For those who want to Train to become a driving instructor, the hardest part is finding a suitable trainer and being able to trust them. I know before I did my training many years ago, when I first decided that I wanted to become an instructor, I didn't even bother looking around I just went to the best known name associated with the profession.
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DSA is urging all approved driving instructors (ADIs) to log on to businesslink.gov.uk/manageadi to update their contact details.
You can also use the online service to tell DSA if you:
- would like your details to be published on the ‘Find your nearest driving instructors’ service on Directgov
- are committed to a minimum of one day per year continuing professional development (CPD) and abiding by the voluntary ADI code of practice
‘Find your nearest driving instructors’ service
This free online service, searching by postcode, gives customers swift access to information about ADIs in their area and their contact details.
Learner drivers can get the details for their nearest instructors with just a few clicks of the mouse, along with the assurance that those listed have passed the DSA qualifying tests, have been Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checked and are on the ADI register.
The service shows:
- your name
- your contact number
- your email address
- if you are committed to CPD and abiding by the voluntary ADI code of practice
- how far you are from the learner’s postcode
You can take a look at the service at direct.gov.uk/finddrivinginstructor.
One of the most daunting things people face when they want to become a driving instructor is the choice of who to use for their training. Their tends to be 2 sorts of choices available, firstly the major national companies whose adverts can be quite often seen on the the tv.
The second is the guy who says he does driving instructor training and he will do it a lot cheaper than the rest. Now with both of these there tends to be problems.
With the first group - the big national companies - they tend to have a slick presentation, knowing that you've already been impressed with their tv ad, or maybe it's just a well known name, so half of their selling point has been acheived.
Before you sign up though why not go to your local test centre and wait around for a bit and talk to some of the driving instructors (especially those on pink licences) about who they are training with and what THEY think of there training. This way you get to hear first hand of the good and bad points of a particular company.
Some of the things to listen out for is if they are doing training on a 2 to 1 basis or even 3 to 1. This means that there are 2 or even 3 trainees in the car with 1 teacher. The net result of having 2 to 1 means that your 40 hours training in effect become 20 hours!
If you are doing 3 to 1 instructor training, you are getting 13 hours training for your money!