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Standards check and ADI Part 3 changes – October 2020

Summary of Changes to the ADI Standards Check and ADI Part Three Assessment in response to COVID-19

What has not changed?

• There’s no change to what the Examiner expects to see and assess
Candidates should cover all competencies, even though the time has been reduced: you will still be assessed on all elements

• Candidates should have spent time, when they collect their pupils, setting out the goals for the lesson and discussing risk management. This should be done before the test and a brief recap of the lesson goal(s) should be done in a couple of minutes in the car.

• It is still expected that these key competencies are recapped for the purpose of the assessment

The main ADI Part 3 changes and ADI Check test changes are:

• Meet and greet will be conducted outside, not in waiting rooms


• The initial brief and debrief will be conducted inside the car


The assessment will be 45 minutes overall, with a focus on keeping as much of the assessment ‘wheels moving’ as possible


• The introduction of phone calls to confirm the arrangements for the assessment


• Examiners, candidates and pupils will be required to wear a face covering and follow good hand, respiratory and vehicle hygiene practices to mitigate the risks to all concerned

Wheels moving:

This does not mean that candidates cannot stop during the lesson or pull over briefly to change the lesson plan if something goes wrong or a risk is occurring. DVSA expect  and encourage this, to ensure key points are picked up and discussed


The Examiner is not expecting a 10 to 15 minute long static brief during the minimum 40 minutes ‘wheels moving’ assessment, a few minutes maximum will suffice


• If the candidate persists with a static brief, and the Examiner cannot make a satisfactory assessment, they will try and manage this situation with a discreet prompt


• All of this is designed to keep the vehicle in motion and well ventilated so the risk of infection is reduced

The Customer Contact Call:

• When they call you, you will confirm that your pupil is either partly trained, trained or a full licence holder, and not a beginner
• A location will be discussed, with the default being the DTC

• In this call the Examiner will remind the instructor to ensure the car is clean and is aware of Covid secure arrangements. 


Please note:

•  As the focus of these changes are designed to reduce the period of exposure and time spent in an enclosed vehicle, every effort must be made to keep the main body of the assessment ‘wheels moving’ (and vehicle well ventilated)


•***** Therefore a beginner or static or basic manoeuvres lesson is NOT acceptable ********


The Examiner will not conduct the test and your fee will be lost if you present with a beginner.


• Instructors must bring a pupil that can wear a face covering, exemptions will not apply


What hasn’t changed?

• There’s no change to what the Examiner expects to see and assess


Candidates should cover all competencies, even though the time has been reduced: you will still be assessed on all elements


• Candidates should have spent time, when they collect their pupils, setting out the goals for the lesson and discussing risk management. This should be done before the test and a brief recap of the lesson goal(s) should be done in a couple of minutes in the car

Preparation:

• It is still expected that these key competencies are recapped for the purpose of the assessment
• Seek development from an ORDIT trainer
• Request your Crystal report and review your performance via your fault analysis
• Examiner will call to explain Covid precautions
• Read advice on NASP website
• Sanitise inside car front and rear 

Meeting the Examiner:

• Wait by the car
• Licence or ADI certificate ready to view
Have training records and trainer details available
• Explain pupils training so far
• Outline likely plan for the lesson
• Discussion outside the car

Recap the Lesson

No Beginner or static lessons
• Face coverings to be worn
• Car to be ventilated throughout
• Brief beginning / end of lesson discussions in car
45 minutes with 40 minutes wheels moving

Recap after the lesson

• Examiner will complete report in the office
• Feedback to instructor outside car if practical
• ORDIT Trainer involvement (in person or via phone)
• Strengths / weaknesses highlighted in test report
• Seek ORDIT trainer for development needs
• Continued professional development

The value of training and development:

Regardless of how long you have been training, CPD is important.

There is a direct link between trainers who regularly refresh and develop their skills and knowledge, and those who are Grade A instructors with high pass rates.

You can request your fault analysis report which charts the pattern of faults against your personal reference number and is useful in highlighting where development may be needed in your training approach. 

You can request this, free of charge via:  omi@dvsa.gov.uk

DVSA and NASP strongly recommend you seek the support and guidance of an ORDIT Trainer to help develop your training overall (and in the everyday), and particularly in advance of your next assessment.

Benefit from an ORDIT trainer’s knowledge and experience, gain objective feedback, pinpoint strengths and weaknesses, and learn how to develop your training overall.

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