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.