Why become an driving instructor?
DVSA qualification needed to 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. However, don’t worry if you are not academically minded the exams are very practically based and so is the training course we provide. The DVSA are the Government body who regulate driving instructors in the UK.
By taking up a career as a Driving Instructor you have the opportunity to change your entire lifestyle from one where you work to live to one where you can start enjoying work as part of your life.
Driving Instructors come from all walks of life and all ages, from youngsters that have only held a Driving Licence for 4 years to those into retirement. Actual age is unimportant as its your ability to teach and get along with people from all walks of life that is important. Some are housewives with children who work Part-time, others who do a 30, 40 or even a 50 lesson week - thats one beauty of the job that you can choose whenever and wherever you work.
Every day is someone’s 17th Birthday, seven days a week, fifty two weeks a year. One of the most sought after birthday presents is a Driving Licence and with it the opportunity to enjoy the freedom of the road.
If you enjoy relating to and interacting with people and can be positive in all situations then you already have two of the key attributes required to become a Driving Instructor.
If you enjoy driving and meeting people, then becoming a Driving Instructor could be the perfect job for you:
• Enjoyable, rewarding Career
• Flexible hours fit around family and other commitments
• Work for yourself but not by yourself
• Earnings for a single lesson is £25.00 per hour
• Ideal for individuals looking for a new opportunity or to re-skill after redundancy, illness or leaving the Forces
The requirements are to become a approved driving instructor.
• You need to be over 21years of age
• You need to have held a full car driving licence for at least 3 years.
• You must be able to read a vehicle registration mark at a distance of 27.5m
• All convictions, motoring and non-motoring that are still in force will be taken into account when the DVSA assess your suitability to be entered onto the register of Approved Driving Instructors. You should not have 6 or more penalties on your driving licence.
You will need to get a criminal record check (DBS) for driving instructors.
Disclosure and Barring Service.
After DBS check approved you will need to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to start the qualifying process.
The training consists of a three part test which focuses on the abilities needed to become a Driving Instructor.
Our Driving Instructors Training Course Includes
The driving instructor qualification process is in 3 parts:
• Part 1 – Theory and Hazard Perception Test
Part 1 is a PC based multiple choice ADI theory and hazard perception test similar to the current test for learner drivers but you are required to answer 100 questions (not just 50) on a broader set of subjects and you need to score 57 as opposed to 44 on the hazard perception part. Typically this should only take about 6 weeks (12 hours of study) to pass.
• Part 2 – Driving Ability Test
Part 2 is a driving test, again similar to the current test for learner drivers but you are only allowed to make 6 minor faults (not up to 16 as on the L test). Typically this should only take you a couple of months to pass following our practical training and accompanying open learning study programme. After passing Part 2 and completing the necessary training you can start your job as a driving instructor on what is called a Trainee Licence (see below for details).
• Part 3 – Instructional Ability Test
Part 3 is an instructional ability test, which dramatically changed in 2018. As a result the examiner now requires to watch you give a driving lesson to a real learner and depending upon what they see will determine if you pass this third and final part of the qualification process. Therefore you need to gain as much experience as possible of training real learners under the supervision of an expert SKY instructor training coach before you take this test. Typically this will take you between 4 to 12 months to pass following our practical training and accompanying open learning study programme.
Earn while you learn on a Trainee Licence
With SKY you could be operating and earning money as a driving instructor on a Trainee Licence within a few months. Following the introduction of the New Part 3 Test this option became even more important to have. Only a genuine, well established and reputable driving school like SKY can be trusted to provide the required on-the-job training, learners and expert guidance necessary to succeed.
Can I qualify without a Trainee Licence?
YES! With SKY you can also qualify without a Trainee Licence as all of our trainers have learner drivers that you can potentially utilise to gain the practical experience you will need along with any private learners you may choose to train for free. This option still gives you the vital experience of teaching real life learner drivers now esstential to passing Part 3.
Standard Rates Manual Lessons
Standard Rates Automatic Lessons
ADI Training / hour