Driving Instructor Training & Qualifying Process

To become a ProScot Trained Driving Instructor, there are specific driving skills, eligibility and legal criteria that must be met and some personal characteristics that we look for too:

Wheel icon Driving Skills

  • A good driver
  • You hold a full British or Northern Ireland unrestricted car driving licence
  • You have held your full driving licence for at least four years
  • You have no more than 5 penalty points
  • You have not been disqualified from driving for anytime in the last 4 years

Chat icon Communication Skills

  • A good listener
  • Able to provide advice
  • Good and effective communicator

People icon Personal Characteristics

  • Friendly and approachable
  • Patient and understanding
  • Sympathetic
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to motivate others
  • Great manners
  • Willing to learn
  • Positive attitude

The ProScot Approach to Instructor Training

ProScot has a very specific format and approach to Approved Driving (ADI) Instructor recruitment and training. We offer one of the most comprehensive ADI training programmes around and believe in a structured approach that ensures that as a potential driving instructor you know exactly what is involved at each one of ProScot's seven stages to becoming a qualified driving instructor.

We like to get to know you first and hold an informal interview to assess your suitability, and then if you are successful at interview, we ask you to participate in an initial in-car assessment lasting about one hour where you are asked to work through a scenario/role play. This gives us an indication of your presentation skills, driving and instructional skills, and we will be able to assess your ability to learn new skills and your suitability to become a driving instructor before you commit to booking on a course.

Eligibility and Legal Requirements

To be eligible for ProScot's ADI course, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must hold a full and unrestricted UK or European Union (EU) European Economic Area (EEA) unrestricted driving licence
  • You must have held this licence for a total of four out of the past six years
  • You must not have been disqualified from driving at any time in the previous four years
  • You must be a fit and proper person to have your name entered on the Register of Driving Instructors - all motoring and non-motoring convictions will be taken into account
  • You must pass the Register Qualifying Examination and pay the appropriate fees
  • You must be prepared to make a substantial commitment of your time, effort and money.
  • If you wish to start the qualifying process, you must undertake an enhanced level criminal record check before sitting the theory test. In addition, you will not be able to qualify as a driving instructor if:
    • you have any endorsements (including disqualifications or more than 5 fixed penalty points) on your driving licence
    • because of a disability, you're only entitled to drive vehicles with an automatic transmission
    • You've not held a full UK or European driving licence for four out of the last six years.

Seven Stages to becoming an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

Our seven stages to becoming a qualified Approved Driving Instructor are:

1) Informal Interview to Assess Suitability
2) Initial Assessment - In-car Scenario/Role Play
3) Training Agreement and Training Plan Produced
4) Part 1 training and exam - Theory and Hazard Perception tests, Disclosure Check
5) Part 2 Training and Exam - Driving Ability
6) Part 3 Training and Exams - Instructional Ability
7) Qualify as an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

ProScot's Training Programme

On successfully completing the initial in-car assessment, and you decide to join ProScot's Training Programme, stages 3 to 6 are where your training begins and you become a Potential Driving Instructor (PDI). ProScot's Driving Instructor Training builds on what you're doing correctly - not what you're doing wrong, building confidence while developing your skills.

Most of our current driving instructors and trainers have undertaken ProScot's instructor training course themselves and appreciate what our training is like, how it has helped them become great instructors, and what it can offer. We believe in transparency and are always happy for you to speak with any of our ProScot Instructors to find out what life as a driving instructor is really like and what they felt about their training.

Download the ProScot Training Plan Guide.

Part 1 - Theory Test

Part 1 is a Theory Test consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions and a hazard perception test. Your knowledge in areas such as driving principles, legal issues, instructional techniques and vehicle maintenance are assessed. There's no limit to the number of attempts you can have to pass the Part 1 Theory Test.

We'll provide you with training materials to assist you with the Hazard Perception Test and also advise you on the books you may consider purchasing. If you don't have access to computer equipment, this is available in our computer suite.

Part 2 - Driving Ability

In the Part 2 test, the examiner assesses your ability to drive to a consistently high standard, showing a high degree of car control and roadcraft. The test lasts approximately 1 hour and covers a wide variety of road and traffic conditions. You must score no more than 6 minor faults as over 6 minor faults or a serious or dangerous fault will result in a fail. A maximum of three attempts is allowed for Part 2.

For your Part 2 training and test, you have the option of using your own vehicle or one of the ProScot vehicles.

Part 3 - Instructional ability

Part 3 is a test of your instructional ability and has been developed to ensure you can train a student from novice standard right through to test standard.

This test lasts approximately 1 hour and is split into two 30-minute phases. In the first phase, the examiner role-plays a pupil in the early stages of learning to drive. In the second phase, the examiner role-plays a pupil in the later stages of learning to drive or a full licence holder who needs further training. Your overall aim is to improve the 'pupil' by correctly identifying, analysing and remedying their driving faults.

Trainee Licence - Earn while you learn

Once you've passed the Part 2 test, and completed 40 hours of Part 3 training, to help you prepare for the Part 3 test of instructional ability, it's possible to take out a Trainee Licence to instruct for a 6-month period.

At ProScot, we don't feel that this is the best option, although we're always happy to discuss the merits of holding a Trainee Licence on an individual basis.