Category: PDI News

Updating you on the ADI part 3 test

Last September, I told you about the proposed changes we’re making to the ADI part 3 test. I explained why we wanted to make these changes and the main differences in the test.

In summary, it will more closely reflect the ADI standards check to give a better assessment of the trainee instructor’s ability.

We’ve been busy since September, and in this short blog post, I want to tell you about what’s happened and what you can do to prepare.

When we plan to make the change

We’re still on track to introduce the changes in autumn 2017 as we’d previously set out.

We’re aiming to introduce the changes for the start of October, following further discussion with the industry.

Ahead of that, we’ll publish the new assessment form and accompanying guidance.

Providing quality training

Many official register of driving instructor training (ORDIT) organisations have told us they’ve already started to change their processes for the new test. You can read more about this in a research report we recently published about the impact of replacing the ADI part 3 test.

It’ll be up to trainers to decide what the change means for trainee instructors based on their progress to date.

I’d also like to encourage trainers to keep a record of their trainees’ progress and subjects covered. This will help develop the range of skills and knowledge required to provide effective training.

This record will also be essential for giving evidence of progress and subjects covered when applying for a trainee licence.

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Part 1 Pass Rates Revealed

The number of PDIs passing their Part 1 theory test in Q3 2015 has rose by two-fifths on the previous year according to the latest government figures.
Between July and September 2015, there was a 40.4% change in the number of passes in Q3 2015 compared with the previous year with 882 passing their Part 1 theory test – a 56% pass rate.
Part 2 practical tests saw a 20.4% rise compared with the previous year with 650 passes, a 57% pass rate, while 348 passed Part 3, a rate of 35.7% and a 21.7% rise on Q3 2014.
As of September 2015, there were 40,667 ADIs on register, a 4.1% decline over last year reflecting the continued downward trend which the Department for Transport (DfT) said “may be linked to a reduced demand for instructors, related to what was until recently a reducing number of car practical test”.
During July to September 2015, 2,364 Standards Checks were conducted on ADIs, taking the total with a grade under the new standards to 13,750. Of these, 26.1% scored an A, 65.3% a B and 8.6% had failed. 
Of 141 CBT instructor check tests conducted during July to September, 130 had a satisfactory result. 
Meanwhile, 444,232 practical driving tests were conducted between July and September, a 4.7% rise over last year, while 571,688 theory tests were held – a 17.3% rise.
Almost 90% of these were car tests while the number of large goods vehicle practical and theory tests of all types was 34% higher than Q3 2014 which the DfT put down to “increased demand for drivers in the economy’.
Out of the 383,810 practical car test conducted, 181,110 passed – a rate of 47.2% – while there were 510,013 theory tests where 255,908 passed, a pass rate of 50.2%.
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New Career New Lifestyle

 Looking to change your lifestyle?

Are you looking for a new challenge?

 Many People become driving instructors for many different reasons and for some people, this is the best job they will ever do

So why do you want to be a Professional  driving instructor?

More control of your work life balance?

Choose the hours you want to work and take time of when you want.


Better earnings potential?

Average lessons are £23 per hour and full time instructors
earn £25-£35K per year.

Job Security?

No redundancy and a skill for life. It is YOUR qualification and
YOUR driving school.

To be your own boss?

Put your family first and push your career where you want.


Better Job Satisfaction?

Go to work with a smile on your face, knowing you are doing a job you love.




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