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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 are already a driving instructor or you’re currently in training, you will also need a driving instructor insurance policy.
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:
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:
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.
As a driving instructor, you will need the following skills:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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