May 18, 2021

Communication for DVSA approved driving instructors

Communication techniques for dvsa approved driving instructors

Assessment and Testing for Driving Lessons and Training ADIs

Assessment and Testing for Driving lessons and Approved Driving Instructor Training

12 tips for Client Centered Learning for Driving Instructors

12 Tips for Client Centered Learning for Driving Instructors taken from Facebook Live usually @8pm on a Wednesday.


An insight into Coaching for Driving Instructors

Driving Instructor Assessment and Testing

Driving Instructor Assessment and Testing

November 2016 reviews and testimonials

aCCeLerate coaching for driver development a video review from Rob Gould DVSA Approved Driving Instructor and also a review from Ian Thomas who also completed the aCCeLerate coaching course for DVSA Approved Driving Instructors.

A huge thank you Graham for providing a very special Tri Coaching Course which I have found an enormous benefit. You covered the extremely relevant and helpful topics in the CCL method brilliantly and you were able to engage Rob and myself fully for every moment in the two days course The opportunity to interact, explore and share effective learning ideas was really valuable and inspiring
The course is a must for any ADI who is interested in progressing their own teaching style and method and for developing successful learning for their pupils.
I am now busy absorbing and implementing much of the material covered to improve my instructor ability
Many thanks a much appreciation
Ian Thomas Drive-it


Standards Check and Client Centred Learning
Thank you for today, I thoroughly enjoyed it and found the course very informative. I look forward to meeting you again in the future.
Geoff Lockwood.

Peter Blight A good day. Positive but relaxed learning that reaffirms what we may already know and gave us a thorough insight to upcoming Standards Checks. Think we all felt it’s a worthwhile day and helps with our confidence in that we have taken time to update our knowledge.
Thanks for the day Graham Hooper

Matt Shurmer Hi Graham Hooper, really good day thank you. Looking forward to seeing you again in a few weeks

John Reynolds 

25 November at 20:43 · Rogerstone ·

 Back after a hectic week at RoSPA HQ in Birmingham. Glad to say its over. After 4 gruelling tests I’ve come away with a Diploma in Advanced Driving. Roll on 3yrs for the renewal. Thanks to Wayne Rees and Paul Evans for guidance and encouragement. Also a shout out to Susan McCormack and Graham Hooper at Tri-coaching Partnership for the very informative BTec4 in driver development and coaching which I completed only a few months ago. Without the BTEC 4 the RoSPA Diploma would have been very difficult to understand.

If you are considering becoming a driving instructor you need to know this !

Blog from Mark Magee, Registrar, DVSA –

Improving the ADI Part 3 test


Over the past few months, we’ve been speaking to the approved driving instructor (ADI) industry and organisations on DVSA’s Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers (ORDIT) about improving the training and testing of trainee driver instructors.

In this blog post, I’ll be talking about how we’re proposing to change the ADI part 3 test and the reasons for doing so.

Aligning with the national standard
In April 2014, we introduced the ‘standards check’ which changed the way we assessed ADIs; focussing on assessing their competence to deliver effective training in line with the national standard for driver and rider training.

We therefore want to mirror this in the qualification process so that new instructors are trained in this way from the outset.

Why we’re changing
The industry has confirmed that the current fault-based ADI part 3 test, which relies on pre-set tests and role play exercises, is both unrealistic and restrictive. It doesn’t give trainee instructors enough opportunity to demonstrate the full range of skills that will they need when qualified.
The change will mean that new ADIs won’t need to undertake additional training or learn different teaching methods ahead of their standards check.

It will also enable the test to be delivered at a greater number of test centres and local to where their training has taken place.

The main changes
We’ll be moving to a competency-based assessment. Trainee instructors will be assessed over a single one-hour lesson on the 3 main competencies of lesson planning, risk management and teaching and learning strategies. They’ll also be assessed on an additional 17 sub-competencies.

Also, there’ll be no more role play by a DVSA examiner – trainee instructors must provide a ‘real’ pupil. This could be a friend, family member or colleague.

The lesson will have to reflect the learning goals and needs of their pupil.

To ensure that trainee instructors obtain the required range of skills, knowledge and understanding we’re exploring the use of a log book in which they and their trainer record the subjects covered, the different levels of instruction given and overall progress.

Most, if not all instructor trainers already record progress like this and DVSA is happy for them to continue to use or adapt their existing processes.
When will this happen?
We need to produce an impact assessment first, setting out the costs and benefits of making the change.  We also need to consider those trainee instructors who are already in the process of qualifying and give trainers time to develop their learning materials. Therefore, we won’t be introducing this change until autumn 2017 at the earliest.

We’ll keep you updated on timing and how we’re developing ORDIT as things progress.

What we’ve done so far
In May this year, we conducted research to identify awareness of this change and how well prepared instructor trainers and ORDIT organisations are to deliver the new training requirements. The research also set out to confirm what impacts and benefits the change might have.
Early findings:

Early analysis of responses indicates that:

  • there’s a very high awareness level (95%) of the proposed change to align the existing ADI part 3 with the standards check
  • many instructor trainers (70%) have already made changes to their training methods, for example to increase the use of client centred leaning methods or reflective logs
  • those who haven’t yet made changes, say this is because they’re unclear about when the change will happen etc.

We’ll publish the final report soon, and we’ll be undertaking further research with instructor trainers to help us finalise our impact assessment.

