Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a collection of our most frequently asked questions about learning to become a driving instructor with KUDOS Driver Instructor Training.

Q. How long does it take to qualify to become a driving instructor?


It can take as long as you want it to. If you are working on your training full time then you can get through the process in 3 to 4 months. All we can really advise is that you that you will get out what you put in. However it’s important to remember that the process must be finished within 2 years of being accepted onto the driving instructor register.

Q. Can I be a driving instructor if I have points on my driving licence?


It depends on what you were convicted of, how many points you have accumulated, and how long ago it was. You must declare them when applying as the Driving Standards Agency will check.

Q. Will I have the same KUDOS trainer throughout the process of becoming a driving instructor?


You will be allocated a mentor for the process who will be your main contact at KUDOS throughout becoming a driving instructor but your training maybe given by another trainer as some of us specialise in certain aspects of the process.

Q. What happens if I fail part of the training? Will I lose the money paid for the other parts of my training?


If you have paid for all 3 parts to gain a discount, you do take the risk of losing the value of these if you fail. If you wish to start the process again after the 2 year registered period we will hold the value until you have passed the relevant parts. We will support you through retaking the tests.

Q. How do I find work after I have passed my driving instructor tests?


It depends on whether you wish to work by yourself as a sole trader or whether you wish to work with a driving school. We have many connections with nationwide driving schools and more regional ones too, so we will be able to guide you on what driving school is best for you. We also offer courses on marketing and sales as well as many other business aspects (these are free). You must remember that however you choose to work you will be self-employed. All driving schools work on a franchise basis.

Q. How much does it cost to train as a driving instructor?


The cost of training to become a driving instructor will depend on your ability and how much work you do without your trainer. We can pair you up with a training partner to practice some elements of the training.

There are some fixed costs which are:

  • The costs of the tests
  • Being added to the Driving Instructor Register
  • Training Materials
  • DVSA mandatory training

Q. Do I have to do anymore tests after I have qualified?


Unfortunately the answer is simply "yes". As driving instructors we have to have Standards Check tests which is an hour long test by the DVSA, on your teaching ability. This is done with a real pupil and the examiner sits in the back of your lesson. The good news is that these only happen every 3 or 4 years. KUDOS will support you through these if you wish.

Q. Do I need a learner car to train?


No you can use the trainer’s car to train in and take your test if you wish but if you are going to instruct learners under a trainee/pink licence you will need your own dual controlled car.

Q. How much money can I earn as a driving instructor? I have seen adverts suggesting £40,000 per annum.


As a self-employed driving instructor you can earn for every hour you work so the more you work the more you earn. Remember there is a limit on how many hours you can instruct for before you burn out and your instruction becomes less effective and potentially dangerous.

You will also need to cover overheads like:

  • The cost buying/leasing the car
  • Fuel
  • Insurance
  • Servicing

and all of this before you pay tax and national insurance. You can use our simple earnings calculator to work out roughly how much you could potentially earn.

Q. I have dyslexia can I become a driving instructor?


Of course you can but you may find parts of learning and teaching more difficult than others. This shouldn’t put you off as we have taught and work with many people who have very successfully become driving instructors who have all sorts of challenges.

Q. Should I do an advanced course with RoSPA or the IAM?


If you want to improve your CV then yes but it will not help towards the process of becoming an ADi as the driving techniques used are different.