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.
The benefits of becoming a driving instructor
- 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.
Costs to become a driving instructor
Many national driving schools advertise driving instructor training for a low fee of around £1000. Some with cash backs as well. Be aware most of these companies will tie you into a 12-18 month contract after you qualify.
Visit: 5 things you should know about instructor training for some of the must knows before committing to a training provider.
At driveJohnson’s we take on beginners with no experience to someone who has failed their part 3 adi exam twice with another company. If you are looking to become a driving instructor then contact us today.
Requirements to become a driving instructor
- Be at least 21 years of age.
- Have held a UK manual licence for at least 3 years. 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.
- You should be fit and healthy – this is quite vague, so if you’re unsure, ask during the application stage.
- Complete and pass a DBS check, which has to be renewed every 4 years
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.
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 still apply through the normal process. However, if your licence is restricted to driving an automatic vehicle, you will not be permitted to teach people to drive in a manual car.
You will have to carry out an ‘emergency control assessment’ before the DVSA will consider your application. This is done in order to assess your ability of how you would take control of a vehicle in case of an emergency from the passengers seat.
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