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Become a Driving Instructor Bridgend | South Wales Driving Instructor Training

A career as a driving instructor can be a great career choice for many people. Being your own boss, flexibility of working arrangements, meeting new and interesting people, etc. can all be a great lifestyle choice and we are here to help.

Thinking about becoming a Driving Instructor?

If you are considering becoming a driving instructor and live in and around the Bridgend area then you should get in touch with us. There are lots of options out there for people, for example, training with a recognised and respected organisation such as the AA or other diving franchise; however each and every route has advantages as well as disadvantages. We are able to offer Driving Instructor Courses, tailored to your individual needs.

In the end, there are two distinct routes that you can choose if you want to become a driving instructor:

Choice (1) involves paying for everything yourself. This may be a great option for you if, for example, you have recently been made redundant, have considered fully the implications for you and your family and are certain this is the way you want to go.

Advantages include: Costs are generally less; there is no additional profit to be had from the organisation you work with so you get to keep everything you make when you have qualified and have your vehicle (s)

Disadvantages include: You really are on your own; you find your own clients, instruct yourself, manage all the repairs and administration involved with running a business, etc.

Choice (2) involves training with or buying into a franchise type arrangement. There are many out there, for example, the AA.

Advantages include: credibility, you can use the branding and the resources that a larger organisation can provide, these include: advertising, supply/ lease of vehicle, new client generation, etc.

There is a cost to having this benefit so weigh your options carefully.

Get in touch

We have been down this route ourselves and can help you to make the right decision for you. Why don't you call us or email us and we can talk things through over a cup of tea and see what might best suit you.

Regulations regarding becoming a driving instructor (ADI)

Approved Driving Instructor (or ADI) is a UK term for a trainer of car driving who has been tested and registered by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). UK law requires driving instructors be thus qualified before they can charge for their services.

Free tuition or supervision may however be given by any individual over the age of 21 who has held and continues to hold a full licence in the same class of vehicle as that being used for at least 3 years. The UK has no law requiring the compulsory use of an Approved Driving Instructor but it is against the law for someone to charge a fee for driving tuition at any level, if they are not an Approved Driving Instructor

About the qualification you need: To legally operate as a driving instructor in the UK you are required to pass the DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) qualifying examination which is split into three parts.

  • Part 1 is a PC based multiple choice theory and hazard perception test similar to the current test for learner drivers but to a higher standard
  • Part 2 is a driving test, again similar to the current test for learner drivers but to a higher standard
  • Part 3 is a practical test of your ability to instruct where the examiner plays the role of a learner driver

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