As with any industry, this one is full of jargon, acronyms and phrases.
ADI – Approved Driving Instructor. Someone who has passed all 3 qualifying exams
Canx – Cancellation, when someones cancels a lesson
Check test – A check test is when an examiner sits in the back of your car to grade you. This ended in 2014 and was replaced by the standards check
DSA – Driving Standards Agency. The old name for the DVSA
DVSA – Driver and vehicle standards agency. The agency responsible for conducting driving tests.
Grade – Every instructor is graded from 1 to 6 with 6 being best. Grade 4 is the most common.
DTAM – Driver Trainer Assessment Manager. This is an examiner who conducts exams for part 2, part 3 and standards tests
DTQAM – Driver Trainer Quality Assessment Manager. This is an examiner who ranks one above the DTAM. They sit in on check tests and parts 2 and 3 watching to see that DTAM’s are doing their job properly. This is who you’ll do a check test with if it goes to the third and final attempt.
Essential Skills – The DVSA book about driving that all instructors, learners and drivers should know inside out.
Franchise – What you pay a school for using their name.
LADA – Look Assess Decide Act
Meatloaf – A PDI who failed part 3. This comes from the Meatloaf song 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.
Part 1 – The advanced theory test
Part 2 – An advanced driving test
Part 3 – A test of ability to instruct
ORDIT – Official Register Of Driving Instructor Trainers
PDI – Potential Driving Instructor. Someone who has not yet passed all their exams
NTU – Not turned up. When a pupil doesn’t appear for a lesson
MSM – Mirror, Signal, manoeuvre
MSM/PSL – The same as MSPSL. The driving book Essential skills says “MSM/PSL” and it confuses everyone. It just means swap the last M for PSL.
MSPSL – Mirror, Signal, Position, Speed, Look
PDI – Potential Driving Instructor. Someone who is still training to a driving instructor
SEADI – Supervising Examiner for Approved Driving Instructors. This term is no longer used, it was replaced by DTAM in 2010.
Standards check – Every 2 to 4 years an examiner from the DVSA sits in the back of your car to check the standard of your tuition. Find out more on my standards check page
WTF – Something you’ll be saying a lot when you first become a driving instructor and see the crazy things that learners do