Changes to the ADI part 3 test

Why is the ADI part 3 test changing?

The ADI part 3 test of instructional ability is changing to bring it in align with the national standard for driver and rider training and the new ADI standards check test which was introduced on the 7th April 2014.

The new ADI part 3 test of instructional ability is more realistic, allows for more comprehensive coverage of subjects and skills, encourages better communications skills and client centered learning (CCL).

ADIs that have trained for and passed the new ADI part 3 of instructional ability, may not need additional training for the test of ‘continued ability and fitness to give instruction’ - commonly known as a standards check test.

What are the main changes to the new part 3 test?

The examiners role-play will be removed from the new ADI part 3 test of instructional ability and thus, the trainee driving instructor will have to bring someone with them to take the role of the learner. Instead of role playing the learner, the examiner will sit in the back and assess a normal driving lesson based on the learner driver needs.

The current 10 pre-set tests will be removed from the new ADI part 3. The lesson subject will be based on the needs of the learner driver and assessed much like in the new ADI standards check.

As with the new standards check test. The new ADI part 3 test will be based on three main competencies; lesson planning, risk management, teaching and learning strategies. The three main categories are broken down into 17 sub-competencies.

See: The new ADI part 3 test sheet (DVSA ADI26) for more info.

There is a clear shift from 'WHAT' to 'HOW' in the new ADI part 3 test. This means that the subject matter is not as important as the teaching technique. In other words, just simply learning the 10 pre-set tests (PSTs) by rote and the core competencies will no longer be enough to pass the part 3 test.

The DVSA are looking to explore the use of a log book of training and subjects covered, but ORDIT trainers will already be using these anyway. If you're an ORDIT trainer? You can use your existing training records if suitable. If not, you can adapt existing records or create new ones. Many ORDIT trainers are taking this opportunity to create new training records whilst updating their ORDIT driving instructor training syllabus.

The DVSA are going to do the ADI part 3 test at more test centres, starting with the ones that are currently providing ADI part 3 and standards check tests. Note: As they expand to other test centres, it may cause problems for ORDIT trainers and PDIs because they may be unfamiliar with the area around the test centre. Likewise, it could benefit an ORDIT trainer or PDI if the test is in an area that they're familiar with.

Will I need different training for the new part 3 test?

You will still need to prepare in the same way as you would for the existing ADI part 3 test of instructional ability. Such as learning the core competencies, level of instruction, Q&A technique, communication, driving and directional instructions, use of dual controls and the driving lesson subjects. These are the essential skills you'll need as a driving instructor and should not be left out of your driving instructor training.

ORDIT driving instructor trainers will still provide driving instructor training in the same way and will help to prepare you for real learner drivers by using role-play. An ORDIT trainer will also be able to advise you of any additional training you may require before sitting your part 3 test in instructional ability.

Although the existing ORDIT driving instructor training syllabus covers most of what is required in the new ADI part 3 test, there are few additional skill sets which you'll need to learn. As mentioned above, the new ADI part 3 test is not based on the current 10 pre-set tests (PSTs). The new ADI part 3 test is going to be based on the new standards check test which was introduced in 2014. Because of this, you will need get some additional training in preparation for the new part 3 test.

ORDIT trainers will have already been offering training for the new standards check test since 2014, so this is nothing new to them and they'll just include this in the training offered to potential driving instructors (PDIs) in preparation for the new part 3 test. As a result, all new ADIs may not need to take any additional training for the new standards check test.

The conditions for the application of a trainee licence in DVSA forms ADI 3L(MD), ADI 21T, ADI 21AT, ADI 21S will still be applicable.

When is the part 3 test changing?

The part 3 test of instructional ability is changing in October 2017. Our sources at the DVSA have told us that the part 3 test will change starting Monday 2nd October 2017.

What if I don't have a pupil?

Much like with the new ADI standards check test, you'll be able to bring anyone as a pupil on the new ADI part 3 test of instructional ability as long as they're not a driving instructor. This means that they can have a provisional or full driving licence and can be a friend or family member if necessary. However, we only recommend using friends or family if for example; you didn't take out a trainee licence with a driving school which provides you with pupils, or your pupil lets you down and someone has offered to be a reliable plan B.

Can DoDrive® prepare me for the new part 3 test?

Our DVSA ORDIT team have decades of experience in the driver training industry and have helped many people just like you to become a driving instructor. Give us a call today on 01932 808 312 to arrange a friendly informal chat with one of our DVSA ORDIT registered trainers. They'll be more than happy to discuss with you about how to become a driving instructor, the driving instructor training requirements and the new ORDIT driving instructor training syllabus.

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