Become a driving instructor

We are looking to recruit or train new driving instructors to satisfy the incredible demand for LDC driving courses and lessons. We believe we offer the best driving instructor training package and driving school franchise in the business – you can start training from just £795. Our goal has never been to be the biggest driving school but rather the best, although we now cover most of the UK.  Over 500 driving instructors already operate a successful LDC driving school of their own and within just a few months you could be one of them – being your own boss, working the hours you choose, doing a job you really enjoy.LDC driving instructor car livery

We are currently turning away pupil sales worth tens of thousands of pounds each month. Work that could be going to you if you were a qualified driving instructor working with LDC.

If you take pride in your driving and like helping people to develop new skills this could be the ideal job for you. You need to be over 21, have held a driving license for at least 3 years and have no more than 5 penalty points on your license.

Earn up to £40,000 per year after all costs

Become a driving instructor with the Learner Driving Centre (LDC) and operate your own LDC driving school business. The above earnings figure is based upon delivering 35 hours of instruction per week at a lesson rate of £30 per hour with 4 weeks holiday per year. The above figure is after all business costs for more details see LDC driving school franchise page or click on the download PDF brochure below for more details.

LDC only charge £50 per week for the franchise or from £140 per week if you also include a fully maintained car with the necessary driving instructor car insurance. You can easily pay up to £250 per week for this (i.e. £5,720 per year more)!! So when you look at which company to train with make sure you know what the franchise will cost, what it includes and more importantly how many years you will be tied in for.

Winners of the Training School of the Year Award

The award was presented by Gareth Llewellyn the CEO of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to Paul and Gemma McArdle of LDC driving schools at the Driving Instructors Association (DIA) annual conference.Driving School of the year 2016

The award recognises the outstanding quality of the training we provide as voted by their members (over 12,000 driving instructors) and verified by an expert panel. So if you are looking for the most certain way to qualify and have a prosperous new career you will love, then look no further.

DVSA qualification needed

To legally operate as a driving instructor in the UK you are required to pass the DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) qualifying examination which is split into three parts.


Part 1 is a PC based multiple choice theory and hazard perception test similar to the current test for learner drivers but you are required to answer 100 questions (not just 50) on a broader set of subjects and you need to score 57 as opposed to 44 on the hazard perception part.

Part 2 is a driving test, again similar to the current test for learner drivers but you are only allowed to make 6 minor faults (not up to 16 as on the L test).

Part 3 is a practical test of your ability to instruct which dramatically changed on 1st January 2018 please see New Part 3 Test. As a consequence of this change many existing training providers can not now be relied upon to get you the on-the-job practical experience you need to pass this test or are truely able to equip you with the real-life skills you need.

After passing Part 2 and completing the legally required 40 hours of training towards the Part 3 test you can potentially start operating and earning money as an instructor on what is called a Trainee Licence (see later for details). A further 20 hours of training is also legally required and must take place before you attempt the Part 3 test or within the first 3 months of the licence being issued by the DVSA whichever is the sooner.


The DVSA recommend you should only take training to become a driving instructor from organisations and trainers who are on the Official Register of Driving Instructor Training (ORDIT) such as LDC.

If this is not mentioned on the training companies website or more importantly on the agreement you sign it simply means you are not guaranteed to have a properly qualified ORDIT trainer deliver your training or be protected by ORDIT’s fair business terms/practices and as such are unlikely to qualify. ORDIT isn’t the only accreditation we have achieved as can be seen below.

When it comes to providing driving instructor training nobody can match our record of success and nobody can offer better value for money. If you want to see why LDC offer better value for money in comparison with other cheaper training providers please read on. Just like cheap driving lessons are a false economy so are cheap courses to become a driving instructor – you simply end up paying far more in the end or waste all the money paid especially if it is not a real driving school. If you want to be the best, charging premium rates for your services, then you need to be trained by the best, you need to be trained by LDC.

DVSA Trainee Licence scheme – earn as you learn

With LDC you can qualify without going on a Trainee Licence, however, if your circumstances are such that you would benefit from starting the job before being fully qualified then this is a great option to consider. Once you have passed Part 2 and have completed sufficient initial training for Part 3 you can start working as a trainee driving instructor for a period of 6 months on either a part-time or full-time basis provided you are sponsored by a driving school that supports the Government’s Trainee Licence scheme, such as LDC. This gives you up to 6 months of real on-the-job training to help you pass the New Part 3 Test and start earning money earlier than might otherwise be possible.

After only a few months you could be operating as a driving instructor on a Trainee Licence. With the New Part 3 Test this option becomes even more important to have. Some driving schools such as the AA and most training providers do not support this scheme and therefore cannot provide this extra useful option.

Please note all our Trainee Licence positions are reserved for those people who train exclusively with us. Please also note if you wish to join us having trained elsewhere you will also need to pay £490 to take a course on how to use the LD System and our ultra modern teaching methods. Thus if you trained with someone else and then wanted to join LDC you would need to budget for this extra training cost as well.

Driving lesson sample – see the job in action

Watch Bob (the Training Director of LDC) below and see if you could see yourself doing this job. If you want to see more video examples visit our YouTube Channel.

Contact LDC

If you would like a Free information pack on becoming a driving instructor with LDC call our head office on free phone 0800 197 0010 or 01977 691800 or click on request a free information pack. Our office hours are Monday to Thursday 8am – 6pm, Friday 8am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 12pm.

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