Thinking of becoming a Driving Instructor?

Would you like to be your own Boss, choose your working hours, and meet new people on a daily basis? Becoming a Driving Instructor can offer you high earnings on a regular basis and also give you the satisfaction of teaching new life skills this is why so many people are choosing to become Driving Instructors on our instructor training programme

What you will need to become a Driving Instructor:

  • A full UK or European (unrestricted) car driving licence, which you must have held for at least four years.
  • No disqualifications from driving in the last four years prior to driving
  • Be able to read a car number plate at a distance of 27.5 metres (90Feet)
  • To be a fit and proper person, decided by DSA (Driving Standards Agency)

Motoring and non motoring convictions will be taken into consideration when you’re being assessed for acceptance onto the DSA Register. You will also need to complete an enhanced (CRB) Criminal Records Bureau check. For more information on this please call us on 020 8880 7548.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a driving instructor with Mutual Driving Instructor Training then simply call us on 020 8880 7548 or email us.

Training with Mutual Driving Instructor Training

Our Instructor training programme is designed to synchronise with a three-part DSA examination; each part is taken in sequence. (Application for the second test is dependent on passing the first and so on).

Unfortunately, there is a small waiting list for each test; we offer Intensive training. Also courses can be made available on a part-time basis.

You should note that you are restricted in the number of attempts to pass Test 2 and 3. The maximum is three attempts each, so it is important that you follow the advice of your instructor when it comes to the test application.

A test taken too early could mean possible failure.

The DSA (Driving Standards Agency) is responsible for the ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) qualifying tests.

Part 1 – Theory / and Hazard Perception

The following information will give you a brief out line of how part I works your trainer will provide further information.

The test takes around 1 hour 45 minutes and includes:

  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Hazard perception
  • Multiple-choice questions
  • You’ll be asked 100 questions in total. There are 4 categories:
    • Road Procedure
    • Traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge
    • Driving test, disabilities, and the law
    • Publications and instructional techniques
  • The question and several possible answers. Some will need more than one answer.
  • You’re allowed up to 90 minutes for the multiple-choice part.


Hazard perception

You’ll be shown a video clip about how the hazard perception works. 14 clips that feature everyday road conditions. There’ll be:

  • 1 developing hazard in 13 of the clips
  • 2 developing hazards in 1 of the clips

A developing hazard is something that may cause you to stop slow down, or change speed or direction.

How the hazard perception scores work:

You can get up to 5 points for each clip. You need to score at least 57 points out of 75 to pass this part.

The earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher you score.

Example ...
When see a parked car, it isn’t doing anything When you get closer to it, you notice that the car is about to move off. The hazard is now developing and a response to this immediately would score marks.

Part 2 – Driving Test

This is a chance to get behind the wheel and demonstrate your standard of driving ability. During this time your trainer will work with you to ensure you can drive with a high standard of confidence and a high level of driving technique, anticipation and consideration for other road users. These are required elements of the Part 2 driving ability test. The test takes around an hour, and includes:

  • An eyesight test
  • A test of your driving abilities
  • Questions on vehicle safety

You are only allowed three attempts at Part 2, and therefore a test taken too soon can only result in failure. Your training provider will advise you on when you are ready to take it.

Vehicle Safety Questions:
Vehicle safety questions will consist of three questions where you will have to demonstrate how to carry out vehicle checks and two questions where you will have to explain how to carry out vehicle checks. You will get a driving fault for each incorrect answer. You will get a serious fault and fail the test if you answer all five incorrectly.

Driving Ability Test:
Your examiner will ask you to demonstrate the following:

  • Handling of the vehicle controls
  • Correct road procedure
  • Anticipation and actions of other road users
  • Correct judgment of distance, speed and timing
  • Consideration for the safety of other road users

You will also be required to carry out a variety of manoeuvres, for example:

  • Overtaking and meeting other vehicles
  • Stopping the vehicle as if you were in an emergency situation
  • Reverse parking into a parking bay

We will provide you with a full syllabus of all the manoeuvres.

Part 3 – Instructional Ability

In the final part of the test, you'll need to demonstrate that you can teach others. This will be conducted in two half-hour sessions where the examiner acts as a pupil in a role-play situation at a partly trained or trained stage

You will be required to develop skills in finding, analysing, and giving corrective action in various situations. And your method and clarity in giving positive instruction. To help you attain this standard required, your trainer will train you in all aspects of the following.

Controls / Moving off and stopping / Reversing / Controlled Stop / Pedestrian Crossings and use of Signals / Approaching and emerging from Junctions / Progress Hesitancy and Normal Road Position / Meeting, Crossing, overtaking, clearance and anticipation of other road users.

After passing all three parts of the DSA test, you'll be awarded a green badge indicating that you're a fully qualified driving instructor.

Driving Instructor Course Duration

Your course commences on the day you enrol with us. Your exams are planned taking into account your existing commitments. Provided you pass the first two tests, it is possible to start work as a Trainee Driving Instructor within as little as 6 weeks.

Earn as you learn ...

Remember if you take up a trainee licence, this allows you to teach and also prepare for your part 3 instructors ability test whilst gaining valuable training with real pupils.

And earning an income for yourself at the same time.



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Driving instructor training in East London covers the following:

  • Head district
  • Bethnal Green
  • Bow
  • Chingford
  • Clapton
  • East Ham
  • Forest Gate
  • Hackney
  • Homerton
  • Leyton
  • Leytonstone
  • Manor Park
  • Plaistow
  • Poplar
  • Stratford
  • Victoria Dock
  • Walthamstow
  • Woodford

Driving instructor training in Essex covers the following:

  • Basildon
  • Billericay
  • Braintree
  • Brentwood
  • Epping
  • Grays
  • Hadleigh
  • Harlow
  • Harwich
  • Ilford
  • Loughton
  • Manningtree
  • Romford
  • Tilbury
  • Waltham
  • Abbey
  • Wickford