Driving instructor training


Become a driving instructor with LDC

Become a driving instructor with the Learner Driving Centre (LDC) and earn up to £40,000 per annum after meeting all business and car expenses. This example is based upon delivering 35 hours of instruction per week at a lesson rate of £30 per hour (please note lesson rates vary by area and from one LDC driving school to another).

So if you are looking for a rewarding, well paid part-time or full-time job in your area, this could be the ideal career for you. While pay is very important, the biggest reward comes from knowing that what you are doing is more than just a job – you are doing something that helps enrich people’s lives and adds to their safety and security. The smile from a learner who has just passed their test provides the ultimate in job satisfaction.


If you enjoy driving and like helping people to develop new skills this could be the ideal job for you. To do this job, you need to

  • be patient,
  • have good people skills,
  • truly enjoy helping other people to achieve their learning goals and
  • take pride in your driving.

If this describes you please read on.

For more details about operating an LDC driving school visit Job prospects.

Qualification needed to become a driving instructor

ADI-DVSATo legally operate as a driving instructor in the UK you are required to pass the DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) qualifying examination which is split into three parts.

Part 1 is a PC based multiple choice theory and hazard perception test similar to the current test for learner drivers but to a higher standard
Part 2 is a driving test, again similar to the current test for learner drivers but to a higher standard
Part 3 is a practical test of your ability to instruct, where the examiner plays the role of a learner driver

Once you have passed Part 2 and have completed your training for Part 3 you are allowed to work as a trainee driving instructor provided you are sponsored by a driving school that supports the Government’s Trainee Licence scheme, such as LDC. This gives you up to 6 months real on-the-job training to help you pass Part 3 and start earning money earlier than might otherwise be possible. Please note that some driving schools such as the AA do not support this scheme and therefore cannot provide this option.

The DVSA recommend you should only take training to become a driving instructor from organisations and trainers who are on the Official Register of Driving Instructor Training (ORDIT).

For full details regarding the training see ADI Training Course.

Already qualified?

If you are already a qualified driving instructor working with another driving school or indeed on your own then we have a special website dedicated to recruiting experienced driving instructors which goes into much more detail. Please visit:


Contact LDC

If you would like a Free information pack on becoming a driving instructor with LDC call our head office on free phone 0800 197 0010/0800 400 777 or 01977 691800 or click on request a free information pack

"After a moan about work and 5.30am starts, my partner suggested that I became a driving instructor. I would recommend LDC to anyone the training given is absolute second to none. I can not thank LDC enough"
"I passed with a 5/6. Not bad for an old dog, learning new tricks. The job with LDC turned out to be what I expected and then some. For the first time in years I look forward to working."
"The amazing training allowed me to pass all three of my ADI exams first time, even achieving a high grade! I'm now enjoying a successful career as an ADI, and have not looked back once."
"LDC are always very professional, competent and friendly. I am now doing a job that I love and I can't wait every day to get to work. The best decision I have ever made."
"Trying to find the most suitable driving instructor training company quickly developed into a minefield of people asking me to sign contracts and sign cheques. I'm glad I chose LDC who I found very genuine in their quest to help me."
"I chose LDC after considering other companies because I thought the LDC Training package and Franchise was the best available. I am still part of the LDC franchise after 12 years and am very happy."