I would rate this as one of the highest reasons, but one you only truly discover when you have become a Trained Driving Instructor. To know you have been a key figure in Training someone to pass their Driving Test and to actually be there when they pass, almost makes it worth while in Training to be a Driving Instructor in it's self.
You work the hours You Want
within reason, this is a supply and demand industry, but generally
being a Driving Instructor allows a great deal of flexibility in the hours you work. You might choose to work around family or social commitments or even work part time – the choice is yours! It's nice just to be able to take an afternoon off to go to your child's school play.
Previous experience, qualifications not required
This is one of the few industry's that do not require formal qualifications. However the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) requires that anyone wishing to Train as a Driving Instructor has no more than 6 penalty points on their licence, have held a valid full UK licence for at least 3.5 years and meet the physical criteria required to safely control a vehicle.
You will need though, good people skills, a competent driving ability, the commitment to Train hard to become a Driving Instructor, also a good communication manner, sense of humor is a must and finally sometimes the patients of a Saint.
Once you have Trained to be a Driving Instructor your potential earnings are down to you. The amount of hours you are willing to Train pupils, the price you charge for your Driving lessons etc. Do your sums carefully do not believe all the hype you see advertised and most of all remember there are expenses once you have Trained to be a Driving Instructor, do not forget to take these out of your calculations.
Some Instructors say, if your a good Driving Instructor you will make a good wage, if your a poor Driving Instructor you will make a poor wage.
So I guess the question You need to ask your self is which one do I want to be?
So who are we !
Access is a family run firm that has been trading successfully for 20 years in the Leaner market and the Driving Instructor Training Industry. We have excelled in both fields. Our main strengths are our teaching techniques and the personal one to one approach towards our Trainee Driving Instructors. No where throughout the Industry In Training Driving Instructors will you find a Team that will be more committed to Your success.
Our Reputation is Built on Results
Our Driving Instructor Trainers excel in every sphere of Driving Instructor Training. Teaching, Attitude, Commitment, Aptitude and their ability to get You through your tests. Because that, at the end of the day is what your paying for.
All our Instructors Trainers are:
We also believe in straight talking, We will tell You like it is, ( polity) below is the process of becoming a Trained Driving Instructor, again I have tried to give you the facts in plain English.
Your In Control
Study at your own pace in your local area, tried and tested modern, straight forward training consistently leads to success for trainees of all ages and abilities. If You decide to train with Access Instructor Training you then begin a logical, structured training program on a one to one basis with your trainer, who will stay with you for the entire course. Some trainees complete the course very quickly, but you may choose to study at a more measured pace - we can help you plan your studies to take into account your outside commitments like the needs of your children or an existing job. All the way through, you will be taught and supported by your trainer who will be totally committed to your success. If you think Driving Instruction is for you but you are not sure whether your driving is up to standard, don't worry! If you want an assessment please call us, but It is your attitude, communication skills and approach that matters most.
Our training is designed to merge with the Driving Standards Agency's three-part exam. It makes common sense to me to complete and pass each exam in turn before moving on to the training for the next one. Please let me explain this a little more. You have to take the 3 exams in turn. The exam waiting times vary, but don't quote me on this. Exam 1 you could book a date quite quickly, say 2/3 weeks, exam 2 on average about 8 weeks, exam 3 this is the biggy could be any where from a week to 12 weeks. Don't believe me? call the Driving Standards Agency and ask them when their earlist test date for a part 3 is. Anyway my point is your success rate will increase ten fold if you spread Your training out. Why do all 3 parts of Your training in 2 weeks before You have even taken an Exam. Surely it makes more sense to train leading up to each exam, or maybe I'm old fashioned.
You can take the Part 1 test as many times as you need to, or as many times you want to chuck £60.00 odd at it. Although most people do pass first time. You do not need to be in a class room, we have used a home study course successfully for years. If you need a class room or a teacher for part 1, well maybe this is not for you. Once You pass Part 1 the clock starts ticking, you have 2 years from this point to pass the final 2 exams. Plenty of time ( you think ). You can have up to three attempts at passing Parts 2 and 3 and then your out. In the unlikely event you did fail parts 2 or 3 three times you would have to wait 2 years from when you passed your part 1 to start again.
