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Welcome to Let’s Instruct Driving Instructor Academy – your route to become a Driving Instructor in Northampton, Northamptonshire and the midlands. When you train with us you are guaranteed place with our award winning driving school franchise should you choose!

Let’s Instruct Driving Instructor Academy has been established to deliver quality driving instructor training courses at the highest level. We will guide you through every step on the road to becoming a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor. Training courses are delivered by our top-quality trainers and you will be supported throughout your course.

The Tests

  • Theory Test Part 1 (100 Questions and a 14 Clip Hazard (Perception Test)
  • Advanced Driving Test Part 2 (Advanced One Hour Driving Test)
  • Test of Teaching Ability Part 3 (An Observed Driving Lesson)

The Cost

Full Course – From only £2150.00!

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The Course – Let’s Instruct Driving Instructor Academy (LIDIA)

Part 1: The LIDIA Theory

Your theory training is broken down into easy to follow ‘bite-sized’ sections to help you study, learn and understand. You will recieve all the recommended reading material and a course manual to help you study. You will also have acess to a theory app so you can practice. The syllabus builds a comprehensive knowledge of the DVSA reference material and driving theory.

Our expert team is available to provide you with UNLIMITED support as you prepare and study for ADI Part 1 test.

What happens on your part 1 theory test:

Multiple-choice questions – 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

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 don’t 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.

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 isn’t doing anything. It wouldn’t 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 don’t lose points if you click and get it wrong. However, you won’t score anything if you click continuously or in a pattern.

You only get one attempt at each clip. You can’t review or change your responses.

Part 2: The LIDIA Driving

Your ADI Part 2 driver training is broken into easy to follow ‘bite-sized’ sections to help you learn and understand. You will receive 10 hours of advanced driving lessons to bring your driving up to the standard required by the DVSA.

Using our structured exercises to guide you, you will build your skills and ability. To help you further, our expert training team provide UNLIMITED tutor support for Part 2 – we are always ready to help you. You can practice at times to suit you and have unlimited trainer support.

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

Part 3: The LIDIA Course

Your ADI Part 3 course is once again broken into easy to follow ‘bite-sized’ step by step sections. You will receive 40 hours training and will cover: communication skills; route planning; pupil observation and assessment; basic coaching skills; the core competencies; fault identification and analysis; level of instruction; control of lesson; question and answer; feedback and encouragement. Once the training is complete you will be in a position to take up a 6 month trainee licence should you choose to.

We are always ready to help you as our expert training team provides UNLIMITED tutor support for Part 3

What happens during the test: 

  • A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency examiner will watch you give a client-centred driving lesson lasting about an hour to one of your pupils.
  • The examiner will look for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver and rider training.

Your pupil:

  • Your pupil can be a learner or a full licence holder.
  • They can’t be an approved driving instructor (ADI) or someone else who is preparing to take the ADI part 3 test.
  • You can take your trainer or mentor with you, but they can’t take part in the lesson.

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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