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#1 20-03-04 00:27:16

jonks
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How long does it take?

From the point of thinking "I want to be a driving instructor!" to actually teaching you first student, how long did it take you?

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#2 20-03-04 07:20:32

Liesa
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Re: How long does it take?

It took me 10 months untill I started teaching, but 18 months untill I qualified! smile


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#3 20-03-04 08:36:26

bigred
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Re: How long does it take?

I started training in March 1990, Went Pink in August and qualified in October. So about 9 months.

But I had been thinking about doing it for a year or so before.

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#4 21-03-04 07:48:16

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Re: How long does it take?

Good question Jonks!

Many potential ADIs will be attracted by the sales pitch of companies that suggest training can be completed in 4 months.  Whilst this is possible (only just) it is also extremely rare and very, very hard - especially with the waiting times for tests that are currently being experienced.

I would suggest that you are looking at a minimum of 6 months from commencement of training, but more likely 9 - 12 months or even longer. If a trainee licence is taken then the time to qualification will be even longer still.

Too many trainees get a little excited when they pass their part 2 and they can finally see light at the end of the tunnel. Too often this results in them rushing their part 3 and trying to do it in a similar time to that taken for their part 2.  Part 3 is where the really hard work begins (look at the pass rates) so sit back, take your time and study and practice like mad. Far better to pass 1st time after 10 months than fail your 3 attempts in 6 months!  In my experience, rushing part 3 is one of the biggest causes of failure.


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#5 21-03-04 19:46:25

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Re: How long does it take?

Hi All,

It took me 12 months to the day from signing up to passing part 3, passed all parts first time. I was also still in full-time employment and didn't do a pink licence, going straight to green.

Oz


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#6 24-03-04 17:35:54

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Re: How long does it take?

I did'nt go for a 'pink' and from start to finish it took 13 months.

The test dates where a problem, i found myself waiting around for each one except part 1 test.

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#7 14-04-04 21:14:02

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Re: How long does it take?

As a newbie to this I'm a bit confused by this pink & green license.

Someone wrote "It took me 10 months untill I started teaching, but 18 months untill I qualified"

Can you teach if you are not qualified ? Can you teach after passing pt1 & pt2 ?

Also, I live in Salisbury, does anyone know of a school in the area for Instructors - looks like the nearest one is in Southampton as far as I can tell.

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#8 14-04-04 22:02:09

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Re: How long does it take?

Hi Bronach,

Once you have passed parts 1 and 2, and have completed the training for the part 3 exam you can apply for a trainee licence which is valid for 6 months and may give you a chance to develop a bit of fluency with your instructional ability. Further training or supervision rules also apply.
This licence is PINK.

It's not always a good idea, have a look at some of the posts to give you a sense of what is best for you.

Once you have passed your part 3 exam you apply for your full ADI licence which is GREEN. Make this your goal!

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#9 14-04-04 22:05:58

bronach
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Re: How long does it take?

Ah  , now I get it.

Many thanks Red. I must say this is a very friendly and helpful forum. Lots of good advice and experience.

Does anyone know how to find an independent Instructor inmy area ?

Bronach

#10 14-04-04 22:11:40

Lynne
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Re: How long does it take?

I started training for my Pt 1 Dec 2001, took Pt 1 exam Feb 02.  Passed Pt 2 August 02 (waited 3 months for test date).  Then had to wait until e.o. October until BSM could fit me in for Pt 3 training (not a happy bunny).  Went out on a pink November 02.  Finally passed Pt 3 October 03 (again waiting ages for Pt 3 test dates).  That was well and truly drawn out!

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#11 14-04-04 22:11:45

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Re: How long does it take?

Bronach

Visit the DSA website at www.driving-tests.co.uk and look uo the ordit regsiter. You can then find a suitably qualified trainer close to your area.

Let us know how you get on


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#12 15-04-04 21:40:04

jamiejungle1
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Re: How long does it take?

hi bronach
my names jamiejungle and  i work mainly in the salisbury area although i trained with discover driving in the north 3 years ago, when i moved down last year i wanted some help with my check test (as the first one didnt go to plan) i used a1roadcraft based at the livestock market on netherhampton rd. the training was first class and i got grade 5 so was very chuffed, might be worth giving them a ring would save you going all the way to southhampton
hope this helps    good luck

#13 16-04-04 06:44:10

bronach
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Re: How long does it take?

Hi Jamie

Thanks for info. Netherhampton is indeed a lot closer . I'll check them out and see what they are like. What is it like to teach in Salisbury ? Are you busy enough ? Do you make a good living from it ?


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#14 16-04-04 07:03:15

jamiejungle1
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Re: How long does it take?

tongue hi bronach

i used to teach in leeds/wakefield/bradford etc. so compared to that i found salisbury a breeze its very easy to learn.the market is quite good at the moment as are most areas,  yes ive plenty of work but you get highs and lows in this game, im happy to do 35 hours of teaching a week
add in travel time between lessons etc. and thats enough!
                    in my experience the longer you do the job the less you have to chase work and the more it chases you  roll

#15 22-04-04 18:45:34

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Re: How long does it take?

Hi,
It took me 18 months, from signing up to passing part 3.  It would have been sooner if not for the excessive waiting times for parts 2 and 3.

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#16 26-04-04 23:33:36

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Re: How long does it take?

It's taken me about 14 months altogether, somewhat longer than I had anticipated.

I finally passed my Part 3 last Thursday, at the 3rd attempt - I can't recall doing anything quite so stressful in my life! Yet I'm as cool as a cucumber with my pupils.

I started about Feb 2003 and began teaching on the pink licence in Sept.

I would echo DSE's comments about rushing Part 3 - I wasn't really ready for my 1st attempt only getting a grade 3 on both parts. I was very nervous for my 2nd attempt and went completely to pieces on Phase 1 ending up with a 2, but then relaxed and got a 5 for Phase 2.

The 3rd attempt was horrendous - way too much pressure. The thought of having to give up the only job I've ever loved the following day was almost too much, and I very nearly blew it. Fortunately I manged to pull myself together and get a grade 4.

I think the system is awful - I'm great with my pupils, get referrals and lots of +ve feedback. And I had 7 out of 8 tests passed last month. Why can't the DSA look at this instead.

Regards,

Jason


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#17 27-04-04 07:09:59

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Re: How long does it take?

Jason,

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

One of the best feelings ever eh? Many of us oldies remember the pressure of the part 3 and really don't wan't to ever have to do it again.

For 13 years I've been wondering why the DSA don't do things differently, but they are the DSA and don't seem to think anything is wrong with their methods - Only ours.

I hope you enjoy being a full ADI, look forward to hearing mor from you soon.

Regards,

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#18 27-04-04 08:03:47

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Re: How long does it take?

Thanks Red,

I'm looking forward to getting my green licence, but do begrudge having to fork out even more money to the DSA.

In my short time in the industry I've already become quite disillusioned with the DSA, which is a sorry state of affairs for someone entering the industry. But my overriding impression is of an organisation obsessed with making money and not giving a damn about its customers. They have a monopoly on driving tests and this is a very unhealthy situation.

I haven't got the time to detail my experiences with them so far, and this may not be the right topic under which to discuss it, but it's a good job I enjoy teaching learners so much otherwise I might never had made this far.

All the best,

Jason


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