Thinking about becoming a driving instructor? Well, there’s a few steps you’ll need to take before you can start driving with your first client…
The first thing you should know is that you need to have held a full UK driving licence for three years and be over the age of 21 before you can start thinking about becoming an instructor.
If that sounds like you, then you have the basic requirements to begin your instructor tests. The tests can be quite difficult, so make sure you’ve thought it through properly: do you have good road safety knowledge and excellent driving skills?
Are you able to give clear instructions and able to adapt your teaching style? Instructor training can be quite expensive, so make sure you’ve done some thorough research before embarking on your tests.
Once you’ve decided that you definitely want to become a driving instructor, you’ll have to begin training.
In order to acquire the necessary qualifications, there are three tests you need to take. The first test is computer based and will examine your knowledge of theory and hazard perception.
The second is a practical driving test and the third is a practical test of your ability to instruct.
The second and third parts are known to be the toughest and once you pass part one, you have a two year period in which to complete all three tests, or else you have to start again. It can take anything between six months and two years to complete all three, and sometimes even longer!
Once you’ve managed to get all your qualifications, you’ll be allowed to start taking on clients.
You have to be organised and arrange lesson plans for your learners in order to get them test ready. You have to take them through every aspect of driving that they can expect to be tested on, from performing basic vehicle checks to completing complex manoeuvres.
You may wish to work for yourself as an independent driving instructor, or perhaps you’d prefer to be part of a franchise.
You may find that a franchise instructor will get more clients, but you will be expected to pay a franchise fee. So make sure you weigh up the pros and the cons of each option before deciding, and remember, if you choose to go it alone, you’ll need your own dual controlled car.
Finally, it’s worth making note of the ‘standards check‘, this is something that you have to go through every four years and it allows you to carry on working as a driving instructor.