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The Right Driving Instructor Job

The right driving instructor can change your life 

If you’re reading this, you’ve already discovered that some instructor training isn’t as good as it should be. In fact it can be downright shoddy, and extremely poor value for money.

If you’re paying for tuition to become a driving instructor, you’re making an investment in your career. You want the best value you can get.

Here are some of the things you should be asking:

Is your school approved by the Driving Standards Agency?

All approved schools are on the government’s ORDIT (Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers) register. Ask to see your trainer’s credentials.

check Wimbledon Driving School – ORDIT-registered

Can I pay in easy stages?

Some schools charge huge fees up front. Others charge for Part 1 tuition which anyone can study for in their own time for free. A good school will offer a range of payment options. That lets you choose the one that’s right for your circumstances.

check Wimbledon Driving School – pay in easy stages or pay as you go

Can I meet my trainer?

Since you have to be able to get on with your trainer, it’s vital that you meet them before you start. Don’t sign anything if you haven’t met the person who will be training you. Better still, spend some time in the car with them before you commit.

check Wimbledon Driving School – join your trainer for a free one-hour aptitude test

How much training is in the car and the classroom?

According to government rules, a school can provide a portion of its Part 3 training in a classroom with other trainees. We think that instructor training is a practical skill that’s best taught one-to-one in the car.

check Wimbledon Driving School – all training is in the car

How many trainees will I be sharing the car with?

Some schools slash their costs by stuffing two or three trainees in the car at one time. That limits the vital one-to-one tuition that you need to qualify.

check Wimbledon Driving School – only one trainee in the car, all tuition is one-to-one

What grade does my instructor have?

Driving instructors are graded by the government. The top grades are grades 5 and 6. The government describes the performance of any instructor with grade 4 or lower as, at best, ‘satisfactory’ at teaching learners to drive. Would you trust your career to an instructor whose skills are merely ‘satisfactory’?

check Wimbledon Driving School – all instructor tuition with grade 5 or 6 instructors

When did your school last take a driving test?

Many driving-instructor schools don’t move on. Once its trainers have passed their Part 2, that’s it. But there are plenty of other advanced qualifications out there that give a trainer more skills to help you pass your Part 2. The better qualified your trainer, the better placed he is to help you become well-qualified.

check Wimbledon Driving School – our senior instructor has passed the Driving Instructors Association DIAmond Special Test, the Institute of Advanced Motorists F1RST, and the RoSPA Gold Driving Award

Can I see some proof of success?

It’s easy for trainers to claim success, but not so easy to prove it. Ask your trainer to show you the exam sheets of previous trainees.

check Wimbledon Driving School – happy to show you how past students did

Does your school offer refunds?

Circumstances change. It’s possible to pay for instructor tuition in advance, then discover that family or work commitments prevent you from using it all. The question is: can you get your money back?

check Wimbledon Driving School – full refund of unused tuition fees if claimed within 12 months of paying for them

Do I have to work for your school once I've qualified?

Some schools offer free or cut-price tuition with a sting in the tail: you are obliged to work for them once you’ve qualified – often at steep rates of commission or in exchange for exorbitant franchise fees.

check Wimbledon Driving School – complete freedom to work where you want

Does your school offer guaranteed work when you qualify?

Not all newly qualified instructors want to work for themselves. Some prefer to take out a franchise with a school they trust. The best schools offer successful trainees a franchise when they qualify.

check Wimbledon Driving School – guaranteed franchise offer, if that’s what you want

Does your school offer ongoing support after I've qualified?

If you’re starting up on your own, it’s helpful to have someone at your side. A steady, guiding hand could stop you making silly beginner’s mistakes.

check Wimbledon Driving School – ongoing support for newly qualified instructors

Can I see some testimonials from former trainees?

It’s always worth asking what former trainees thought of their tuition. They’ll tell you whether it was good value for money or not.

check Wimbledon Driving School – see testimonials from former trainee instructors