How do I become a driving instructor?
The process is pretty straight forward. It can be broken down into sections.
- Apply to become an ADI.
- Get a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (£6) and apply to become a driving instructor,
- Revise for, book and pass your part 1 test,
- In car lessons, book and pass your part 2 test,
- 40 hours part 3 training,
- Apply for a trainee License (start working as a driving instructor),
- 20 hours additional training,
- Book and pass your part 3 test,
- Apply for your ADI badge.
Want to know more about the 3 tests - have a look at the 3 dedicated pages we have (link at the bottom)
Why train with The Driving Academy
We have a great track record, from full driving instructor training packages to part 3 rescue or standards check training our instructors understand the importance, and pressure of your tests and know how to get you through them. We don’t see instructor training as a cash cow like some of the national driving schools, we see it as a way to grow with high quality instructors who have received the right training.
How is The Driving Academy different?
We’re glad you asked (or you read our question at-least!) To put it simply, we’re in it for the long haul. You will see most national driving schools offering ‘Free’ or very cheap training to get new instructors to sign up, and then they want trainee driving instructors to sign up for a 2-4 year contract. We don’t do that. We want you to become the best instructor you can be and we want you to stay with us at your own free will. If we give you the right training and supply work in your local area (as a PDI or ADI) then you will want to stay - thats before we talk about car supply, 24/7 support or our free training nights…
Free training nights?
We did say we’re different. At our training academy we hold a weekly training session for free, this is open to PDI’s and ADI’s and you’ll often find an eclectic mix of seasoned ADI’s, newly qualified ADI’s and fresh PDI’s ready for training. It’s a great way for people to meet and mix and the conversations and debates we get going are great - there’s no right or wrong answer’s either! We’re currently working to bring this online with zoom classes thanks to covid-19 and in the future we hope to do zoom attendance with the live sessions sharing full recordings of the sessions with our instructors.
I’m looking for a new trainer / sponsor school.
We see this far too often and it’s generally from the same training establishments. We’re here to help but you have to be realistic on what you can achieve, don’t ask us for help 2 days before your final attempt at part 3. If you need help or even a second opinion on the training you have received then give us a call or complete our callback form. We have great experience in part 3 rescue but everyone is different and part 3 rescue training can be a little more intense, we don’t just have to train you the right way, we need to make you forget the wrong way.
What areas do you offer training in?
We normally offer training in the Northwest of England, Chester to Preston and over to West Manchester but we’ll talk to anybody in the UK. Thanks to online training tools like our online learning management system and zoom we can help people across the UK train to become a driving instructor - but we would suggest being close enough for the occasional trip to Liverpool where our training centre is!
Can I find out more?
You can, we prefer the personal approach - if you want to talk to one of our trainers (not a salesperson sitting in an office) then fill in the callback form on this page. Our ORDIT trainers are very busy but we normally manage to get them to call you within 48 hours.
All complaints will be treated fairly and professionally. If you have any concerns or issues that you feel you cannot bring up with your trainer please let us know as soon as possible. You can talk to us immediately through our phone lines or you can log an official complaint by writing to us at the below address.
Driving Instructor Training
The Driving Academy,
You will reply in writing within 10 working days of us receiving your complaint. If you are unhappy with our response then you can escalate your complaint further by writing to:
The Register of Approved Driving Instructors
Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency
Find out more about the part 1 test by visiting our dedicated part 1 page. The Part 1 test