Working with the industry
We also met with the National Associations Strategic Partnership (NASP) and spoke with some ORDIT organisations (small, medium and large) to discuss our findings and agree the principles of the new part 3.  Reactions were very positive, showing a clear enthusiasm about the prospect of a new ADI part 3.

If you’re not an ORDIT registered organisation, it’s important that you contact DVSA so that your instructor trainer organisation can be included in further work around the ADI part 3 test.

Driving Instructor Training must read.

If you are thinking about becoming a driving instructor then you must read this. The tests for becoming a Driving Vehicle Standards Agency approved driving instructor are changing. If you are researching becoming a driving instructor then you have some very important questions to ask. Your current driving instructor training provider should be informing you now. The training takes some months to complete you may want to make sure that you are getting the right training now as the current pass rate is around 27% getting the right training and support to become a driving instructor is important.

The old fashioned pre-set tests for becoming an ADI will be replaced by the New Standards Check currently taken by all approved driving instructors.

The reason, the old training system used by many trainers did not prepare people properly for becoming an DVSA approved driving instructor. It focused on fault based learning and a hierarchical training methodology rather than a holistic approach.

1st – 4 Driving Education is owned by Graham Hooper a managing director of Tri-Coaching Partnership instructor training (TCIT). You know your driving instructor training is in safe hands Graham currently passed his last  Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers inspection (ORDIT) with all 6’s the highest mark a DVSA driving examiner could give him.

So if this short blog has left you with more questions than answers then pick up the phone and contact Graham now on 07889194011.

If you are a trainer and you feel in the dark we can help Tri-Coaching Partnership offer you a trainer conversion course that will help you bridge the gap between the old part 3 test for instructional ability and the new standards check.

Standards Check Training

Standards Check Training

Standards Check Training Ashford, Kent

Standards Check Training can help you achieve your goals and that would be to pass your Standards Check.

Standards Check Training

Standards check training will help you achieve your goal of passing the Standards Check. We have exciting times and great opportunities ahead of us. We are busy but unfortunately we continually live in a time of boom and bust; and this current time of boom is ripe to take an opportunity that will put you ahead of your competitors.


We often have negative thoughts that we start to believe in and that prevent us from achieving what we could be achieving. Our stress levels go up and simple situations start to cause us anxiety – in our world, that could be the dreaded brown envelope inviting us for our Standards Check.


What do you believe about your ability to deal with the situation?

What is it about the Standards Check that is causing your anxiety?

Why do these types of situations give you stress?


You may feel, ‘I am stupid and I am in over my head’ which could apply, for example, when thinking about going on a course. Maybe you’re worried you might have to say something in front of a group; or that you can’t write properly; or don’t know how to use a computer; or simply haven’t the time because you are so busy.


These type of thoughts could also apply to people you are training to drive.


Today, in a classroom, our clients were exploring self-evaluation techniques that can be implemented in driver training. They had chosen four models to discuss. One of these is a theory of learning that actually is fundamental to the principle of client-centred learning – KOLB’s Experiential learning model. This theory about how we learn fits driver training very nicely and can incorporate learning styles, especially the ones you might have learnt about in Part 1 of your ADI training: activist, theorist, pragmatist and reflector. We also discovered that having a coaching conversation based on the GROW model fits into Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle; as well as Tri-Coaching Partnership’s very own scaling model SEDSS.


If all this sounds interesting to you or you are just curious and would like to have some fun learning, then you will want to know more, so have a look through our course information. We offer a payment option that helps you spread the cost and also a money-back guarantee.


If you have been waiting to do this course, then now is the time. There are many sayings that spring to mind but I personally like this one for a bit of motivation:


Someday is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.”



Act now by clicking here.

 Kind regards



Graham Hooper ADI
Tri-Coaching Partnership Ltd

Why ADIs might fail their Standards Check

I recently wrote ten top tips to help pass your standards check. Now I want to take this opportunity to look at potential reasons why ADIs might fail:
1. Many ADIs come on our training days and say, ‘I have a test next week’ (or next month) because it is not until the dreaded brown envelope falls through the door that any form of training is contemplated and then panic can set in. Life could be so much easier if we adopted an approach that keeps our skills up to date.

2. Route planning – often the route is far too complicated and doesn’t suit the learner’s needs.

3. The subject chosen doesn’t fit the learner but happens to be the ADI’s favourite subject.

4. The ADI says nothing and lets the learner get on with it.

5. The ADI doesn’t shut up and doesn’t give the learner a chance.

6. Great questions are asked but at the wrong time.

7. The ADI doesn’t ask any questions.

8. Risk management is ignored except for a statement that says ‘I have dual controls’.

9. No learning actually takes place.

10. There was no evidence of any value for money.


This is a fairly negative view point and I have had the pleasure of meeting and training with lots of great ADIs but, in my opinion, updating your skills, evaluating your performance and increasing your customer satisfaction levels are all essential skills.


We all know the ADI who knows everything, has a full diary, everyone passes first time and likes the phrase, ‘It’s not rocket science’. Well how we learn and teach/coach/instruct has been a challenge for the human race since time began.


Learning to drive shouldn’t be complicated but if that was the case, how come a day doesn’t go by without drivers crashing? We know this is a fact and yet our training to become an ADI rarely looks at the reasons that cause these crashes. We just look at the skills needed to move a car from A to B without hitting something.


If you are serious about improving all your skills, then enrol on the BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development now – if you haven’t already done so – and let the fun begin.

 Kind regards



Graham Hooper ADI
Tri-Coaching Partnership Ltd