Who Can Apply To Become A Driving Instructor:
You can apply if you are:
At least 21 years old
Have held a driving licence for at least 3 years
A fit and proper person (no convictions)
You can check on the government website HERE
The Process of Becoming a Driving Instructor:
Complete a DBS check to join the register
Take training to qualify
Take and pass the 3 ADI qualifying tests
Your Application Can Be Refused if You Have:
Been banned from driving
Have 6 or more penalty points
Have been convicted of any non-motoring offence
You can find the application form HERE
The qualifying tests
Part 1 – Theory and Hazard Perception Test - you have unlimited attempts at this test
Part 2 – Test of your Ability to Drive - you will have a maximum of 3 attempts at this test
Part 3 – Test of your Ability to Teach - you will have a maximum of 3 attempts at this test
From the date you pass part 1, you then have a maximum of 2 years to complete parts 2 and 3.
Once you have passed part 1 and 2 and have completed 40 hours of instructor training (at least 10 of which were done in a car and recorded on the ADI 21T declaration form) you will be able to apply for your trainee licence which means you can charge for lessons. The purpose of this licence is to enable you to gain experience with real pupils whilst earning some money. Full support is given during this time, including your trainer sitting in on your lessons.
Options when you apply for a trainee licence
You have 2 options to choose from when you apply for a trainee licence. You must either:
be supervised for 20% of all lessons you give while you have your trainee licence
do at least 20 hours of extra training while you have your trainee licence
You can only choose one option and you cannot change to the other after you’ve made your decision.
Talk to your sponsoring approved driving instructor (ADI) or training organisation about which option is best for you.
Option 1 - supervision of lessons
In this option you have to be supervised by your sponsoring ADI for 20% of all the lessons you give.
You must keep a record of the number of hours:
You give lessons
You are supervised
The ADI 21S supervision record form must be signed by both you and your ADI. You must send it to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) when your trainee licence runs out.
Option 2 - extra training
In this option you have to do at least 20 hours of extra training in the topics in the training programme. You must do this before you book the ADI part 3 test.
At least 25% of the training must be practical in-car training.
The training must be recorded on the instructor training declaration form.
You must send the form to DVSA before the end of the 3 months, or the day after you book your ADI part 3 test, whichever comes first.
Your trainer will sponsor you while you are on your trainee licence as legally, you are not allowed to advertise.
After qualifying most training companies ask for a minimum period of franchise or if you find local, independent trainer you will be able to be independent right away.
Always check the terms & conditions as cheap training will always need to be paid for in the end.
Starting from scratch can be tough, I did it… and I worked 2 jobs , 7 days a week for a year. This business works on reputation and recommendation so it can be beneficial to join a school for a short period to build yours.
Our franchise package is designed to help you grow your business while adding to ours.
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