Be your own boss
As an instructor, you won’t have a boss telling you what to do. You’re in charge, and you get to make the important decisions that affect you. You’ll also be able to make a positive impact on the community around you and meet new people every day.
In order to train to become a driving instructor, you must:
- Have a driving licence for at least 3 years.
- Be able to read a licence plate at 90 feet (27.5m) – glasses or contacts are OK.
- Have no more than 6 points on your licence.
- Allow the Government (DVSA) to complete a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.
- Be 21 or over.
Check if you qualify here: https://www.gov.uk/become-a-driving-instructor
To legally operate as a driving instructor in the UK you are required to pass the DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) qualifying examination which is split into three parts.
- Part 1 is a PC based multiple choice theory and hazard perception test similar to the current test for learner drivers but to a higher standard.
- Part 2 is a driving test, again similar to the current test for learner drivers but to a higher standard.
- Part 3 the DVSA examiner will observe you giving a real driving lesson to one of your pupils. In other words the examiner wants to see you performing the job for real.
DVSA Trainee License
Once you have passed Part 2 and have completed your initial Part 3 training you are allowed to work as a trainee driving instructor provided you are sponsored by a driving school such as Epsilon School of Motoring. From that point you will start earning money as well as prepare for your part 3 test.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the full training is £1400. That includes preparation for all 3 tests.
Not sure if the job is for you? Book a 2h Driving Instructor assessment. That will help you understand what the job is all about. It will include 1.5h of driving and 30 mins of analysis of your driving. The Driving Instructor assessment costs £70.