Driving instructor training

Driving instructor training

Get on the road to a rewarding career

Instructor and pupil in car

Our accredited instructor training course aims to help you become a fully qualified instructor. Work through online activites and supporting material, plus you'll get 1-to-1 training from a qualified instructor trainer.

Become a driving instructor

If you have a passion to teach, and get a buzz from seeing people develop skills for life, you could train as a driving instructor, and get on the path to an enjoyable and rewarding career.

  • Could you remain calm, patient and sensitive, to help someone conquer their nerves and build their confidence?
  • Are you professional, organised and disciplined?
  • Do you want to be your own boss?
  • Are you willing to work hard to develop your own business?


If you think this is something you'd like to find out more about, call us on 0800 316 0331 and talk to one of our advisers about what's involved.

Or request and information pack about our AA driving instructor training programme.

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Accredited training with the AA

… and cashback when you pass

The AA Driving School has achieved accreditation by the DSA's (ORDIT). This ensures you'll get the best possible training to get you on the path to your new career as an Approved Driving Instructor.

Once you've passed you'll get priority treatment when applying for an AA Driving School franchise. You'll be able to get your new business started immediately, with all the backup and support of the AA and the kudos of working under the trusted AA brand.

  • Our course is accredited at NVQ Level 3.
  • You choose the payment option that suits you from £146 per month.
  • You'll have 54 hours of local 1-to-1 tuition with a personal trainer.
  • We'll develop your business, coaching and customer care skills to become an effective AA instructor.
  • After you qualify with us, you'll get up to £1,500 off AA franchise fees in your first 6 months.
  • You'll receive up to £1,100 cashback by cheque after 24 calendar months of continuously holding the AA Driving School standard franchise.

Personal training tailored to you

We recognise that everyone needs to learn at their own pace and in their own way. Our highly qualified trainers will support and guide you every step of the way to get you on the path to your new career.

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Online learning

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Our online learning system

Our new interactive online learning modules offer the latest technology to support your learning.

You can register now and try the free no-obligation trial.

With the easy-to-use online learning modules, you can access all the resources to help you learn, and our instructors are available to support you through the course. You'll get:

  • flexible online learning at your own pace
  • refresher training throughout your instructor training journey
  • mock test to aid your theory knowledge
  • access to your personal learning plan which clearly shows all your course sessions
  • ability to download documents and related resources to support your development
  • links to DSA, DirectGov, Business Link and other relevant websites
  • access to industry and business news and information

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Accredited training

The AA Driving School has achieved accreditation by the DSA's Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers (ORDIT). This ensures you'll get the best possible training to get you on the path to your new career as a driving instructor.

Driving instructor training course

Our instructor training course aims to help you become a successful instructor through the use of learning tools and techniques to help you develop your skills. You'll receive 1-to-1 training from a fully qualified AA driving instructor trainer.

At the AA, we are ahead of our competitors in pioneering a new online learning system. This effective and efficient learning means you can undertake your training anytime, anyplace, anywhere. So you can train at a pace and location that fits in with your other commitments and lifestyle.


Your course will probably take between 6 and 18 months to complete. Online learning supports all three parts of your driver training and can be revisited as many times as you need.

In addition to the online system you'll receive reference books and other supporting online materials. You'll also receive 54 hours of 1-to-1 training with your own instructor trainer.

To become a qualified Driving Standards Agency (DSA) Approved Driving Instructor, you'll need to pass three parts of the DSA test.

Online learningPart 1 – theory

Working at home and using the online activities, and other supporting materials, you'll work through this part of the course and arrange the test when you're ready. Your instructor trainer will give you two hours of support for this part. You'll be tested on road procedure traffic signs and signals, driving test and laws and instructional techniques.

Part 2 – driving ability

Practical driving sessions with one of our qualified trainers will focus on bringing your personal standard of driving up to the high level required by the DSA. Your trainer – local to your area – will prepare you for a one-hour practical test of your driving ability. We'll provide the in-car and online support you need to attain the high standard of competence required. You'll get 12 hours of 1-to-1 training, and additional time for 1-to-2 training in an in-car buddy-system.

The DSA green badgePart 3 – Instructional ability

In this part of the test you'll demonstrate that you can teach others. In two half-hour sessions the examiner acts as a pupil in a role-play situation. For this module you'll receive 40 hours of 1-to-1 training with your AA trainer.

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

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All of our tuition is provided on a 1-to-1 basis
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You'll have the individual support of a highly skilled trainer who will be dedicated to helping you become a fully qualified driving instructor.

Your payment options

There are three payment options for our driving instructor training:

Option 1 – advance payment
Pay in advance for the whole course and save £299 over the combined price of paying as you train.

Option 2 – instalment payment plan
Pay for the complete course, from £146 per month, spreading the cost over affordable instalments during a set period of time. Instalment plan options are subject to credit checks.

Option 3 – pay as you train
Pay for each course module as you train.

Get valuable franchise fee discounts

After successfully completing your instructor training with us, you'll be able to receive valuable discounts when you take up the AA driving instructor franchise.

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Continuing professional development

If you're interested in developing your career as an instructor, we offer you ongoing learning support with workshops and courses.

Joining the AA franchise

After you qualify, you'll automatically have the option of taking up an AA Driving School franchise, with up to £1,500 discount on your first six months' fees.  After 24 calendar months of continuously holding our standard franchise, you'll receive up to a further £1,100 payment by cheque.

An AA franchise gives you the flexibility of being your own boss and choosing your hours to fit around your other commitments.

Standard franchise benefits

  • a new Ford Ford Fiesta 1.0 Titanium or Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec dual-controlled training vehicle
  • customer service centre to support your business
  • free induction course
  • training and support to help build your business
  • easy self-serve technology: manage your franchise by computer or phone
  • pupil introduction service if required
  • online web shop offering cost price marketing materials
  • national network of instructor coaches

About the cashback discount

The £1,100 cashback offer applies only to new AA driving instructors who have purchased the complete training course. This cashback is in addition to the £1,500 discount on your first six months' franchise fees.

Terms and conditions apply to these offers. Call us on 0800 316 0331 and we'll be happy to send you a copy, and discuss the discounts and your franchise options.

AA Driving School reserves the right to amend, change or withdraw offers and instalment plan payment options at any time without prior notice.

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