For over 30 years, SmartDriving expertise has been helping people like you become a driving instructor and take control of their lives.
To become a driving instructor, you don't need any previous experience, just the desire to do a job that gives you the ability to take control over you life, or to earn a better living or to do something that you have always wanted to do!
To become a driving instructor, you must undertake a course of driving instructor training and this this site will act as a guide and will help you learn how to become a driving instructor and all about driving instructor training.
Below, we have put together a list of the most commonly asked questions so please do feel free to look around and get in touch at any time! This site will cover areas on and give you everything you need to know about how to be a Driving Instructor and Driving Instructor Training including:
Why do people choose to become a driving instructor? Many want the earning potential, flexible work hours, job security. But the biggest appeal is often the chance to be your own boss and take control of your life/work balance.
People train to become a driving instructor for many different reasons - and we'd like you to talk to us about yours. 0800 09 88 321
The numbers of people starting driving instructor training is dropping dramatically. The country has changed.
The economy now means the ability to get money to pay for driving instructor training has virtually dried up, add this to the everyday ‘loss’ of instructors through retirement etc.. and there has never been a better time to become a driving instructor. Add this to the fact that more of the top instructors are moving into other more lucrative areas of the industry delivering coaching and development, police and local authority training AND the fact the test for learners continues to become more comprehensive and thorough PLUS only on May 10th 2010, the Government announced measures to include training post test, the demand for expert instructors is growing and ALL major driving schools are running major recruitment campaigns.
So the security is a huge factor.
Earnings too, is a big factor. How much does a driving instructor earn? Well that depends on you. Because when you become a driving instructor you will have the choice to work as many or as few hours as you want, earnings can vary from person to person. But if you are willing to work full time, you can easily achieve a salary of over £600 per week and you are also able to move into other areas as mentioned above. Once you have completed your driving instructor training, you will be able to develop your career further if you wish and earn much, much more. Some schools are advertising salaries for managers and recruiters of £42000 per year.
However, this is a job of love and one cannot just simply complete their driving instructor training and expect a big salary or queues of pupils around the block to land in their lap! You will work hard for it! But it is your driving school, your qualification and your career so the good instructors don’t feel like this is a job, but a passion!
Your earnings are also based on how much you charge per lesson. Different areas have different prices but average is £24 per hour. Also how many pupils you teach, and how many hours you work. You have costs of course; expenses such as petrol, tax, and a franchise fee if you work for one of the national or local schools one you be a driving instructor.
If at any point you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us - 0800 09 88 321.
There is a Government process involved and a minimum set of requirements to train. Click here to learn more about how to be a driving instructor. IF YOU ARE UNSURE, just ask us! Call 0800 09 88 321.
Your tests and any in car training will be done around your local test centre. There are local DSA (Driving Standards Agency) centres near every major town centre. You practice and driving instructor training will take this into account. Click here to learn more about what is needed to train.
The Government process is designed to take at least 16 weeks. But it is up to you. You can take as long or as quickly as you need. HOWEVER, the government process of CRB, PDI registration to be a driving instructor and testing will take it at least 16 weeks. Click here to learn more
Be aware of the ‘big’ driving schools charging £2500-£4000. There is no need for driving instructor training to cost this much. Click here to learn more about costs.
There are lots of options open to you once you qualify. Running your own business, working for a Driving School or teaching learners in your own car in your spare time. Click here to learn more about your options after you become a driving instructor.
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