Once you have passed the DVSA ADI Part 2 Test you can choose to apply to teach on a trainee licence.
It is not compulsory to take this option, you can continue your training for the DVSA ADI Part 3 Test without a trainee licence.
The Trainee Licence should be seen as a method of gaining more experience, and being better prepared before taking the ADI Part 3.
Many driving schools, and many trainees treat the Trainee Licence as a means of working and earning money, and lose sight of the fact that there is the matter of having to pass the ADI Part 3 test. As a consequence the focus becomes about earning money and not about preparing for the ADI Part 3.
Conditions applying to a Trainee Licence
You must be working for a Driving School
You must receive a minimum of 40 hours of training in preparation for ADI Part 3 during the 6 months before your trainee licence commences
Your Trainee Licence will only last 6 months
Sometimes a second Trainee Licence might be issued, but this cannot be guaranteed
You must choose either a “supervision” or a “training” option
If you choose the supervision option, then 20%of all lessons that you give must be supervised by an Approved Driving Instructor
If you choose the training option then you must receive an additional 20 hours of training during the first 3 months of the Trainee Licence, or before you attempt the Part 3 Exam
If the exam is failed then further training requirements apply
Advantages of using a Trainee Licence
The purpose of a Trainee Licence is to gain more practical experience by teaching real pupils in order to supplement your training before taking the ADI Part 3 Test.
You will have a choice of pupils that you already know, that you can use for your ADI Part 3 test.
Disadvantages of using a Trainee Licence
If you do not pass the Part 3 Test within 6 months you are out of a job until you do pass
If you fail the Part 3 Test three times you are out of a job
It is possible to fall into the trap of thinking short term, and aiming only to fill your diary to earn money rather than train and prepare for the ADI Part 3 Test.
The Right Choice ?
The Trainee Licence is not the right option for everybody, all the factors need to be considered very carefully before making a decision.