One of the questions that people often ask when thinking about becoming an ADI is “how long does it take to become a driving instructor?”.
It takes at least 6 months to become a driving instructor, 6 months is the minimum amount of time and it could take up to 12 months depending on how much time and effort you put in.
But the benefits are fantastic to those who qualify and you can earn around £50,000 per year, work the hours you prefer, be a part of a time and yet still effectively operate as your own boss.
Here’s some other questions that you may have in mind before you take the plunge into the world of becoming a driving instructor (by the way we are currently training and hiring driving instructors and our fees start at only £250, have a look at our instructor training page or give us a call for a friendly chat to find out more).
Can I Become A Driving Instructor In Less Than 6 Months?
It IS possible if you work really hard but we want to train you so that you are an instructor that does it the “Quail’s way”.
This means that we don’t want to speed you through the process but rather ensure that you can keep up our good name and of course your own.
Why Does it Take 6 Months To Train As An Instructor?
Learning to be a driving instructor is a skill. If you could learn it quickly then everybody would do it and the industry would quickly become saturated.
If we could teach you everything that we know about teaching people to drive in a week or a month what would that say about the quality of our service or your ability to become a good instructor?
Six months to learn a skill that you can use to earn a living for the rest of your life is not a big investment in the long run and well worth your time, patience and perseverance.
Can I Train Around My Current Job?
Yes this is how a lot of new driving instructors actually set out. If you have a job that allows you to have time out then once you are qualified there’s no reason why you couldn’t ease yourself into your new role either.
The hours that you work are up to you, we recommend you work to make a good income and keep clients happy but ultimately it is up to you which hours you put in which means you can work at another job until you are ready to go full time with your ADI work.
What Can Prevent Me Completing My Training Within 6 Months?
Other than the effort you put in the likely outside influences are:
- Delayed DBS checks
- Exam dates
These are at the mercy of the agencies that control them and beyond your control and so although the delay shouldn’t theoretically be too great, they still pose a potential delay period for your training completion.
Of course you could also fail exams and have to retake them which could add further delay. Perhaps if you don’t have the time to be able to study as much as you would like too – this could delay progress.
Is It Possible To Train On A Part Time Basis?
Yes this is possible but it will take longer than expected. We are currently recruiting new instructors and will even refund your training costs to get you onboard as one of our ADI’s so although you could train on a part time basis we are keen for our team to put in 100% effort to joining us.
Can I Delay My Training?
Yes you could although for the same answer as the previous question we would prefer things to move at a normal pace.
How Do I Become A Driving Instructor?
We’ve answered this question in depth in our article “how to become a driving instructor” here.