7 Top tips for people training to become a driving instructor

We frequently get asked for top tips to focus on when training to become a driving instructor.

I have put together 7 top training tips which will make sure your focus is on maximising  your time more effectively, while getting the most out of your training and hopefully keeping more money in your pocket.

  1. Have a plan with targets

Have a plan which includes a realistic deadline for each area of the training program, which should be worked out by how much time you can commit to training each week or month.

I find that if starting from scratch, you should allow 4 weeks for your DBS check to be returned, then a further 2 weeks wait for your DVSA reference number to arrive so that you can book your part one theory exam, which generally has a waiting time of 4 weeks.

2. Working out your training agenda

Now that you know that you could be waiting 10 weeks on basically just getting registered and booking your first test, don’t waste a moment of that time, because it’s the ideal time to start your preparation for ADI part one theory test.

10 weeks is a sufficient amount of time to read the books, & study your part one course material.

If you can manage to put aside one and a half hours for training, four times a week, in 10 weeks you will have clocked up 60 hours of study time.

Use a part one training program because will give you a structure to follow so that you are not wasting time.

3. Don’t wait until you pass one test BEFORE YOU start training for the next

While you are studying for the part one you might want to book a part two driving assessment.

The benefit of the assessment is that your trainer will give you a report of your driving performance which will include areas of your driving where improvements can be made.

This means you’ve got plenty of time to start working on creating good habits every time you go for a drive in your own car, while at the same time improving your knowledge with the theory element of the course.

This will save you time a money when it’s comes to taking part two training, and again allows you to book your part two test as soon as you’ve passed the theory test, which will give you another goal to aim for.

Once again you can start preparation for the part three instructional element of the course while practicing for the practical test, so not a moment of your time is being frittered away twiddling your thumbs.

4. Don’t waste you valuable time in the training vehicle

It’s common for people training on the part three instructional module to waste time writing out their lesson plan in the car with the trainer.

As a qualified instructor you will already have your lesson plan in place before arriving for your student, which means you’ll have the aims and objectives for the lesson in place, with the goals you want to acheive and the route you intend to use.

There’s no wasted time for the student either because you are prepared, and can immediately start the lesson with a conversation.

The conversation will cover the previous lesson, recapping on area’s where they made good progress as well as discussing points where you both feel improvements can be made, before talking through the the lesson plan in detail.

You should follow the same routine before you get into the training vehicle, where you’ll then have time to then discuss your lesson plan with the trainer before putting it into practice.

5. Keep in contact with the training team

Do be a stranger while training. It’s common for trainee’s to disappear off the radar during training especially while studying for the theory element.

Without regular contact with the training organisation, or trainer you won’t have anyone to make you accountable for studying.

So, keep in touch, let them know how far forward you are with the training program, and if you need help ask for it, or if you have questions ask them.

6. Book tests in advance

Some training schools will book your test on your behalf, while others will leave you do book them yourself.

You can waste a lot of time waiting for tests, especially ADI tests because generally there is just one examiner at your local test centre who is responsible, for all ADI tests.

So book them as soon as you can, choose a date you feel you can complete the training for that element of the course and, I would recommend talking with your trainer before making any bookings for their advice.

7. Go on a trainee PDI licence

The part three training will be mostly role play with your trainer, with some full licence holders thrown in for practice.

You might be in a fortunate position where you have a good training vehicle of your own that you can fit dual controls into.

This allows you to take friends and family out for practice (obviously without charge).

However not everyone can afford the expense of buying a car for practice, so in this case I would recommend going on to a trainee licence with a driving school.

The school will provide a training vehicle, insurance and pupils. It’s hands on experience because you are teaching real learners, and you can earn while you learn.

But don’t expect a full time wage, because a trainee licence only lasts for six months and it’s purpose is to get practice before taking your part three test.

So expect to pay the school for the car, their costs, and customers plus additional training while on the trainee licence.

If you are working full time in a job while training then a trainee licence might not be an option for you because of cost, unless the school can provide a vehicle on a part time basis.

In this instance you can do a couple of lessons on a weekend and the school gets the full fee from the student for the loan of the vehicle.

Another option is that you might be lucky enough to live in an area where car rental companies hire out dual controlled driving instructor training vehicles on an hourly basis, complete with insurance.

If you are on a trainee licence you can take people for lessons in return of them paying the car hire fees and fuel, so you both benefit.


If you need any advice or just want to chat about training to become a driving instructor, or what it’s like working as an instructor please call Kev on 03332 004130




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Business as usual for driving instructor Tim Richards

Driving instructor Tim Richards joins Elite

It’s not often we have plenty of spaces available for customers to book lessons with an almost immediate start date.


But that’s what going to happen in the next few weeks…

It’s frustrating for us when people call to book their driving lessons and we can’t fit them in. What’s worse is we can’t even give them a date when we can.

That’s simply because we have to wait for people passing driving tests for spaces to be created in our instructors diaries.

We never book people in for driving lessons unless we can give them regular weekly lessons.

