Have you ever been interested in teaching others new skills, enjoy driving, prefer a flexible work schedule, or eager to build your own business? Perhaps becoming a qualified approved driving instructor is your answer. Below, we will go through a few key characteristics and eligibility requirements to help you decide if this would work for you.
Are You Eligible?
Eligibility in applying to become a car driving instructor in the United Kingdom is dependent on a few factors. You are not allowed to be a registered car driving instructor in another EU country. You have to be 21 years old or older and have a full car driving license for a minimum of three years. Whether you drive an automatic or manual vehicle, your car license must match accordingly.
If you are licensed for an automatic vehicle, you can only teach in that class of vehicle. The same applies to a manual vehicle. If you intend to transition from an automatic car and license to manual, you must undergo and pass a manual car driving test. You have to wait for a minimum of three years, and then reapply to become an ADI.
You are required to read the ADI Register Guide before applying for the ADI course. Additional studying materials to further your understanding of the job and skills you may need are available. You can download the National Standard for Driver and Rider Training guide online.
Before you can begin to apply, you must get a Disclosure and Barring Service check. This is to ensure you have a clear criminal record. Your application will be rejected if you have a driving ban on record or over six accumulated penalty points.
Once this is done, find a reputable and registered ADI trainer who will assist you in preparation for three qualifying tests. The tests consist of a Theory Test, Driving Ability Test, and an Instructional Ability Test.
#1 – Theory Test
If you pass the theory test, you have 24 months to complete and pass the two remaining tests. Failure to do so will result in reapplying.
#2 – Driving Ability Test
Passing this test allows you to acquire a trainee driving instructor license which is valid for 6 months. During this period, you are able to gain experience in teaching students.
#3 – Instructional Ability Test
Once you have passed the last qualifying test, you are required to register online as a qualified ADI within 1 year.
Qualified and Licensed
You can choose to either work for an established driving school or begin your own independent driving instructor business. Every four years, there will be a Standards Check. Additionally, every four years you are required to renew your ADI registration as well as the Disclosure and Barring Service check.
As a new ADI, you have to prepare for big changes. You are reliable and organized. You must accommodate students who learn with certain teaching methods. Teaching patience will help you in more ways than you know.