Driving Instructor Careers

Find Out How to Become a Driving Instructor

Most people think that when they become a driving instructor, that’s their career set for life. That all they will do from passing their ADI training course will be

  • Teaching learner drivers how to drive
  • The proper driving techniques
  • Highway Code
  • Parking
  • Safe manoeuvring of the vehicle
  • And the rules and regulations

This is far from the truth.

Become a Driving Instructor

When you become a fully qualified ADI driving instructor, you’re only at the very beginning of your career. You can choose to stay in the first line of work and teach students how drive manual transmission vehicles, and/or automatic vehicles. Or… You can further your training in all sorts of driving training courses to further your work opportunities, or teach people to drive a vehicle that you’ve made a successful career out of. It’s a huge industry you’re going into with a colossal amount of job opportunities.

Fancy working with the public?

Train towards a PCV licence, then learn about teaching learners to drive buses and coaches. You might be surprised by the people you work with, as a PCV licence could be the tool they need to set up their own business, touring people around the country, or perhaps even overseas.

How about LGV driver training, where you’d learn about driving Long Goods Vehicles, class 1 and/or 2, and then assist your pupils to train towards achieving an LGV licence, and entering their career as lorry driver, trunking goods around the country, or perhaps working towards a career driving as a Continental LGV1 Driver.

That’s’ s only a few of the further driver training jobs you could further study towards, but if you choose to stick with the car, then you can progress onto become a Driving School Instructor. (DSI) Any further career progression starts with becoming a driving instructor first, then you can choose to thrust your career forward, with additional training.

Driving Instructor Training

Before you can become a driving instructor you must first undertake and pass a training course. There are a myriad of training courses available to choose from, but essentially they all offer the same end result: an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) qualification.

The training required to become a driving instructor can be fairly flexible meaning that you can more often than not fit your training in around your other commitments. A portion of the learning (in particular the theoretical side) can even be carried out away from the training centre allowing to arrange your study schedule around your current job and there negating any financial impact that training for a new career may otherwise have.

Driving Instructor Training

What are the entry requirements for driving instructor training?

To qualify for enrolment on a driving instructor training course you will have to fulfil the following criteria:

  • You must be over the age of 21
  • You must hold a full UK or EU car driving license
  • Have held your license for four of the last six years
  • You must not have been disqualified from driving within the last four years
  • You must pass an advanced criminal record check

In addition once qualified in order to become an instructor you must apply for registration within 12 months of completing the final part of the ADI examination. You will also have to of passed your two practical exams within two years of passing your theoretical test.

What training options are available?

There are many driving instructor training courses available in the United Kingdom. There are numerous franchised and independent driving instructor training companies that offer you the training you will require to become an ADI based at a variety of locations. To find out where your nearest training centre is please complete the form at the top of the page.

What will I learn?

Your learning will be split in to three sections. Firstly you will learn the theoretical aspects of the job which will encompass subjects like road procedure, traffic signs and signals, mechanical knowledge and the law.

The theory section will conclude with a two part test comprising a multiple choice test and a hazard perception test.

The second section of your driving instructor training is based on your driving ability. This section aims to improve your driving competency. At the end of the training period you will face a driving and eyesight test.

The third section of the driving instructor training programme will work on your instructional ability. You will be taught and then tested (by means of a two part test) on the quality of your instruction and your ability to pass your knowledge on to pupils. The tests will be practical in nature with a role play based theme.

How long does it take to complete driving instructor training?

The amount of time that it takes to become a fully qualified driving instructor varies depending on course provider and how many hours per week you choose to study. On average it will take about 6 months to a year, however it is possible (with a lot of hard work and devotion) to complete the ADI in 3 or 4 months.

Driving Instructor Jobs

Most areas will have franchise driving schools, and that’s the first place to look when for driving instructor jobs. Some of the major ones are:

  • LDC – Learner Driving Centre
  • Red Driving School
  • BSM Driving School
  • AA Driving School
  • Smart Driving

Those are five of the top employers who can all put you through your driving instructor training and give you a job, once you’ve passed the exams, and become and Approved Driving Instructor. The other option you have, if you aren’t tied into a contract after completion of your training, will be to go into private practice.

Driving Instructor Jobs

This will see you in business for yourself and will require start-up capital. You’ll need…

  • The vehicle to begin with
  • Driving instructor insurance to teach your students
  • Roof signs for maximum advertising impact

And a string of other things, so it’s not exactly the best avenue to explore.

The best way to get driving instructor jobs is with schools near you. That will save you the expense of setting up your own independent business, but you will have expenses to pay to your employers, for the use of the company vehicle, insurances, and managing your appointments for you. Not too bad a deal when you consider the costs involved in the private sector.

