Why become a driving instructor? Most people want to for the attractive salary, flexible work hours, job security, and the chance to be your own boss. The demand for driving instructors in the UK is on the rise, and with the current economic instability, many people are looking to train in a career that will see them secure for life. Because no previous experience is required to become a driving instructor, people of all ages and from all walks of life are entering the profession every day.
To become a driving instructor, you need to have a full UK driving license no more than 6 penalty points. You need to have held a full license for over 3 years. This is the only criteria, other than a willingness to learn everything that is required – the training can be quite intense as you will need to become an expert if you are going to instruct others. There are no other barriers to entry, it truly is a career open to all. It is a job suited to those who like to work with people, have good patience, and have the discipline to work hard and study hard to gain their qualifications. Driving instructors will often comment on the satisfaction they get from seeing someone successfully pass their test – it’s a great feeling knowing that it was because of the tuition you provided.
Driving Instructor Training Course
Our instructor training course trains you to become a really successful instructor. The course includes learning tools and techniques to help you, including comprehensive workbooks broken into manageable two-hour sections. The workbooks include information about business and marketing skills to help you once you’ve qualified. There are also home study elements, regional meetings with other learners, practice sessions and lesson plans.
To become a qualified DSA (Driving Standards Agency) Approved Driving Instructor, you’ll need to pass three parts of the DSA test.
Part 1 – Theory
Working at home with the workbooks and manuals you’ll progress through the course and arrange the test when you’re ready. There is also a hazard perception test in part 1, in which you’ll need to identify hazards in video clips.
For part 1 of your training, you’ll receive five hours of 1-to-1 training with a driving instructor trainer.
Part 2 – Driving ability
This module consists of practical driving sessions and is designed to bring your personal standard of driving up to the standard required by the DSA. Again you’ll train with one of our grade 6 driving instructor trainers on a 1-to-1 basis, who will prepare you for a one-hour practical test of your driving ability.
For this part of the test, you’ll demonstrate a high level of driving technique, anticipation and consideration of other road users. This module of our course comes with 15 hours of 1-to-1 training.
Part 3 – Instructional ability
In this part of the test, you’ll need to demonstrate that you can teach others. In two half-hour sessions the examiner acts as a pupil in a role-play situation. For this module, you’ll receive up to 40 hours of 1-to-1 training with your grade 6 driving instructor trainer.
After passing all three parts of the DSA test, you’ll be awarded a green badge indicating that you’re a fully qualified instructor.