Qualifying To Become A Driving Instructor

Qualifying to become a driving instructor


The qualification examination for potential driving instructors is in three parts:

• a computer based theory test

• a practical test of your driving ability

• a practical test of your ability to instruct


You must take and pass all three parts of the examination in this order and you must complete the whole examination within two years of passing the theory test. If you are unable to complete the examinations within this time you must start again from the beginning and pass each part again. You can take the theory test as many times as you want but you are only allowed a maximum of three attempts at each of the practical tests within each two year qualification period.

Additionally, you cannot start the qualifying process again until two years has passed since you last passed your theory test.

Most people undertake training with an organisation which specialises in this field and we would recommend that you do so.  This is not a legal requirement and you can apply for the examinations without having undertaken formal training.  However, you may find it difficult to pass if you don’t. 

The qualifying process is not easy, and the pass rates are not high.

 Qualifying Exam Pass Rates

The pass rates for each of the three parts of the examination in 2016/2017 were:

Theory test (part 1):                            49%

Test of driving ability (part 2):             45%

Test of instructional ability (part 3):     28%


  • Just so you know what you are letting yourself in for and how hard it is to become a driving instructor. 
  • Out of 100 people who went for the exam, 49% got through the first part.
  • Out of those 49 - ONLY 45% got through part two so 45% of 49 means that out of the original 100 applicants only 27 people got past part 2 
  • THEN out of those 27 remaining trainees only 28% ACTUALLY QUALIFIED!! or in other words, out of 100 people
  • ONLY 19 people qualified to become driving instructors

So for every 5 people that train 4 WILL FAIL!!

 I have an 85% pass rate