Interested in becoming a driving instructor? Already working but want to improve or worried about your check test? Our MD Jim Doyle is one of the most qualified driving instructor trainers in the country and comes very well recommended by previous students.

If you are already an instructor and feel you need a refresher lesson prior to a check test, or just to keep yourself sharp we can arrange a lesson plan around your scheduleto ensure you are fully up to speed when on the road with students. We offer friendly, honest advice to help you improve your teaching methods and increase your pass rate.

Not yet qualified? Driving instruction is a very rewarding way to earn a living, not only are you your own boss, setting your own targets and working hours you will also be teaching people a skill for life. The demand for instructors is currently growing so why not make a start now?

Many new trainees are worried about taking the plunge into self employment. We can fit your training around any current commitments that you have and give you a realistic picture of what you can expect to have to achieve both before and after qualifying. We will not rose tint your view of the process but we will guide you through it in a positive and friendly manner to make you the best instructor you can be.

To become an ADI:

Being a successful Driving instructor relies on many personal skills, but also on being able to:

  • Use and interpret body language;
  • Sell ideas and concepts;
  • Solve problems;
  • Identify, analyse and correct faults;
  • Make immediate decisions with safety in mind.

To become an ADI you must successfully complete a three part qualifying examination:

  • A theory test;
  • A practical test of your driving ability;
  • A practical test of your ability to instruct.

You must take and pass all three parts of the examination in this order and the whole examination must be completed within two years of passing the theory test. If you have not completed the examination within this time, you must start again form the beginning and pass each part again. This period cannot be extended for any reason whatsoever. But you are allowed to take the test of ability to instruct after 2 years has passed if the application was made before the expiry date. If you pass that test you are deemed to have done so within the 2 years.

You are only allowed 3 attempts at each of the qualifying examinations. If you have not passed after 3 attempts you must wait until the end of your 2 – year period before you can re-sit the qualifying examination, starting with the theory test.

The process begins by making an application to take the ADI theory test which is the first part of the 3 part qualifying examination.

Before applying:

If you want to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) you must:

  • Currently hold a full Northern Ireland. Great Britain or Community (EU) car driving licence;
  • Have held one of the above licences or a foreign licence for a total of 4 years out of the past 6 years preceding the date of your application;
  • Not have been disqualified from driving for any part of the 4 years preceding the date of your application;
  • Be a fit and proper person to have your name entered in the Register. All convictions including motoring offences, still in force (i.e. not ‘spent’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1978) will be taken into account when the Registrar assesses your suitability to be entered on the Register;
  • Pass the three part qualifying exam (as above)

Application forms may be downloaded or are obtainable from:

The Register of Approved Driving Instructors,
Driver & Vehicle Testing Agency Headquarters,
Balmoral Road,
BT12 6QL.

Tel. No: (028) 90547933

Theory Test Application Form (pdf 80kb)

Test of Driving Ability Application Form (pdf 19kb)

Test of Instructional Ability Application Form (pdf 42kb)

Completed forms should be sent to the ADI Section at the above address.

Can anyone with a disability apply:

Yes. If your licence is marked ‘restricted’ the details of the restrictions on your licence must be sent with your application. However, you should note that you must pass Part 2 and Part 3 of the qualifying examination in a vehicle with a manual gearbox.

For more information please contact us.