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If you are a registered Approved Driving Instructor (ADI), you will need to take a test of your 'continued ability and fitness to give instruction' during your period of registration.

These are commonly known as the Standards check, previously known as 'check tests'.

Standards checks are carried out by a supervising examiner from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

You will need to take the Standards check to maintain your Approved Driving Instructor Registration.

Purpose of the Standards check

  • To ensure that acceptable standards of instruction are being maintained;
  • To give the Supervising Examiner an opportunity to offer advice and guidance on the way instruction can be improved


The Supervising Examiner is there to help; he is not looking for the easiest way to remove your name from the ADI register.

What's involved in a Standards check?

A Standards check usually involves the examiner assessing your instructional ability by watching a lesson you give to a real pupil.

If you don't have a pupil available, you may give instruction to someone who holds a full driving licence, but you will need to make your level of instruction right for their ability.

The Standards check is a chance for you to show your ability to instruct pupils and to get professional guidance on where you could improve.

As a registered Approved Driving Instructor (ADI), you may have to take a Standards check at any time during your period of registration.

Grading a Standards check

Although the Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Registrar may remove your name from the Register after one substandard Standards check, if you get below a grade B, you will usually have two more attempts to meet the required standard.

If you don't reach an acceptable standard in those three consecutive Standards check, the ADI Registrar will start the process of removing you from the Register. Before your name can be re-entered onto the Register, you will have to retake - and pass - all the ADI qualifying examinations.

ADI Standards Check (Upgrade)

This course is designed for the ADI who is seriously looking to improve the quality of their tuition and ADI Standards Check grade.

This is a comprehensive overhaul of all aspects of your current instructional technique.

Ensure that you have the core skills necessary for the Client Centred Learning that you will be assessed on during the Standards check, contact Danco Driving School.

Read the Hermes report to get more insight into the education of new drivers and suggested scenarios which new and experienced driving instructors could follow.


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