In order to be a trainee driving instructor and receive reward for driving tuition,
you must have taken 40 hours of basic instructional training form a qualified ADI,
and you will be required to pay a fee of £140. The license will last for 6 months
and the DSA doesn’t normally issue another one once a license expires, this prevents
people abusing the system and simply trying to make a living from their trainee
badge whilst not bothering to ever attempt the final qualifying test. One of the
conditions of you holding a trainee license is that during the course of the badge
being in use, you must adhere to EITHER of the two following conditions;
- The sponsoring ADI must supervise 20% of all the lessons you give, you are required
to keep a record of this and you and your trainer should document these supervised
lessons on the ADI 21S form which will accompany your trainee license.
- You must take a total of 20 hours extra training covering the various topics included
in your preliminary 40 hours, 5 of these 20 hours must be ‘in car’ and a clear and
concise record should be recorded on the ADI 21s form.
There are many driving schools that will sponsor you in order for you to obtain
your trainee license, (you will require a sponsor who can confirm you have taken
your 40 hours of training), you will be required to pay a franchise fee with most schools
and some of these organisations can charge more for a franchise package if you are
not fully qualified. We at Fineline Driving Academy would like to advise possible
PDI’s to have a long hard think before going ahead with your pink badge because
of your trainers advice. There are many driving instructor schools out there that
will advise you that a trainee driving instructors license is vital in you passing
your final qualifying exams, this is simply not true and although it can be a useful
aid in helping you pass your part 3, it is not necessary.
It should also be noted that there are many rumours of the DSA planning to put an
end to pink badges in the future and although nothing is concrete, the possibility
of this is strong.
The sole purpose of a trainee license is to prepare for your final qualifying exam,
the ADI part 3 test. It should not be used as a means to earn money and you should
not sacrifice your current job, if any, to cater for a trainee license as you could
soon find yourself in financial difficulties if you cannot pass your final exam.
The ADI part 3 test is quite unique in the way it is structured with the examiner
playing the role of two different learners, and teaching real life learners how
to drive is slightly different. As explained in this section, the ADI part 3 test
will be split into two set subjects, where as in the real world your lesson plan
can go out of the window if the pupil begins making unexpected mistakes. On the
other hand, many people find obtaining a trainee driving instructors license can
benefit greatly on your journey to becoming fully qualified, you should also bear
in mind that if your pupil is paying for their lesson then it is in your best interests
to provide them with a complete service and not just use them as a guinea pig!
For a complete up to date guide on the conditions and requirements of the PDI license,
you should click here, you can apply for your PDI license or find any information you may require
regarding this route of qualifying to become an ADI via this link.