The DVSA standards check



At my last DVSA standards check on the 6 Dec 2016 and I achieved a Grade A
This is the highest grade achievable

A Driving Instructor will have to take at least 1 Standards Check during each 4-year period that you’re registered as an approved driving instructor (ADI).

You still have to take the Standards Check if you:

  • don’t have a pupil
  • don’t have a car
  • are not currently working as an ADI

The test makes sure that you are keeping up the proper standards of instruction.

It lasts for about 1 hour. There’s a 15 minute debrief at the end of the test when you get a grade of your performance.

Your check test grade

At the end of your check test, the examiner will:

  • give you your grade from A,B or Fail
  • discuss your performance with you
  • give you a copy of the marking sheet

Your grade will determine how long it’ll be before you have to take your next Standards check.

Grades you can get

You’ll usually have to take a Standards check again within:

  • 2 years if you get a grade B
  • 4 years if you get a grade A

I am A Grade A Instructor


Total score Grade Description
Your performance is unsatisfactory
Grade B
You’ll stay on the approved driving instructors (ADI) register
Grade A
You have shown a high standard of instruction and you’ll stay on the ADI register

Educational check test

If you’re a newly qualified ADI and your instruction is not acceptable, you’ll get an ‘E’ grade. You’ll normally have to take the check test again within 6 months.



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