Below are some of the questions we get asked frequently.
What are the legal requirements to become a driving instructor?
- have held a licence full UK driving licence for at least three and a half years
- be able to read a number plate where the letters are 79.44mm from 27.5 m (90 ft)
- be a fit and proper person to have your name entered onto the official Approved Driving Instructor register (ADI). All convictions including motoring offences still in force, may be taken into account when assessing your suitability
- pass the compulsory three part examinations.
- you will also be subject to a criminal reference check by the DVSA.
How good is the standard of training that I will receive?
Obviously whoever you ask will claim to be the best. All instructor trainers at Christine’s School of Motoring are Approved Driving Instructors with a high grade. We are approved at the highest level by ORDIT to give training for all three parts of the qualifying examination and have undertaken and passed examinations in driving instructor training.
We have been training instructors for a number of years with an excellent success rate and we are certain that the training that we give is of the highest possible standard. We also provide all our trainers with continued professional development.
What skills do I need to become an approved driving instructor?
An Approved Driving Instructor should possess the following qualities:
- Patience — with some student drivers you will have to keep going over the same things many times
- Understanding — you must be able to understand the students needs and feelings;
- Good communication skills
- Inter-personnel skills — you must be able to deal with the public in a non aggressive manner
- Creativity — sometimes you have to be creative to put a point across
Where is my training carried out?
All our training is carried out in the car on a one to one basis, ensuring you have value for money and 100% of our attention at all times.
Is there a demand for instructors?
Absolutely, at the moment we are turning a lot of pupils away as we are unable to accommodate them at this time. We are always keen to take on any instructors we have trained on a franchise basis. Please ask for details.
How long will it take to qualify as an ADI?
To become an ADI, you have to pass three examinations – one Theory/Hazard perception and two practical. You have a two year time period starting from the date you pass the part one test. The course can be completed on average between five to nine months; this can be affected by DVSA waiting times for tests.
Will I be able to continue work in my current employment while studying for the tests?
Yes, your training can be tailored to fit in with your commitments. Lessons can be arranged at any time during the day or evenings
When can I start the course?
As soon as you have had a informal chat with us.
Do I have to share my training time with other trainees?
No, all the training is carried out on a one to one basis, so you get the full time that you booked.
Do I have to pay all the fees in one go?
You can pay as you go or you can pay for the entire course at the onset.
How do I get in contact with Christine’s School of Motoring?
We can be contacted either via our contact us page, email, Facebook or telephone:
Telephone: 0800 311 2060 or 07730 094525