It’s no use for a student having a lesson one week and the instructor not being able to take them the next. It’s a waste of the student’s time and money.

We know that it’s even harder to find places for customers who can only take their driving lessons in the evening or weekends.

Driving instructors tend to work a maximum of 2 or 3 late nights, and maybe half, or a full day on a weekend.

Like the majority of people that work, driving instructors like their evenings and weekends free to spend with family, but they give up some of that valuable time for people who are not able to take lessons during the day.

I speak to people who ask “why not get some more instructors”. And I tell them honestly, that there’s a shortage of instructors, and it’s very hard to find the right instructors to work with.

But I’m pleased to announce we’ve been very lucky, and have managed to persuade driving instructor Tim Richards to join our team of fantastic male and female driving instructors.

Tim starts with the school on Monday the 8th May, a few days after taking delivery of his brand new Citroen C3 driving tuition vehicle.

Our Office Manager Pauline is ready to take calls from people who live in Tim’s area and who want to book lessons with him.

So if you live in post code areas HU3, HU4, or HU5 and would like to start your driving lessons with Tim, please give Pauline a call on 01482 470151.

But be quick because it won’t be too long before all the spaces in his diary are taken.



ADI part 3 test 2017

ADI part 3 test 2017


Changes to the ADI part 3  instructional assessment will be introduced on 2 October 2017.

The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that the part 3 test will be aligned with the standards check.

The changes are in a bid to improve the standard of training and testing for PDI’s (Potential Driving Instructors).

The existing system of pre-set tests with Examiners in role play exercises, is unrealistic and restrictive  said DVSA’s registrar Mark Magee.

The changes are welcome amongst ADI trainers and will see better prepared instructors able to deliver effective training to students after qualification.

It will also bring the part three in align with the standards check, which will be less confusing for ADI’s.

The DVSA will publish the  new assessment form and accompanying guidance in the next few months.

The main changes that trainees and trainers need to be  aware of are:

  • The same criteria as the standards check will be used with a competency-based assessment.
  • Trainees will be assessed over a single one-hour lesson on the 3 main competencies of lesson planning, risk management and teaching and learning strategies. They will be assessed using the additional 17 sub-competencies set out in the current standards check assessment form and to the national standards of Driver and Rider training.
  • Examiners will no longer be able to role play. Trainees will be required to provide a ‘real’ pupil which could be friends, family members or colleagues, and the lesson will have to reflect their learning goals and needs. This doesn’t have to be a learner, but could be a full licence holder seeking driver development.


We  asked some PDI’s their thoughts about the old system versus the  new one

One trainee instructor said it’s an unfair qualification process! Why after passing the part one theory, and the part two practical do we need the part three test? Surely it would be more beneficial to allow us to gain experience in instructing real pupils and being judged by our ability to provide a level of service that helps each learner develop their knowledge and skills, without old fashioned lingo.

Why do we only get three attempts at the parts 2 and 3 test. A learner driver isn’t restricted to just three attempts. Most people  suffer with nervous and don’t perform well on test, and it takes along time to train and there’s a huge cost to pay for training.

Fair point…

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Driving Instructor career…

Driving Instructor Career

Is your career dreary, boring and not satisfying your needs?

Or has it hit a brick wall…

Career as a driving instructor

When work feels like a slap across the face with a wet fish, it’s time to look for a new career that will challenge, excite and motivate you.

And I can guarantee a driving instructor career will definitely tick your boxes.

If you’d like to know what’s required to become a driving instructor, and what a career as an Elite franchisee will be like, I’d like to invite you to a driving instructor Discovery day.

On a discovery day you’ll have all the information you need to take away and decide if this is the right career choice for you.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • How much a typical driving instructor earns
  • The secret to keeping busy in a competitive market
  • How to be successful as a self-employed driving instructor
  • Why you need the right team behind you to help you build your reputation
  • What’s involved with the training, the costs, and what your chances are of succeeding   

Graham joined us on a discovery day and said…

“Having looked into the possibility of a Driving Instructor career I didn’t fall for the usual offers, promising the Earth that are maybe associated with larger national companies.

I saw an advert for Elite on the internet whilst looking for an instructor for a family member, and having previously been interested in training to become a driving instructor I filled in my details and attended a discovery day.

Within a matter of days after the discovery day, i was having a “Taster Session” so to speak with one of the Trainers at Elite. A kind of try before you buy if you will.

I was hooked. I’ve met both Kev and Stuart from the training team and both guys were instantly likeable and put me at ease.

Since then, with support from Kev in the office, i passed my Part 1 with a score of 92% and have recently passed my Part 2, with Stuart with a near perfect drive.

I’ve got the right team behind me at Elite.

I cant wait to get started on the driving instructor career I’ve wanted for so long. I wish I’d called Elite sooner”.

Graham Houghton

Our Driving Instructor Discovery days are available in:

Hull, York, Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster, Scarborough, Grimsby and Lincoln.

If you want to find out when the next Discovery day is near you, please call me between 9am-5pm on 01482 444443

Head of Discovery days
Elite Driving School.
01482 444443




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