Why become a 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 it’s 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.


Become an ADI with Sky Driving School

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 £30.00 per hour
  • Ideal for individuals looking for a new opportunity or to re-skill after redundancy, illness or leaving the Forces

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.

The requirements to become an 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.

Disclosure and Barring Service

You will need to get a criminal record check (DBS) for driving instructors. After DBS check approved you will need to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to start the qualifying process.

ADI Training available with Sky Driving School

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.

Part 1
Theory & Hazard Perception Test

This is a multiple choice ADI theory and hazard perception test similar to the current test for learner drivers
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Part 2
Driving Ability Test

This is just like a normal driving test but you are allowed fewer minor faults
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Part 3
Instructional Ability Test

This is the final and usually hardest part of the qualification process. Find out how our expert tuition and guidance will help you through!
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