Become a Driving Instructor

Can Anyone Train to Become a Driving Instructor?

You need no formal qualifications to train to become a driving instructor, however you must meet some basic criteria:-

  • You must have held your full UK (or European) driving licence for at least 3.5 years.
  • You should have less than six points on your driving licence (this rule is not set in stone and each case is looked at on an individual basis).
  • You must be a “fit and proper” person.  You will be subject to a criminal records check although some minor offences may not cause any problems.Your eyesight must be ok – you should be able to read a number plate from a set distance (and you may wear glasses or contact lenses if necessary).

No two people are the same and every individual circumstance is taken into account by the DSA.  For more information or to find out if you are likely to be accepted to train to become a driving instructor please call us on 0800 987 5423 for a no obligation chat.

The Qualifying Process

To become a driving instructor you need to take three examinations.  With good quality comprehensive training they are all relatively straightforward.

Part 1 - The Theory & Hazard Perception Test.  You will be asked 100 multiple choice questions followed by a computer simulation whereby you simply click the mouse when you see a hazard developing ahead.  We provide a great study pack for this exam (including all the questions and answers), so providing you study this element should be a doodle!

Part 2 – The Advanced Driving Test. Simply drive for about an hour to a high standard,  You can already drive, so for this element we concentrate on bringing your skills up to date and getting rid of those “bad habits”.  The examiner will also ask you to carry out a number of reversing exercises and a controlled (emergency) stop.  With the right training and plenty of practice you should confidently pass this element.

Part 3 – The test of your instructional ability. During this part the examiner will portray the role of two pupils, one beginner and one with more experience.  You will be given a set subject, simply  guide the pupil to success by spotting their faults, dealing with them and ensuring you pass on the skills and understanding to prevent the faults from recurring.


Training with Express

When you train with us we are there for you every step of the way with unrivalled levels of personal care and attention that only a smaller independent company can offer. Here’s what you get…

When you are ready to enroll we will firstly send one of our qualified trainers to your home free of charge for a no obligation chat, that way they can discuss the course with you, the training and beyond. It gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have and make sure it is right for you, they will take you through the enrolment process and show you how to get your CRB disclosure. If your happy to proceed with the course then the appropriate paperwork can be completed and you can make your first payment, they will leave all your Part one study material with you so you can get started straight away if you wish.

While you are preparing for your Part one exam you have unlimited support from us, if you need us, simply call or email and we will be more than happy to help you through, every few weeks your trainer will call to see how you are getting on.

After Part one is passed we will arrange all your ADI Part two training. This will be structured to match your availability and also match in with test waiting times for your area, giving you sufficient time to prepare for this second exam.

After ADI Part two is passed we will then arrange your Part three training again to match with your availability and also test waiting times for your area. If you need us at any time between sessions just contact your trainer or the office.

Once you are qualified we will give you help and advice in getting work, whether that be setting up your own driving school or looking for a franchise package with a school in your area. We may even be able to offer you placement working under our own driving school name depending on area and availability for a small registration fee, and we will offer pupil’s across to you for a referral charge, giving you the backing of a driving school but also the independence of being your own boss and running your own school, great for starting out while you find your feet.

If your looking to go fully on your own, we also have close links with a fantastic Business & Marketing Consultant who can provide you with anything from just simple business advice to get you started to complete design and build of a website and other marketing products to help you get seen.

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We provide Driving Instructor Training throughout the Northwest including Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Preston, Lancaster, Chorley,Wigan, Bolton, Bury, Salford, Trafford and Manchester. Please get in touch to see if we can provide training in your area.