Instructor Training – FAQ

CAN I TRAIN IN MY LOCAL AREA?

The training is based locally in Aberdeen. We advise you to train where you are taking your practical tests. Bear in mind, the course is not full-time and, because we work around your other commitments, some of your time will be spent studying at home.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER COSTS I NEED TO PLAN FOR?

As with any driving instructor training course, you will be expected to pay for your DVSA tests and your licence applications, whether it be green or pink (ADI or PDI). The charge includes the attendance of a trainer who will be able to assist with any last-minute practice or hints and tips.

WILL THE TRAINING FIT AROUND MY WORK OR FAMILY COMMITMENTS?

Yes. When arranging your training we try to take into consideration your existing job or family commitments, along with ability and availability. If necessary, this includes training on a Saturday, although the DVSA tests are held during the week.

CAN I TRAIN ON A SATURDAY?

If you wish, we can arrange for the majority of your training to take place on a Saturday. (Subject to availability)

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FAIL ONE OF THE THREE QUALIFYING TESTS?

We will give you all the support you need and would recommend you consult with your training officer to assess your readiness for each test.

The part one test can be taken as often as you like and you have three attempts each at parts two and three (DVSA test fees apply). If you are unlucky enough not to pass at the third attempt, as per the DVSA regulations, you will have to wait two years from the date you passed part one before you are eligible to resist any examinations.

WHAT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE TO ME ONCE I’VE QUALIFIED?

I will provide a complete driving school franchise package and the support you need to make a success of your career change. Before you start, we have an induction programme to ensure you hit the ground running and maximise your potential.

DO I HAVE TO START WORK AS SOON AS I QUALIFY?

No. Some people train while working full time, and slowly build up their driving instruction work on a part-time basis until they have enough to leave their existing employment.

DO DRIVING INSTRUCTORS WHO WORK FULL TIME (OVER 40 HOURS PER WEEK) SEE 40 PUPILS PER WEEK?

We encourage pupils to take lessons lasting 90 minutes. With this in mind, a full-time instructor will only need to see around 22 pupils per week. Travel time will be required between lessons. We encourage customers to take advantage of our block-booking facility, which keeps the learner committed to their instructor.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A DRIVING INSTRUCTOR?

As a guide, you can expect to complete the training within six to nine months, although there are a few things to consider when calculating how long it might take you to pass.

Firstly, the amount of time and commitment you can put in will determine how quickly you will move through the training. There are also some factors outside of our control that could affect your progression through the course, such as your DBS approval and the availability of DVSA test dates. We will, however, support you every step of the way.

IS THERE STILL A DEMAND FOR DRIVING INSTRUCTORS?

There is always a demand for professional driving instructors who are able to deliver fantastic customer service and train their pupils to test standards. Many instructors choose to diversify their career into areas such as fleet training, driver re-education and niche markets, so driving instruction isn’t just about teaching learner drivers – it offers a wealth of career opportunities.

WILL I BE EMPLOYED BY YOU?

No. Nearly all driving instructors in the UK are self-employed, whether as an independent driving school or as part of a franchised national school.

As a driving instructor you are your own boss – you decide your own hours and how you wish to organise your diary to balance your work/life commitments. Many of our instructors will tell you the flexible working hours are a real bonus to the job, and are not something you will experience in many other roles. As with any self-employed career, you will need to remember that you get out what you put in – the more hours you work and the more flexible you can be, the more money you will earn.

ARE THE TESTS DIFFICULT TO PASS?

The DVSA sets the tests you need to take to become a driving instructor. The DVSA does make these tests challenging in order to ensure those who pass are fully prepared to take on the responsibility of teaching the next generation of drivers to be safe on the road for life. 

As with any adult learning course, becoming a driving instructor requires hard work and commitment. But, with determination and drive, there is no reason why you cannot pass the tests and begin your career as a driving instructor.

HOW MANY HOURS DO I HAVE TO WORK AS A DRIVING INSTRUCTOR?

With the flexibility of the job, you can work the hours you choose. For example, you may want to work part-time to spend more time with your family or work around other commitments.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO DELAY MY TRAINING?

We understand that sometimes trainee instructors may need to delay their training due to reasons beyond their control.

Please let us know of any changes to your circumstances that may result in a delay in you completing your training within the 24 months,

WHAT EXPERIENCE DO I NEED TO BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR?

The DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) requires that anyone wishing to train as a driving instructor has no more than six penalty points on their licence, has held a valid full UK licence for at least two and half years, be at least 20.5 years old and meet all legal, physical and medical requirements. All you need is a willingness to learn, as all the training you require is provided as part of the course.

HOW MUCH DOES A DRIVING INSTRUCTOR EARN?

Driving instructor can achieve a gross income of 1500 a week, but it could be more depending on the hours you choose. Based on working 25 90 minute lessons.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I NEED TO CANCEL A TRAINING SESSION?

Students are required to give two clear working days’ notice of their inability to attend a booked training session. In the event that you do not attend a booked training session and you fail to give the required notice, I reserve the right to charge for rebooking the session.

HOW MANY HOURS OF TRAINING WILL YOU PROVIDE?

I am committed to delivering the highest level of training to ensure you pass the examinations successfully. The course now includes up to 50 hours of training with a fully qualified GRADE A Trainer for those who join our Training course.

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