ADI New Standards Check Test Training
Standards check test
All driving instructors must be regularly checked to ensure they continue to meet the national standards for driver and rider training. This test involves a DVSA examiner watching you conduct a one hour driving lesson with a pupil. This prospect can leave most instructors very nervous and on edge. This is the job they do day in, day out and to be told that their instruction isn’t up to scratch could have a detrimental effect on their livelihood. Would you like help with the new standards check test training then please do get in touch.
We are here to help and to offer you training to ensure you not only pass your check test but that you attain a good grade too. How long this training will last will depend on several different factors but after your first session with us, we’ll have an idea of how much “rescue” training you’ll need and the areas we need to cover.
You have quite a lot of control in your check test as you can provide your own pupil, devise your own route and decide what sort of scenario you have as your lesson. This is slightly different to Part 3 of the qualifying process whereby your examiner plays the part of the pupil and gives you the scenarios. Many instructors tend to treat the check test as though it were Part 3 and this is where many people come unstuck! There are many elements to the check test and the examiner is looking for an exceptionally high standard of skills in each area.
You’ll be marked on 17 areas of competency which fit into 3 groups:
- Lesson planning
- Risk Management
- Teaching and Learning skills
You will get a score from 0 to 3 for each of the 17 competencies which the examiner will mark off on a sheet during the test. These scores will then be added together to give you an overall grading. Details of the competency areas can be found in the ADI standards check form. You will find out pretty quickly what your grading is as the feedback on your lesson is given straight away as is your grade.
If you are an experienced instructor you will probably be called for a check test every 4 years or so. In the meantime, simply carry on what you’re doing and continue to deliver an excellent standard of instruction. The test is there to do just that, to ensure those standards are maintained. If you are a newly qualified instructor, you will most certainly be called for a check test within your first year of qualifying.
So, as soon as that letter drops through your door, we can help. We can help prepare you for the check test but also provide valuable assistance and training that could help you going forward. Not only will it help you attain your grade, or a higher one but it could help you improve your pass rates. This in turn will benefit your business.
We run “rescue” check test training for different situations. Firstly, we can help those who have recently failed a check test. Due to the specifics surrounding the situations, we run this training on a one-to-one basis as everyone is different and therefore need varying levels of support. Alternatively, you may not have failed a check test but just want to make sure what you’re doing is still effective and of a high and expected standard. If you are a new instructor and you fail your first check test, this calls for urgent improvement immediately. This is where our training comes in.
The success comes when, after development or rescue training, you remember to apply the principles you’ve learned. We run these courses which start at £28 per hour. You will get an excellent standard of check test training which is tailored to you and your needs. It will focus on your weakest areas and help bring those to a higher level.
Although the check test is based around the previously mentioned competencies, your Supervising Examiner will be looking at how you deliver a well-planned and well executed lesson. It must meet the needs of the pupil who you will have chosen as your test candidate. They will need to see excellent risk management skills and teaching strategies. Try not to worry – this is what you do every day! The check test is there to protect both instructors and pupils to ensure standards are met. If you have failed or are worried about a forthcoming test, give us a call and we’ll put you in touch with one of our trainers who can help you through.