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Standards check style assessment to replace part 3 from October 2017!

The DVSA has recently voiced its intention to replace the existing Part 3 assessment in early Autumn 2017, making the new assessment more in line with the Standards Check as the concluding stage of the ADI qualification process.


It states on website that, the “DVSA now intends to align the ADI qualification process with the standards check”. This statement means that the current pre-set test and role-play sections from the part 3 test of instructional ability, will be removed.

Instead, the instructor must bring another person, who will act as the learner, and teach a driving lesson while the DVSA examiner observes. The Driving Instructors Association (DIA) have created an in-depth FAQ section to answer any major query’s that people may have due to the Part 3 changes.

The FAQs state that the DVSA commented the ADI part 3 test is both “unrealistic” and “restrictive”, and that it doesn’t give trainee instructors enough opportunity to demonstrate the full range of skills needed.

The DVSA trust that the revision of Part 3 will result in ADIs that can teach more effective training from the moment of qualifying, and will eliminate the need for further training ahead of standard checks.

The revisions are still subject to regulatory approval, so it is not set in stone at the moment. We will keep you updated on any further developments.

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