Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) Standard check
Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) standards check replaced the Approved Driving Instructors check test on 7 April 2014.
The purpose of the ADI standards check assessment is to test your ability to teach pupils.
You will have to take at least 1 ADI standards check during each 4-year period that you’re registered as an ADI.
You have to take a standards check even if you don’t have a car or aren’t working as an ADI.
You can only take standards checks in English or Welsh.
When to take your standards check
You’ll get a letter from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency asking you to go for your standards check. It will say when and where to go.
There is no additional fee for a standards check.
You can be removed from the ADI register if you keep missing your standards check.
2. What to take to your standards check
You must take:
- your approved driving instructor (ADI) registration certificate
- a car that meets the requirements
- a pupil Car requirements
- The car you use for your standards check must:
- Your pupil can’t be an ADI or someone who has passed the ADI part 2 test. They can be a learner or a full licence holder.
- be roadworthy, safe and reliable, i.e. it’s less than 3 years old or has a valid MOT certificate
- have working rear seat belts
- be fitted with L plates (or D plates in Wales) if your pupil is a learner
You can’t use:
- a soft-top convertible
- a car with a 2+2 seating arrangement rather than full-size rear seats
Your standards check will be cancelled if your car doesn’t meet the requirements. Another appointment will be booked for you.
You can be removed from the ADI register if you keep bringing a car that doesn’t meet the requirements.
You should call the standards check bookings team as soon as you can on the day of your standards check if there’s bad weather. Ask to speak to the ADI examiner.
If nobody answers the phone, and the conditions in your area aren’t looking too bad, it’s likely that the examiners are:
- checking the local roads to see if driving tests can go ahead
- taking driving tests because the conditions are suitable
However, this isn’t a guarantee that your standards check will go ahead.
You should tell the standards check bookings team if your check is cancelled – they’ll make a new appointment.
ADI standards check booking team Telephone: 0300 200 1122 Monday to Friday, 8am to midday
What happens at the standards check?
A Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency examiner will watch you give a normal 1 hour driving lesson to your pupil.
The examiner will look for evidence that you meet the Nation standards for driver and rider training.
What you’ll be marked on
You’ll be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories:
- lesson planning
- risk management
- teaching and learning skills. You’ll get a score from 0 to 3 for each of the 17 competencies, which are added up to work out your grade. You can take your trainer or mentor with you, but they can’t take part in the lesson.
- After you give the lesson, the examiner will discuss your performance and give you your grade. This will take about 15 minutes.
- The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ADI standards check form, which the examiner will fill in during your check.
4. Your standards check grade
You’ll get your grade, along with your completed standards check form at the end of your standards check.
|0-30||Fail||Your performance is unsatisfactory|
|31-42||Grade B||You’ll stay on the approved driving instructors (ADI) register|
|43-51||Grade A||You have shown a high standard of instruction and you’ll stay on the ADI register|
You’ll automatically fail if:
- you get a score of 7 or less in the ‘risk management’ category
- the examiner stops the lesson because you’ve put yourself or someone else in dangerYou’ll have up to 2 more attempts to pass the standards check.
- If you fail 3 times:
- If you fail the standards check
- you’ll be removed from the approved driving instructors (ADI) register
- you’ll have to retake the ADI tests to join the ADI register again
5. Old ‘ADI check test’ grades
- The approved driving instructor (ADI) standards check replaced the ADI check test on 7 April 2014.
- Old ADI check test grades will apply until you take your first standards check.
- If you got a grade 2 or 3 in your last ADI check test, you’ll have 2 attempts to pass the new ADI standards check
Old ‘ADI check test’ grades
|E||Educational check test|