Steve has been writing on this site for 10 years now and has in the past written on many subjects. He now concentrates on helping people.
Driving Instructor training
Becoming a driving instructor means finding a suitable organisation which specializes in helping people to pass the qualifying exams to become an approved instructor in the UK. Other countries will have their own qualifying criteria. For you to find out about the criteria very often a Google search will be all that is required.
Looking for information about becoming an instructor in the UK means that a good place to start your search is the Gov.uk website. The DVSA who administer the Driver training industry have a wealth of information to be found on the government site
If you're concerned about the standards of driving where you live, by becoming a driving instructor you have the chance to do something about it. Your training will fully equip you with current teaching methods and will help you deliver great driving lessons. In turn this will help you have the right effect on the people you teach. It is a chance for you to see first hand the early signs of what driver behaviour means in relation to road safety
I have no doubt that you can think of way more than 5 reasons why there has never been a been a better time to become a driving instructor not just in the UK but worldwide at this time of pandemic.
I'm a driving instructor / trainer in the UK and as I write this article I am just in the process of getting ready to start teaching again after a forced lockdown of 4 months. My guess is that wherever you are this will probably have been the same in your country at some point in the last 14 months or so. We have been locked down a total of 3 times so far and have been unable to work for a total of 9 months out of the 14. Not something I want to experience again. The driver training industry are hoping that it will be the last time and that we will continue without disruption from now on.
Here are my top 5 reasons at this present time for being an instructor and 5 things I am grateful for.
- Pent up demand for lessons
- National shortage of instructors
- Up to a million new learners waiting
- Personal control over your working hours
The way that I see it the above points are the 5 main reasons why it's such a good time to be training to become a driving instructor.
Let's look into a bit more detail
#1 Vaccines are going to make the job much safer than it was up to November last year. I've had one of mine and will look forward to the 2nd one.
#2 Pent up demand for lessons means that there will be even more work available than ever there was pre - covid.
#3 National shortage of instructors is a good thing for instructors but not good for learners and waiting lists. Good thing for instructor trainers like me.
#4 Up to a million new learners waiting is good for instructors but not for those who are having to wait to get an instructor.
#5 Personal control over working hours. A bonus if you have been in an employed position for a boss who doesn't value your work.
If you have been dithering over the decision about becoming an instructor I hope that those few points might be all that are needed to get you excited at the prospect of starting your own business in the industry.
W.i.i.f.m ? ( What’s in it for me )
What's in it for me you might ask ? More importantly it will be a case of what you want to derive from being a driving instructor. There are so many advantages and a great deal of satisfaction to be gained from you becoming an instructor.
At the start it can seem a million miles away. The 3 exams you take get you ever closer to the goal of full qualification each time you successfully pass one. You will have your own ideas of what will be in it for you so my advice would be to start making a list of your own benefits.
How long does it take ?
Everyone is different so time scales can vary. I wanted to get through my training in 6 to 9 months but in reality it took me a year. Now there are many different factors that get in the way, one of the main ones being life itself. Day to day stuff, family, work, illness can be a barrier to the speed with which you can get through the training.
The important thing is to be able to set a goal at the start. Once the goal is set it can always be revisited and changed if needed.
If it's job satisfaction you desire then you will get an abundance of this by becoming a driving instructor. Imagine what it's like and how you'll feel each time one of your pupils passes the driving test. For me there is nothing quite like taking someone who has never even sat in the driving seat to a full licence holder in a few short months. Imagine what it could be like out on the road, never stuck in one place, no boss on your case everyday. Do what you want and when you want.
The approved driving instructor qualification is something that you will work hard to achieve and will continue to develop in order for you to be able to remain on the Register of Approved Driving Instructors. Continuous professional development is something many decide to take part in. This is what happened to me. Once I realized that development is key I began my journey of personal development.
I am sure it will be the same for you.
Still not convinced ?
If you're still on the fence then you should speak to someone who is in the industry and understands what the job entails. Research is key because the training is not cheap and it needs to be looked upon as an investment in you. Investing in you is the best thing you can ever do. Start thinking about how your service could be different to those in your area.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Steve Mitchell