Part-One – Throughout your Part-One training you must complete a systematic and structured Home Study course. You will learn the essential driving and teaching theory prior to moving on to the practical phases of your course (part 2 and 3). You will receive a Home Study pack containing DSA recommended books/DVD and the Study Guides and Question Book. You must work through the guide methodically. Your trainer will offer advice when you meet periodically for practical training sessions. One of these sessions will train you to pass the hazard perception test.
The Part-One training phase consists of 3 hours training time during which time your driving will be assessed, and guidance given to help you start practicing for your Part-Two immediately during your own time.
Part-Two – the Part-Two training phase consists of 10 hours training time (6 x 1 ½ hr sessions followed by your Part-Two exam), initially your ADI trainer will re-cap the outcome of your initial drive that you did during your Part-One training, to monitor and measure your level of progress. Your Part-Two training will then focus on all the required topics and manoeuvres to prepare you for your Part-Two exam. You will be coached toward the M – S – P – S – L (Mirrors – Signal – Position – Speed – Look) routine if you aren’t already familiar with this, in addition to the L – A – D – A (L – A – D – A) routine these being two fundamental systems of driving essential to passing the Part-Two test.
Each of the topics and manoeuvres incorporated into the Part-Two test will be covered throughout this stage of your training, and you will also be working through the private practice record forms in the Part-Two driving manual throughout this phase of your Part-Two training.
Part-Three – the Part-Three phase of your training consists of 40 hours training time (18 x 2hr sessions + 1 x 4hr session) these training sessions are broken down into two sections. The first 12 hours (6 x 2hr sessions) focus on driving instructors key skills such as watching and verbalising events and actions, controlling the “pupil” and the car verbally and physically. Also included and covered in the key skills are the instructor’s repertoire of instructor tools such as Q & A, lesson planning, feedback and encouragement besides more, and also the fault assessment skills of correctly dealing with “pupil” faults.
The second 28 hours (12 x 2hr sessions + 1 x 4hr session) systematically work through all the topics covered for a learner or experienced driver, referring to and showing the relevancy of the set PST’s (Pre-Set Tests). Throughout this part of the training phase there will be lots of “pupil role-playing” at different levels to aid the PDI in developing their ability to effectively hone their instructional level to the “pupil” in role. Throughout this phase of the Part-Three training there will be opportunity for mock tests, and time allocated for remedial training where it is needed the most, before taking the Part-Three exam.
Establishing a pattern – before starting your training it will be important for you to consider how much time you can devote to study each week, and of establishing a daily or weekly pattern. This will be aided and encouraged further through the home study manuals and accompanying mock tests, which enable monitoring of your progress. You will also be able to develop and work to a plan with your trainer in order to work within the DSA examination time frame as well as your own time frame expectations.
Duration of the course – the duration of our ADI training course depends on the speed at which the individual training works through the course content and sufficiently prepares for each separate exam.
As a general guide there have been PDIs who have fully qualified as ADI’s within as little as 5 months, however this is not the norm. Conversely others have taken virtually the full two year time frame permitted by the DSA after initially passing the Part-One theory test. We will arrange your training to the time frame which most suits your individual needs in relation to work, allocated study time and your individual time frame that you may have set as a goal to complete the ADI training course within.
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