Instructor Training

Chris Kelly Instructor Training Academy UK

To become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) you will need to pass three tests set by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Because there are three parts to becoming an ADI, it will understandably take a few months to fully qualify as an Approved Driving Instructor but we will endeavour to get you through as quickly as possible.

Earn £40,000+ per year

Become a driving instructor with Chris Kelly.


We are looking to recruit or train new driving instructors to satisfy the incredible demand for driving lessons with Chris Kelly Driving School. We are currently turning away pupil sales worth tens of thousands of pounds each month. Work that could be going to you if you were a qualified driving instructor working for Chris Kelly

If you enjoy driving and like helping people to develop new skills this could be the ideal job for you. To do this job, you need to

Be patient

Have good people skills

Truly enjoy helping other people to achieve their learning goals and

Take pride in your driving.

You also need to be over 21, have held a driving license for at least 3 years and have no more than 5 points on your license. If this describes you please read on.

Requirements to become an ADI

  • You must hold a full driving licence for at least three and half years and have no more then 6 penalty points on your driving licence.
  • You will have to provide two references and be able to read a number plate at 90 feet (with glasses if normally worn).
  • These details are required on the ADI 14 Pack.
  • You will also need to disclose any caution or convictions current or spent for motoring offences and non-motoring offences.

Driving Instructor Training

  • Chris Kelly’s Driving Instructor Training is tailored according to the individual’s personal circumstances.
  • The Instructor Training we offer is designed to accelerate you through each test in the shortest possible time.
  • Our Driving Instructor Training is available throughout Chester, Merseyside and the Wirral.
  • Most people who train to become driving instructors hold down a job at the same time. We recognise this, which is why our Driver Instructor Training is specifically designed to fit around your current job or other commitments on a part-time basis. So, whether you train full or part-time is up to you; either way it is a proven, successful formula.
  • You will be hard pushed to find better quality Driving Instructor Training on offer!
  • What’s more, your Instructor Training will be local within the North West! This will ensure that you get the best possible ADI training and, once working as an ADI, local knowledge is essential.

Qualifying as an ADI

To qualify as an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) you need to pass three tests:

  • You are allowed as many attempts as needed to pass the Part 1.
  • Part 2 you are restricted to three attempts only, so quality training is a necessity and dedication to studying and practice is a must.
  • Part 3 you are restricted to three attempts only, so quality training is a necessity and dedication to studying and practice is a must.

A picture says a thousand words…

New for the Chris Kelly Driver Instructor Training Academy, we have gone to great lengths to install in our Driving Instructor Training cars three cameras plus audio; these are used to record all our Training Sessions for Parts 2 and 3.

These DVDs will be available to our Driving Instructor Trainees to take home, review and study to complement your revision. This will become a vital part of your training.

Access to the Training Session DVDs are all inclusive within your course price.

We also believe that no other Driver Instructor Training establishment is offering this service.

Help with your driving instructor test

Theory & Hazard Perception


The Part 1 Test to become an ADI takes 1hr 30 minutes and comprises of:

  • 100 multiple choice questions on a variety of driving and instructional topics.
  • The 100 questions are split into four bands.
  • There is a choice of four answers to each question, one of which is the correct answer.
  • In order to pass the theory part successfully you need to get 20 or above within each section.
  • The overall score you need to pass for the theory is 85 or above.

As part of the Part One driving instructor test you will also be shown 14 video clips of hazards about to develop on the road whilst driving. You will be required to click as soon as you see the hazard. To pass the section successfully you need to get 57 or above.

The information below is taken from the Transport Office, Becoming a Driving Instructor web pages.


The theory test is made up of two parts; the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part. The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse and the hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other you will fail the whole test, and you will need to take both parts again

For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles, each vehicle category takes the same test, however the pass mark is different for different categories of tests.


Before the test starts you will be given instructions on how the test works.

You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

A question and four answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen or using the mouse. Some questions may require more than one answer. You can navigate between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test. You will have 90 minutes to answer 100 questions that will be split into four bands which will be:

  • road procedure
  • traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians, mechanical knowledge
  • driving test, disabilities, law
  • publications, instructional techniques

The purpose of the banding is to ensure candidates have a comprehensive knowledge across the whole syllabus.

The pass mark for the multiple choice part of the theory test is 85% -that is 85 questions answered correctly. However, you must reach a minimum 80% (20 out of 25) in each of the four bands. It is therefore possible for you to get an overall mark of 85% or above but still fail the examination because you have not gained the minimum of 80% in one of the bands.

After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts.


After the break you will then be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works.

The hazard perception part is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You will be presented with a series of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes, in each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. You will not be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you will only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.

The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 57 out of 75.


At the end of the hazard perception part of the theory test you will be invited to answer a number of customer survey questions. You do not have to answer the questions if you do not want to, and any information given is anonymous and confidential. The survey questions do not affect the result of the test.

When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you will not be allowed to enter it again. You will then be given your result by the test centre staff.


  • At the Chris Kelly Driving Instructor School we will allocate you a personal tutor to help you with your studies and go through any questions you may have.
  • You will also be supplied with the theory questions and also a relevant DVD which will incorporate the Hazard Perception part of the driving instructor test.
  • You will also receive the Part 1 Studybook and 9 complementary books, which are essential reading before your Driving Instructor Test (Part 1).

The above materials and resources are all inclusive with the price of the course.


We do also have an office which you can use between 10am-5pm Mon-Fri and Saturday 9am-3pm if you need access to a computer to practice the Part 1 ‘Driving Instructor’ Test.

