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By NASP, Mar 1 2019 01:00PM

The way you qualify to become an ORDIT trainer is changing.

ADIs can join the voluntary official register of driving instructor training (ORDIT), run by the DVSA, if you want to train driving instructors.

Joining the register allows you to prove you meet the DVSA standard to provide high-quality training, advertise yourself as a DVSA ORDIT trainer and have your details added to the GOV.UK service to find driving instructor training courses.

DVSA informed us in May 2018 that they planned to make changes to the way the ORDIT scheme works. The following changes are coming into place on 1 April 2019:

Raising the standards

Currently, only 60% of instructors in an ORDIT establishment need to be registered. This will be changed to 100%.

Instructors will also need to have achieved a grade ‘A’ on their latest standards check to join ORDIT, instead of being an ADI for 12 months. All ORDIT instructors will need to offer developmental training to other ADIs.

Changes to fees

Fees are being simplified. From 1 April 2019, it will cost:

£207.30 for a premises inspection

£120 for registration

£151.20 for trainer inspection at DVSA premises

£18 for dual registrations

Standards checks

ORDIT trainers will also no longer need to have a standards check unless asked by the Registrar.

Premises inspections

In the old scheme, all ORDIT establishments also needed to undergo a premises inspection, in the new scheme this will only be required for those with five or more instructors.

Registration period

The registration period for members will change to four years, in line with the ADI register.


The new syllabus and ORDIT assessment can be found on GOV.UK.

Please be aware that the old scheme has now closed and DVSA won’t be accepting any new applications on to it. The new application form will be available to download from GOV.UK from 1 April 2019.

By NASP, Feb 20 2018 09:20AM

Each member of NASP - ADI NJC, DIA and MSA GB have issued their own response to the DVSA blog and Press Release, each one takes a slightly different line but all the NASP members are united in their condemnation of the way DVSA have dealt with this matter.

On Thursday last week DVSA sent NASP a copy of their Press Release, asking for a comment to be included in it by five-o-clock the same day. NASP chair Peter Harvey protested about the short time frame available and about the whole tone of the press release.

The next day NASP received a copy of the blog post, on both items we were able to offer some last-minute suggestions for changes. We also suggested that the blog post be put out to the profession and asked that the press release to the media and thereby the public should be delayed a few days so that NASP could consult with members on the blog contents and work with the DVSA on a more constructive and less sensationalised statement for the media.

DVSA refused to delay the release and so both the Press Release and the Blog were sent out over the weekend. This resulted in sensational headlines across various media platforms such as the BBC who wrote “Sexual exploitation warning to driving instructors”. The story on their website starts “Driving instructors are being warned that if they have a sexual relationship with a young student it will now be seen as exploitation". A section on today’s Jeremy Vine show (BBC Radio 2) was titled “Was your driving Instructor a paedophile” and Sky News, the Evening Standard, HuffPost UK and iNews all featured the terms “driving instructor” “sexual relationship” and "exploitation" in the first paragraphs of their reports.

These media reactions were entirely predictable and the DVSA has done no favours to the driver training profession by rushing out these misleading statements.