However, when you’re in employment you probably won’t want to stay there forever, as working solely for yourself will give you more flexibility, if you fancy going into business for yourself. You could also specialise in teaching automatic vehicles only, teaching disable people to drive, specifically working with female students, or doing refresher driving jobs, more suited to building confidence in people who already have their driving licence, but lacking on confidence to drive.

This is a common thing for people to go through after having an accident. Other types of driving instructor jobs that will narrow your clients to a specific group, can involve you working with clients with specific driving phobias.

  • Bridges
  • Motorways
  • Reverse Parking
  • Over cautious drivers

You’d be surprised by the amount of drivers out there who have one specific type of road they dread, and will take any alternative routes available to avoid the situation. If you’re the type of instructor who can teach with a high degree of empathy, then focused driving tuition jobs helping people overcome psychological barriers could be the speciality for you.

Future driving instructor jobs after further training

Driving a car isn’t the only job you can train towards. Drive down any major road, and you’re sure to see…

  • Trucks of all sizes
  • Flatbeds
  • Wagon and drag lorries
  • Buses
  • Motorcycles

Every driver in those vehicles will have needed specialist training to get behind the wheel.

These are all areas you can further expand your knowledge on, to give you a broader scope of driving instructor jobs you’d be suited to. You could teach people how to drive a bus, and get them passed with a PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) and then they can shuttle people around, keeping the city moving, and less vehicles on the road.

All types of trucks will need LGV (Large Goods Vehicles) training. That can help your students get into the career they’ve dreamed of. It will also keep a steady supply of qualified drivers to keep the supermarket shelves stacked and major distribution companies in business, transporting all round the UK, and around the world. You will need to go through further training to achieve higher-level personal driving licences, prior to being able to become an LGV or PCV driving instructor.

CBT Motorcycle training

Further training in this field will need you to have held a Class A motorcycle licence for at least three years. After that period you can then apply to become a DSA assessed CBT motorcycle instructor.

Automatic vehicle training

For students who find it difficult to focus on all the controls of the vehicle, they may opt, and many do, to train towards an automatic driving licence. It’s much easier for some just to concentrate on the road, looking for hazards, and remaining cautious, without having to worry about clutch control, or if they’re using the right gears or not. The ease of a stop and go vehicle is beneficial to students and can save them a ton of money, if they struggle with manual controls.

PassPlus Driving Instructor

This is one type of driving instructor job that is handy to offer your students. It lets train to higher level and can save them money with insurance. That’s why it can be popular; however, the more important thing that this type of tuition is that it gives training for the unexpected.

It is an advanced driving course where you work with students teaching them advanced techniques, under some intense driving conditions, such as snow and ice, and how to correctly and safely manoeuvre the vehicle in a controlled way, in the event of the unexpected. It raises awareness of road safety. Anywhere that can happen is always a major bonus for you as the instructor, knowing you’ll have taught your student everything they need to know, to drive safely.

Driving School Instructor – DSI

In this type of driving instructor job, you will be teaching your students how to teach. Not to drive. The experience you had to become an Approved Driving Instructor, with enough experience you can further your career into this driving instructor job, where you pass your knowledge down to the next generation of driving instructors.

As you can see from the amount of possibilities there are, there’s more to becoming a driving instructor than meets the eye. So many people think after they’ve become a driving instructor, that’s their career sorted. It’s fixed down to driving around in a learner vehicle, teaching students to get their first driving licence. With so many differing jobs available, this is why a driving instructor is more than a job.

It is a career, and well worth pursuing, if you have the qualities, and skills suited to the job requirements.

Driving Instructor Jobs FAQ’s

What are the potential earnings for a driving instructor?

The pay for driving instructor jobs varies according to many factors. Driving instructors can earn up to £30k per annum. It is worth noting though that it may take some time to build your driving school to a point where you earn these figures. Click here to see more details on driving instructor wages…

What skills do I need to become a driving instructor?

In order to become a successful driving instructor you must first pass the ADI course. You will also need to posses some of the following attributes if you wish to be a top class instructor. You should be able to communicate effectively – making sure that you pass on to your pupils clear and concise instructions.

You should be hardworking and motivated. You will spend a significant amount of your time either working alone or “one on one” with pupils, therefore it s important that you maintain focus and can work without pressure from superiors.

Are there any other requirements for driving instructor jobs?

Once you have passed your ADI you must display a green badge with your photo and ID on the left hand side of the windscreen of your training vehicle.

In addition as an instructor you will be subject to “check tests”. These are carried out be a supervising examiner from the Driving Standards Agency and are there to check that as a driving instructor you are maintaining high standards of instruction. As an ADI you will be legally required to take these tests.