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Become a driving instructor

How to Become a Driving Instructor

How can I become a driving instructor?

A driving instructor is someone who is hired by a new driver who wishes to learn and improve their skills with the hope of passing a practical test.

If you enjoy working with people directly and have a passion to teach, becoming a driving instructor may be a good career to consider. In this guide we will cover how to become a driving instructor. We will look at the following topics:

become-driving-instructor-green-bullet Entry requirements

become-driving-instructor-pink-bullet The skills you will require

become-driving-instructor-blue-bullet What you will actually do

become-driving-instructor-green-bullet Salary expectations

become-driving-instructor-pink-bullet Working hours, patterns and your new environment

become-driving-instructor-blue-bullet Future progression

The entry requirements

If you wish to train as a driving instructor, you will be required to apply through the DVSA (Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency). Here are a few prerequisites before applying:

become-driving-instructor-green-bullet Age 21+ by the time you qualify

become-driving-instructor-green-bullet Hold a driving license for a minimum of 3 years

become-driving-instructor-green-bullet You are able to read a license plate from 27.5 metres (90 feet), the use of contact lenses or glasses is fine

become-driving-instructor-green-bullet Pass and complete enhanced motoring conviction and criminal record checks

The department of transport provides a list of training providers on the official register of driving instructor training (ORDIT). You will need to pass part 1 and 2 of the ADI (approved driving instructor) exams. By completing this, you will have the necessary license to give instruction, this will allow you to legally charge someone for driving lessons. After this you must pass ADI exam part 3, this will allow you to be added to the ADI register. It’s also worth remembering that you must pass a standards check every 4 years to continue working as a driving instructor.

The skills you will require

become-driving-instructor-pink-bullet Be able to give clear instructions

become-driving-instructor-pink-bullet Be able to adapt your teaching style and technique to suit each individual learner

become-driving-instructor-pink-bullet Have excellent driving skills and a strong knowledge base of road safety

become-driving-instructor-pink-bullet Be able to react quickly and safely for any potential problems

What you will actually do

You have the option to work as self-employed and set up your own business, or be part of a driving school. Here’s a list of duties, your role will include:

become-driving-instructor-blue-bullet Check the driving ability and knowledge of each learner

become-driving-instructor-blue-bullet Plan a series of driving lessons so students are ready to take a driving test

become-driving-instructor-blue-bullet Teach learners driving laws, the highway code and road safety

become-driving-instructor-blue-bullet Teach learners about vehicle control, steering, turning, reversing, and parking safely

become-driving-instructor-blue-bullet Teach learners how to handle an emergency situation

become-driving-instructor-blue-bullet Discuss basic vehicle checks

become-driving-instructor-blue-bullet Keep a record of appointments (lessons) and payments

become-driving-instructor-blue-bullet Manage the business (if you are self-employed)

Salary expectations

A starter driving instructor can expect to earn between £15,000 to £20,000, while a more experienced driving instructor could earn between £20,000 to £30,000. Depending on where you are located and how much your competitors charge, on average, you may charge between £15 to £40 per hour.

A driving instructor’s salary can differ. Remember to factor in any running costs such as driving instructor insurance, fuel, and car maintenance. If you operate your own driving school, you will need to have your own dual control vehicle and pay for any repairs and servicing. If you decide to work for a franchise, you may be expected to pay a franchise fee.

Working hours, patterns and your new environment

If you are self-employed, you will have the option to select the hours you wish to work, be prepared to work on evenings and weekends. Remember it’s a good idea to be as flexible as possible to attract learners. In the summer, you can also work longer hours because there is more daylight.

Most of your time working will be spent in the car, so remember to choose a comfortable vehicle and make the right seat adjustments. Generally, driving lessons usually last between 1 to 2 hours. Organising appointments (driving lessons) effectively will be key to your success, as you will need to manage client availability and any ‘down time’ between bookings.

Future progression

By gaining further experience and training, you could potentially move onto specialist areas such as training disabled drivers, drivers of passenger carrying vehicles, large goods vehicles, or even emergency services vehicles. If you become highly experienced within your field, you could move onto becoming a driving examiner.

Here is a list of related career opportunities that may be of interest to you:

become-driving-instructor-blue-bullet Bus or coach driver

become-driving-instructor-blue-bullet Chauffeur

become-driving-instructor-blue-bullet Taxi driver

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