How to Make £1,200+ per Week as an Approved Driving Instructor

(Or even as a Trainee!)

Become a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor and you can Earn more than £1,200 per week!

Help hundreds of people change their lives by helping them to gain their full driving licence.

You MUST BE an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) if you want to charge people for driving lessons.

When you become a Qualified Driving Instructor, with our school WE GUARANTEE you a position where you can make over £1,200 per week!!

As Lawrences Driving School Franchised Instructor you will be paid a premium hourly rate averaging £40 to £45 per hour.

Do the math… Just delivering 30 hours of lessons per week means you earn i ton excess of £1,200!! Remember, you can work MORE THAN 30 hours if you choose.

We offer a proven and effective instructor training course where you can pay as you go and with first-class support and mentorship from us.

We Will Mentor You to ADI Success

Train with us and we will mentor you through the whole process. Until you pass your final exam and become a fully qualified driving instructor.

After you have passed you will have the option of becoming a franchisee where we will provide you with pupils and marketing.

Want to Get Started?

Arrange an informal chat with Lawrence by completing the form below.

Why Lawrences Driving School?

Lawrence’s Driving School has delivered first-class premium driving lessons for over 16 years.

We know the true value of quality instruction and how to attract the right pupils for our instructors.

We will ensure you are trained to be a confident, knowledgable, professional and reliable instructor worthy of the tops rates in the area.

We will support and mentor you throughout your Pay-as-you-go training and even offer you a 6 month trainees position so you can earn even faster.


Pass your driving test in kettering

Training and becoming a Driving Instructor isn’t for everyone. It takes the right temperament and personality to succeed in this profession. You also need the following…

Hold a British or Northern Ireland Driving Licence

Held you licence for 4 out of the last 6 years from passing your final exam

Have no more than 6 penalty points on your licence

Be able to read a number plate at 27.5 meters (90ft)

Be of good character. Allow the DVSA to perform a Criminal Records Check (CRB) on you.

Want to Get Started?

Arrange an informal chat with Lawrence by completing the form below.


The Steps to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) are summarised here;

Check to see if you can become an Approved Driving Instructor.

Apply for Criminal Record Check (CRB) for driving instructors.

Submit your application to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to start the ADI qualifying process.

Pass the first two qualifying Tests; Theory and Driving.

Consider 6 months as a Trainee for extra practice (optional).

Pass the final test of instructional ability.

Apply for your ADI Badge and start your new career.

The Tests (Exams)

There are 3 tests you must pass before qualifying as an ADI. These are;


  • The Theory Test
  • The Driving Test
  • The Test of Instructional Ability

Part 1: The Theory Test

You can have UNLIMITED attempts at this test.

>> Section 1 – The Theory

This is 100 Questions of Multiple Choice.

There are 4 question bands and you must score a minimum of 80% per band and an overall score of 85% from all 4 bands.

Band 1

  • Road Procedure

Band 2

  • Traffic Signals and Signs
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Car Controls
  • Basic Mechanical Knowledge

Band 3

  • The Law
  • The Practical Driving Test
  • Disabilities

Band 4

  • Instructional Techniques
  • Publications

>> Section 2 – Hazard Perception

This is a test of hazard awareness and speed to recognise and react to hazards. It consists of 14 videos. 1 video has 2 hazards whilst the others have 1 hazard.

A hazard is considered anything that may make you change speed or direction. You are scored on how fast you see the hazard on a scale of 5 to 0. You must score 57 from an available 75 points.


Overall you must pass both sections in the same sitting.

Test locations are Peterborough, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Luton and Northampton.

Part Two: The Driving Test

You are limited to only 3 attempts on the ADI Part 2 exam. If you fail 3 times, you will have to wait two years from the date you passed ADI part 1 exam before starting from the beginning again. You will then have to retake and pass Part 1 again.

The driving test lasts 1 hour. This is an Advanced Driving Test where you can not get more than 6 Driving Faults.

The test can be taken in our training car if necessary.

Locations: The test can be taken in Northampton, Bletchly or Luton.

Recommended Reading:

Approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test

National standard for driving cars and light vans

Part 3: The Instructional Ability Test

You are limited to 3 attempts for ADI Part 3. If you fail 3 times, you will have to wait 2 years from the date you passed your ADI Part 1 before you can begin again. You will then have to retake ADI Part 1, 2 and 3 again.

