Training to become a driving instructor is a popular route to go down when it comes to career. People will always want to learn to drive, no matter how expensive it becomes to own a car, and so there will always be a demand for your services. There is the option to choose your own hours, which is attractive to many, particularly to those with families or other care responsibilities.
To become an approved driving instructor (ADI), you will need to take the relevant qualifying exams and meet the criteria relating to your licence. You will also need to undergo a CRB check, although a criminal record doesn’t automatically mean you’ll be disqualified.
Having passed your test, you will need to decide if you want to work for an existing driving school (as an employee or franchisee) or start your own, and there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Either way, you’ll need the relevant driving instructor insurance, such as ADI insurance. This protects both you and the learner driver should there be an incident, and this specific type of insurance is required because a dual-controlled car is different to other vehicles and also spends a lot more time on the road.
Other costs you should factor in when setting up a driving school include advertising and marketing, particularly if there is a lot of competition in your area. While the hours may be flexible, you may also have to work evenings and weekends, which is when many of your students will be available.