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The ADI Standards Check Explained

If you are an ADI, you will no doubt already be aware the ‘Check Test’ was reviewed and replaced with the new ‘Standards Check’ on 7th April 2014 by The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (Formally called the DSA.)

It is expected that by using client centred coaching techniques that driver education will be improved as a result and that road casualty figures will be reduced.

Where will I have to take it?

You will receive an invitation from DVSA to take the test at your local test centre in exactly the same way as happened for the old check test. You will be told by letter of the date and time as well as an explanation of the test procedure.

It is mandatory to attend as failure to do so without a valid reason could result in your removal from the Register of Approved Driving Instructors.

How does it look?

A supervising examiner will accompany you on a normal one hour lesson with one of your students. The role play option is no longer permitted. There is no classroom or off road alternatives and the entire test is based on your performance in car. There are several scenarios from which you can choose one of the following students.

  • Partly trained, inexperienced learner.
  • Experienced learner, at or near to test standard.
  • New full licence holder.
  • Experienced full licence holder.

What will I be assessed on?

There are 3 main elements.

  • Lesson planning.
  • Risk management.
  • Teaching and learning strategies.

These 3 elements are further broken down into 17 individual competencies. You will need to demonstrate competence in all these sub categories to obtain a pass and a grading.

How do I pass it?

The maximum score any ADI can achieve is 51 marks.

0-30 marks = Fail

31-42 marks = Grade B

43-51 marks = Grade A


  • Achieve a score of above 7 in the ‘risk management’ section.
  • Avoiding putting yourself, your student or any other third party in danger.

It is equally vital to be proactive in the following elements:

  • Ability to deliver a well structured lesson incorporating good planning and suitable in car environment for learning to take place with opportunity to achieve goals set out by student.
  • To facilitate question and answer conversations with your student ie for reflection of goals achieved and those still to achieve, following the client centred coaching method.
  • To recognise how your student is feeling at all times and respond appropriately.
  • To be able to give feedback and encouragement.
  • To be actively listening to your student and responding accordingly.
  • Ability to discuss and coach risk assessment of students skills, including their knowledge and understanding of situations encountered.

Our courses

Both courses are on a one to one basis with your designated trainer in your vehicle.

Option 1

4 hours made up of 2 x 2hour sessions, with 2 weeks space between training sessions for ADI to practice skills learnt with their ‘real’ students.

1st 2 hour session

This time will be allocated to cover the following points:

  • Discussion and overview of the requirements of the New Standards Check.
  • Discussion and practice on client centred and coaching skills.
  • Discussion and practice based on the key elements.
  • Evaluation of competence and completion of SC1 form (following the 17 sub categories criteria).

2nd 2 hour session

This time will be allocated to cover the following points:

  • Follow up and review of development areas identified from previous session.
  • Further in car practice session of key skills, as necessary if ADI wishes, OR
  • Mock test.

Option 2

Hourly training sessions, bespoke and tailored to individual ADI requirements.

Our Fees

£95 for complete 4 hour course or £25 hour ‘pay as you go’ training