(Purple Driving Academy Ltd)

Would you like to be a Driving Instructor?

What sort of people become driving instructors?

  • A natural desire to help others - It's extremely rewarding meeting someone with absolutely no driving experience and then watching them grow in confidence and ability as you help them develop the skills that they need for a lifetime of safe driving.  
  • Need flexibility? - You can choose when you want to work to fit around your other commitments either part-time or full-time, weekends or no weekends.  The choice is completely in your hands.  No more holiday request forms!
  • No previous experience is needed - It doesn't matter what you've done before.  Many driving instructors are women returning into work after bringing up the kids or anyone who would like a change in career, have been made redundant or just feel passionate about road safety.

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 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.

Trainee Licence

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.

Part 1

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

Part 2

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:

  • An eyesight check 
  • 5 ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
  • General driving ability
  • 2 manoeuvres
  • 20 Minutes independent driving

Your trainer will ensure that you are of the standard required before your test, which costs £111 

Part 3

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

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