How to become a driving instructor?

If you’re considering a change of career or are just starting out in your working life then one option for you to definitely look at is becoming a driving instructor.
There are many reasons why you should consideration being a driving instructor as the career for you.

One is that you’re never going to be short of new young people every year who are going to want to learn to drive once they hit 18.

Two, anyone (with a few exceptions) can train to become a driving instructor; there are no formal entry requirements, all you need is the right aptitude for the job and good basic driving skills.

Three, once you are trained and pass the required tests, you can set up your own driving school and be your own boss, you can decide what hours you work, choose when you want to take your holidays etc… So you can organise your work around your own and your family’s needs.

Four, being a driving instructor pays well, obviously if you work for yourself the more you work the more money you will make, but the average wage for a driving instructor in the UK is said to be anywhere from £25,000 – £30,000 or more depending where you live.
So there are some of the reasons why you would want to be a driving instructor but how do you go about getting qualified?

How to get trained as a driving instructor?

Well, fortunately there are ADI training schools all over the UK, so wherever you live you shouldn’t be too far from a training provider.

It’s well worth you ordering the Starter Pack from the transport office. This includes an explanatory booklet which gives full details of the ADI Register and qualification process, an Official Register of Driving Instructor Training (ORDIT) and application form.

To order a starter pack please call 0300 123 1126 with your credit or debit card details. The ADI Starter pack currently costs £5.00.” Taken from government website.

The qualifying process

To qualify as a driving instructor you must pass 3 examinations in this order:

  • Computer based theory test.
  • Practical test of your driving ability.
  • Practical test of your ability to instruct.

You have to successfully complete all three of the examinations within two years of passing the theory test.
If you fail to complete the examinations within the two years you must start over again from the beginning.
You can take the theory test as many times as you want but you are only allowed a maximum of three attempts at each of the practical tests within each two year qualification period.

If you fail to pass all three you cannot restart the process until a period of 2 years after you last completed the theory test.


Well, that’s the process on how you become a driving instructor, nothings ever easy is it?
It can look a bit daunting but if you get the correct training, a bit of hard work and determination this is definitely achievable to most people who put their minds to it.

You can read more on the governments transport

Keep your eyes on the prize!
Good luck.