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Become a Driving Instructor

Approved Driving Instructor Training and Standards Check Test Training in Swindon, Chippenham, Gloucester, Cirencester, Wiltshire and surrounding areas

If you're looking to become a Driving Instructor or are already qualified and want to prepare for your Standards Check Test or have failed it and want some help then here at Julie Murphy's Driving School we pride ourselves in providing high quality Driving Instructor Training with great pass rates.

The qualifying process to become a Driving Instructor can seem very daunting, but our school help you to achieve your ultimate goal. We support you through the process, initially as a Pdi (potential driving instructor) providing you with all you need to know - not only to pass, but to teach real pupils.

We offer Driving Instructor training on a pay as you go basis, so you don't need to pay out large sums of money up front only to find you are not happy with progress. We don't run big advertising campaigns either as we rely on our reputation, so we strive to achieve the best results at all times.

Once you've qualified, there are opportunities to join our Driving School, which is the largest independent Driving school in the Swindon, Wiltshire area. We pride ourselves in having a great team of instructors, some of which were trained by the school. We maintain a very professional, but friendly approach to working together, meeting regularly for CPD (continual personal development) and to be social. There are many benefits to working for us, with some very unique opportunities like working at Castle Combe Race Circuit training young drivers or carrying out driving assessments for Honda in Swindon, as well as teaching learners of course!

Here is some information on each of the three tests to qualify:

ADI Part 1 - Theory test

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The test takes around 1 hour 45 minutes and includes the following, which have to be passed at the same time:-

  • 100 Multiple Choice questions
  • 14 Hazard perception clips

Julie Murphy's Driving School will provide free access to an online training module and advise on the relevant training material to read in preparation for the test when training is booked.

ADI Part 2 - Test of Driving Ability

The part 2 test consists of the following and lasts around 1 hour.

There will be 5 parts to the test:

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

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 can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test.

Going off the route

Your test result won’t 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 can’t see traffic signs

If you can’t 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.

‘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.

ADI Part 3 - Test of Instructional Ability

Your pupil can be a learner or a full licence holder. They can’t be

an Adi or someone preparing to take the part 3 test.

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

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.

Ready to consider becoming a driving instructor?

Just to recap why come to us:-

1. We rely on a good reputation with our training as we don't advertise in glossy magazines. Julie Murphy's Driving School has trained many instructors to reach their goal infact a large proportion of our team of instructors were trained within the school.

2. We don't just stop there as we offer opportunities to join the largest independent school in the Wiltshire area either on a trainee licence or when fully qualified.

3. Most importantly because we have faith we provide quality training that is good value for money we don't try trapping potential instructors by requesting large upfront costs, all our training is pay as you go.

If you'd like to find out more about the Driving Instructor training we can offer either to become a Driving Instructor or Standards Check Test Training you can contact us via the form below, or give us a call and we can answer any questions you may have with no obligation. We are also happy to provide references should you wish and you can see some reviews below.

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'This qualification process has been in equal measure, the best fun, the most frustrating, the most gut wrenching process I have ever gone through. One thing is for sure it that if it wasn't for Julie, I would have given up months ago. Julie has been the most brilliant trainer with the patience of a saint and determination of a ring fighter to get me through this final test. Yes it has been frustrating dealing with my own doubts but not once has Julie given up on me. Not only has she trained me to her standards (well above those expected from the DVSA) she has given me a career and job satisfaction never experienced in my whole working life. I am so proud to have her name on the roof of my car as I move to this next chapter.'

- Pete Lloyd

'Julie’s training and advice for parts 2 and 3 have been invaluable, her time is worth every penny.'

- Emma (Swindon)

'I cannot speak more highly of this lovely person and brilliant teacher. If I become half the ADI she is, I will be proud. Thank you so much Julie.'

- Garth (Hungerford)

ADI Instructor Training Enquiry

If you are looking to become a Driving Instructor or are already qualified and want help with the Standards Check Test then Julie Murphy's Driving School provides quality ADI training in part 1,2 & 3 and Standards Check Test Training at very competitive rates. Please complete the enquiry form and we will get back to you to discuss your Driving Instructor training requirements. If you are enquiring about Standards Check Test then click on part three and put it in the message you require information on Standards Check Test Training. Thank you!

'I can not speak more highly of this lovely person and brilliant teacher. If I become half the ADI she is, I will be proud. Thank you so much Julie.'

- Garth (Hungerford)

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