Driving Ability


  • The duration of the driving instruction exam is approximately one hour.
  • In order to pass, Trainees must have no more than six minor faults.

The practical test of driving ability consists of tests of eyesight, safety questions and driving technique. You must pass all parts of the test at the same time.

The information below is taken from the Transport Office, Becoming a Driving Instructor web pages.


You must be able to read in good daylight with the aid of glasses or contact lenses if worn, a motor vehicle registration mark containing letters and figures:

  • 79 millimetres in height and 50 millimetres wide at a distance of 26.5 metres
  • 79 millimetres in height and 57 millimetres wide at a distance of 27.5 metres

If you do not pass the eyesight test, you will not be allowed to take the driving ability element. The test will be marked as a fail and will count towards your three attempts.


Your examiner will ask you to describe how to perform a check on the condition and safety of three components of the vehicle and demonstrate an actual check on the condition of a further two components.

The components will be chosen from the following list: tyres, steering, brakes, lights, reflectors, direction indicators, audible warning device and the liquids used in the braking system, steering system, engine or elsewhere in the vehicle as a coolant, lubricant, cleaner or otherwise.

Download a copy of the ADI part two safety questions


The test of driving ability is an advanced driving test and a very high standard of competence is required. You must show that you have a thorough knowledge of the principles of good driving and road safety and that you can apply them. You must satisfy the examiner on all or any of the following subjects:

  • expert handling of the controls
  • use of correct road procedure
  • anticipation of the actions of other road users and the taking of appropriate action
  • sound judgement of distance, speed and timing
  • consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users


The routes used for the test will include roads which may carry heavy and/or fast moving traffic; they will also cover a range of road and traffic conditions, including urban and rural conditions.


You must show the ability to perform any or all of the following manoeuvres including all three of the reversing exercises:

  • move away straight ahead or at an angle
  • overtake, meet or cross the path of other vehicles and take an appropriate course without undue hesitancy
  • turn left-hand and right-hand corners correctly without undue hesitancy
  • stop the vehicle in an emergency
  • drive the vehicle in reverse gear and whilst doing so enter limited openings to the right and to the left, taking effective all round observation
  • turn the vehicle to face in the opposite direction by the use of forward and reverse gears taking effective all-round observation
  • reverse park the vehicle into the space behind a parked car, within the space of about two car lengths and close to and parallel with the kerb, taking effective all round observation


  • reverse park into a parking bay, with due regard for other vehicles or pedestrians, while taking effective all-round observation


  • At the Chris Kelly Driving Instructor Training College you will receive a Part 2 Workbook and up to 10 hours’ Training, which we have found in the past to be more than adequate.
  • The 10 hours will be split into 5 blocks of 2 hours.
  • In addition to this you will receive six DVDs; five of which are the official DSA routes for the Upton area, the sixth is of the manoeuvres.
  • We also recommend that, in between each training session, Trainees should go out and practice for 2 hours a day, concentrating on any areas they have been directed to improve.
  • All tuition is on a one to one basis and is 100% in-car tuition (no classroom).

The above materials and resources are all inclusive with the price of the course.

Instruction Ability


Part Three (Instructing)

Is a practical test of your instructional ability. You’ll benefit from extensive instructor training (60 hours) and this is where our vast experience in training really makes a difference, especially as the DVSA will you only allow you to have three attempts. We have never had anyone fail our instructor training course.

Qualifying as a Driving Instructor with Chris Kelly

If you are looking for the cheapest training course you can find then you will not fit in with our culture. You are not just buying a training package if you join the Chris Kelly Driving School – you are buying a new career, a new lifestyle and the backing of a company with tens of years of training and development experience. We take you from prospective instructor right through to operating as a successful and profitable instructor with the largest driving school in the North West of England. With other exciting possible career progressions in the future.

Ensure maximum value for your money when you train with one of our very experienced and ORDIT-registered trainers. The majority of the tuition is in-car and on a one-to-one basis with your trainer. This is all overseen by our Training and Development Manager and Principal Trainer, Iain Fawcett.

Iain, who is now one of the most recognised Trainers in the country. He has been with Chris Kelly Driving School for over 10 years as an ADI and ORDIT registered instructor trainer and trains 20-30 instructors for Part 3 every year. Iain delivers training seminars across the North West and has produced most of course structure, literature, videos and books. He is also an Advanced Driving Examiner and regularly appears on the BBC and other radio shows to give expert advice.

Such is our reputation at Chris Kelly, not only do we train for local and national schools we have people travel from all over the country to train with us. Even the emergency services come to us for their training.

Earn while you learn

Once you have passed Part 2 and have completed sufficient basic training for Part 3 you can start working as a trainee driving instructor for a period of 6 months on either a part-time or full-time basis provided you are sponsored by a driving school that supports the Government’s Trainee Licence scheme, such as Chris kelly. This gives you up to 6 months of real on-the-job training to help you pass the New ADI Part 3 Test and start earning money earlier than might otherwise be possible.

The DVSA recommend you should only take training to become a driving instructor from organisations and trainers who are on the Official Register of Driving Instructor Training (ORDIT). If this is not mentioned on the training companies website or the agreement you sign it simply means you are not guaranteed to have a properly qualified ORDIT trainer meaning you are unlikely to pass Part 3.

When it comes to providing driving instructor training nobody can match our record. If you want to see why Chris Kelly offer better value for money in comparison with other cheaper training providers

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