Train to become a Driving Instructor

We offer professional training to become a Driving Instructor. We can take you from your first tentative enquiry into the workings of the industry, right through to becoming an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). From here you can join The Green Cat Driving School, and enjoy one of the most satisfying jobs available.

We know this is probably the single biggest career move you will make, and how important this decision is. We are here for any questions you have at all – please feel free to call us directly to discuss 07472903423 or fill out the contact form.

We are proud to be a small local business, based in Southport, supporting local people with their driving ambitions. We firmly believe that being a driving instructor is one of the best jobs in the world, and we want to share this passion with others. 

To become an ADI, there are several steps to take. These are:

  • 1 – Check if you can become an instructor

  • 2 – Apply to become a driving instructor

  • 3 – Get a trainer

  • 4 – Take the theory test (ADI part 1)

  • 5 – Take the driving ability test (ADI part 2)

  • 6 – Get practice teaching

  • 7 – Take the instructional ability test (ADI part 3)

  • 8 – Register and start working as an instructor

The average timescale from first enquiring, to instructing your first lessons is approximately 3 to 4 months, and is generally dependent on the speed of the DBS checks. At this point you would be on your trainee PDI licence, yet would be earning money to train! From here, you have 6 months maximum to take and pass your ADI part 3 exam. You are allowed 3 attempts at the 3 ADI exams, and if you fail all 3 attempts at any stage, you will have to wait 2 years before starting the process again.

To be eligible to proceed, you need to pass motoring conviction checks, pass enhanced background checks (DBS), have held a full UK or EU driving licence for at least 3 years and be over the age of 21. For more info, please visit the government page check if you can become a driving instructor.

Why learn to become a driving instructor with The Green Cat Driving School?

We will support you every step of the way, and at a pace that you are comfortable with. We are extremely personable and knowledgeable, and will offer advice accordingly. We do all of our training on a one to one basis, unlike the vast majority of other schools, and we like to think we offer a far more personal approach when compared to some.

We offer 2 routes to becoming a driving instructor:

  • The complete package

  • Pay as you go

With either route taken, you can take the ‘earn whilst you learn’ option, whereby you become a Potential Driving Instructor (PDI). Further detail can be found here. If you take this option, we strongly recommend that you do not rely on this as a sole form of earnings – it is intended as real life learning!

Then when you have been through the various stages and passed your exams – congratulations you are now a fully qualified driving instructor! Now its up to you whether you join our fantastic franchise (just £50 per week) or go on your own.

Please see below for the benefits of either taking the complete package or pay as you go:

The Complete Package

  • Payment plan options
  • Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 fully catered for
  • Full support during optional PDI licence
  • All training resources provided
  • Guaranteed The Green Cat Driving School franchise
  • Comprehensive launch materials pack (inc. PDI pack)
  • Minimum 60 hours one to one training
  • Training taken as a residential intensive block OR spread around your needs

Pay as you go

££40per hour
  • Pay as you go!
  • We can support for all or any exams. You decide!
  • Resource package available to purchase separately
  • No up-front fees
  • Guaranteed The Green Cat Driving School franchise
  • Standards Check training available
  • Pick and choose your training support
  • Training taken as a residential intensive block OR spread around your needs

Additional costs?

You will have some fees to pay the DVSA for the tests. The current price detail can be found here. The ADI part 1 test is £81, ADI part 2 is £111 and the ADI part 3 is also £111. When this is passed, you will have to apply to be on the register. This costs £300 for your first badge. If you opt for a PDI trainee licence, this costs £140. These fees are all paid directly to the DVSA, and are only paid at the time of the booking for the tests or the time of application for the licences. Therefore the cost is spread and linked to the speed you progress.

You will also need a reliable car (many lease – we can fully advise), dual pedal controls and instructor insurance.

Why join The Green Cat Driving School when you have finished your training?

You don’t have to join The Green Cat Driving School when you have qualified, but here are some compelling reasons why you might want to:

  • Franchise weekly cost £50

  • Free Theory Test Pro Instructor subscription

  • Pupils ready to learn with you – we do the hard bit of getting you the pupils!

  • 3 weeks payment holiday per anum

  • Dedicated webspace and social media support

  • Free use of roof box 

  • Free vehicle livery*

  • Unlimited pupils

  • Free uniform 

  • Free business development setup and ongoing support

  • Free Standards check support training

  • Refer a friend to double your holiday allowance – 6 weeks payment free!*

*Free vehicle livery subject to charge if you leave within 12 month period. Refer a friend scheme double holiday allowance is active whilst recommended person is an ADI and part of The Green Cat Driving School

Make that step change now! Call us now for an informal chat on 07472903423 or fill out the enquiry form below

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07472 903 423

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