So, you fancy a change of career, always loved driving and think that becoming a Driving Instructor would be the perfect job for you? But where do you go from here? How do you go about training to become an ADI?
In the first instance, you will need to be over 21 and have a full clean driving license for 3 or more years. You will also need a DBS check, having a criminal record won’t necessarily prevent you from becoming an ADI, however, be prepared to be refused entry to the register if you do.
There are three elements to the training: –
Part 1 The Theory and Hazard perception test
Part 2 The driving ability test
Part 3 The Instructional ability test
Becoming an ADI is not a walk in the park, some large driving schools make promises about how long it will take for you to pass with them, the immense support you get and that you will be earning money in months and everything you have invested in your training will be money well spent and you will see a return on it within a matter of weeks. But like any other job and training you must show commitment, you must be prepared to read and study hard and you must take the time to go out with other instructors to train on the job. A huge commitment if you are also working alongside it whilst you train.
Having made the decision to train as an ADI you will now begin your research into whether to train with a large national driving school or a local independent driving school. Part of your decision will of course be based on cost and this can vary enormously, can you afford a one-off payment, or will it be more financially viable to pay a monthly / quarterly amount. What does the cost include, do you have to pay extra for your tests etc.? All these are certainly important factors but once you have narrowed your choices down how do you pick a national school over and local independent? Consider what is important to you. It’s well known that some of the bigger boys are less caring and understanding when it comes to ensuring the well fair and the importance of work / life balance of their staff and certainly working with a smaller, local driver training school will definitely make you feel more part of a team and less ‘alone’. They probably meet up more regularly and offer a close mentorship for trainee driving instructors. This is a huge plus point as it gives the opportunity to voice any concerns you have and get advice on tap regularly on issues that you may be struggling with. If you do decide to train with an independent, then make sure they are well established. It’s much more likely that the independent schools will offer you additional training that you will need, or certainly point you in the right direction for support in setting up as self-employed, buying the right car, admin support etc
As in any industry the quality of training is all down to the person (s) doing the training, but with an independent school you are more likely to have one person that you build up a rapport with and who is rooting for you to pass and doesn’t see you in terms of pound signs. They will also be more realistic about your earning potential once qualified, more realistic about how hard it is to become an instructor without the right support and more honest about the pitfalls of driver training, not every pupil is lovely and polite and easy to teach!
So has this made you more interested in becoming an instructor? Do you want to train with a supportive, caring driving school that will look after you and make sure that you get the best training possible? Contact us today and let’s get you on the road to success!