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Start a new career. Become a driving instructor

Join our award-winning team now and we’ll give you a 100% refund on training costs when you become a RED Driving School instructor.

Start your new career from the comfort of your own home, as Part 1 of the DVSA Driving Instructor test is entirely online.

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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.

Our course includes up to 80 hours of training with a qualified RED Trainer for those who join our course on a Trainee Licence which also allows you to earn whilst you qualify.

We are now able to offer a “Fast Track” training option to help you get on the road as quickly as possible.

Give us a call or complete the enquiry form (on this webpage) to find out more about training to become a RED Driving Instructor NOW

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

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Learn how to be a safe driver for life and open up a world of new opportunities!

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As an instructor, you won’t have a boss telling you what to do. You’re in charge, and you get to make the important decisions that affect you

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Balance your work and life

Making time for things outside of work is important. As an instructor, you can control your own hours and balance your life

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BECOME a certified expert

Get up to 80 hours of training from experts who have passed over 10,000 instructors

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When it came to the time to retire, Paul decided that he didn’t want to be sitting around doing nothing, so decided to find a flexible job where he could utilise a number of the skills he had learnt throughout his career.
“There really is no better feeling that seeing learners pass their test!"
John Nicholson



John was a member of the Armed Forces for 23 years before joining RED in 2014. John was somewhat cautious when deciding what driving school could deliver a training package and support system that would allow him to achieve his goal with minimum fuss.
"I was cautious when deciding what driving school could deliver a full training package and support system, so I’m lucky to have found RED"

Natalie Fawcett

Natalie Fawcett

Natalie was an ICT teacher, but after 13 stressful years and several anxiety attacks, she was left unable to walk into a school building happily again. She decided to find a job which helped her regain her composure, spend time with her family, and enjoy life to the fullest. She has now been a driving instructor for two years, and has found the switch a great release of tension.
"If you don’t try it, you won’t know that it could be better than what you’re currently doing!"
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the process explained

Part one of the qualification process comprises two separate tests, and you are required to pass them both.

The theory test checks your knowledge of the Highway Code, general road safety, driving techniques, basic first aid knowledge and the theory of instructing a pupil. RED provides you with all the necessary training material, accessible online, and you can attempt as many mock tests as you wish on the training website to gauge your progress. The test lasts 90 minutes and you must achieve an 85 percent mark to pass.

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The second part of the examination is a practical driving test designed to evaluate your driving ability.

Potential driving instructors must pass their theory test before moving onto part 2.

You must complete this test within two years of passing your theory test.

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The instructional ability test evaluates your ability to instruct a student. This is the final test in the process.

Students must pass both part 1 and 2 before moving onto the instructional ability test.

You must complete this test within two years of passing your theory test.

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The DVSA will issue you with what is, in effect, a provisional license to ‘teach for reward’. This means that you can join RED as a potential driving instructor (PDI) and begin giving actual lessons. This is an extremely effective way of honing your skills in instructional ability ahead of your part three test. It also means that you start to make a living as a driving instructor. Your trainee licence is valid for six months, and you will continue to receive 20 hours of in-car training on a one-to-one basis from a RED trainer prior to your part three test. On passing the test you can apply to be added to the DVSA register of approved driving instructors. The majority of trainees take this route.

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A small number of RED trainees choose to continue their training until test-ready without the use of a trainee licence.

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Flexible training

Flexible training to suit your needs and personal circumstances

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Help & support

Help and support from our
in-house training advisers

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Online training

Access to RED’s online training including new, state of the art Hazard Perception Systems

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Training license opportunity – earn while you complete your training

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Payment plans available

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RED has been successfully training instructors since 1997


Of all driving instructors in the UK were trained by RED


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The majority of RED’s training is based locally, although in some circumstances it will take place in a mutually convenient location. We would often advise you to train where you are taking your practical tests. Bear in mind, the course is not full-time and, because we work around your other commitments, some of your time will be spent studying at home.

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If you wish, we can arrange for the majority of your training to take place on a Saturday. (Subject to availability)

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The DVSA sets the tests you need to take to become a driving instructor. The DVSA does make these tests challenging in order to ensure those who pass are fully prepared to take on the responsibility of teaching the
As with any adult learning course, becoming a driving instructor requires hard work and commitment. But, with determination and drive, and the support and expertise from RED, there is no reason why you cannot pass the tests and begin your career as a driving instructor.

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According to research conducted by specialist driving instructor accountancy firm FBTC, the average RED driving instructor achieves a gross income of £1,050 a week, but it could be more depending on the hours you choose.

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Our team is always on the lookout for hungry new instructors.

The course commences with training for the DVSA Part 1 Driving Instructor test which is entirely online, allowing you to study and prepare for the test at home.

Start your new life, today!