Becoming a Driving Instructor
Motor vehicles changed the way humans experience the world. Today, most adults have a driving license though each had to learn how to drive from someone. In the UK, that someone is the Approved Driving Instructor or ADI. Teaching people to drive properly can be a very rewarding occupation. But one does not simply decide to become an ADI and begin advertising their services. There are a number of things you will need to know and steps you will need to take in order to qualify. Are you interested in becoming a driving instructor? Here’s what you need to get started.
Steps to Becoming a Driving Instructor
Being an Approved Driving Instructor is not as simple as taking out an advert and signing up students. And, quite frankly, not everyone is cut out to be an ADI. The position is actually one of significant responsibility and requires a person who possesses the following characteristics:
- Patience, persistence and acceptance
- The ability to clearly convey important principles
- A comprehensive knowledge of driving techniques
- An equally comprehensive knowledge of motor vehicle law
- An awareness of driving test regulations
- A keen business sense
You will also need outstanding interpersonal skills as you are guaranteed to encounter many different personalities – some agreeable, some less so. In addition, you will need to be flexible as many adults have to schedule driving instruction around their work or school hours. But that, as you may have guessed, is not all.
The government maintain a website that enables aspiring ADIs to determine if they have what it takes to start the process of becoming an Approved Driving Instructor. It presents a series of questions to first determine your general suitability. Those questions include your age, how long you’ve had your license and whether you are licensed to operate a manual or automatic transmission.
If you answer these questions in a satisfactory manner you’ll then be provided with information on subsequent steps you’ll need to take. Just keep in mind as you progress through the steps that your application to become an ADI can and be refused if you:
- Have motoring offences on your driving record
- Have received 5 or more penalty points
- Have ever been banned from driving
- Have any spent or unspent criminal convictions on your record
- Appear on one of the government’s ‘barred lists’
So how, you may ask, does the government determine if you have any spent or unspent convictions and whether or not your name appears on a barred list? Those steps are accomplished via an Enhanced DBS Check. And make no mistake, you will need a DBS check to become a driving instructor.
What is an Enhanced DBS Check?
An Enhanced DBS Check is performed by the Disclosure and Barring Service. The Enhanced Check looks for any spent or unspent convictions. It also searches the official record to see if an applicant has ever received any official warnings, cautions or reprimands. In addition, the Enhanced Check encourages local police to add any information about an individual they feel may be relevant.
If you wish to provide driving instruction to anyone under the age of 18, you will need an Enhanced DBS Check with Barred List to see if you have been barred from working with children.
If the DBS criminal record check did not disqualify you from becoming an Approved Driving Instructor you can then proceed to the next steps in the process. Those steps include 3 ADI tests:
- the theory test
- the practical driving test and
- the instructional ability test.
Be aware that these tests are not free. The theory test will cost £81, the practical test £111, and the instructional test a further £111. You will be required to pass all 3 of these tests in the above order within a 2-year period. Once you have done that you can then add your name to the ADI register and start teaching people how to drive.
Becoming an ADI can lead to a rewarding career and is generally considered a solid business decision as well. Just remember you will need to meet certain minimum requirements, take 3 tests and pass an Enhanced DBS Check. If you have any questions about the DBS Check contact The Check People today.