Driving Instructor Training in Devon - Driving School South West

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Driving Instructor Training in Devon


Train to become a Driving Instructor with The Driving School south west, established in 2008 we are a local independent driving school who take great care training you every step of the way on your journey to become a fully qualified Driving Instructor.

Take your time and read all our information about training, or contact Daniel Now for any questions regarding Driving Instructor Training in Devon.

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Why Choose To Train With Us ?

  • No up-front costs
  • Pay as you go training
  • Train with Daniel who has 17 years experience of driving instructor training in Devon
  • Full access to our Video tutorials which cover all aspects of training
  • Full access to our private Social media pages full of training information
  • Train alongside your current job
  • Excellent customer reviews
  • Fully structured training program
  • Excellent PDI and ADI Franchises

Why Work For Us ?

  • Long Established local driving school in Devon
  • Family run business
  • Part time salary 25-35k per annum
  • Full time salary 50-65k per annum
  • Flexible working hours
  • Full instructor support and on-going driving instructor training
  • Full access to our Video tutorials and private Social media pages full of training information
  • You do the job you enjoy we take care of everything else

Customer Reviews

“I passed part 1,2 and 3 first time thanks to Daniel’s incredible instructor training, you are methodical in your attention to detail in all aspects of training. You taught me to be a driving instructor, not just pass a test, if you want to train to become a driving instructor I highly recommend Daniel”


“Having failed part 2 on my first attempt I contacted Daniel, it was short notice as I only had one week to my next attempt, thank you for everything you taught me in such a short time, the training was tough but its what I needed. A week after failing with 10 faults I passed with only 1 fault”


“Daniel I cannot thank you enough for everything on Part 3 training, you pushed me to limits and made me realise exactly not only what was needed to pass part 3 but most importantly how to be the best instructor I can be”


DVSA - Driving Instructor Training Process

If you are considering driving instructor training in Devon with the Driving School South West why not take a few minutes to review the training process explained in the words of the DVSA.

ADI Part 1

The theory test

You have 1 hour and 30 minutes to answer 100 multiple-choice questions.

Before the test starts you’ll get:

  • instructions on how the test works
  • the chance to do some practice questions to get used to the screens

How the test works

There are 25 questions in each of these 4 categories:

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

A question and several possible answers appear on a screen. You have to select the right answer.

Leaving a question

You can ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later.

Changing your answers

You can go back to any question to review and change your answer at any point.

When you’ve finished

You can finish the multiple-choice questions part when you’ve answered all of the questions. You do not have to use the full 1 hour and 30 minutes.

You can have a break of up to 3 minutes before the hazard perception test starts.

The Hazard perception test

Before you start the hazard perception test, you’ll be shown a video about how it works.

You’ll then watch 14 video clips. The clips:

  • feature everyday road scenes
  • contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ – but one of the clips features 2 developing hazards

You get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen.

What a ‘developing hazard’ is

A developing hazard is something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction.


A car is parked at the side of the road and is not doing anything. It would not cause you to take action, so it’s not a developing hazard.

When you get closer, the car’s right-hand indicator starts to flash and it starts to move away. You’d need to slow down, so it’s now a developing hazard.

How the scoring works

You can score up to 5 points for each developing hazard.

To get a high score, click the mouse as soon as you see the hazard starting to develop.

You do not lose points if you click and get it wrong. However, you will not score anything if you click continuously or in a pattern.

You only get one attempt at each clip. You cannot review or change your responses.

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ADI Part 2

What happens during the test

There are 5 parts to the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test:

  • an eyesight check
  • ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
  • general driving ability
  • manoeuvres
  • independent driving

How long the test lasts

The test takes around one hour.

The eyesight test

You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

  • 26.5 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
  • 27.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate

New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, such as AB51 ABC.

You’ll fail the test if you do not pass the eyesight test. It will count as one of the 3 attempts you’re allowed at the ADI part 2 test.

‘Show me, tell me’ questions

You’ll be asked 5 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. These test that you know how to carry out basic safety tasks.

You’ll be asked:

  • 3 ‘tell me’ questions at the start of your test, before you start driving
  • 2 ‘show me’ questions while you’re driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers

You’ll get a driving fault for each incorrect answer you give.

You’ll get a serious fault and fail the test if you answer all 5 questions incorrectly, or if you lose control of the car while answering any of the ‘show me’ questions.

Your general driving ability

You’ll have to show the examiner all of the following:

  • expert handling of the controls
  • use of correct road procedure
  • anticipation of the actions of other road users and then taking appropriate action
  • sound judgement of distance, speed and timing
  • consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users
  • driving in an environmentally-friendly manner

You’ll drive in varying road and traffic conditions, including motorways or dual carriageways where possible.

