Driving Instructor Training

Driving Instructor Training


Are you looking for a new career?

If so let us give you an honest overview of the driver training industry. We will not dazzle you with often wild claims of earning £30,000 as a driving instructor, although it is of course possible. Driving instruction is not a career you do just for the money, it is very demanding and requires much patience and commitment to compete in an industry which is suffering in the current economic climate. On a positive note, to have the ability to change someone’s life can be extremely satisfying and rewarding, and if you are good at your job you will often stay busy, there is always room for a good instructor!

Why 1st Castle

1st Castle has in house training, to provide driving instructor training in Chichester. We offer a fresh and innovative approach to instructor training. In the past it has been quite the norm to pay for the complete training package up front, a typical outlay of £3,500 plus, this would cover training for all three parts of the qualifying exam. There is a major problem with this approach. Candidates are only allowed three attempts at parts 2 and 3, in the unfortunate event they don’t get beyond part two, the candidate would have to wait close to two years before being allowed to start the qualifying process over again and quite often the training school will retain the candidates money, is this fair? I think you can decide for yourself.

What’s involved

We aim to offer an alternative, not only do we break your training down to individual units, but also allow you to “Pay as you go”, Our tuition is geared very much to your ability. Prospective instructors come from all walks of life and differing backgrounds. A person with an academic flair may find part one easy (theory), and another with professional driving experience may find part two (driving ability) a breeze. Therefore, we carefully monitor the trainees progress and lessons are paid for on an hourly basis just the same as you did when you learnt to drive initially, it doesn’t get any fairer than that.


Listed below are some typical examples of course structure and costs:

Part 1 (theory test)

This can be done as a self-study package. We will sign you up to our Theory Website where you can practice for FREE! Additional on-line support available.

Part 2 (Driving test)
Lessons are priced at £35 per hour and can range from a couple of hours – but sometimes can take up to 20 hours – it all depends on your ability.

Part 3 (instructional ability)
Regardless which route you decide to take – it either becomes a requirement or our recommendation that If you undertake 40 hours of instruction – lesson planning, fault identification and rectification and, of course, getting your ready for the final test.
The two routes are – obtaining a PDI Licence – which REQUIRES 40 hours training before you can conduct chargeable lessons or straight out as a qualified instructor. Lesson price up to £35 per hour.

From the above you can see your training will cost in the region of £2,100 plus any exam and registration fees payable to the DVSA below:

Part 1 (DVSA Theory Test) £ 90
Part 2 (DVSA Practical Driving ability) £111
Part 3 (DVSA instructional ability) £111
PDI Licence: Teach whilst still training £140 ** If used
Additional: Entry to ADI register £300
Our aim is to put honesty and transparency back into instructor training!

Pre Qualification & Application
This is the process – but please speak to us first as we can guide you through.

In order for you to begin training to become a driving instructor you must meet a certain criteria, as set by the DVSA – Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

We will discuss with you – but this is where the initial cost comes in – £6 for the DBS Check.

Application process www.gov.uk/become-car-driving-instructor

Find out more and book your lessons

Please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively call our friendly team on 01243 867502

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