Why Become A Driving Instructor?
Training to become a Driving Instructor doesn’t just give you a job, it gives you a vocation offering years of extraordinary job satisfaction and flexibility. Here are just some of the reasons you should change career and become a driving instructor.
- Be Your Own Boss – Being a Driving Instructor allows you to be your own boss. You control the days and times you work to be flexible around family and life’s events.
- Supply the Demand – Demand for Driving Lessons across the UK is on the rise. Driving Instructors are needed nationwide to meet this demand meaning a great opportunity awaits you.
- Earn More – You decide when you work, so you decide what you earn. More hours of tuition means higher earning potential. We estimate a Driving Instructor working the same 40 hours as an office worker can earn between £35,000 – £40,000 per annum.
Being an approved driving instructor (ADI) can be a very rewarding career: you’ll help people to learn an important skill for life.
The job involves working with all sorts of people so you’ll need good people skills as well as
- Patience and understanding
- A thorough knowledge of the theory and practice of driving
- An ability to teach
- Awareness of changes in the regulations for driving tests, as well as driving instruction
- Business sense.
You’ll also need to check that you’re eligible to apply to become a driving instructor. Take a quick test on GOV.UK to find out whether you can apply. This test will also tell you what to do next to become an ADI.
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What you need to know
Before you can start training to become a driving instructor you will need to have had a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) obtained through the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) contractor, Capita Recruitment Vetting Service (CRVS).
Before you can begin the testing process to become an ADI you must have held a full licence for three years (a foreign or automatic licence can count towards the three years). You must also be able to read a vehicle number plate from a minimum of 27.5 metres (90 feet) and pass the DVSA three part driving instructor examinations – which we will go through in more detail below.
If your licence has penalty points (generally a maximum of four) it is unlikely to affect your application and those points already spent will not count. But you must not have been disqualified from driving during the last four years, not even for one day.
In order to become a driving instructor there are three rigorous ADI tests which applicants are put through. Our driving instructor training course is designed to help you pass these tests providing you with all of the knowledge and materials you need.
ADI Part 1
The first test within your ADI training is in two parts –
- Theory test
- Hazard preception
The theory test consists of 100 multiple choice questions, within the test there are four bands which each require a pass-mark of 80%. You have 1½ hours to complete the test and need an overall pass mark of 85% for this part of the test. The hazard perception test consists of 14 video clips and the pass mark is 57 out of a possible 75. You are given a further 20 minutes to complete the hazard perception. The cost to sit both parts of the test is £81 and can be taken as many times as necessary. Our training covers the theory and hazard perception section of the ADI tests via in class training and reading materials.
ADI Part 2
The second test is a driving and eyesight test which is conducted by a Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency Supervising Examiner and lasts approximately one hour. You will be required to demonstrate your ability to drive and manoeuvre the car safely and under control. To pass you must not commit more than six minor or one serious fault. We offer tailored training packages for part two of your ADI test, designed to work around your other work commitments.
Part 2 training includes :
- General driving
- Fast road driving
- Mock test
- Rectify any faults with mock test
ADI Part 3
DVSA ORDIT (Official register of Driving Instructor Training)
Sandhu driving school is an ORDIT registered driving school, The DVSA recommend you should only undertake practical training to become a driving instructor with Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) who are listed on the Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers (ORDIT).
The third test is your ability to teach learner drivers which is conducted by a DVSA Supervising Examiner and lasts approximately one hour. you’ll be marked, amongst other things, on how you identify and correct mistakes.
To begin with, you give your examiner a runthrough of your lesson plan. Then they’ll be introduced to the pupil. You then explain the purpose of the lesson to the pupil, noting that it’s you that’s under examination, not them. It’s also worth asking them if there’s anything in particular they’d like to cover in the lesson.
From there on in, you should conduct a lesson as normal. A key criteria you’re being assessed on is risk management, so it’s vital that the lesson is conducted as safely as possible. If you put yourself or anybody else in danger or potential danger, the test will be stopped immediately and you’ll fail. For this reason, you should pay close attention to your surroundings and other road users’ actions at all times.
At the end of the lesson, you give your pupil their feedback. Then you’ll be left alone with the examiner, who will give you your result, and any observations they may have on the lesson.
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You’ll get the best possible training to get you on the path to your new career as an Approved Driving Instructor. And once you’ve passed, you’ll get priority treatment when applying for an Sandhu Driving School franchise.
Driving instructor training and business franchise If you’re looking for new career path with all the advantages of flexible workings and being your own boss , then becoming a driving instructor could be the perfect choice for you.
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