The Official Register of Driving Instructor Training (ORDIT) was set up by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) with the support of the major trade associations:
- DIA Driving Instructors Association
- MSA Motor Schools Association
- NJC National Joint Council of ADIs
- DISC Driving Instructor Scottish Council
About the ORDIT scheme
The Official Register of Driving Instructor Training (ORDIT) was set up to protect the public from substandard driving instructor training and rogue business practices. Nationally, over 70% who register with the DVSA never go on to qualify which is why ORDIT was created in the first place to address this problem.
It is not expensive to be on ORDIT and the inspection cost is less than £100 so even a one man band driving instructor training provider can easily afford to be be on it. The only reason why a training provider would not be on it is if they realised they could not reach this minimum quality training standard or operate their business within ORDIT’s code of fair business practice.
If ORDIT is not mentioned on the training companies website or the agreement you sign it simply means you are not guaranteed to have a properly qualified ORDIT trainer training you or be protected from unfair business practices and as a result are far less likely to reach or pass Part 3. Some companies are on ORDIT but are not willing to be contractually bound by the rules of ORDIT (i.e. they want to use the marketing benefit of it but are unwilling to be governed by it) and as such will not mention ORDIT in their contract with you or guarantee you will be allocated an ORDIT trainer. Check the contract and see.
Unfortunately, some driving instructor training providers on ORDIT try to present themselves as being able to provide driving instructor training nationally when in fact they only have a limited number of ORDIT qualified driving instructor trainers at their head office. This can result in driving instructor training students having to wait weeks and sometimes months for their practical training. Alternatively, these organisations use trainers who are not ORDIT qualified. This is not the case with LDC we only use LDC DVSA ORDIT approved trainers as clearly stated in our contract with you. LDC have 50 ORDIT qualified trainers who provide training from over 60 locations around the UK covering most test centres where the ADI Part 3 qualifying exam is carried out.
Worse still some training providers mislead the public into thinking they are on ORDIT and their trainers are all ORDIT qualified just because they happen to use the odd subcontractor who is an ORDIT qualified trainer with another company or because they put the trainer on there own ‘so-call’ ORDIT course and falsely lead them into believing they are ORDIT qualified when they are not!! This enables such companies to give the false impression of being on ORDIT but without having to abide by its quality standards or good business practices. One of the biggest offenders in this regard also happens to be one of the largest sellers of cheap driving instructor training courses in the UK. So be SMART don’t lose the protection of ORDIT by giving your money to an organisation that is not ORDIT approved by the DVSA – ask to see a copy of the organisations ORDIT certificate – what company name is on it? And finally check the contract you have to sign with them to make sure ORDIT is specifically referenced.
If the company is not on ORDIT there will be a reason but not the one the sales person will give to you it is more likely to be because they can not achieve the quality training standards required by the examining body the DVSA or they are not willing to abide by the fair business practice rules.
For more details on ORDIT please visit DVSA website section on ORDIT.
DBS check and other DVSA requirements
In order to trade as a driving instructor you need to be over 21, have held your driving licence (or approved foreign driving licence) for at least 3 years and have no more than 5 points on your licence. You can start the training just prior to having held a license for 3 years.
All applicants are required to do an industry specific Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formally known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check) and complete an application to the DVSA for the ADI Register. This must be completed before you can book your Part 1 test. If you have more than 5 points and / or previous criminal or driving convictions we would recommend that you seek approval from the DVSA before you commit to a training organisation. The DVSA are the sole decision maker on who will be accepted on to the ADI Register.
The procedure is easy to do through online forms. First to obtain your DBS please visit the link below:
Once you have completed this form you will be required to print off your application form and take this along with your ID to a post office which offers the CRB / ID verification service. The fee is £6. To find your nearest branch, please click the below link:
Once you receive your DBS certificate through the post you are then required to complete your DVSA Registration onto the ADI Register. The form can be found by clicking the link below:
After the DVSA process you will be sent a letter with their decision and if accepted you will receive a PRN (Personal Reference Number) which is unique to you and this is the number you will need when booking your exams and dealing with any correspondence with the DVSA.
If you would like a Free information pack on becoming a driving instructor with LDC call our head office on free phone 0800 197 0010 or 01977 691800 or click on request a free information pack. Our office hours are Monday to Thursday 8am – 6pm, Friday 8am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 12pm.