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The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Driving Instructor


What You Need to Do

Are you hoping to become a driving instructor? Then you certainly aren’t alone! It is becoming an increasingly popular career choice for many – and it’s easy to see why. Offering you freedom, flexibility, and the chance to make a real difference to people’s lives; it’s as far away from an unfulfilling 9-5 as you can get! If you want to find out more about driving instructor training in Suffolk, here is everything you need to know.

Are you eligible?

Before you do anything else, you need to make sure that you meet all of the necessary criteria to become a driving instructor. To accompany a learner driver in a car, you must:

  • Be 21 years old, or over
  • Be qualified to drive the same category of vehicle that you are supervising the learner in
  • Held a full licence in that category for 3 years or more
  • Hold no motoring convictions 

Training with us

Once you are sure that you meet all the standards for becoming a driving instructor, it’s time to think about your training! Here at Nayland Driving School, we guide plenty of trainee driving instructors to success. We have over 10 years of experience to our name, and our trainers are all Official Register of Driving Instructor Training (ORDIT) certified. We’re here to support you during the theory and practical parts of your training, providing guidance that is tailored to your exact needs.

How to progress to being fully qualified

To charge anyone money for driving lessons, you need to fall into either of the two following categories.:

  • Be on the ADI register
  • Have a trainee driving instructor licence

You need to pass three tests to operate as a fully qualified driving instructor. The first two, which cover theory and hazard perception, and then driving ability, will be familiar to you as someone who has passed a driving test. The third relates to your instructional ability and is much more focused on your performance as a driving instructor than it is your general skill and knowledge behind the wheel.

If you have completed Parts 1 and 2 plus 40 hours minimum training, you will have a trainee driving instructor licence. You can provide driving lessons while holding a trainee licence – which is a great option for those who want to earn money. The trainee driving licence is only valid for 6 months, so some people prefer to try and gain their full qualification right away. There’s no right or wrong choice – just whatever works for you!

Find out more today

If you want to find out more about training as a driving instructor, then please get in touch with our team today. We are happy to answer any questions that you have, and would be happy to arrange an informal meeting with you to ensure that you feel comfortable proceeding. You can even sit in on a driving lesson before you commit to training with us! You’ll soon discover why we are a firm favourite with trainee driving instructors all over Suffolk.

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I was taught by Geoff for about 2 months and I went to my test and passed the first time with this company and I would highly recommend Geoff and the company ad he teaches really well, he ensures that you end up being a driver and not a learner and i felt that is a really respectable quality when it comes to a teacher. I could not say any bad experience and was extremely happy

Alen Thomas

For any one wanting to learn to drive but not sure who to go with I definitely recommend Nayland, with his great help I passed first time and in just over three months, the lessons were great I always looked forward to them as Michael is a lovely guy and very down to earth, and up for a laugh 🙂 but he is also very patient for any one who is nervous about driving. 🙂

Harriet Osborn Davies

Thanks a lot to Dave, very calm and professional instructor. Passed after 20h, would definitely recommend.

Mikolaj Witkowski

I passed my test first time, I didn’t need to use any other instructor as Michael gave me all the advice I needed, down to earth, practical and easy to understand. While learning to drive can be stressful, Micheal made it so easy for me. I enjoyed learning and looked forward to the lessons as they were really enjoyable, if you want to learn to drive with someone that will make it enjoyable and practical Micheal is the guy! guy.

Peter Callaghan

Before having Michael as a driving instructor I was with someone else! I was given his number through a recommendation, and his lessons gave me the confidence to pass my test! Michael has great prices and deals, to suit anyone! I have now been driving a year, and I have recommended many people to go with him and they have gone on to pass very fast! 🙂

Amy Cowlin

Massive thanks to Suzanne! Amazing instructor! Helped to boost my confidence and pass my test quickly! Highly recommend!

Tom Clarke