This is a 1-hour test where you will teach a real pupil whilst being observed by a Senior Examiner.

Locations: You can take this test in Northampton, Luton, Kettering or Bletchly.

Want to Get Started?

Arrange an informal chat with Lawrence by completing the form below.

Our Training Program

Initial Meeting

Please understand that training to become an ADI is a big commitment.

Before you can start training with us, we will need to meet you (preferably face to face). You are welcome to bring your partner with you as the decision to train will effect them as well.

Our Training Program

In order to pass the three qualifying tests you will need a good trainer and training program.

The training program we use is designed and proven to get you through the tests and make a great living as soon as possible.

The Training Program has been used hundreds of times, by numerous driving schools, to help hundreds of candidates pass the ADI Tests and become qualified driving instructors.


Extra Trainee Training (PDI)

We also provide PDI (Potential Driving Instructor) Training as well as Interactive Online Training, if you decide to become a Trainee Driving Instructor.


Includes live zoom videos that can be included as part of your required training hours

Trainee driving instructors can follow this detailed guide to the DVSA application process to get their training underway.
Training videos for the Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 exams that you can watch online.
Simple workbooks will be mailed to you to help you review and organise your work from home.
Extensive Info. on every facet of education, instruction, and the job
A detailed guide to how to get the most of your self training and private practise
A helpful tool for locating nearby training partners
Extensive advice about how to succeed in a car-related practical training programme
A positive, modern and user friendly alternative to the traditional ‘sign up and commit’ training methods for those looking to self train on their own

Training Costs

You are welcome to sample our training quality with a FREE Course Taster.

We offer an On-Demand Pay-As-You-Go Solution to your Driving Instructor Training.

Please note: fees do not include test and registration fees.

We recommend the On-Demand Training Subscription as this is a great way to spread payments as pay-as-you-go.

1 to 1 in-car sessions are £50 per hour (for Part 2 and Part 3)

  • Recommended 15 Hours of In-Car Training for Part 2 (£750 – you can pay as you go)
  • Recommended 20 hours of In-Car Training for Part 3 (£1,000 – you can pay as you go)

DVSA Recommended Books are approx: £70


The total cost of recommended training is around £2,500 (paid as you go) excluding exam fees and DVSA Registration.


Course Fees

£499 for 12 months access


£99 for 3 months access

Note: Fees DO NOT include DVSA Registration and Exam Fees, Books, In-Car Training Fees.

In Car Training

£50 per hour for part 2 and part 3 


Part 2: 15 Hours (£750)

Part 3: 20 Hours (£1000)

Note: Fees DO NOT include DVSA Registration and Exam Fees, Books.

Trainee Option – Earn while you Learn

After passing Part 2 you can become a Potential Driving Instructor (PDI). You will need to become a Franchisee of our School during this period so that we can sponsor you. You will earn while you learn as a PDI. You MUST have at least 5 hours of in-car training.

This costs are;

  • Apply for Trainee Licence: £140.
  • 15 Hours Online Training: Covered in Course fees. 
  • 6 Hours in-car training for part 3: £300.

Want to Get Started?

Arrange an informal chat with Lawrence by completing the form below.

Work as a Trainee (optional but highly recommended)

The great thing about the Trainee Option is that after you have passed the first two tests (Theory and Driving) you can teach for 6 months and get paid on a Trainee Licence (pink badge).

This means you can earn while you learn the job.

There are some rules for this as follows;

  • You have already done at least 40 hours of training for the part 3 test (10 at least in-car) (recorded on ADI21T Form).
  • You must have a further 20 hours of Training for Part 3 (25% Must be In-Car Training. That’s 5 hours minimum)


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does it take to become a Driving Instructor?

It can take from 3 to 12 months to fully qualify as a driving instructor. You should think of training as a vocational part time course. The good news is, after passing part 2 (the driving test), you can work as a Trainee and start earning good money.

Q: How do I pay for the course?

You can pay via Bank Transfer. We will forward you our bank details.

Q: Am I eligible to train as a driving instructor?

Please check HERE to see if you are eligible.


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