Part 3 – Ability to teach

The part 3 Ability to teach test to become a driving instructor is considered the hardest test.

If you’re reading this then you have probably passed the Part 1 and 2, so there’s no reason why you can’t pass the part 3 as long as you receive the right training. That’s why the DVSA only allow three attempts on each test, to ensure the standard of the PDI’s getting through to the final stage are there because of their standards not through repetition of trying.

The test:

• There are two phases to the test, both 30 minutes long.

• The first phase is where the examiner will play the role of a pupil at either a beginner or partly trained level.

• The second phase the examiner will play the role of a trained pupil who is generally approaching a driving test or already qualified.

The marking sheet

There are 3 areas which you will be marked on:

• Core competencies (most important).

• Instructional techniques.

• Instructor characteristics.

The reason why the core competencies are so important is because you can’t score less than 4 in any of this category.

The core competencies are the bread and butter of a good driving instructor, they are:

• Fault – Identifying the pupil has made a mistake.

• Analysis – Talking about the mistake and helping the pupil understand the difference between the wrong and right way.

• Remedial action – Giving the pupil some advice or instruction to prevent them from  making the same mistake again.

Subjects you could get and their pairings:

PSTPhase 1Phase 2
1ControlsCross Roads
2Moving OffMeet, anticipation, clearance or overtaking/ crossing
3Turn in the roadApproaching junctions to turn left and right
4Partly trained - ReversingT - Junctions
5Emergency stop & mirrorsProgress, hesitancy and positioning
6Pedestrian crossings & SignalsReverse parking
7Approaching junctions to turn left or rightPedestrian crossings and use of signals
8Emerging at T-JunctionsMeet, anticipation, clearance or overtaking/crossing
9CrossroadsPedestrian crossings and use of signals
10Pedestrian crossings and use of signalsProgress, hesitancy and positioning