Hold a full British or Northern Ireland unrestricted car-driving license.
Have held your licence for a total of at least four years.
Not have been disqualified from driving at any time in the four year period prior to being entered in the register of Approved Instructors.
Be a fit and proper person to have your name entered on the register. All convictions, including motoring offences that are still in force, will be taken into account when assessing your suitability to be entered on the Register.
You must be able to read a car number plate at a distance of 27.5m (90ft) in good daylight with the help of glasses or contact lenses if worn.
Pass the three qualifying examinations set down by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

Most driving instructors work an average of 40 hours per week, however because the majority of driving instructors are self employed, the final decision on how many hours you work is entirely up to you. The demand for driving lessons is such that you may decide to take advantage of the demand and work lots of hours for several months; you could then reduce your workload for a while to have some free time with your family. The demand is always there and many of your pupils will be flexible, due to shift work and college timetables.

The following figures are an example of potential earnings, but are not a guarantee of what all instructors earn; each instructor will have different needs.

40 hours @ £25 =£1,000 per week
Less average expenses:
Diesel:     £55 p/w
Approx Car running cost:  £80.00 p/w
Average earnings:       £865 PER WEEK

This could be is if you supplied your own car and worked solely for yourself. We know many instructors who can achieve this. Plus they have a waiting list and can increase their profit by doing extra lessons.

Copyright © 2006 D.I.T.C. All Rights Reserved.