Do you meet the basic criteria?
Check to make sure you meet the minimum requirements in order to start the qualification process
If you want to become a driving instructor in Eastbourne or anywhere else in the UK you can only apply through the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
You will need to:
- be aged 21 or over by the time you qualify
- have held a driving licence for at least 3 years
- be able to read a licence plate at 90 feet (27.5m) – glasses or contact lenses are both acceptable
- complete and pass enhanced criminal records and motoring conviction checks
You will need to find a credible driving instructor course in Eastbourne or be prepared to travel to another provider in order to pass the approved driving instructor exams ADI parts 1, ADI part 2 and ADI part 3. Your trainer does not have to be ORDIT approved – there are many excellent trainers throughout the country who choose not to be on the register.
The final step having passed all 3 ADI exams in sequence is to pay a registration fee to be listed on the ADI register. You will not be able to legally teach for reward unless you are added to the register and remain on the register.
You’ll need to pass a ‘standards check’ every 4 years to carry on working as a driving instructor along with paying the required fee to the DVSA for re-registration.
Help and support to become a driving instructor in Eastbourne
Before signing up for your driving instructor training course you might want to ask a few questions to protect your investment.
What would happen if you didn’t succeed in passing the ADI Part 2 exam [the driving exam]? Both the ADI Part 2 & ADI Part 3 exams are limited to 3 attempts. 3 shots at the exams should be enough with good quality training. However, what if anything would you expect to get back if you never made it to the third and final exam? Would you get a refund from your training provider? Be wary of companies offering a guaranteed pass course – read the small print carefully as a guaranteed pass does not exist. At best you may get some extended training hours or an exam fee paid for you – is this what you want? Make sure the guaranteed pass course still ticks all the boxes after you have read the terms and conditions.
What happens after you qualify? Do you continue to benefit from regular support? Starting off on your own can be a daunting business with plenty of unknowns. How are you going to bring in a regular flow of work? Who do you go to for advice, coaching and mentoring? Traditionally, many new instructors have opted for the more predictable path of setting up their own business as opposed to a driving school franchise. Those instructors who talk positively about being on a driving school franchise will mention the benefits they derive from just being able to get on and do the job. Letting somebody else have the hassle of finding the work can be an attractive option. Even more so if plenty of support is also provided. Driving Innovation allows you to choose the option that best suits your situation and will continue to offer continuous development courses or supervision. What’s important is that you make a success of your new business and career. With three decades of know how, we believe we’re well placed to assist you.
What would I realistically expect to earn as a driving instructor?
Many of the full time instructors we know of are earning between £36k and £40k per annum. It would be necessary to factor in business costs such as vehicle purchase, insurance, franchise costs if applicable, fuel and running costs, marketing, office expenses, memberships, phone costs and ongoing training to keep up to date. In addition, remember to allow for time off and sickness.
How much does driving instructor training cost?
Prices vary massively. The key questions to focus on are: what is the likelihood of becoming a driving instructor and passing with the provider? And, if I qualify how confident and competent will I be – will I be able to do the job at the end of the course?