Becoming a driving instructor is an extremely rewarding career that fits around your lifestyle.  One of the most common questions we get asked by people who are considering training to become a driving instructor is “how long does it take to become qualified as a driving instructor?”.

Training to become a driving instructor

How long does it take?

On average, it can take around 6 to 12 months to complete your driving instructor training. Some trainees may be able to devote more time and take less time to qualify, others may take longer. We are all individuals and learn in different ways, the important thing is to work at your pace. At Geoff Capes we prefer you to learn at a natural and comfortable rate to ensure you reach the highest standards.

Can I train around my current job?

Most trainees fit their training in around their current job, this provides assurance that you will continue to earn money while you are learning these new skills and are getting ready to start your new career.

Sometimes external factors outside of your control can affect how long it takes. For example a delayed DBS check, although you can complete your part 1 training while you wait for this. Availability of DVSA exam dates can also delay the process.

Can I become a driving instructor in less than 6 months?

It Is possible, but it does depend on the amount of time you can commit to your training and the availability of exam dates etc.

Why does it take so long to train as a driving instructor?

Learning to become a driving instructor is a real skill, just like when you were a learner driver hoping to pass your driving test. Some people will find this skill much easier to learn than others and it takes time to build your experience.  Remember though that your training is your investment in your new career and will be well worth your patience and perseverance in the long run.

Want to know more?

We provide full support throughout your training, if you would like to know more or would like an informal chat please get in touch.

You can check on the DVSA website to see if you are eligible to become a driving instructor.