You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

Reversing your vehicle

The examiner will ask you to do 2 of the following exercises:

  • parallel park at the side of the road
  • reverse into a parking bay and drive out
  • drive into a parking bay and reverse out
  • pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for around 2 car lengths, and rejoin the traffic

Independent driving

You’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:

  • directions from a sat nav
  • traffic signs

The examiner will tell you which you have to do.

Following directions from a sat nav

The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up for you.

You cannot follow directions from your own sat nav during the test.

Going off the route

Your test result will not be affected if you take a wrong turning, unless you make a fault while doing it.

The examiner will help you get back on the route if you do.

If you cannot see traffic signs

If you cannot see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.

If you make mistakes during your test

You can carry on if you make a mistake. It might not affect your test result if it’s not serious.

Your driving examiner will only stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users

Faults and test result

There are 3 types of faults you can make:

  • a dangerous fault – this involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property
  • a serious fault – something potentially dangerous
  • a driving fault – this is not potentially dangerous, but if you keep making the same fault, it could become a serious fault

Pass mark

You’ll pass your approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test if you make:

  • no more than 6 driving faults
  • no serious or dangerous faults

If you pass your test

The examiner will:

  • tell you what faults you made, if any
  • give you a copy of the driving test report

You can then either:

A trainee driving instructor licence can help you prepare for the ADI part 3 test.

If you do not pass

The examiner will tell you what faults you made.

You can take the test again if you fail at either your first or second attempt.

You have to pay again to book another test.

Failing the third attempt

You have to retake and pass the ADI part 1 test again if you fail the ADI part 2 test 3 times.

You have to wait 2 years from when you first passed the ADI part 1 test before you can take it again.

Appeal your ADI part 2 test

You can appeal your test if you can prove that your examiner did not follow the law.

Read the guidance on appealing your test to check if your examiner followed the law.

If you have proof they did not follow the law you can complain to the Driver and Vehicle and Standards Agency (DVSA)

If DVSA agrees with your complaint, your test result cannot be changed but you might get a refund or a free retest.

If DVSA does not agree with your complaint you may be able to appeal to a court instead.

Appeal your test to a court

You can appeal if you can prove that your examiner did not follow the law when they carried out your test.

Your test result cannot be changed, but you might get a refund or a free retest if your appeal is successful.

You might have to pay significant legal costs if your appeal is unsuccessful.

You’ll need to appeal within:

  • 6 months of your test in England and Wales
  • 21 days of your test in Scotland


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ADI part 3

PDI licence

You can apply for a trainee driving instructor licence after you pass the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test. A trainee licence:

  • helps you get experience instructing pupils to drive so you can prepare for the ADI part 3 test
  • lasts for 6 months

You can charge for lessons to cover the cost of things like your insurance and vehicle costs.

Who can apply

You can apply for a trainee licence if you:

  • have passed your ADI part 1 test in the last 2 years
  • have passed the ADI part 2 test
  • have had at least 40 hours of training from a qualified ADI in providing driving instruction (at least 10 of which were done in a car), recorded on the ADI 21T declaration form
  • are eligible to take the ADI part 3 test

Being refused a trainee licence

You can appeal to the General Regulatory Chamber if you’re refused a trainee licence.

 The Part 3 test

A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) examiner will watch you give a client-centred driving lesson lasting about 45 minutes to one of your pupils.

Your pupil must drive for at least 40 minutes of the lesson.

At the start of the lesson, discuss the goals for the lesson and risk management with your pupil. This should take no more than 3 minutes.

At the end of the lesson, give your pupil no more than 3 minutes to reflect on their performance.

The examiner will look for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver and rider training.

Your pupil

Your pupil can be a:

  • partly trained learner
  • fully trained learner
  • full licence holder

Your pupil cannot be:

  • a learner who has just started learning to drive
  • an approved driving instructor (ADI) or someone else who is preparing to take the ADI part 3 test

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 strategies

The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ADI part 3 test report form, which the examiner will fill in at the end of your test.

You’ll get a score from 0 to 3 for each of the 17 competencies, which are added up to work out if you’ve passed the test, and what your grade will be.

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Most driving instructor training schools will ask for you to pay for the entire course upfront. That means you are paying for parts 1,2 and 3 in full. No one can guarantee you will pass the part 2 exam, the worst case is you fail part 2 three times and all your money paid for part 3 is wasted!

So what makes us different?

Simple, all your training is Pay as You Go and our part 1 study package starts from just £75.

For prices full pricing information please contact us.


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“Now I’ve passed part 3 and chilled a bit I would like to thank you Daniel for your persistence and patience. I’m eternally grateful, you didn’t have to put up with me and my ways but you did. I know I’m an emotional enigma but I’m truly glad you and your family are a part of my life. Thanks dear x”


“Couldn’t of done it without you Daniel, you made me realise what it takes to be successful, internal thanks”


“You put so much more into my training than you had to, thank you for all the Zoom training we did in the lockdowns but most importantly to support you gave me, I will never forget it x”