Instructor Training – Am I Suitable?
If have a good knowledge of driving and the ‘rules of the road’, like working with all types of people and, most importantly, feel you have the ability to pass your knowledge onto others, then becoming a driving instructor could be the ideal career for you.
As a driving instructor you will need to be patient and calm in order to relax and reassure your pupils during what can be quite stressful times. These qualities are perhaps more important than your abiity to drive!
The driving instruction industry is at an exciting time. With the fast pace of modern society, it is almost essential to be able to drive. The DSA driving test is becoming more demanding and complex as road conditions get more and more busy. All these influences can only increase the demand in the number of driving lessons todays pupils require before they are ready to take and pass their driving test.
Becoming an instructor means that you can run your own driving school business, work at flexible times that suite you and your family, and have earnings that are only limited by the number of hours you want to work.
Think you have what it takes to be a driving instructor?
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) requirements for becoming a driving instructor are as follows:
- You have held a full UK or European driving licence for at least 3.5 years.
- You haven’t been disqualified from driving during for the last 4 years.
- You have no criminal convictions that cause the DSA to consider you unsuitable. All motoring offences will be taken into account when assessing your suitability. A maximum of 6 penalty points may be considered. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out before you register: this takes approximately 8 weeks.
- You can pass the eyesight test and read a number plate from a minimum of 27.5 metres (90 feet) away. This can be with glasses or contact lenses if you wear them.
- You can pass the 3 compulsory exams.