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Become a Driving Instructor

Many people are attracted to train as a Driving Instructor (ADI) by promises of a good salary, flexible hours and an convenient lifestyle. Whilst there are truly many benefits in becoming a Driving Instructor, it's not all plain sailing! Let's get the pitfalls out of the way first! Of those who start out to become an Instructor probably only one in ten make it as far as passing the Third and Final Exam and becoming a fully qualified ADI! Others fail the exams, find it too hard and give up, change their minds or other factors have intervened. Everyone expects to pass but there are no guarantees. Then when you have qualified, although most Driving Instructors are busy at the moment, there are no guarantees that you will get enough work (no matter what the Driving Instructor Training Organisations may imply). In the 90's many good Instructors went out of business because there simply wasn't enough work to go round.

What about the potential earnings? Well you need to remember that most Driving Instructors, even those who work for big Driving Schools like BSM or the AA, are self-employed and have to pay a franchise fee. Then you need to budget in that you will get no holiday pay, sick pay or pension scheme. You will need to make provision for these out of your earnings. Also check on whether the potential earnings are for the number of hours worked or number of lessons. If it is for say 40 one-hour lessons, you need to add in approximately 10 minutes travelling time between lessons ie another 6½ hours and then time for admin, book-keeping, phone calls, car maintenance etc. 40 lessons can easily add up to 50 hours of actual work time per week.

The rewards are there for those who are willing to put in the hours and the effort.

How should you get trained? There are many training providers around. Don't just go to the one suggesting the highest potential earnings or the biggest adverts but look carefully at their driving instructor training packages. What is the total cost? What support do you get? Is there a limit on the number of hours available for Part 3 training? Can you speak to people who've been through their training programme? Don't be afraid to ask questions and get the whole story! The DSA runs a register of approved Instructor Trainers called ORDIT. Click for more information about ORDIT.

Most Driving Schools operate on a franchise basis. Find out about Franchises.

More about the Instructor exams.

Guidelines on how much can a Driving Instructor earn.