Once you have passed the ADI Part 2 Test you can choose to apply to teach on a “trainee licence”.
You do not have to take this option, you can continue your training for the ADI Part 3 Test without a trainee licence.
Conditions applying to a Trainee Licence
You must be working for a Driving School
You must receive 40 hours of training in preparation for ADI Part 3 during the 6 months before your trainee licence commences
Your Trainee Licence will only last 6 months
Sometimes a second Trainee Licence might be issued, but this cannot be guaranteed
You must choose either a “supervision” or a “training” option
If you choose the supervision option, then 20% of all lessons that you give must be supervised by an Approved Driving Instructor
If you choose the training option then you must receive an additional 20 hours of training during the first 3 months of the Trainee Licence, or before you attempt the Part 3 Exam
If the exam is failed then further training requirements apply
Advantages of using a Trainee Licence
The purpose of a Trainee Licence is to gain more practical experience by teaching real pupils in order to supplement your training before taking the ADI Part 3 Test.
Disadvantages of using a Trainee Licence
If you do not pass the Part 3 Test within 6 months you are out of a job until you do pass
If you fail the Part 3 Test three times you are out of a job
Real pupils do not always behave in the same way as the Examiner will
The pupils that you teach might give you a lot of practice at some types of teaching, but very little at other types
It is possible to fall into the trap of thinking short term, and aiming only to fill your diary to earn money rather than train and prepare for the ADI Part 3 Test.
The Right Choice ?
The Trainee Licence is not the right option for everybody, all the factors need to be considered very carefully before making a decision.
Test Of Ability To Instruct ADI Part 3
Train Whilst You Work