The following information is for those seeking a complete training course for all three parts of the Register Qualifying Examination. The number of hours training required can vary between trainees but experience has shown that on average up to 10 hours for part 1, 20 hours for part 2, and 50 hours for part 3 training is usually sufficient. Your trainer will of course advise you if extra tuition is necessary for any part of the examination.
Additional training is charged at our standard hourly rate. We also offer shorter courses for those who wish to study for individual parts of the examination, improve their ADI skills or retrain after Check Test failure.
Part 1 – Theory Test:
We will provide you* with a series of home study workbooks covering the Part 1 syllabus and all the necessary reference books. Commencing with an assessment test, the part 1 study course is self-contained and can be easily managed in your own time with minimal reference to your trainer. The course is structured in such a way that you can assess your own progress but still have the facility to contact your trainer if you have difficulty with any particular area. Assignments are structured to build your knowledge progressively and will help you study at home to good effect. You should aim to study at home for at least 10 hours per week to prepare for the Part 1 Test of Theory.
Your progress will be monitored by your trainer and mock tests given at appropriate intervals. Where necessary, extra assignments may be given to reinforce what you have learned. Up to 10 hours of your trainers time is available on a one-to-one basis for Part 1 training.
In addition to the theoretical element of the part 1 test, we will provide you with Video/DVD and CD ROM training materials to assist you with the Hazard Perception Test. If you do not have access to video or computer equipment at home, suitable equipment will be made available for your use. It will also be necessary for you to take some driving training, with emphasis on forward planning and observation skills. Time spent on this initial training forms part of your overall allowance for part 2 training.
Part 2 – Test of driving ability:
Part 2 training may be in one of our cars or, if you prefer, your own vehicle (providing it is suitable). Part 2 training comprises an initial assessment and the required tuition. After your initial assessment the trainer will advise you of driving faults which need to be corrected and plan your training with you accordingly. You will be provided* with a guide to the Part 2 test which outlines the training which you will undertake and the objectives for each part of the course.
Trainees can expect to receive up to 20 hours of advanced driving tuition and will be advised on when they will be ready for the test of driving ability. Your trainer will expect to see you regularly for at least 3 hours per week over 6 weeks (and pro rata for longer periods) to ensure that you are learning effectively. Each training session will be followed by a debrief that counts toward the hours of training you receive. After each lesson you should practice what you have learned in your own vehicle. Your trainer will ensure that validation has taken place by asking you to perform driving tasks to the required standard. You will be given one or more mock tests, sometimes with a different trainer, to ensure that you are ready for the examination.
Once you have passed the part 2 test it is possible to take out a licence to instruct, to help you prepare for the part 3 test of instructional ability. There are conditions that must be adhered to by trainee licence holders, and licences will only be issued to suitably sponsored applicants, working from a driving school. As a general rule we do not promote use of the Trainee Licence scheme. We find it is no substitute for thorough training and can in some instances have a negative effect on the PDI. However, we recognise that in some instances the Trainee Licence may help some individuals gain their qualification. We will be happy to discuss whether a Trainee Licence is suitable for you at the appropriate time.
Part 3 – The test of instructional ability:
Part 3 training comprises both in-car and home study work. You will normally use one of our cars but may use your own vehicle if you prefer (it must be suitable, have dual controls fitted and be insured for driving tuition). It is difficult to assess teaching ability and there is no formal initial assessment of trainees. However, you should attend an introductory session with your trainer who will advise on how to prepare a subject for a driving lessons sunshine coast. Your trainer will assess your ability to teach and communicate as the course proceeds and your training will be planned accordingly.
Your trainer will advise you on the lesson content and presentation that you need to learn, and will ask you to prepare lessons in advance. You will be provided* with a guides to the part 3 examination and suitable training aids for use in the car. For much of the time your trainer will role play a â€œpupilâ€ for you to practise your driving tuition and guide you with question and answer technique. Other training sessions may avoid role-play where this is unsuitable for the syllabus e.g. to help with your observation and planning skills or to instruct you in using the dual controls.
You can expect to receive up to 50 hours of training in preparation for your part 3 examination. Your trainer will expect to see you regularly for 4-6 hours per week over 8-12 weeks (and pro rata for longer periods) to ensure that you are learning effectively. You will be given a full debriefing after each in-car session. This is essential to your training and will allow the trainer to build on what has been learned during the in-car session. You should note that the debrief session counts towards the hours of training you receive.
Most of your in-car part 3 training will be on a one-to-one basis with the trainer if this is the most suitable learning method for you. However, if the trainer feels that you will benefit from observing, or sharing a session with another trainee, this facility is available. Experience has shown considerable benefit can be obtained from a shared in-car session.**
As well as personal tuition, we offer two other methods of learning which you should find useful in your preparation for the part 3 examination:
- a) Group sessions: Where practicable, several trainees and one or more trainers or ADIâ€™s will hold a group session to cover particular subjects or teaching techniques. The aim of these sessions is to promote self-confidence in the trainee in a relaxed and informal environment, with the guidance of a trainer. In our experience, group discussions raise some very interesting observations from both trainees and existing instructors. Additionally, we find that the self-conscious trainee benefits tremendously from being able to contribute to a worthwhile discussion with their peers. There is no fixed timetable for these discussion groups but you will be advised in good time if a session is being planned â€“ and you can always request a session if you have a particular problem or query to resolve!
- b) Lesson observation: By arrangement, trainees studying for the part 3 examination may observe actual driving lessons with their trainer or another ADI in one of our associated schools of motoring. This can be helpful in several ways. You will see how real pupils compare with the pupil â€œrole-playedâ€ by your trainer. You will also see that every driving instructor melbourne has his own individual style and that there is no fixed way of teaching the same subject to different pupils.
* Training manuals for parts 1, 2 and 3 are only provided free of charge to those who undertake a complete training course.
** Where two trainees share an in-car session, each trainee will be considered to have taken 75% of the trainers time. So if two trainees are in the car for a two hour session, you will be deemed to have taken 1Â½ hours of training. For each classroom discussion you attend you will be considered to have taken up to 1 hour of a trainer’s time.