KUDOS Courses & Training Prices

We try to keep the costs to you at a minimum and so offer a couple of different ways of paying for your training. We cannot give you an exact cost as each individual person will need more or less support/lessons than another. Books, CD Roms and other resources are available from KUDOS but we also post lots of help and advice on our blog.


Pay As You Go

£35 per hr

This is probably our most favoured option as you can spread the cost out of the course of your training.

Part 1 (Theory) Costs are – 
£191.00 – Theory Training, Induction & Theory Training 
£83.00   - Test Fee

Part 2 (Practical) Costs are – 
£35.00 per hour x hours you need
£111.00 – Test Fee 

A typical person will need 10 hours (plus practice) of training to get to the required standard for passing an ADi Part 2 test.

Part 3 (Teaching) Costs are –
£35 per hour x hours you need
£111.00 – Test Fee

The amount of hours required will depend on your aptitude for teaching/training but the average person will need about 40 hours of training but the more practice you do the less time you should need.

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Additional hrs can be purchased at £30 per hr.

**Regardless of how you pay for your training we will organise an individual tailored training program with yourself so that the training can be built into you life rather than your life adapting to you training**

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Driving Instructor Training - The Tests

Before you can start the process of the driving instructor training tests you must have been accepted into the DVSA as a Potential Driving Instructor (PDI). The whole process of qualifying must be completed within 2 years, if you have not passed before the end of this period you must start all over again and pay the associated costs. There are 3 tests that you must pass to become a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor (ADi) and each test is taken in sequence.

You cannot progress to the next test until you have passed the present test. Each test can be attempted 3 times but after the 3rd time you will not be allowed to take the test again until the 2 year period starts again but before you can start the 3 tests you must apply to go on the register which involves requesting a DBS/CRB (criminal record) check which shows the DVSA that you are a fit and proper person.

You can complete the application for this at

Test 1 - The Theory & Hazard Perception Test

The 1st test is in fact 2 separate tests that are taken during the same sitting. The Theory test is a 100 question multiple choice test taken across the following subjects:

  • Road procedures
  • Traffic signs and signals
  • Car Control
  • Pedestrians and Mechanical knowledge
  • General road safety and Driving techniques
  • Medical knowledge

Once you have completed this it's time to test your Hazard Perception skills. The Hazard Perception test is taken through 14 video clips from which you must identify at least 1 potential hazard. There are actually 15 potential hazards that you must identify, so 1 video will have 2 hazards in it! The scoring system counts down from 5 to zero and the earlier you identify it the more points you get, but if your too early you won't get any points.

If you fail 1 test you fail both and must re sit them both. These tests can be taken over 1 hour 45 minutes. The tests are run by Pearson Professional Services on behalf of the DVSA at many tests centres across the country and their staff will tell you at the end of your test whether you have passed or failed.

Test 2 - The Practical

The driving ability test is broken down into the following categories.

An Eyesight Check

For the eyesight check you must be able to read a number plate from 26.5 metres for a new style number plate or 27.5 for an old style number plate. New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, e.g. AB51 ABC. If you fail the eyesight test it will be considered as 1 attempt but the test will be stopped straight away.

You must use glasses or contact lenses during the whole test if you need them to read the number plate.

You’ll fail the test if you don’t pass the eyesight test. It will count as 1 of the 3 attempts you’re allowed at the ADI part 2 test.

Vehicle Safety Questions

The Vehicle Safety Checks or Show/Tell questions as they are known are asked straight after the eyesight check. There are 19 potential questions and you will be asked 3 show questions. Which would be asked to “show” the examiner where the certain thing is and how it works. You will also be asked to “tell” me Questions during which the examiner will want you to tell them how to check something on the car for instance how you would check the brakes are working. You can get a minor driver fault for each question wrongly answered.

You’ll be asked 5 vehicle safety questions. These are also known as ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

The examiner will ask you 3 ‘show me’ questions where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out the vehicle checks, and 2 ‘tell me’ questions where you’ll have to explain how you’d carry out the vehicle checks. You’ll get a driving fault for each incorrect answer you give.

You’ll get a serious fault and fail the test if you answer all 5 questions incorrectly.

You can find a full list of questions with videos at www.gov.uk/government/publications/car-show-me-tell-me-vehicle-safety-questions/car-show-me-tell-me-vehicle-safety-questions

General Driving Ability

During the driving ability part of the test you'll have to show the examiner all of the following:

  • excellent handling of the controls
  • understand correct road procedure
  • anticipation of the actions of other road users and then react appropriately
  • making good judgement of distance
  • speed and timing
  • show consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users
  • drive in an environmentally friendly manner

You’ll drive in varying road and traffic conditions, including motorways or dual carriageways where possible.

You must be able to carry out all of the following manoeuvres:

  • Pull away straight ahead or at an angle overtake
  • Meet or cross the path of other vehicles
  • Turn left-hand and right-hand
  • Complete an emergency stop
  • Reverse into limited openings to the right and left
  • Reverse-park the vehicle into the space behind a parked car
  • Reverse-park into a parking bay
  • Turn the vehicle to face in the opposite direction using forward and reverse gears

You'll also have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the examiner for around 10 minutes, this is known as the independent drive. You’ll have to follow either:

  • Traffic signs
  • A series of directions given to you before you set off
  • A combination of both

At the end of the test you will be given your results, with feedback. To pass these you must not get more than 6 minor driver faults.

Test 3 - The Instructional Test

The third a final test is about 1 hour long and is designed to test 3 elements:

  • The core competences
  • Your teaching ability
  • Instructional characteristics

The test is in 2 parts in which the DVSA examiner will role play 3 types of pupil. A beginner or partly trained pupil, a pupil who is about test standard, and a qualified driver taking driver development training, the latter is normally reserved for those taking a Fleet Adi test.

The examiner will choose to play 1 role for each test. The role will be selected from the following:

  • Safety precautions on entering the car and explanation of the controls
  • Moving off and making normal stops
  • Reversing the car and entering limited openings to the right or left
  • Turning the vehicle round in the road to face the opposite direction
  • Parking close to the kerb, using reverse gears
  • Practical instruction in how to use mirrors and make an emergency stop
  • Approaching and turning corners
  • Judgement of speed and general road positioning
  • Dealing with emerging at T-junctions
  • Dealing with all aspects of crossroads
  • Dealing with pedestrian crossings and giving appropriate signals
  • Meeting, crossing the path of and overtaking other vehicles

At the end of the tests you will be invited back into the DVSA examiner’s office for the result and feedback. To pass the test you must maintain a 4 to 6 score across every aspect end tested. This is by far the hardest of the 3 tests and is the stumbling block for many potential instructors but if you pass you are now a fully qualified driving instructor and embark on a career that will bring you exciting times ahead.

NEWS...NEWS...NEWS - We have been told that the ADi part 3 test is going to be changing in April 2017 to more like the driving instructors Standards Check. This is where an examiner sits in the back of a lesson you give to a real pupil on a subject you choose on a route you choose. This approach may change nearer the date but the DVSA will advise us accordingly.