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Driving Instructor Training

For many people, becoming a Driving Instructor is often a second or third career move.  The vast majority of us who enter the Driving Training Industry have been 'drivers' from an early age.  Some have had a lifetime's experience as professional drivers and others just really enjoy driving and meeting new people.  There is no single qualification that makes one person better than another to begin their Driving Instructor Training.

Before embarking on your training it is really important to go in with your eyes open!  You can get your training from any number of sources - national companies, local schools, independent trainers and even 100% on line .  Each one has their own merits and in some cases disadvantages.

To qualify as a Driving Instructor you will need to pass three exams; Theory, Practical Driving and Test of Instructional Ability. 


The Theory part is easily studied by yourself and the DVSA recommends a number of essential books and resources to help you pass.  It's not that hard to pass the Theory, however, as a working Driving Instructor you'll need a much wider knowledge so don't do the bare minimum - strive for more!  

The practical driving test is more difficult than a standard L test and is judged on the standards set out in Driving The Essential Skills.  This publication is the gold standard for how we should drive in the UK,  you need to be very familiar with it's contents because that is what we promote to our students and customers.

The Test of Instructional Ability is the tough one!  Approximately 2/3 of people fail it.  The main reason for this is that they are ill prepared.  How hard can it be telling someone to turn left at a roundabout?  Well telling someone something isn't hard at all and mums and dads up and down the country "teach" their children to drive by telling them, shouting at them, arguing with them, blaming them etc - You want to be a Driving Instructor - a professional who will help people learn in safety, really understand what they are doing and the consequences of their actions on themselves and on others. In order to judge our ability to instruct the DVSA use 17 competences to measure our performance, these competences are not exhaustive but they can give a clear idea of our performance.

Once you have passed this test, you have to do it all again within 6 months in the form of a Standards Check and then afterwards a Standards Check approximately every four years.

If you wish to find out more about our Driving Instructor Training please contact 

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