If you like working with all types of people, have a good knowledge of driving and road procedures and, most importantly, you have the skill of passing your knowledge onto others, then becoming a driving instructor could be the ideal career for you.
You will need to be calm, patient, have a good sense of humour and be able to relax and reassure your pupils. You also need to be articulate, enthusiastic and ready to study for the exams you will need to pass to become a registered driving instructor.
If you are an average driver, we will be able to raise your driving to the advanced standard required. After all, that's part of what you are paying for. With training most people can meet the advanced driving standard required.
Whilst your driving ability is one consideration that must be taken into account, a more important factor is your personality. You need to be interested in people. You will be working one to one with pupils, so the ability to gain and maintain rapport is essential. A calm personality helps: you will often have nervous pupils to deal with! Remember most importantly this job is about teaching and not mainly about driving.
Becoming an instructor means that you can run your own driving school business, work at flexible times and have earnings that are only limited by the number of hours you want to work. The driving instruction industry is at an exciting time. Today's society is fast moving and it is almost essential to be able to drive. The driving test is becoming more demanding and complex and road conditions are busier: this will bring up demand in the number of driving lessons pupils need.
What do other people think?
Comments from recently qualified driving instructors:
Charlotte Hardy, aged 22, was trained by Lynne. Read what she thinks about being an ADI
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) requirements for becoming a driving instructor are as follows:
The qualifying examination to become an approved driving instructor is in three parts:
1. An IT based theory test and a video based hazard perception test.
2. A practical test of your driving ability and eyesight test.
3. A practical test of your ability to instruct.
You must take and pass all three parts of the examination in this order and must complete the whole examination within two years of passing the theory test. If you are unable to complete the examinations within this time you must start again from the beginning and pass each part once again. You are only allowed to take a test of ability to instruct after the two years have expired if you have applied for it before the two years expired. However, you will only be able to have one application lodged with the Registrar at any one time. If you pass that test you are deemed to have done so within the two years.
You are only allowed three attempts at each of the practical tests. If you do not pass in the three attempts you must wait until the end of your two year period before you can requalify, starting with the theory test. The two year period cannot be extended.