Shopping Around For DVSA ADI Training
There are many organisations offering to train you to be an Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor, DVSA ADI, all offering the training in different ways, and charging different fees, their standards will vary enormously, and so will the value for money that they offer.
You are about to make an important decision, the cheap option can turn out very expensive, and the expensive option might not be the best, just the best marketed!
Do your research and find out what you are getting for your money.
A classroom course is very lucrative for a training organisation, taking a large fee from 20 people is more profitable than 1 to 1 training, so some organisations will place the emphasis on their DVSA ADI Part 1 classroom course and neglect DVSA ADI Parts 2 & 3.
You do not usually gain a great benefit from a classroom course as there is such a large volume of material to cover that it cannot be covered thoroughly, and you are trying to condense your learning in to such a short time that you do not retain everything covered in class, so you still need to read all the material very thoroughly yourself.
Some DVSA ADI Part 1 courses consist of lots of questions to practice, but do not include the text books that you need to study. This keeps the cost down for the training organisation, but not always for you!
It also means that your learning might not be very effective, you may possibly pass DVSA ADI Part 1 by practising lots of questions, but will you have the depth of knowledge to teach the subject when it comes to DVSA ADI Part 3? Your pupils will be expecting their instructor to be an expert on their subject!
At many training organisations in car training is often done with 2 or even 3 trainees to one trainer, again very lucrative for the training organisation charging each one for a full days training!
But a full day might mean 2 hours of real training and the rest sitting in the back while somebody else has their turn, not necessarily the most effective use of your time or money, but an extremely lucrative hourly rate for the training organisation
Intensive courses help training organisations put a lot of clients through their system in a short time, but they do not give you time to consolidate properly the material you are learning, they put you under pressure if they are just before your test, or give you time to forget if you have a long wait for a test.
Some courses may not specify how much training you will get, and in many cases it will not be enough, you may then find it difficult to get more training even though you have paid for a “full course”
Some courses will use trainers that are only familiar with teaching learner drivers.
It is very different teaching experienced drivers to become Advanced Drivers.
It is even more different teaching someone how to teach.
Would you ask a primary school teacher to train you to become a teacher?
Or would you ask a specialist?
Some courses offer a guaranteed job, generally this is a meaningless offer as jobs are readily available once you qualify.
Find out exactly what you are getting on your course
How will your course be structured ?
Is there any flexibility in the course structure ?
Who are the trainers and what qualifications do they have ?
How much training will you be given ?
What is the ratio of Trainers to Trainees ?
When you compare costs, compare like with like.