You might find yourself asking “why should I become a driving instructor?” Well, how about the immense amount of job satisfaction and security, or the fact you can choose your own working hours and areas. How about the great earning potential the job brings?
Work The Hours You Want
One of the most appealing aspects of becoming a driving instructor is the free reign to work the hours that suit you.
This is a widely advertised perk of the job, but it may also be beneficial to suit your hours around the needs of your pupils. For example, university students will want driving lessons during the day to fit in with lectures, while office workers want lessons at weekends and in the evenings. Many driving instructors try a “catch all” approach, but the simplest method is that if you want to work evenings, then look for office workers as your customers.
This might seem a simple analogy, but it’s one that escapes many driving schools. So, while the hook “work the hours you want” is true, you can choose your customers and tailor yourself to that demographic. Your manner, dress and language choices when you become a driving instructor towards gaining your target markets trust.
Earn What You Want when you become a driving instructor
‘Earn What You Want’ is possible only in as much as the hours you do and the lesson price. However, if you have a holiday coming up or you need to do more hours, unlike a boss where you ask for overtime (and get refused), when you become a driving instructor you simply open your diary up for more hours or/and areas. Or likewise if you need to do less, then close your diary for hours or areas. An additional 4 hours a week is £560+ a month, perfect for that holiday saving fund for example.
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“Job satisfaction is great, I remember the first time my pupil passed their driving test with me. The feeling was great, but in the test centre that day was a grumpy old man. He said to me “It soon wears off and you’ll get bored.” I promised to myself that the day that happens I will get out and 17 years later I am still here. I suppose it’s down to personality really, many people do this as a job and nothing else. They don’t care for the job satisfaction or the real chance of helping people. When you become a driving instructor, the role has many diversities too, not just learner drivers but you can move into advanced driving, refresher driving lessons, instructor training and fleet corporate driver training to name but a few.
No two days are the same. Each day brings new challenges and variety. It’s great fun teaching young learners, and almost every pupil is so happy to be in your lessons. You are providing something they want and are happy to pay money for. The learner that had no problems before suddenly finds something a challenge and it’s your job to find a way to help them. Long lasting friendships are made and everybody remembers their driving instructor.
Choice of Car
Generally, driving instructors drive a fairly new model car and can be paid for out of the business. Whether you lease or buy it, it is all tax deductible. Some schools provide a car for you but these tend to be the more expensive franchises. Car lease or purchase need not be so expensive – your driving school will help you see how easy it is.
Job Security when you become a driving instructor
There will always be a need for driving instructors while there is a need to drive a car. It is the dream of almost all teenagers to be able to drive as soon as they are old enough, and will be looking at who they will learn with even before they are 17. They are asking their friends and family and searching around for the right instructor for them. They are keen to learn and know it’s going to cost money. It’s a long time since most learners thought that they only needed 5 hours to pass the test. Today the Driving Standards and Vehicle Agency (DVSA) say the average learner takes 45 hours of professional tuition. They also say an additional 22 hours of private practice is taken to help. So as some do not take private practice the average number of hours a learner takes is more than 50.
When you become a driving instructor, you will have a professional qualification. It is a valuable position that gives a lot. You need to have regular checks (every 4 years) to ensure you are still at the standard, but all the help needed for this is given. As long as you keep teaching the correct way then you will always pass the checks.
So, Why Become a Driving Instructor?
It is a very worthwhile career and although there is a little training to do at first, once completed (and in some cases earlier), all the benefits and rewards are there. We specialise in training people to become driving instructors using high-grade instructors; driving instructors who have been there and got the t-shirts. They will not only teach you the qualification process, but give you all the tips and hints you need to help you with all the other aspects too. Many schools leave you to your own devices when you pass, letting you struggle on by yourself, but our accredited schools never stop helping you.
So, the world of driver training awaits. We know our job and we know we can get you to yours, but you do need to take the next step. It’s not difficult, you just need to pick up the phone or email us. You can even use the odd little chat widget in the bottom right of the screen, you know that annoying little thing that pops up now and again.
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How to become a driving instructor?
Becoming a DVSA driving instructor in the UK can be a rewarding and fulfilling career choice. As a driving instructor, you have the opportunity to teach individuals the skills and knowledge they need to become confident and safe drivers. Here are the key steps to becoming a DVSA driving instructor:
- Meet the eligibility requirements: To become a driving instructor, you must be at least 21 years old, hold a valid UK driving license for at least 3 years, and have no more than 6 penalty points on your license.
- Pass the DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) qualifying exams: These exams consist of three parts: a theory test, a practical driving test, and a test of your instructional ability. The theory test assesses your knowledge of the Highway Code and driving theory, while the practical driving test evaluates your driving skills. The instructional ability test assesses your ability to teach learner drivers effectively.
- Get a criminal record check: As part of the application process, you will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to ensure that you are suitable to work with vulnerable individuals, such as learner drivers. This is nothing to worry about. As long as you do not have any recent convictions or anything too bad lurking in the cupboard.
- Complete a DVSA instructor training course: Completing the DTE-Elite training course just makes this easy. We know that to become a driving instructor can seem difficult. This is why we make it as easy as possible. We even help you fill in all the paperwork, book your tests and take you through the whole process. Before you can apply for the ADI qualifying exams, you will need to undergo training with a DVSA approved driving instructor training provider. This training will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to become a successful driving instructor.
- Gain experience as a trainee driving instructor: Once you have passed the ADI qualifying exams, you can work as a trainee driving instructor. During this period, you will receive further training and gain practical experience under the guidance of a qualified driving instructor.
- Apply for your ADI certificate: After gaining the required experience, you can apply for your ADI certificate from the DVSA. Once you receive your certificate, you can start working as a fully qualified DVSA driving instructor.
Becoming a DVSA driving instructor is a hugely rewarding career. Not only financially but personally rewarding. The day my first pupil passes their driving test, I knew I found my vocation! (Dave Foster, Founder of DTE-Elite and 1st 4 Driving) By contacting us today, you can embark on a rewarding career helping individuals become safe and confident drivers.
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p.s. There has never been a better time to become a driving instructor. Today we have more pupils than ever and the back log for driving tests is at a huge high. Don’t miss out!