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Becoming an Instructor

The best piece of advice we can offer anyone considering a career as a driving instructor is don't hand over large sums of money to multi-national companies who promise everything but delivery very little. Ards Driving Instruction are happy to give you sound advice to help guide you through the process every step of the way on a pay as you go consultancy basis.

What you need to become an ADI

To train to become an approved driving instructor in Northern Ireland you must:

  • Hold a full car driving licence
  • Have held the licence for at least 4 years out of the past 6 years.
  • Have not been disqualified from driving for at least 4 years prior to the application.
  • Be a 'fit and proper' person to have your name entered in the Register. All spent and unspent convictions, motoring and otherwise will be considered by the DVA.

Criminal History Check

Each ADI application must undergo a Criminal History Check carried out by Access Northern Ireland (ANI).

How to become an ADI

You must successfully complete three parts of a qualifying examination to become an ADI, these include:

  • Theory Test;
  • Practical Test of your driving ability; and
  • Practical Test of your ability to teach.

There is a two year time window for passing all of these tests and they all have to be completed in order, if you exceed the time window then you have to start again from the beginning. You can only attempt the examinations three times, if you do not pass after three attempts the you'll have to wait for two years before re-applying.

Information on how to become an ADI can be found on the Driver and Vehicle Agency website.

Your ADI mentoring with Ards Driving School

We offer mentoring and advice on a one to one basis for anyone considering a career as a driving instructor. Please contact us for a free discussion on how we can help you towards your new career.