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Driving instructor

Driving instructors teach people how to drive cars safely.
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What does a driving instructor do?

Driving instructors teach people how to drive cars safely, and train people to pass their driving test. As a driving instructor, you may also offer advanced training courses, like the Pass Plus course, for people who already have a driving licence. You’ll need excellent communication skills as you’ll be dealing with a variety of clients. Most driving instructors are self-employed so you’ll need a good head for business as well.

What do I need to do to become a driving instructor?

Before you can begin training to become a driving instructor, you must first register with the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). To do this you must be over 21 years old and have held a driving licence for over three years, without holding any motoring convictions. You must also pass an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You’ll need to pass the ADI exam, which is in three stages, and you must pass all three to qualify:

  • ADI 1 – computer-based test in two parts; theory test and hazard perception test
  • ADI 2 – practical test of driving skills
  • ADI 3 – practical test of teaching ability

Related skills

  • Business management
  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Mechanical knowledge
  • Patience
  • Time management

Related subjects

  • Business studies

Essential qualifications

  • ADI qualifications
  • Held a clean driving licence for at least three years
  • Over the age of 21
  • Pass a DBS check

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Where could I be working?

You will be working a car, and will either be self-employed, or working for a small or medium company.

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