As the post pandemic world continues to get back to ‘normal’, the demand for driving lessons is steadily increasing as social distancing regulations are eased. A huge backlog of driving tests means that driving instructors are more in demand now than ever before.
Today we will look at potential earnings of a driving instructor, what qualifications are needed and what driving instructor training entails.
The job description
Simply put, a driving instructor is a trained professional whose main purpose is to teach others to drive a motor vehicle safely and under control in order to pass their driving test. They typically have their own car and most are self-employed. Some driving instructors prefer to work by themselves others prefer to work as franchisees of established driver training companies.
Typically, a driving instructor will provide up to six hours of driving lessons on any given day, but that all depends on other life commitments and the amount of students they have on their books. One of the advantages of this profession is the flexible hours meaning that if you have a busy schedule you will be able to arrange driving lesson appointments to suit your available working hours.
Driving instructors not only work with new drivers but also offer specialist lessons e.g. for full licence holders to help build up their confidence if they have not driven for a long time. Some drivers may have lost their licence due to speeding and need to undertake some extra training before taking their driving test again.
What qualifications do I need?
In order to become a driving instructor, you must firstly apply to register through the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) registration process.
You need to be aged 21 years and over and held a licence for a minimum of 3 years.
You train up to become an ADI or Approved Driving Instructor.
The ADI qualification comprises of 3 tests, namely the Part 1 theory knowledge test, the Part 2 test of driving ability and finally the Part 3 test of instructional ability.
Driving instructor training usually takes between 6 months and 2 years to become fully qualified. You may also wish to apply for a Trainee Licence after you have passed your Part 2 driving test.
How much will I earn?
On average driving lessons are priced between £25 to £30 per hour with some of the more experienced driver training companies charging slightly higher.
Prices for driving lessons are also dependant upon which part of the country you are learning to drive in.
When for e.g. a 10 hour block booking is purchased usually there would be a small reduction for the overall cost of those 10 hours.
How much you earn is totally dependent on the amount of hours you put in; e.g. if you worked five days a week and provided six hours of lessons a day at £25 per hour, you would bring home £750. It is important however to factor in costs such as fuel, insurance, wear and tear on your training vehicle and any franchise fees which will have an impact on your overall income.
Is it for me?
A driving instructor is responsible for working with many different people helping them achieve their driving licence and building up their confidence and skills which can be very rewarding. You can to an extent choose your own working hours bearing in mind you would need to allow for the fact that some people may require a weekend or evening driving lesson. Your training vehicle will become your office and you need to have good diary management skills. You also need to enjoy driving and being on the road!
To check whether you are eligible for driving instructor training visit the Gov.UK site where you will find all the information you need.