Driving Instructor Courses

Learn how to become a driving instructor with Road Rules Driving School's comprehensive instructor courses.

Do you want to be self-employed, either full-time or part-time, and choose what hours you work to suit your schedule? You can earn in excess of £40k per year as a fully qualified driving instructor, whatever your age, current situation or past work history.

If you think it's time for a career change, Road Rules Driving School's driving instructor courses are perfect to get you started on the road. Our lead instructor, Jacqueline, has over 15 years of driving instructor experience and is a qualified ORDIT registered trainer who heads up our team of instructors.

Our driving instructor course costs £1,250.00 – this can be paid weekly, so there's no big financial outlay.

Franchise opportunities are available upon qualifying on a trainee licence, meaning you could be on the road and earning within 12 weeks!

To make it even easier to learn and earn, Road Rules Driving School are both the training school and driving lesson company you will work with, all rolled into one.

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What is an ORDIT training school?

Road Rules Driving School is an ORDIT registered trainer and will help you with every aspect of learning to become a driving instructor, whatever your situation may be.

ORDIT was set up by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) with the support of the major driving schools and trade associations including the Driving Instructors Association (DIA), Motor Schools Association (MSA), Approved Driving Instructors National Joint Council (ADINJC) and Driving Instructors Scottish Council (DISC).

ORDIT was set up to protect the public from substandard training by setting a "minimum" standard of competences for training providers. ORDIT is managed by the DSA and members failing to maintain the required standard may be removed or feel compelled to resign from ORDIT.

To have your driving instructor training approved by the DSA and the various industry associations listed above you must join ORDIT and have your driving instructor trainers tested by the DSA every two years. The DSA only approve training from ORDIT organisations. The DSA do not recognise NVQ or any other qualification as adequate to train people to become driving instructors.

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To become a driving instructor you must fulfil the following requirements set down by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA):

  • Hold a British or Northern Ireland car driving licence or hold a European Union (EU) / European Economic Area (EEA) licence.
  • Have held that licence for a total of four years out of the past six years prior to entering the Register after qualifying. A foreign driving licence or provisional licence held after passing the driving test all count towards the four years.
  • Have not been disqualified from driving at any time in the four years prior to applying to enter the Register.
  • Be a fit and proper person to have your name entered in the register.
  • Are prepared to accept that all convictions, including motoring offences, still in force (i.e. not spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) will be taken into account when your suitability is assessed.
  • You must be able to read, in good daylight, a number plate at a distance of 27.5 meters (90 feet). This can be with or without the aid of glasses or contact lenses.
  • Pass the qualifying examination.

The Qualifying Examination

Taking training can be a big step for any driving instructor, but we're here to help! Getting used to someone watching you is the perfect way to prepare for a Standards Check Test

What happens during the test?

A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency examiner will watch you give a client-centred driving lesson lasting about an hour to one of your pupils. The examiner will look for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver and rider training.

Your pupil

Your pupil can be a learner or a full licence holder. They cannot be an approved driving instructor (ADI) or someone else who is preparing to take the ADI part three test. You can take your trainer or mentor with you, but they can't take part in the lesson.

What you'll be marked on

You'll be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into three categories:

  • Lesson planning.
  • Risk management.
  • Teaching and learning strategies.

The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ADI part three test report form, which the examiner will fill in at the end of your test. You will get a score from 0–3 for each of the 17 competencies, which are then added up to work out if you've passed the test, and decide what your grade will be. Visit the government's ADI Standards Check Test page to find out more information.

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