Driving instructor training

Get a buzz from teaching

Become a successful driving instructor today with The AA Driving School

Train to be an instructor 

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    Practical tuition

    Put your teaching skills to the test with a real-life observation lesson.

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    Buddy up

    Share knowledge and practice with other local trainees to boost your confidence.

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    Virtual classrooms

    Learn from the comfort of your own home or on the go with our interactive, web-based classes.

Become a driving instructor

Course overview

The 3-part course covers all required DVSA test areas – driving theory, driving ability and instructional ability.

  • Flexible payment options – pay for whole course up front, spread the costs via monthly instalments, or pay per module.
  • 50 hours of 1-to-1 tuition with your own trainer.
  • Fully updated course content aligning with DVSA changes to the qualification process.
  • Reference books and other online supporting materials provided.
  • Dedicated support whenever you need it.
  • Option to join our franchise on qualifying.

Have you got what it takes?

Our mission is to guide you, at your own pace, to become a qualified DVSA approved driving instructor.

  • Have a calm and patient manner and enjoy teaching others?
  • Professional, organised and disciplined?
  • Want to be your own boss?
  • Willing to work hard to develop your own business?

Don't just take our word for it, see what our instructors have to say

About driving instructor training

What does the driving instructor training course involve?

Our training course can help you become a successful driving instructor. You'll receive 50 hours of 1-to-1 training from a fully qualified AA driving instructor trainer, and the suite of interactive online classrooms and video learning lets you do the three parts of your driver training anytime, anywhere – at a pace that fits with your other commitments.In addition to the in-car training, the online classrooms and videos you'll receive reference books and other supporting online materials.

So to become a qualified Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Approved Driving Instructor, you have to pass the DVSA test, which is in three parts. The parts can be revisited as many times as you need.

Part 1 – driving theory

This part can be done at home and using the online activities, and other supporting materials. You can arrange the test when you're ready. Your instructor trainer will give you 2 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 instructor trainers will bring your personal driving ability up to the high level required by the DVSA. Your trainer – local to your area – will prepare you for a 1-hour practical test, and in-car and online support will also help you attain the high standard of competence required. In all you'll get 12 hours of 1-to-1 training, and additional time for 1-to-2 training in an in-car buddy-system.

Part 3 – Instructional ability

The examiner will observe a real 60-minute driving lesson taking place with either a learner driver or a qualified driver seeking development. For this part you'll receive 36 hours of 1-to-1 training with your AA trainer and 4 one-hour virtual classrooms providing you with the skills and underpinning knowledge to deliver a course of effective driving training.

The training you will receive will be:

  • Highly focused on developing your skills as a driving instructor before introducing driving lesson subjects
  • Supported with additional learning materials for each in-car training session you complete
  • Mapped against your own individual learning plan and progress record
  • Reflective of both the DVSA requirements and The AA’s commitment to improving road safety

After passing all three parts of the DVSA test, you'll be awarded a green badge that means you're a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).


How much does a course cost?

Option 1 – advance payment

Pay in advance for the whole course, and save £305 on the combined price of paying as you train.

Option 2 – payment plan

Pay for the complete course, spreading the cost over affordable instalments during a set period of time. You'll also save £305 on the combined price of paying as you train. We have various instalment options available, all subject to credit checks:

• Option 1: £395 deposit and 10 months at £160
• Option 2: £455 deposit and 11 months at £140.53*
• Option 3: £565 deposit and 11 months at £130.49**

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.


Good to know

Driving instructor training with AA Driving School comes with terms and conditions. Please do read them before you start your course.

*The last monthly payment of option 2 will be £134.70
**The last monthly payment of option 3 will be £125.10

Contact our training team

0800 316 0331

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