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:
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.
Our seven stages to becoming a qualified Approved Driving Instructor are:
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.
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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 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.
In the Part 2 test, the examiner will assess 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. At the start of your test the examiner will check your eyesight by asking you to read a car registration plate at the required distance and they will ask you some tell me questions covering basic car maintenance and safety checks. During the test you will also be asked to demonstrate how to operate an auxiliary car control (such as your front window demister) safely whilst on the move. During the test you will also be asked to demonstrate the ability to drive independently either following directions from a sat nav or follow road signs for a destination. During the drive 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 is a test of your instructional ability and has been developed to ensure you can deliver a real driving lesson to a real student which meets the needs of your pupil and helps them to improve in an effective way.
This test lasts approximately 1 hour and your pupil can be a learner driver or a full licence holder. Your overall aim is to improve the pupils understanding and ability by delivering a client centred lesson which meets the needs of the pupil and helps them to improve and work toward achieving the agreed lesson goal. During the lesson you will need to demonstrate a satisfactory understanding in three key areas of instructional skills 1) Lesson planning 2) Risk management and 3) Teaching and Learning skills. These three main areas of instructional ability are further broken down into 17 elements of key performance indicators which are graded from 0 to 3, 0 = No evidence of competence, 1 = A few elements of competence demonstrated, 2 = Competence displayed in most elements 3 = Competence displayed in all elements. You must score a minimum of 31 out of a possible total of 51 to pass. However, you must score a minimum of 7 in Risk management or this would result in a fail no matter how high your overall score was in the other areas. A score of 31 to 42 results in a Grade B pass, 43 to 51 would result in a Grade A pass.
Once you have passed the Part 2 test and completed a minimum of 40 hours of Part 3 training, to help you prepare you for the Part 3 test of instructional ability, it's possible to take out a Trainee Licence with ProScot to instruct for a 6-month period and gain experience of delivering lessons to pupils whilst earning.
In the old-style Part 3 exam the examiner role played a pupil, from a list of pre set lessons, as a school we generally did not feel the trainee licence route was necessary. However, since you are now required to bring a real pupil for the part 3 exam and to deliver a real lesson, the trainee licence suddenly makes more sense. You can now earn while you learn whilst building your confidence and experience under the full support and guidance of an ORDIT approved school. It is hard to build the rapport with a new student and to get a sense of being able to deliver a real driving lesson with someone you have just met for the first time for your part 3 test. Taking a full licence holder who is a friend or family member, as you can imagine has it’s own disadvantages. The temptation is to practice a rehearsed lesson with rehearsed faults, which the examiner of course can see through and is trained to look for. The other disadvantage is that friends and family members never act like a real student. We're always happy to discuss the merits of holding a Trainee Licence on an individual basis.