Thinking of changing your career?
Have you ever thought about being your own boss, working the hours that suit you, taking time off when you choose, spending more time with your family and friends?
Do you want a job that you control and not one that controls you?
Being a driving instructor can allow you to do all of these things and more! With an increasing number of people wanting to learn to drive, the need for driving instructors has never been greater. At Freeman's Driving Academy we offer flexible instructor training courses which can be tailored to fit around your current commitments and payment plans to suit you. Do you want to earn in excess of 30K a year? then you’ve come to the right place . Instructor Training in Wokingham Instructor Training in Crowthorne Instructor Training in Bracknell
Part 1 is divided into 2 parts, the theory test and the hazard perception test.
The theory test consists of a test with 100 questions to assess your knowledge of The Highway Code, the rules of the road and instructional techniques. The questions are divided into 4 bands:
• Road Procedure
• Traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge
• Driving test, disabilities and the law
• Publications and instructional techniques
This is a multiple choice test and is performed at a driving theory test centre using a touch screen PC.
You have to pass 80% in each band, but overall you must achieve a total of 85%. You can take this test as many times as you need to.
The hazard perception part of the test is designed to test your ability to identify potential dangers which may occur whilst you are driving.
You will be shown 14 video clips, each lasting approximately a minute, showing various hazards such as vehicles, pedestrians and road conditions. As soon as you see a hazard developing you will need to respond with a click of the mouse. The sooner that you spot a hazard and respond, the higher your score will be.
The pass mark for this test is 57 out of 75. This test is performed on the same day as the theory test, after a short break
This practical test of driving ability consists of eyesight test, safety questions and driving ability. It lasts approx. 1 hour and you may only have a maximum of 6 driving errors to pass.
The eyesight test
You must be able to read a number plate at 27.5m (90ft)
You must be able to describe how to perform a check on the condition and safety of 3 car components and demonstrate an actual check on the condition of a further 2. The components will be chosen from: 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.
Test of driving ability
This is an advanced driving test and a very high standard of competence is required. You must show:
· 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 will vary, and may include roads which carry heavy and/or fast moving traffic; they will also cover different traffic conditions, including urban and rural conditions.
To pass you must show the ability to perform any or all of the following manoeuvers 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
· 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
· turn the vehicle to face in the opposite direction by the use of forward and reverse gears
· 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.
You will be notified of the result at the end of your test
The object of this test is to assess the quality of your instruction and your ability to pass your knowledge on to pupils. The test is in 2 parts, each of which lasts about half an hour. You must pass both parts on the same test.
You will be asked to demonstrate your knowledge and ability by giving practical driving instruction to the examiner who will first take on the role of a pupil who is a beginner, or a learner driver with limited driving knowledge, and then a pupil who is about test standard.
The exercises (pre set sets)
For each of the roles the examiner will choose 1 of the exercises given below as the basis of the instruction:
· safety precautions on entering the car and explanation of the controls
· moving off and making normal stops
· reversing and reversing into limited openings to the right or left
· turning the vehicle round in the road to face the opposite direction, using forward and reverse gears
· parking close to the kerb, using forward and reverse gears
· how to make an emergency stop and practical instruction in the use of mirrors
· approaching and turning corners
· judgement of speed, making progress and general road positioning
· dealing with road junctions
· dealing with crossroads
· dealing with pedestrian crossings and giving correct signals in a clear and unmistakeable manner
· overtaking, meeting and crossing the path of other road users, allowing adequate clearance
The instruction you give should be tailored to the time available and to the standard of the 'pupil' being role-played by the examiner. You will probably find it helpful to establish the depth of the 'pupil's' knowledge in each phase, by asking questions and observing the 'pupil's' performance as you would with a real pupil you had not taught before.
In assessing your performance, the examiner will take into account:
· the method, clarity, adequacy and correctness of instruction given
· the observation, analysis and correction of faults committed by the pupil
· your general manner You will be expected to maintain control of the lesson, be patient and tactful and give encouragement to the 'pupil' at all times. What is assessed is the relevance of the instruction for the ability of the pupil and to the particular conditions on the road on the day of the test
You will be given the result at the end of the test
A trainee licence may be granted to a PDI if your application is successful. It lasts for a period of 6 months and currently costs £140.00. This will allow you, the PDI, to teach your own pupils whilst charging a fee to do so. The benefit of a trainee licence is that you would gain invaluable experience and practice of your instructional ability before you take your Part 3 exam.
There are 2 methods which you can choose from whilst working on your trainee licence. You can be supervised by your sponsor (normally your ADI trainer) for 20% of the hours that you work, or you can undertake a further 20 hours of training.
Once you have qualified by passing your part 3 exam, you are required within 12 months to apply to the DSA to be placed on the ADI register.
The current cost of this licence is £300 and is renewable every four years.
Choosing the right driving school to work for is a difficult and frustrating time. At Freemans Driving Academy our aim is simple, to help you grow your business and be part of a successful driving school. Many newly qualified instructors struggle as a result of not having enough knowledge about how to run a driving school. Our goal is to make sure that you receive as much help and support as you need. The more successful that you become, the more successful we become!
Whether you are an ADI or PDI, the franchise fee is the same. You can work on a full franchise where we provide the car, or you can work on a headboard franchise. This is where you use your own car.
For more information about joining Freemans Driving Academy, use our contact form.
What we can do for you
• Recruit new customers.
• Accept credit/debit card payment (no charge).
• Professional call answering
• We can organise forward bookings.
• We can organise Theory and Practical Tests.
• We can make customer care calls as requested by you or by regular routine.
• We save you time and money through a complete admin service.
• View online, in car and any web enabled mobile.
• View, add, change, delete, move bookings.
• Able to manage all areas of your business, from bookings to costs, from retention to pass rates.
• We book both Theory and Practical Tests with no admin fee.
• Practical Tests are booked only when the instructor confirms the pupil as ready.
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