(Purple Driving Academy Ltd)
Would you like to be a Driving Instructor?
What sort of people become driving instructors?
How do I become a driving instructor?
Who can apply?
You can apply if you are:
At least 21 years old
Have held a driving licence for at least 3 years
A fit and proper person (no convictions)
The Process of Becoming a Driving Instructor
Complete a DBS check to join the register
Take training to qualify
Take and pass the 3 ADI qualifying tests
Your Application Can Be Refused if You Have:
Been banned from driving
Have 6 or more penalty points
Have been convicted of any non-motoring offence
The Driving Instructor Tests
The qualifying tests
Part 1 – Theory and Hazard Perception Test - you have unlimited attempts at this test
Part 2 – Test of your Ability to Drive - you will have a maximum of 3 attempts at this test
Part 3 – Test of your Ability to Teach - you will have a maximum of 3 attempts at this test
From the date you pass part 1, you then have a maximum of 2 years to complete parts 2 and 3.
Once you have passed part 1 and 2 and have completed 40 hours of instructor training, you will be able to apply for your trainee licence which means you can charge for lessons. The purpose of this licence is to enable you to gain experience with real pupils whilst earning some money. Full support is given during this time, including your trainer sitting in on your lessons.
This is the first test that you will need to take and includes a theory and hazard perception test.
You will have all of the books and reference materials you need to study for this part, which you can do in your own time and at home!
Once you're consistently passing mock tests, you can take the exam, which costs £81
This is a test of your driving ability where you will be expected to be of a very high standard.
The test will take approximately 1 hour and cover the following:
Your trainer will ensure that you are of the standard required before your test, which costs £111
This is the final stage in your qualifying process.
You will need to teach according to the 17 competencies which were written to fall in line with the 'National Standards for Driver and Rider Training'.
You will spend at least 40 hours with your trainer to make sure you feel confident and to be able to teach safely before you go on your trainee licence.
If you decide you don't want to go on a trainee licence, you can still teach friends and family but you will not be able to charge money for this.
Once you are ready you will take your test. During the test you will be expected to conduct a lesson with a pupil, which is observed by an examiner, who sits in the back.
You will feel well prepared for this as you will be used to your trainer being there during your training and observations.
The test costs £111