Whether you are simply looking into becoming a driving instructor for the first time, or you have researched what’s involved in depth, we would like to try and help you get as much advice and information as possible before you make a decision. There is a lot to cover!
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Where Do I Start?
To become a driving instructor you don’t need any previous experience, just the desire to do a job that gives you the ability to take control over your life, or to earn a better living or to do something that you have always wanted to do!
Why do people choose to become a driving instructor? Many want the earning potential, flexible work hours, job security. But the biggest appeal is often the chance to be your own boss and take control of your life/work balance.
The numbers of people starting driving instructor training is dropping dramatically. The country has changed.
The economy now means the ability to get money to pay for driving instructor training has virtually dried up, add this to the everyday ‘loss’ of instructors through retirement etc.. and there has never been a better time to become a driving instructor. Add this to the fact that more of the top instructors are moving into other more lucrative areas of the industry delivering coaching and development, police and local authority training AND the fact the test for learners continues to become more comprehensive and thorough PLUS only on May 10th 2010, the Government announced measures to include training post test, the demand for expert instructors is growing and ALL major driving schools are running major recruitment campaigns.
So the security is a huge factor.
Earnings too, is a big factor. How much does a driving instructor earn? Well that depends on you. Because when you become a driving instructor you will have the choice to work as many or as few hours as you want, earnings can vary from person to person. But if you are willing to work full time, you can easily achieve a salary of over £600 per week and you are also able to move into other areas as mentioned above. Once you have completed your driving instructor training, you will be able to develop your career further if you wish and earn much, much more. Some schools are advertising salaries for managers and recruiters of £42000 per year.
However, this is a job of love and one cannot just simply complete their driving instructor training and expect a big salary or queues of pupils around the block to land in their lap! You will work hard for it! But it is your driving school, your qualification and your career so the good instructors don’t feel like this is a job, but a passion!
Your earnings are also based on how much you charge per lesson. Different areas have different prices but average is £25 per hour. Also how many pupils you teach, and how many hours you work.
You have costs of course; expenses such as petrol, tax,and a franchise fee if you work for one of the national or local schools once you become a driving instructor.
Your tests and any in car training will be done around your local test centre. There are local DVSA (Driver & Standards Agency) centres near every major town centre. Your practice and driving instructor training will take this into account. Click here to learn more about what is needed to train.
The Government process is designed to take at least 16 weeks. But it is up to you. You can take as long or as quickly as you need. HOWEVER, the government process of CRB, PDI registration to be a driving instructor and testing will take it at least 16 weeks.
There are lots of options open to you once you qualify. Running your own business, working for a Driving School or teaching learners in your own car in your spare time. Click here to learn more about your options after you become a driving instructor.