Why train as a driving instructor?
While recent events have shaken many industries resulting in rising uncertainty in those choosing a new career path, there are few trades with a guaranteed future which is why many are choosing to make the switch into driving instructing. According to the RAC foundation, approximately 80% of people over 17 years old hold a full driving licence – most of these people are trained under professional qualified instructors.
What are the requirements to training?
To train as a driving instructor there are only two main requirements; firstly you need to be over 21 years of age, and secondly you need to have a full UK driving licence which you must have held for at least 3 years prior to applying to train as an instructor. Beyond this all levels of driving experience are welcome, as with a reputable driving school full 1 to 1 training will be provided and tailored to your own strengths and weaknesses. Regardless of your past work experiences, as long as you are keen to progress and willing to learn, you can become a qualified driving instructor.
What qualifications will my trainer have?
Before training future driving instructors your trainer should have first been approved by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to train future driving instructors (also known as approved driving instructors or ADIs). They should also be members of ORDIT – the Official Register of Driving Instructor Training. This means they have completed the required training and regular testing to ensure they have the most up to date information available. If you want the best, you should check your instructors have both these accreditations.
How long does it take?
While crash courses are available, any reputable driving school will know that these are not the best way to learn everything needed to become an approved driving instructor. Surprisingly the part of passing your training and test which takes the longest is wait-list for the test itself – a realistic time estimate is 6 – 12 months. This will allow you the time to learn and the skills and knowledge needed to go out on your own. The six-month estimate also depends on your needs and obligations – your training can work around your life, family, or current work.
How to pay for course fees?
The standard 40 hours of practical training can either be paid up front or on a pay-as-you go hourly plan. You may also request further training with your instructor as well as your test fees which are separate from your main training.
Where are the prospects after training?
After completing driving instructor training you have a choice of two options – the first is to stay with the training school, setting up a franchise with their support and guidance, or the second is to use your new-found skills to become an instructor on your own. You can even choose one option and then switch later down the line if your circumstances change.