DTE-Elite – Our Course

Here at DTE-Elite, we pride ourselves on giving the best Driver Training Education through our training and coaching techniques. In this video, Dave Foster MA, Dip.DI explains our unique approach and how it can benefit you.

Whether you’re wanting to become a driving instructor, you’re already in training, or you’re a fully qualified instructor, there is something DTE-Elite can do for you. Our packages can help you achieve your full potential as an instructor and help your continued development.

The DTE-Elite training package is a complete solution that not only covers the statutory elements that are needed to pass the Driving Vehicle and Standards Agency (DVSA) test, but many of the business aspects too in order to ensure your business is successful.  Read more below 🔽🔽🔽

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Training

As you work through your training, you will complete the reflective log provided by DTE-Elite. This reflective log or journal has been a wish list item from the DVSA for many years and they are looking to make this compulsory.
From previous videos you will already know about the part 1, 2 and 3 tests. This short blog talks about the DTE-Elite training course and how to pass easily.

Part one

We use the Theory Test Pro full access app for the driving instructor. This full access app is different than the learner app as it has the additional sections to become a driving instructor. Not only does it offer the structured learning but unlimited mock attempts at both the theory sections and the hazard perception sections. We have found this extremely effective over the years. We have tried other apps and software but this one is currently the best out there.

Part two

Our course for this practical ability to drive test normally covers around 10 hours of practical in car driving sessions. These sessions are normally structured as follows:

  • The part 2 test and what’s expected, routines and typical bad habits and why they are not always bad.
  • The manoeuvres, understanding the control, observations and accuracies needed for you to pass to your learners.
  • Faster driving roads, dual carriageways, rural roads and motorways if within reach
  • City and town driving, urban routes etc.
  • Mock test and suggested remedial actions if any required.

These sessions are not about teaching you to drive but enhancing the experience and skills you have acquired from driving previously. They are designed to show you safe practices that you will cascade to your learners. You will need to practice what you learn in your sessions every time your drive.

A common mistake is trainees try to switch on good driving practices during their training sessions but drive as they did before when driving to work, shops or anywhere. You will learn new routines and you need to practice these routines always and they will soon become a new habit. These routines will be essential when teaching your learners as these are the same routines you will use to help them and spot their faults and correct risks.

Part three

For many years we had a Part Three test where you took 40 hours of tuition to learn 10 pre-set tests. Today, at last, this has changed. Your training sessions will include a much more holistic (all round) approach and will include practical in car sessions, on-line live coaching sessions, classroom training and observational sessions where you will watch an instructor deliver actual driving lessons and sessions where you will be observed delivering real lessons to pupils. There is no better way than to prepare you than this holistic approach.

To be able to deliver driving lessons for payment, you must be either a qualified ADI or on what we call a trainee or pink licence. To fully get the benefit of training, your trainer needs to see you deliver training to a few pupils. You will need to be able to use the training you have received on real learners and experience things before the real test. While the DVSA say you can take a member of the family or friend, we find this in practice does not work as you do not get the same relationship. Friends and family start to argue with you where pupils would not etc. You could start teaching without taking payment, but you will still need a car, dual controls and insurance etc. and a supply of pupils. Our training fees normally include the cost of the trainee licence in your training fees and will help you to sort out this licence.

On a trainee licence, the DVSA require currently one of 2 routes.

  • 20% of your training supervised
  • 20 hours of additional training (5 hours must be in car)

We do the 2nd 20 hours of additional training route.

Live coaching sessions

Recently we have introduced our ‘live coaching sessions.’ We are looking to host these three times a month. One morning, one afternoon and an evening one. You can attend as many of these as you like, and they will be available for you to listen to afterwards. You can ask us any questions you have and listen to other questions and add input if you like. You will receive emails with times and links on how to join the live coaching sessions hosted by Dave himself. It is hoped that other experienced trainers will join the coaching sessions too. You can ask questions and listen to others who raise questions. They are a great compliment to the training course.