Is it worth becoming a driving instructor?

Becoming a driving instructor can be an extremely rewarding career, both for yourself and your wallet. But we appreciate that when you’re looking to start a new career, it’s likely you’ll find yourself asking whether or not it’s worth pursuing and if it’s the right fit for you.

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Demand is at an all-time high and is growing

Demand is currently at an all-time high due to a large backlog of driving lessons being created from the global pandemic. There is also a national shortage of driving instructors but an increase in demand as more people are now learning to drive in order to avoid using public transport.

We are getting unprecedented levels of new customers wanting to learn to drive, meaning that our instructors have the opportunity to take as much or little work as they like. There’s never been a better time to learn to become a driving instructor, be your own boss and take control of your career.

How much can a driving instructor expect to earn?

Salary is a large factor that most take into account when starting a new career – and rightly so. We cover all the bases on our Earnings page if you want to dive into the details, but here are the main points:

  • RED driving instructors earn an average of £34.99 per hour.
  • RED driving instructors on average choose to work 30 hours per week
  • The average RED driving instructor earns on average £1,050 per week and £52,500 annually.

However, one of the perks of being a driving instructor is the flexibility to choose how much you want to work, so if you did want to earn more you certainly could!


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How do you become a driving instructor?

RED offers a comprehensive and flexible driving instructor course. Having trained around a quarter of all driving instructors on the road in the UK, we have been able to fine-tune our driving instructor course in order to offer the best training possible.

To become an approved driving instructor, you’ll need to complete three sections that make up the ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) training. At RED we make sure that you have all the tools and support at each stage of the process to ensure you have all the tools for success.

  • Part 1 – To pass the first part of your ADI training, you’ll need to take the theory and hazard perception test.
  • Part 2 – Next is to pass a practical driving test and demonstrate a professional level of driving ability to a DVSA examiner.
  • Part 3 – Finally, you’ll need to pass an hour-long test where a DVSA examiner will watch you deliver a client-centred driving lesson.

As part of the RED driving instructor course, you’ll be given the opportunity to train on the job where you’ll be able to get extremely valuable, real experience teaching as a driving instructor whilst earning money at the same time. You can find out more about our driving instructor course here.



Looking to become a driving instructor and start earning as fast as possible? Joining our fast track programme could be perfect for you. With RED you can earn as you qualify on a Trainee Licence and our flexible fast track option gives you the option to speed things up and help to fit the training in with your busy schedule

Our qualified RED Trainers provide up to 80 hours of specialist training, and our fast track option is delivered at the same price as our classic route, with the benefit of being able to get a 100% refund on your training costs when you become a RED Driving Instructor.

Give us a call or complete the enquiry form to find out more about our fast track programme and RED Driving Instructor training NOW.

Pete Chiston had to say “The fast track training was very intense and a lot to take in over three days however the follow up support from my in car trainer David was great and tailored to meet my very hands on approach to learning, this in combination with the office support has meant that the process although at points very challenging was still a positive overall experience.”

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