Diploma in Driving Instruction

On 30 June 2010, Julia Malkin passed the Driving Instructor’s Association exams for the Diploma in Driving Instruction.  This consisted of five two-hour exams, in subjects which cover the different facets of the driving instructor’s position.

The five subjects which comprised the Diploma were –

Legal obligations and regulations

This can cover anything from established regulations to recent changes in the law for drivers.  Julia’s paper included the recent change in the law about child support seats.

Driving theory

This includes questions ranging from the physical forces on a car in motion to the application of the Highway Code.  Julia’s included questions on car stability.

Teaching theory

This deals with the princlples of teaching and learning, both inside and outside the car.

Vehicle maintenance and mechanical principles

How does an engine work?  For this exam, one of Julia’s questions was drawing a diagram of an engine’s lubrication system!

Practice and procedures of management

Managing a small business can be a skill in itself.  Since driving instructors are self-employed the ability to manage people, accounts and marketing is essential.

The exams cost £85 each, as of 2010, plus an exam centre flat fee of £45.

Having this qualification can lead to a BTEC Diploma in Advanced Driving Instruction, and can be counted towards a university certificate from Middlesex University, when a dissertation on driving instruction is added.

Dip. DI training from Excel Academy

Excel Academy also provides training towards achieving the Diploma  in Driving Instruction qualification.  As a DSA registered ORDIT  Trainer, Julia Malkin understands the needs of driving instructors.

All training can be done either face-to-face or by telephone or online at very competitive rates.

Email Excel Academy at excel-dia@tiscali.co.uk for further details.

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