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For potential driving instructors who are training for ADI Part 3, ADIT offer the chance to gain valuable experience teaching real learners by working as part of our franchise. Please contact Trainee Licence enquiries.

About the Trainee Licence

Trainee Driving Instructor Licence

The trainee licence (also known as a pink licence) exists to give trainee instructors the chance to gain real life teaching experience before taking the most difficult of the driving instructor exams - ADI Part 3, teaching ability.

Before a trainee instructor (Potential Driving Instructor or PDI) can start teaching pupils on the licence, first they have to apply and pay for a trainee licence from the DVSA.

The main advantages of working under a trainee licence are:

  • to gain experience of instructing real pupils
  • to prepare for the ADI Part 3 Test
  • to get paid for giving instruction

The trainee licence lasts for 6 months, which should be long enough to gain enough experience to pass ADI Part 3. Occasionally it's possible to reapply for a second trainee licence, but the DVSA will want a good reason why they should issue a 2nd licence to the same trainee.

Applying for a licence

To be eligble for a licence, potential driving instructors must:

  • have passed ADI part 1 and Part 2 tests in the last 2 years
  • be sponsored by a qualified ADI who works for a professional driving school
  • have done 40 hours professional training (10 hours in-car) in the past 6 months and recorded it on the ADI 21T declaration form

Conditions for the Trainee Licence - 2 options

When the trainee instructor satisfies the above requirements, there are 2 training options:

Option 1:

  • an Approved Driving Instructor will supervise the trainee for a minimum of 20 percent of all lessons given
  • a record of all lessons taken and all supervision undertaken must be shown on the form ADI 21S (Licenced Trainee Supervision Record). The form must be signed by the trainee and supervising ADI and returned to the DVSA when the trainee licence expires

Option 2:

  • at least 20 hours additional training must be taken covering all the topics specified
  • training must be taken within 3 months of receiving the licence, or before the first attempt at ADI Part 3
  • at least 25 percent of the training must in-car on a 1 to 1 or 2 to 1 basis the sponsoring ADI trainer
  • a record of the training must be kept on form ADI 21AT (Instructor Training Declaration) and sent to the DVSA within 3 months, or given to the examiner on the first attempt at ADI Part 3 test

Using the trainee licence

There are a few important points to remember when using a pink trainee driving instructor licence...

  • A trainee instructor is only allowed to use the licence to give lessons to paying pupils through the sponsoring driving school.
  • The pink trainee licence must be displayed clearly in the car whilst giving lessons.
  • The trainee MUST NOT advertise themselves or give lessons as if a qualified instructor.

Please contact ADIT with your Trainee Licence enquiries

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