How To Become A Driving Instructor

Driving Instructor

The Job

If you’re a keen driver and enjoy teaching people new skills then being a driving instructor could be your ideal job. Driving instructors need to be calm and patient and have the ability to help learners conquer their nerves and develop the skills they need to pass their driving test. As a driving instructor you will need expert knowledge of road safety, driving laws, the Highway Code and the correct procedures for safe manoeuvring. It goes without saying that you’ll need excellent driving skills. You’ll also need good communication skills and the ability to adapt your teaching style to different learners.

Annual Salary

Driving Instructor Salary

Minimum Education Level

Level: Level -

Minimum Qualifications

No formal academic qualifications are required, although it will help to have GCSEs in English and Maths.

Recommended Qualifications

To become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) you must pass a three-part exam, which consists of a computer-based theory test, and practical tests of your driving skills and your ability to teach. Each part of the exam must be passed in turn before you can move on to the next. You can apply for a trainee driver instructor licence once you have passed part 2 of the ADI test. The trainee licence lasts for six months and allows you to gain experience instructing pupils while you are preparing for part 3 of the ADI test. The trainee licence also allows you to get paid for driving lessons.

ADI courses are run by specialist training providers and driving schools. A list of training providers is available from the Official Register of Driving Instructor Training (ORDIT). Once all parts of the exam have been successfully completed you can join the ADI register and begin teaching people to drive.

The Gov UK website has more information on becoming a driving instructor.

Average Working Hours Per Week = Average 37 Hours a week


Common Working Pattern

Common Working Pattern

Time Taken To Qualify

8 months to 2 years

What Next/Career Development

With additional training you could specialize in a particular area of driver training, such as motorbikes or LGV. You could enhance your skills and knowledge further by taking additional qualifications, including the Diploma in Driving Instruction and the Advanced Instructor and Examiner qualifications.

Facts And Figures

There are almost 43,000 people working in the driver training industry*.
To be a driving instructor you must be aged over 21 and have had a full car driving licence for at least three years.
You cannot be a driving instructor if you have been disqualified from driving.
Driving instructors must renew their registration every four years.

* Source: Gov UK.