Frequently Asked Questions

Shaun Day Driving Instructor Training Answers

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Why should I become a driving instructor?

Being a driving instructor is a very varied and rewarding career.

Taking someone who has never driven before and is feeling nervous and anxious, then guiding them to become confident, safe drivers and giving them the freedom and independence they desire, is a fantastic feeling.

Being self-employed, you can choose when you work and how many hours you teach each week, so you can fit work around family and life commitments.

There is good earning potential and career progression too.

How much will I earn as a driving instructor?

This question always creates controversy! You will probably see adverts telling you “Earn £50,000 per year” or “our instructors earn £1000s more than anyone else” or something similar. Ultimately these are all meaningless.

Quite simply, the more you charge per hour or the more hours you work will determine how much you earn.

The amount you charge per hour X the number of hours worked = your turnover

Turnover is what you will usually be quoted as the amount you can earn. However, you also need to consider how much you are spending (car cost, franchise, fuel, advertising etc).

Therefore, your turnover – your costs = your profit

Your profit will be subject to tax and NI (this is paid annually, so don’t forget to put money aside for paying HMRC)

So, your profit – tax and NI = your take home pay.

Here is an example.

You work 30 hours a week for £35 per hour. Your costs are £300 per week. You take 2 weeks holiday each year. Your tax and NI are £3000 per year.

Weekly turnover

30 x £35 = £1050 per week (£52,500 per year)

£1050 – £300 (costs) = £750 profit per week

£750 x 50 (working weeks) = £37,500 profit per year

£37,500 – £3000 (tax and NI) = £34,500 take home pay per year.

(all figures are approximate, actual figures will vary from these)

How much will it cost to become a driving instructor?

The costs to become a fully qualified driving instructor, using the trainee licence route, are as follows;

£23 – DBS check

£81 – DVSA Part 1 test fee (payable for each attempt)

£2000 – Full driving instructor training course

£111 – DVSA Part 2 test fee (payable for each attempt)

£140 – DVSA Trainee licence fee

£800 – Trainee Licence course

£600 – Franchise fees for 12 weeks

£111 – DVSA Part 3 test fee (payable for each attempt)

£300 – DVSA ADI badge fee

Total cost from – £4166

Typical earnings for 12 weeks on a trainee licence – £3600 – therefore, the money you can earn whilst on a trainee licence can go a long way to cover the full training costs.

What is the Part 1 driving instructor test?

This is the Theory and Hazard perception tests.

The Theory test is 100 multiple choice questions, split into 4 categories.

There are 25 questions in each of these 4 categories:

  • road procedure
  • traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge
  • driving test, disabilities, and the law
  • publications and instructional techniques

To pass the multiple-choice part, you must get both:

  • an overall score of at least 85 out of 100
  • at least 20 out of 25 in each of the 4 categories of questions

The Hazard perception test is made up of 14 videos, where you need to identify the developing hazards. You get a score out of 5 for each of the videos.

The pass mark for the hazard perception test is 57 out of 75.

What is the Part 2 driving instructor test?

The part 2 test is much like the learner practical driving test. The test lasts for 1 hour and the examiner expects you to display a very high standard of driving. You only get 3 attempts at this test, so you need to be confident you are ready before taking the test.

There are also 3 Tell me questions and 2 show me questions during the test. These are based on the routine safety checks you should carry out on a regular basis.

To pass the test you should get no more than 6 driver faults and no serious or dangerous faults.

What is the Part 3 driving instructor test?

The part 3 test is for your teaching ability. You will carry out a 45-minute lesson with a learner driver, the examiner will sit in the back of the car and assess your teaching. You only get 3 attempts at this test, so you need to be confident you are ready before taking the test.

You will be graded on 3 core competencies;

  1. Lesson Planning
  2. Risk Management
  3. Teaching and Learning Strategies

To pass the test, with a grade B, you need to score 31 or more out of a maximum score of 51.

To pass the test, with a grade A, you need to score 43 or more out of a maximum score of 51.

You must also score a minimum of 8 for the Risk management section.

What is the driving instructor standards check?

The Standards Check is a periodical assessment of your teaching ability, made by the DVSA.

It is the same as the driving instructor Part 3 test.

What is a Driving Instructor Trainee Licence?

This licence permits a PDI to get paid for conducting driving lessons. However, they must be sponsored by an established driving school and are not allowed to advertise themselves as a driving instructor. They must also agree to carrying out an additional 20 hours of driving instructor training.

How long will it take for me to qualify as a driving instructor?

It typically takes between 6 to 12 months to fully qualify as a driving instructor.

Most driving instructor courses give you around 50 hours of training, with a further 20 hours required if you decide to go down the trainee licence route.

There are Fast Track courses, which promise to train you in a few weeks. Whilst these may suit some people, they are rarely the best route.

There is a huge amount of information to process and techniques to learn and practice. In my experience, each week having 2 to 4 hours of lessons, taking time to process the information and complete private practice, will produce the best results. You will feel much more confident and prepared for teaching learner drivers as well as preparing you for the driving instructor tests.

Do I have to join a driving school franchise?

No, you do not need to join a franchise. However, if you go onto a trainee licence, you will need to be sponsored by an established driving school. Sponsorship usually comes in the form of a franchise.

If you choose to join the Shaun Day Driving School Franchise, your minimum contract is for just 6 months. So, when you qualify, you can choose to go it alone or stay with the franchise on a one month rolling contract.

Who can become a driving instructor?

To accompany a learner driver, you must:

  • be 21 or over.
  • be qualified to drive the same category of vehicle you’re supervising them in
  • have had a full licence for that category for at least 3 years.

To legally charge anyone money (or monies worth) for driving instruction in a car, you must either:

  • be on the ADI register.
  • have a trainee driving instructor licence.

Are the driving instructor tests difficult to pass?

If you are properly prepared and feel confident in your abilities, you will have a very good chance of passing each test.

However, do not underestimate the difficulty of the tests.

DVSA overall pass rates for the 3 tests from August 2011 are;

Part 1 – 49%

Part 2 – 54.2%

Part 3 – 32.1%

What is an ADI?

ADI stands for Approved Driving Instructor. This is a fully qualified driving instructor, approved by the DVSA.

What is a PDI?

PDI stands for Potential Driving Instructor. This is a trainee driving instructor, who has passed Part 1 and Part 2 tests, had a minimum of 40 hours of driving instructor training and has agreed to undertake an additional 20 hours of training.

A PDI is permitted to get paid for conducting driving lessons.

Can I fit the driving instructor training around my work or family commitments?

Yes, our training courses are flexible, and we can usually arrange lessons to fit around you schedule.

You do need to bear in mind there is a 2 year time limit, from the time you pass the Part 1 test, to passing the Part 3 test.

What areas do you cover?

We cover much of South Wales including Carmarthen, Lampeter, Llanybydder, Llanelli, Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Lampeter, Bridgend, Newport, Barry and Cardiff areas. We’re also expanding into the Pembroke Dock area.

Join The Franchise

Shaun Day Driving School has an excellent reputation and we are passionate about our level of service given to our pupils.

Currently providing driving lessons across South Wales, including Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Lampeter and Cardiff, we are rapidly expanding our coverage and are looking for driving instructors to join our Franchise.

Our Franchise has a family-feel to it and we offer ongoing care and support to our team of driving instructors. We can provide training and give you all the help you need. No long-term contracts.

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