Qualification Requirements

No formal academic qualifications are required to become a driving instructor, but you must be registered with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) as an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) or licensed trainee for car instruction.

To apply, you need:

– to have held a full driving licence for at least four years
– to be able to read a car number plate from a distance of 90 feet.
– You should also have no motoring convictions (although very old offences may be disregarded) or criminal convictions. You will need to provide two referees and pass the register qualifying exams.

– Driving or teaching experience can be an advantage. Many driving schools prefer applicants over the age of 21 because insurance premiums are lower.

The DSA produce a starter pack and send it out for a small fee (see details in Further Information), this includes information about the career and training along with an ADI application form.

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