How to Become a Driving Instructor?

Becoming a fully qualified driving instructor isn’t an easy process. However, as long as you’re prepared to work hard and you find the right trainer for you – you will have a great chance of passing.

There are 3 exams you need to take and pass each one within 3 attempts. You also have 2 years to complete all 3 exams from the date you pass the first exam – Part 1.

You can pass all 3 exams in as little as 3 months. Typically trainees take between 6 months – 12 months if they have an existing job and they are doing their training in between.

As part of the training package, you will receive all the recommended DVSA study books and access to the online revision programme Theory Test Pro. You will get a professional folder to keep your notes and plans, practice record forms and any other material your trainer provides you with throughout your training.
Enrolled in the course you will start to have contact with your trainer immediately. On your first session, you will have an assessment of your driving and you’ll be given comprehensive verbal and written feedback with some areas to begin to work on improving in preparation for your Part 2 test. You might as well start planning and preparing for this test immediately, and you will be able to do this every time you go out and drive your car.

Test of ability to Drive

The test of your driving ability. You must be able to drive to a high standard.
And show competence and confidence while still being safe. The standard required is
Far higher than a regular learner driver test.
drive you to need to set a good example and operate the way you would expect you, pupils, to be doing.
You will receive a Part 2 Driving Workbook to give you a step by step guide to get to

The standards required to pass the part 2 test. The workbook gives you advice on all.

aspects of your driving and follows the DVSA ‘s DL 25 marking sheet.


  • Record forms to track your progress as you practice and improve your driving
  • Alongside the driving workbook, you will get 12 hours of driving instruction on a 1 to 1 basis.
  •  Grow the on-road skills

to pass the part two driving test.

Is the test of your ability to instruct. You will have a test on how you cope with teaching. A real driving lesson. A DVSA examiner will observe you giving a client-centred driving lesson.  Lasting about an hour to one of your pupils. They will mark you on the ADI test reporting. Sheet and grade you on your performance.

  •  Instructors take the Standards Test every 3 years.
  • The Driving Instructor is at the required standard.
  • The sheet is the marking sheet called the Standard Check.
  • You will receive a part 3 instructing workbook which will explain what you require to pass the test.
  • The Trainee will have written exercises to complete alongside the part 3 training sessions.

On-Going Training for Part 3

The complete ADI teaching system for the part 3 test which contains lesson plans and visual aids. You will get 45 hours of in-car 1 to 1 training to prepare you for the test. On completion of the training, you would need to go on a trainee license to practice with real pupils and

The Part 3 Test,  extra 20 hours are required.

A  trainee driving Instructor can charge money for the lessons,

Become a Driving Instructor

What are the Requirements
and what are the Benifits?

Be Your Own Boss

Work when you want

Work around your current commitments

Pursue extra qualifications once you have qualified eg: driving instructor training, fleet training, commercial, trailer, ambulance training and more

Every lesson has a different challenge

Meet new people every day

Earn between £30,000 – £50,000 a year

Job satisfaction

Be 21 Years of Age or Over

Have held a UK manual licence for at least 3 years. You should have at least 4 years experience before entering the ADI register.

You should not have been disqualified from driving in the last four years before joining the ADI register.

You should have no more than 6 points on your driving licence.

You should be fit and healthy – this is quite vague, so if you’re unsure, ask during the application stage.

Complete and pass a DBS check, which has to be renewed every 4 years

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“Darren is a wonderful, kind and patient teacher. He will push you but is very good at tailoring the lesson to the individual and will happily follow your lead if you need to do things multiple times to feel confident. He teaches you to be an all round better driver as opposed to ticking off a list to meet test requirements and it must have worked as I am now a fully qualified driver!!!! “

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“Thank you so much Darren you’ve been a pleasure to drive with for sure, you have been a great instructor and I will definitely recommend you! All the best ”

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“Hi Darren thank you so much for getting Abbie through her test, she really enjoyed her lessons. We won’t see much of her now”

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