ADI Standards Check

The approved driving instructor (ADI) standards check replaced the ADI check test on 7 April 2014.

The ADI standards check assesses the driving instructors ability to teach pupils.

You have to take at least one ADI standards check during each 4-year period that you’re registered as an ADI.

You have to take a standards check even if you don’t have a car or aren’t working as an Advanced Driving Instructor.

You can only take the ADI standards checks in English or Welsh.

What happens at the standards check

A Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency examiner will watch us give a normal one hour driving lesson to our pupil, of course we will always check with the pupil first that they are happy to be a part of this examination.

The examiner will look for evidence that we meet the National standards for driver and rider training.

What we will be marked on

We will be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories:

  • lesson planning
  • risk management
  • teaching and learning skills

The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ADI standards check form, which the examiner will fill in during the ADI check.

We will get a score from 0 to 3 for each of the 17 competencies, which are added up to work out our grade.

After we give the driving lesson, the examiner will discuss our performance and give us our grade. This will take approximately 15 minutes.

The standards check grade

We will get our grade, along with our completed standards check form at the end of your standards check.

Total score Grade Description
0-30 Fail Your performance is unsatisfactory
31-42 Grade B You’ll stay on the approved driving instructors (ADI) register
43-51 Grade A You have shown a high standard of instruction and you’ll stay on theADI register

We will automatically fail if:

  • We get a score of 7 or less in the ‘risk management’ category.
  • the examiner stops the lesson because you’ve put yourself or someone else in danger.

If we fail the standards check

We have up to 2 more attempts to pass the standards check.

If we fail 3 times:

  • We will be removed from the approved driving instructors (ADI) register
  • We will have to retake the ADI tests to join the ADI register again.