Welcome to the driving instructor training section of our website. Here at Reward Driving School we completely understand that looking in to starting a new career can be a daunting and potentially confusing time, how do you know whether to believe the positives that are so commonly portrayed and that the any downsides to the career at accurate, well in this page of our website we’ll aim to give a true picture of the career as a driving instructor and the process of qualifying but if you still have further questions or concerns or just want to have a general chat about the industry and it’s potential for you then we’re always happy to talk by you contacting us either by phone or email.

Writing this for the Reward Driving School website has made me think back to what would be the 4 main areas I would have liked for someone to have talked through with me before going through the process of becoming a driving instructor and here they are;


1. What being a driving instructor can offer you

Being a driving instructor can be a very rewarding career as your expertise, skill and dedication will have in some form or another a direct impact of the standard and safety a driver maintain’s long after passing their driving test. There are many other great rewards that being a driving instructor can give and here are just a few;

* Be your own boss and the freedom that brings.

* Work the days and hours you choose

* A better work life balance

* Choose how many and when to take your days off

* Work locally

* Have a new fully maintained car

* Earn up to £900 per week (this isn’t just the usual hype that the industry gives, why not ask us to explain)

* Job satisfaction – knowing the effort that you put will benefit you in many ways.


2. Whether it’s the right career path for you

As we have mentioned above it’s also important to explain to you in detail about the downside of the role and whether this would be a career path that is suited to you. The benefits of being a driving instructor are so great that it often attracts people to it without them fully understanding what the job actual involves, so first of all I would ask you to imagine yourself teaching A level sports studies to 17 & 18 year old’s and the reason for saying that is that is the age of the student you will most likely be working with as a driving instructor and you are teaching a physical subject with a blend of theory and practical skills much like the A level sports studies, being a driving instructor is essentially meaning you are a teacher and this is the main consideration you should make when deciding whether or not you are the right person to be a driving instructor (teacher).

There are also other things for you to consider and decide whether this is the right career path for you, such as;

* Late notice cancellations and missed earnings

* Requests to work unsocial hours

* Admin time required at home on evenings and weekends

* Taking new enquires late into the evening and weekends

* Arranging car services and maintenance regularly

* Requires your dedication and discipline to manage yourself and create a structure to work to and at times this can be lonely.


3. What it takes to qualify and be the best there is in the industry

Part 1 – Theory Test
This is the first of the qualifying tests and must be passed before you can move on to the part 2 driving ability. There are 2 parts to the theory test which are a multiple choice set of 100 questions and a hazard perception test with 14 CGI video clips. You book and take them as a single test and must pass both parts at the same time to be successful. There are no limits on the number of attempts you have at this part of the process.

Part 2 – Driving Ability Test
This is the second of the qualifying tests and can be taken once the part 1 test has been passed. There are five sections to the practical driving test, which are;
* eyesight check – read from 26.5 metres
* ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions – 3 tell me and 2 show me
* general driving ability
* manoeuvres – you’ll be asked to complete 2 reversing manoeuvres out of a possible 4
* independent driving – for 20 minutes either by sat nav or by following traffic signs.

The test lasts for around an hour and you are only allowed to get a maximum of 6 driving faults with no serious or dangerous faults. You only have 3 attempts to pass the test and if unsuccessful on the third attempt you would have to wait 2 years from the date you passed your part 1 test.

Part 3 – Instructional Ability Test
This is the third and the last of the qualifying process and it is where a DVSA ADI examiner will sit in the back of your car and observe you teach a pupil. You’ll be marked on 17 competencies that are group in the 3 categories of; lesson planning, risk management, teaching an learning strategies.
You will then be given a score of 1 – 3 (3 being the highest) for each of the 17 competencies and to pass you must score a minimum of 31 which would be a grade B and anything 43 and over will be awarded a grade A. You would automatically fail if you score 7 or less on the risk management category or if the examiner has to stop the lesson due you you putting yourself and/or others in danger.

You only have 3 attempts to pass the test and if unsuccessful on the third attempt you would have to wait 2 years from the date you passed your part 1 test.


4. What opportunities there are for you from being a fully qualified driving instructor

Qualifying as an ADI can open up a variety of career options further down the line, I have written below a list of potential career directions or additions to teaching learner drivers, this list isn’t exhaustive but is to give you an idea;

* Grow a large national franchised driving school
* Fleet vehicle assessments
* Train others to become instructors
* Apply for the role of driver examiner
* Teach other vehicle categories such as B+E, C1 and full C category, D1 and full D category
* Become an emergency services driver trainer
* Apply to become an IAM or Rospa trainer

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