With flexible hours and a competitive rate of pay, it’s easy to see why becoming a driving instructor is an attractive prospect to so many people. However, before you embark on your new career, you’ll have to first qualify as a driving instructor. In order to do this, you’ll have to find a suitable organisation that offers driver instructor training in Stockport, or further afield. In order to help you find the right organisation, take a look at our tips for choosing a driving instructor training course.
Become a Driving Instructor
Before we talk about how to choose a driver instructor training course, let’s take a more in-depth look at what goes into becoming an ADI (approved driving instructor). First of all, there are the legal requirements for becoming an ADI. These include holding a full UK or European driving license for four out of the last six years, and having no driving disqualifications in the four years leading up to your application to become an ADI.
Aside from the legal requirements, there are also some personal requirements that will determine your suitability for a career as a driving instructor. Because the job requires you to work with different people all day, you’ll need to be a sociable person who enjoys teaching others, otherwise, you will miss out on the job satisfaction many people enjoy by becoming an ADI.
Things to Look for in a Driving Instructor Training Provider
Once you have decided that becoming an ADI is the right career choice for you, it’s time to choose a driving instructor training provider. With so many providers to choose from, it can be a difficult task choosing the right training provider for you, so here are a couple of things you should look for when doing your research on the driving instructor training providers in your area.
One of the most crucial things that you should look for in your training provider is ORDIT approval. Set up by the DVLA, the Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers) ensures a minimum standard of training for driving instructors, protecting both the public and potential driving instructors from substandard training. In order to remain on a register, driving schools and ORDIT approved trainers must ensure that they stick to strict training and business practices, and regularly submit themselves to inspections. While some driving schools are ORDIT approved as an organisation, make sure that you choose one where all of the driving instructor trainers have also been registered with, and approved by ORDIT.
Senior Instructors with Years of Experience
Another important thing to look for when choosing a driving instructor training provider is the experience of the instructors. Driving instructor training should always be provided by senior ORDIT approved instructors, and it’s important that you find someone who has years of experience in training up new driving instructors. After all, you want to learn from the best, and someone with years of experience will be able to offer you the highest level of driving, while also answer any questions you might have about the job.
A Good Fit
Even if you find a reputable driving school, there is no shame in continuing your search if you feel like the organisation will not be a good fit for you. Thankfully, most driving instructor trainers will offer to meet you for an informal chat before you making any financial commitment, giving you the chance to get to know them better and ask any burning questions. You want to make sure that you are in a comfortable environment while mastering the skill of becoming a driving instructor and sometimes finding an instructor who will be a good fit, can be the difference between you passing or failing the qualification.