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How To Become A Driving Instructor

Becoming a driving instructor can be an extremely rewarding career, but we appreciate it can also be a bit confusing figuring out how to do it and if it’s the right choice for you. Here’s a step-by-step guide to take you through the process of becoming a driving instructor that hopefully covers any questions that you have.

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Step 1: Decide if becoming an instructor is right for you

As much as we’re biased towards it being a great career, being a driving instructor isn’t for everyone and you should be aware of the time and financial investments required to become one.

Pros of becoming a driving instructor:

  • Be your own boss
  • Teaching is rewarding
  • Balance your work and life
  • No day is really the same
  • You’ll always have a modern car
  • Career progression

Cons of becoming a driving instructor:

  • You need to be personable
  • Able to manage your time well
  • You need to be patient

Find out more about what it’s like being a driving instructor here.

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Step 3: Find a trainer

Technically, you don’t need to have any training before taking your ADI tests (the next step), but due to the specialist nature of the career, it’s going to be very difficult to do so without.

But that’s where we come in. As one of the UK’s largest instructor training organisations, and with almost 20 years’ experience, RED understands what it takes to become a successful instructor. RED can offer flexible training to suit your needs and personal circumstances, a trainee licence opportunity (so you can earn while you complete your training), a fast track option and many more benefits.

Find out more about what RED can do for you here.

Step 5: Take the advanced driving practical test (ADI part 2)

The second stage is an advanced practical driving test. You will be expected to demonstrate a professional level of driving ability with a DVSA examiner.

The test itself lasts around an hour and includes the following:

  • An eyesight check
  • ‘Show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
  • General driving ability
  • Manoeuvres
  • Independent driving

To pass your ADI part 2 test you must have:

  • No more than 6 driving faults
  • No serious or dangerous faults

After the test, your examiner will tell you what faults you made. If you do end up failing, you can take the test again, but you only have 3 attempts so make sure you’re ready before attempting the test. If you do fail all 3 attempts, you will need to wait 2 years from when you first passed the ADI part 1 test before you can take the ADI part 2 again.


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How long will it take to pass?

This is one of the most common questions asked, but can often be the most difficult to answer. Because we all learn at different paces, some instructors pass after just six months while others will take a little longer. Factors such as your lifestyle, resources, time and commitment all play a part in how quickly you will pass.

Once you become an Approved Driving Instructor

When you train with RED you’ll be given the opportunity to join us as a franchised driving instructor and be part of what is recognised as the best National driving school in the business.

Having joined our full instructor training course you will qualify for a refund of all of your RED training costs once you become a RED franchisee.

Have a question not answered here? Check out our FAQs page or feel free to give us a call!


We’ll refund your fees when you join our award-winning team

Join our award-winning team and we’ll provide our full driving instructor training course for just £2,330 with a 100% refund on these training costs when you become a RED Driving Instructor.

This price saves you £469 compared to our normal price.

  • Up to 80 hours of training with a qualified RED Trainer
  • Earn whilst you train
  • “Fast Track” training option to help you get on the road as quickly as possible
  • RED Driving School receives more than 60,000 enquiries from new learners every month, which means that our Instructors are as busy as they choose.

Find out more about training to become a RED Driving Instructor today.

*Other course options and payment schemes are available. Terms and conditions apply.

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