Become A Driving Instructor
Learn to be a driving instructor
Training to be a driving instructor can give you a flexible job with a good income. At the end of your training you can either become a self-employed instructor or work for a driving school.
To become a driving instructor you must complete a course that is accredited by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). You can take this course privately or through a driving school. The driving instructor course is open to anyone who has held a full driving licence for four years. There are three main components which test your knowledge of the road and your ability to teach learners:
* A theory test * A practical driving test * Lesson observation
The theory test is an extended and more in-depth version of the normal vehicle driving theory test. The test is designed to ensure that you have an extensive knowledge of the Highway Code, which is essential when teaching people to become safe drivers.
The practical test is a more intense version of the normal vehicle licence test. You must complete the test with a near perfect score to demonstrate that you are a careful and safe driver who is an expert in judging and observing situations and hazards on the road.
Once you have completed both of these tests you must now demonstrate your teaching skills. The DSA send examiners to continually assess your level of teaching. When you have a pupil the examiner will sit in the back of the car and mark you on your instruction. This will happen throughout the course of your career and is a way of maintaining and improving teaching standards across all DSA instructors.
Once you have passed all three components of the course you can find employment as a driver instructor either by setting up your own driving school or by becoming employed by an established driving school.
If you would like to train to be a driving instructor you can find more information about the course on the DSA website.