Driving instructor training

Train to become a driving instructor with LDC

Become a driving instructor with LDC and potentially earn up to £40 per hour with a company car.  To be eligible for this job you need to succesfully complete our driving instructor training course and pass the required DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) examination (see below for details). You also need to be over 21, have held a driving license for at least 3 years and have no more than 5 penalty points on your licence (within the last 4 years).

Be your own boss

Become a driving instructor and operate your own LDC driving school business potentially earning up to £40,000 per year after all your business and car costs. This could be the ideal job for you if you take pride in your driving and like helping people to develop new skills. Be your own boss, work the hours you choose and look forward to going to work each day. In our view the pleasure from seeing one of your learners pass the driving test can not be surpassed.

Why train with and join LDC?

  • LDC have an enviable record of success spanning over 30 years

  • LDC has over 550 successfully established driving instructors operating around the UK

  • LDC course fees to become an instructor are very competitive starting from just £795

  • LDC can provide the practical experience you need to qualify either on a 6 month trainee licence with us or using a combination of our ADI trainers learners and/or your own free private pupils

  • LDC franchise fees to work as an instructor are super low at only £50 per week (first month free) saving you up to £6,000 per year compared to other national driving schools

  • LDC provides a business start up package worth over £2,000 when you join – nobody gives you more sooner

  • LDC instructors are taught in the use of the incredible LD System and the latest student-centred learning techniques

  • LDC has superior course completion, qualification and business success rates

  • LDC are the ONLY national driving school accredited, under the MOD Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme, to train ex Military Service Personnel to become driving instructors

DVSA qualification needed to become a driving instructor

To legally operate as a driving instructor in the UK you are required to pass the DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) qualifying examination. However, don’t worry if you are not academically minded the exams are very practically based and so is the training course we provide. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) are the Government body who regulate driving instructors in the UK.

The driving instructor qualification process is in 3 parts:

Part 1 is a PC based multiple choice ADI theory and hazard perception test similar to the current test for learner drivers but you are required to answer 100 questions (not just 50) on a broader set of subjects and you need to score 57 as opposed to 44 on the hazard perception part. Typically this should only take a few weeks (i.e. about 12 hours of study) to pass following our online theory and hazard perception iCourse programme.

Part 2 is a driving test, again similar to the current test for learner drivers but you are only allowed to make 6 minor faults (not up to 16 as on the L test). Typically this should only take you a couple of months to pass following our practical training and accompanying open learning study programme. After passing Part 2 and completing the necessary training you can start your job as a driving instructor on what is called a Trainee Licence (see below for details).

Part 3 is an instructional ability test, which dramatically changed on the 1st January 2018. As a result the examiner now requires to watch you give a driving lesson to a real learner and depending upon what they see will determine if you pass this third and final part of the qualification process. Therefore you need to gain as much experience as possible of training real learners under the supervision of an expert Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) trainer before you take this test. Typically this will take you between 3 to 9 months to pass following our practical training and accompanying open learning study programme.

Earn while you learn on a Trainee Licence

With LDC you could be operating and earning money as a driving instructor on a Trainee Licence within a few months. Following the introduction of the New Part 3 Test at the start of 2018 this option is even more important to have. Only a genuine, well established and reputable driving school like LDC can be trusted to provide the required on-the-job training, learners and expert guidance necessary to succeed.

Please note all our Trainee Licence positions are reserved for those people who train exclusively with us. We do not accept people trained elsewhere onto a Trainee Licence with us.

Can I qualify without a Trainee Licence?

YES! With LDC you can also qualify without a Trainee Licence as all of our trainers have learner drivers that you can potentially utilise to gain the practical experience you will need along with any private learners you may choose to train for free. This option still gives you the vital experience of teaching real life learner drivers now essential to passing Part 3.

DVSA ORDIT Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Trainers

The DVSA recommend you should only undertake practical training to become a driving instructor with Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) who are listed on the Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers (ORDIT). LDC currently have 58 ADI trainers on this register covering nearly every Part 3 test centre in the UK.

Winners of the first industry award for Training School of the Year

The award was presented by Gareth Llewellyn the CEO of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to Paul and Gemma McArdle of LDC driving schools at the Driving Instructors Association (DIA) annual conference. The DIA have have over 12,000 members all of whom had the opportunity to propose or vote for who they believed where the best.

This driving training award was only introduced in 2016 and LDC were the very first recipients which just goes to show the incredible reputation LDC has built up over the last 30 years amoungst the driving instructor community. There are other non-industry awards provided by trade magazines and the like for their advertisers but they have little sway within our industry and are not endorsed by the DVSA.

Buyer beware of internet companies just selling iCourses

Don’t be taken in by flashy websites, videos or brochures or bogus driving schools just set up to sell instructor training with lots of DUBIOUS guarantees. Companies who try to get you to IMPULSE buy online with highly misleading promises and devious contracts with lots of restrictive clauses. Watch out for free bonus practical training which may or may not be delivered depending upon all the other criteria you have to satisfy hidden in their contractual small print!! If you are not careful you may end up paying a lot of money just to log on to a website so you can print off hundreds of pages of written exercises to complete at your expense!! And even should you be one of the lucky ones who qualify for free practical training you are required to attend the training where, when and with whom they say or it is lost! Such courses might better be described as a training lottery as we suspect so few win.

Before you buy a course make sure the driving school really exists. Make sure it is well established and not one of the many “here today gone tomorrow driving schools”. Make sure you have seen lots of existing driving instructors working with them and take the time to contact some by phone.

Only buy from highly regarded and well established driving schools like LDC with over 30 years business success and over 550 driving instructors of which 58 of our ADI trainers are on the Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers ORDIT.

Contact LDC

If you would like a Free information pack on becoming a driving instructor with LDC call our head office on free phone 0800 197 0010 or 01977 691800 or click on request a free information pack.  Our office hours are Monday to Thursday 8am – 6pm, Friday 8am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 12pm.