There are three basic steps to becoming a driving instructor. These are the three exams, which are called unsurprisingly Part One, Part Two and Part Three. In order to pass these exams you will need to get some good quality training. Part One is a test of knowledge and so it is possible to learn for Part One using home study materials. However, it is most likely that you will sign up for a course that includes training in all three parts and so then your training for each part will be fully integrated into the other parts.
To be able to pass Part Two (a test of your driving ability) you will almost certainly need some training. The Driving instructor Part 2 test is much harder than the normal driving test. The Part 3 test (Which tests your instructional ability) is by far the hardest of the three tests.
Am I cut out to become a driving instructor?
A good instructor will have patience, good motivational and organisational skills, good inter-personal skills and an ability to communicate clearly at an appropriate level. Add to that is the knowledge and understanding of how to teach people to drive using appropriate instructional and coaching techniques which you will be taught on your Part 3 training.
To train become a driving instructor you need to have held a licence for at least 3 years and be at least 21 years of age. You will need to be a “fit and proper person” – this involves checks on whether you have points on your licence (normally 3 points will not disqualify you) and a Criminal Records Check.
Becoming a driving instructor can lead to a worthwhile, enjoyable and challenging career. Make sure that you explore all training options before signing up for a driving instructor course. many instructors recommend going with a local instructor trainer rather than a national franchise.