So you want to become a Driving Instructor

Here at L.S.M.Driving School we like to give you all the FACTS. 

You are the boss so you can work when you want and how many hours you want.

I know some instructors that earn 20,30,40,even 50K a year.

The down side you will not get sick pay or holiday pay if you do not work you do not earn its as simple as that.

Skills required

Approved driving instructors require a high standard of driving ability and a sound knowledge of the subjects related to teaching others to drive and must be able to apply these abilities.

Teaching others to drive includes being knowledgeable about:

  • how to teach
  • how people learn
  • how to assess the performance of others
  • communication
  • interpersonal skills

Legal requirements

When applying to become a driving instructor, you must fulfill the following legal requirements

Hold a full UK or European Union (EU/European Economic Area (EEA) unrestricted car driving licence.

Have held it for a total of at least four out of the past six years prior to entering the Register after qualifying.

Not have been disqualified from driving at any time in the four years prior to being entered in the Register.

Be a "fit and proper" person to have your name entered in the Register. All convictions, motoring and non-motoring, will be taken into account when we assess your suitability to be entered on the Register. You will be required to have an enhanced level criminal record check. The information from this check will be used by us to assess the suitability of persons applying for inclusion on the Register of Approved Driving Instructors. To help you decide if any conviction you may have could affect any application you might make, you can find the link to our statement on the suitability of ex-offenders below.

Pass the two qualifying practical examinations within two years of passing the theory examination.

Apply for registration within 12 months of passing the final part of the examination.


The qualification examination is in three parts:

  • a computer based theory test
  • a practical test of your driving ability
  • a practical test of your ability to instruct

You must take and pass all three parts of the examination in this order and you must complete the whole examination within two years of passing the theory test. If you are unable to complete the examinations within this time you must start again from the beginning and pass each part again. You can take the theory test as many times as you want but you are only allowed a maximum of three attempts at each of the practical tests within each two year qualification period. Additionally, you cannot start the qualifying process again until two years has passed since you last passed your theory test.

The pass rates for each of the three parts of the examination recorded by the DSA nationally in 2008/2009 were:

  • Theory test (part 1):                               49%
  • Test of driving ability (part 2):                 45%
  • Test of instructional ability (part 3):         28%

The Cost

Part one     £500.00 

All books, C D ROMS, DVD`S to get you to test standard plus one test fee.

Part two     £500.00

All driving tuition needed to get you to test standard plus one test fee.

Part three   £500.00

All teaching tuition to get you to test standard plus one test fee.

You only pay for Part one first, you then pay for Part two when you have passed Part one and you then pay for Part three when you have passed Part two.

If you have any other questions or would just like to have a chat about becoming a driving instructor give me a call and ask for Lee on 01531 635593 or 07710637254

On line Driving Instructor Registration CLICK HERE