1. What is an ADI driving instructor?
ADI stands for Approved Driving Instructor. An ADI is somebody who has been tested and certified by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to instruct learner drivers. It is against UK law to charge for driver training services before you are a fully qualified ADI.
2. How much do driving instructors earn?
As a guideline you can expect to earn £18,000 to £22,000 part time and £38,000 to £44,000 full time.
There are plenty of benefits to becoming a driving instructor other than your earnings, such as being your own boss and enjoying a better work-life balance. But when it comes to earnings, it’s the same as most things in life – the more you put into something the better the results you get. This is equally true of being a driving instructor, the better you are at your job, the more you care about your pupils the high referral rate you will have.
3. How much does it cost to become a driving instructor?
- When it comes to training to become a driving instructor there are really two sets of costs involved, the cost of a driving instructor course and the costs of the ADI tests themselves.
ADI test costs
In a similar way to your driving test when you first learn to drive, the Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) tests are broken into three parts. There’s a hazard perception and theory test, practical driving test and a test of your instructional ability. Each of these three parts carry their own costs
? ADI part 1 test = £81
? ADI part 2 test = £111
? ADI part 3 test = £111
Which makes the total cost for your ADI tests £303. As well as these test costs you will also need to pay for an ADI certificate, which is £300 once you qualify, and a trainee licence, which is £140.
It is recommended that you seek training for the ADI tests with an ORDIT (Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers) registered company to provide the support and guidance needed to qualify as a driving instructor.
Training courses can range from £1000 up to as high as £4000 with some of the larger, national driving schools – it all depends on who you train with and where you train. Some schools will provide you with all the materials you need to pass, like we do at Driver Training LTd, whereas other schools will expect you to fork out the extra money to buy these items yourself. So whilst that cheap course may seem more appealing to begin with, what extra items are you expected to buy once you’ve signed up? So don’t jump into a quick decision, make sure you do your research, and read reviews and feedback.
You can find a detailed breakdown of our course pricing options over on our driving instructor training Course page.