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Alan has been a full-time professional Driving Standards Agency (Government) Approved Driving Instructor (DSA ADI) for well over thirty years. He qualified in August 1984, at the age of 25, and worked for a while for the British School of Motoring (BSM) in Chelmsford.


Over 20,000 hours learner driver teaching experience!

Since then he has accrued more than 20,000 hours learner driver teaching experience, and a degree in education and combined sciences.

ADI status can be checked on the Driving Standards Agency website, and the Driving Instructors Association website (please enter our postcode of SS5 4DS in both): 

Driving Standards Agency website     -      Driving Instructors Association website

All driving instructors are Criminal Record Bureau checked.


Lots of experience to pass on to you!

Whereas most instructors don't progress beyond the basic ADI qualification, Alan has taken, as a part of his Continual Professional Development (CPD), a number of further courses and tests to increase his driving knowledge. This enables him to teach to the highest standard, and offer the very best service to his pupils.


Licences and experience:

And so that you can assess Alan's experience for yourself we have listed other tests he has passed, and some of the courses taken, with the relevant certificates.

Tests passed:

The Motorcycle test (A)

The Public Service Vehicle (D+E) (PSV auto) test for double-decker buses and coaches. Now called a PCV auto licence

The Public Service Vehicle (D+E) (PSV manual) test for double-decker buses and coaches. Now called a PCV manual licence

The Heavy Goods Vehicle test (C+E) (HGV Class 1), for large articulated trucks. Now called a LGV class one licence

The Driving Instructors Association DIAmond Advanced Test, which is assessed on DSA driving criteria. website

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) Advanced Test. Based on the Police "Roadcraft" method of driving, and examined by ex-police class-one drivers.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents ( RoSPA) Advanced Test at Gold grade (twice). Based on the Police "Roadcraft" method of driving, and examined by ex-police class-one drivers. Alan was trained by a retired ex-police class-one traffic officer.

The Cardington (A) Special Driving Test for Approved Driving Instructors. A very strict DSA driving test at the driving examiner's training centre at Cardington in Bedfordshire. Similar to the driving test that the examiners take themselves.    DSA website


Additional courses taken:

Completed and passed a Fleet driver instructor training course with Pro-Drive Occupational Road Risk Consultancy and Defensive Driver Training in Stafford, and received a Fleet Trainer Diploma (The company was sold in 2005 to the Institute of Advanced Motorists).

Attended further fleet driver instructor training, and Skid-car training, with ATC Advanced Driver Training at North Weald. ATC Driver Training website      

Introduction to off-road, rally, and race driving at Brands Hatch


Further registrations:

Alan was also on the DSA Fleet Driver Trainer Register, for which he qualified in 2002. This is the highest DSA training qualification, and enables holders to train company car drivers in accordance with Health and Safety at Work legislation.

Driving for Work: Driver Assessment & Training by RoSPA


Pass Plus registered instructor:

He is currently DSA Pass Plus registered, and is able to issue Pass Plus certificates upon completion of the 6 hour course. Pass Plus Scheme



Teaching people to drive for over 30 years! Professional driving lessons with Alan J Barker BA DSA ADI.
Covering Hockley, Rayleigh, Rochford, & Hullbridge areas