Your Trainer will advise you when you are ready for the exam thus giving you the best chance of passing. We'll do all we can to make sure you pass!
Part One / Theory Exam
Takes place at a Driving Standards Agency examination centre, usually in a major town or city, and consists of 100 multiple choice questions on subjects including:
2. Car control.
3. Basic mechanical knowledge.
4. Highway Code.
5. Instruction techniques.
The Exam is computer based, a very similar set up to the theory test learners have to do, obliviously more and harder questions, saying that though most of the questions if you have been driving for a while are common sense. You will need to study though for the ones that are not.
The subjects are arranged into four bands, each with an 80% pass mark. The overall pass mark for Part 1 is 85%.
You are given 1 1/4 hours to complete the test but most people finish early. Best of all nearly all our students pass first time! I have never known anyone training with us ultimately not to pass this. The harsh truth is though if you couldn't pass this, you would have had no chance at part 3 anyway.
easiest of all 3 test.
Part 2 / Driving ability Exam
You get in-car training to totally fit in with your requirements, on average 10 to 15 hours is more than adequate to bring a candidates driving up to standard. Mock test scenario, plus final test preparation. In between the in-car training, you Must practice and adopt Part 2 style as your normal way of driving. If you don't You will Fail.
Driving Standards Agency Supervising Examiner conducts the driving and eyesight
test. The test is approximately an hour long. You are expected to drive in
a business-like, disciplined manner along a varied route showing your ability
to manoeuvre and control the car safely.
There is no comparison between this test and Your original learner test, apart from they are both in a car. The maximum minor faults you are allowed to make is 6. This is an advanced driving test and needs the commitment it deserves. The good news is with Access Instructor Training 90% of our Trainees pass 1st time 4% 2nd 1% 3rd no one as ever struck out on this Exam with us. Now that's impressive, over a 15 year period.
Again if Your still apprehensive about your driving, give us a call we will give you a free assessment as long as you travel to us.
Part 3 / The teaching Exam.
In preparation for the final test, Part 3 is where we teach you how to teach others, and again we give you as much support and help with the course work as we can to maximize your chances of success. The prior Instructor Training you have received and the Exams you have passed were mere stepping stones to this final phase.
In-car training, this includes extensive role-play by your trainer to prepare you for the many scenarios the examiner could play. You will receive in-car training to totally fit in with your requirements, on average 30 to 40 hours is adequate to bring a candidates knowledge up to part three standard. I have taught Trainee Driving Instructors in a lot less time than this and also a lot more time than this. It really depends on Your communication skills.
The Finish Line
Takes place in-car
and is approximately one hour long, split into two stages and consists of
two role playing exercises. Your examiner will paint a word picture for you,
describing what kind of pupil he or she will be playing, for example what
experience he or she has. You then teach the examiner whilst in the car. This
test is designed to mirror a real life driving lesson. This is the most demanding
part of the overall exam procedure
Spending more than
a couple of hours in a class room Instructor Training for
this exam is a waste of time. Your training needs to be 99 % in car on a
one to one ratio.
The examiner will
give you a brief before hand, selecting any of the following subjects of instruction.
1 Beginner Partly Trained
2. Moving off
3 Turn in the
left or right.
7 Turning left
or right corners.
10 Meet cross
The examiner will
give you a brief before hand, selecting any of the following subjects of instruction.
When you pass, you become a fully Qualified Driving Instructor. In 15 years I could name the Trainees that have failed with us, unfortunately it was all for the same reasons. They did not maintain their training.
If you would like an assessment please call us, I can't guarantee it will be free, but it could save you a lot of money in the long term.
Ok the painful Part.
Part 1 £99.00 Complete home study course with full tutor back up.
Part 2 £30.00 per hour,
Part 3 £30.00 per hour.
Please remember there are also exam fees.
Please also remember part 1 is the only money you pay up front, all other fees are paid as and when you take the training.
Thank you for taking the time to read this page, I hope you have found the information interesting. I wish you every success on your possible chosen career, If you want any advice please contact us.