britain and
has the responsibility for maintaining the Register of Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) and the Official Register
of Driving Instructor Trainers (ORDIT).
It is illegal for anyone to charge for driving tuition unless their name is on the Register of ADIs or they are
licenced as part of the Trainee Licence scheme. To become an ADI you need to pass the DVSA ADI qualifying
examination and meet certain minimum legal requirements. You must:
1. Hold a full UK or EEA unrestricted car driving licence;
2. Be aged 21. You can start the qualifying process 6 months before your 21st birthday. You must have had your full
licence for at least 3 years to supervise a learner driver.
3. Have held your licence for at least 2.5 years prior to entering the Register after qualifying;
4. Not have been disqualified from driving at any time in the 4 years prior to being entered in the Register;
5. Be a ‘fit and proper’ person to have your name entered in the Register. All convictions, motoring or
non-motoring still in force will be taken into account by the DVSA before allowing you on the Register and from
experience we know that anyone with 6 or more points on their licence within the last 4 years prior to entry on the
Register is likely to be rejected. You will need to apply for a DBS check as part of this process.
Remember the DVSA are the sole decision maker on who can and who can't train to become a driving instructor.
You should also ensure you can read a number plate in good daylight at a distance of 27.5 metres or 26.5 metres
depending on the width of the lettering (with glasses if normally worn for driving) as this will be checked on Part
2 of the qualifying examination. On the normal driving test you need only read a number plate at 20.5 metres or 20
metres depending on the width of the lettering.
Please also note that on the Part 2 driving test you must be able to take rear observations by looking round when
reversing without heavy dependency on the mirrors. So if you have minimal neck movement this will need to be checked
before you start, since you are not allowed additional mirrors as on the ordinary driving test.
I joined LDC after doing a whole load of research into all the different companies offering all sorts of promises and I can honestly say it has been the best experience of my life.
I received up to date information week on week on how my course would run and there was no pressure to finish any of the modules within a certain time limit, after all I still had a full time job to do. My work was marked and each module sent through the post very efficiently. I was then told how to proceed. Help was always available either by phone or on the net via the LDC forum which is set up for all the trainees just like me all going through the same experiences, Its a great place to meet and chat to others doing the same thing all across the country.
I was allocated my very own tutor whose help was fantastic and he helped me to continue all the way through my course. I can now say with great pride that I am now a qualified advanced driving instructor and the rewards are fantastic.
Every day I drive on the roads with my pupils, displaying my LDC logos and my name and I just want everyone to see its the best driving school in the country, because believe me Only the BEST will do for LDC.
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I had thought about being a driving Instructor for many years but always a little scared to take that step. Eventually I decided I was going to make the move and so started to look into the options. I found many websites of companies that would train you but it wasn't until I came across LDC website that I felt they put all the facts there for you to read. To me it seemed that they where very much motivated to get you through all your exams and not just to take your money.
I then continued to follow the path of LDC and started to do my training with them. Throughout the whole time there was always someone who could answer your questions and a brilliant forum where you can discuss questions with fellow trainee's and instructors. I have now qualified as an ADI and because I was so impressed with the training I received I decided to continue with the LDC franchise.
LDC have helped me achieve my goal and in the process made it very enjoyable. I would fully recommend LDC to anyone interested in becoming a driving instructor.
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When I began to think about starting a family I realised that a Monday to Friday 9-5 office job wasn't the best option when it came to childcare (and I was bored with being stuck in an office as well!) so started looking into changing career - something with more flexible hours was what I wanted. That's when I came across being a driving instructor and training with LDC was my best move.
Training to be a driving instructor is hard work (I nearly had a heart attack when the training box turned up - it was huge!) but the LDC package is done in a way that makes it fun! I remember reading some of the theory notes and the way it's written there are comments in that are exactly the thoughts that go through your mind - I lost count of the number of times I burst out laughing because it was "so true". The part 2 and 3 training was great too. I'll never forget some of the examples of possible pupil behaviour that my trainer Les came up with - "dodge the kangaroos" was the best!!
The support both during the training and once you've qualified is fabulous - the induction course has loads of information to take in but you'll have a great laugh with some of Bob's stories! Everyone is so friendly and helpful - you feel like part of the family. Even though you're running your own business, you don't feel as if you're on your own at all so you have the best of both worlds.
Now I've given my first few lessons, being a driving instructor is even better than I thought it would be. I wish I'd done it sooner.
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