You can become a driving instructor and enjoy the benefit of becoming your very own boss. However, there are many options available to you. Let us help you through understanding what’s on offer.

You can choose to go independent (on your own) after qualifying or join a franchise in your area. Either way, you’re still your own boss.

The benefits:

– Be your own boss.

– Work when you want, take days off when you want.

– Work around your current commitments such as children,  family, partners existing job, part-time job, hobbies and more.

– Earn between £30,000 – £50,000 a year.

– Every lesson has a different challenge.

– Meet new people every day.

– Pursue extra qualifications once you have qualified and go into more advanced instruction such as driving instructor training, fleet training, commercial, trailer, ambulance training and more.

– Job satisfaction, seeing pupils pass their test and teaching them safe driving for life.

How to become a driving instructor?

Becoming a fully qualified driving instructor isn’t an easy process. However, as long as you’re prepared to work hard and you find the right trainer for you – you will have great chance of passing.

There are 3 exams you need to take and pass each one within 3 attempts. You also have 2 years to complete all 3 exams from the date you pass the first exam – Part 1.

You can pass all 3 exams in as little as 3 months. Typically trainees take between 6 months – 12 months if they have an existing job and they are doing their training in between.

Part 1 – Theory

Part 2 – Ability to drive

Part 3 – Ability to teach

Requirements to become a driving instructor

There are a few minimum requirements to become a driving instructor. All applicants should have the following:


– Be at least 21 years of age.

– Hold a current UK manual licence for at least 3 years. By the time you qualify you should have at least 4 years experience before entering the ADI register.

– You should not have been disqualified from driving in the last four years before joining the ADI register.

– You should have no more than 6 points on your driving licence.

– Be a ‘fit and healthy’ to enter the ADI register. This is quite vague, so if you’re unsure you can ask at at the applying stage.

– You should pass a criminal reference check ‘DBS’.

You will also have to complete a DBS every 4 years to remain on the ADI register.

Criminal Records/DBS Check

This is a grey area. The answer is very much dependent on the offence and how long it ago it occurred. For more information, visit:

Can you be a driving instructor with a criminal record? This depends on:

– How serious the offence is
– When the offence occurred.
– If your conviction/offence is relevant.
– Assess if there is a pattern of offending behaviour.
– Your personal circumstances involved with the offence, also if there are any other explanations or defence on your behalf.

Although your personal circumstances will be considered, your application is unlikely to be successful if you have been convicted of offences involving drugs, violence, drugs, sexual or financial situations. If your name is/has been on the ‘Sex offenders’ register or you have been prohibited from working with children your application will also be unlikely.

Having Disabilities and Becoming a Driving Instructor.
Having a disability doesn’t prevent you from becoming an ADI. If you possess an unrestricted driving licence you can apply through the normal process. However, if your licence is restricted to driving an automatic vehicle, you will not be permitted to teach in a manual car.
You will have to carry out an ‘emergency control assessment’ before DSA considers your application. This is done to assess our ability of how you would take control of a vehicle in case of an emergency from the passengers seat.

Costs to become a driving instructor

Many national companies charge in the region of £2500-£4000 with no guarantee you will pass.

At driveJohnson’s we offer various packages depending on what level your coming to us at.

We take on beginners with no experience to someone who has failed their part 3 adi exam twice with another company.

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