Whilst you’re doing your research you will probably notice that the cost of training to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) varies considerably from as little as £300 up to £3,000. Some appear to offer really cheap driving instructor training courses and unbelievable gurantees until you look deeper at what is being offered.
It doesn’t add up!
There are many companies appearing to offer cheap driving instructor training with offers that seem too good to miss! However, before you get drawn in please bear in mind that a good quality ORDIT qualified trainer would expect to earn around £40 per hour on a 1-to-1 basis doing ad-hoc training. Do the sums, see for yourself, it would cost £2,000 just for the 50 hours 1-to-1 training. LDC offer up to 70 hours 1-to-1 training on its premium course so you are now potentially looking at £2,800. Finally consider what it costs to develop and produce quality open learning materials/ online resources (i.e. books, software, videos, website, online hub and other online resources etc.), provide a modern training centre with classroom facilities, have quality people available to give training support when you need it or maintain a network of top quality ORDIT qualified trainers.
After considering this you need to ask yourself how could any decent training be less than £2,000?
It simply doesn’t add up unless
- the course is a lost leader designed to ultimately tie you into an expensive long term franchise agreement, such as the AA, potentially paying up to £250 per week (i.e. £12,500 per year) for up to 3 years or
- the course is so academic that the vast majority of students give up or lose the right to any practical training for Part 2 or Part 3 due to lots of contractual conditions that need to be satisfied
- the course description is deliberately misleading or vague making it difficult to know what you are really buying resulting in a course inadequate for the job
It is that simple; either you won’t get what you thought you had paid for or you will end up paying far more in the long run as a result of signing up to an expensive long term franchise either as a trainee driving instructor or when fully qualified.
How can they offer training so cheaply?
Some of the common ways in which cheaper training can be provided is by requiring you to
- make do with far less than 50 hours 1-to-1 training by using ambiguous terms such as face-to-face training meaning classroom and/or 1-to-2 or 1-to-3 etc in-car training
- do an excessive amount of theoretical study/written exercises well beyond what is really needed to pass the Part 1 theory test (with LDC it is just 14 hours compared to several months with some companies) in the expectation that you will give up before you can claim any in-car training for Part 2 or 3, or indeed lose the right to any such training (or indeed so-called guarantees) because you fall foul of the numerous contract terms designed with this purpose in mind
- travel vast distances to meet your practical trainer as and when it suits them, not you or lose your practical in-car training – “I have a spare day next week take it or lose your practical training time” – like some really nasty off-peak train ticket
- accept your practical training will not be guaranteed to be delivered by a properly qualified ORDIT instructor trainer or be assured by ORDIT rules of good practice etc because the selling organisation isn’t ORDIT approved
- accept practical in-car training from an outside subcontractor who has little to do with the company who sold the training and who are really only interested in completing the required hours to get paid
- commit to an expensive long term franchise agreement or other costly ongoing payment scheme with significant interest
So if the course cost is less than LDC’s you can bet one or more of the above will apply. Naturally, the smart sales person will try to make the above restrictions look they are there to benefit you!! We only make you do all this work and keep to strict deadlines because we want you to be the best!!
What about the incredible Guarantees!!
To reassure you that the cheap training is kosher/genuine and worthwhile such companies often offer
- phoney guarantees (i.e. guarantees that are subject to terms which often render them little more than useless) or
- ‘so-called’ never-to-be-repeated-discounts or
- we only have a limited number of job places left on the franchise please hurry etc
- and links with so-call gurus of the industry.
All designed to encourage you to IMPULSE BUY. To sign up without reading all the small print about the course you are buying, the possible job opportunity you are really being offered or the guarantees they are pushing to get you to sign up quickly. A lot of people are being caught out by this because they buy online entering their credit card details and clicking a button to say they accept the contract!!
Guarantees such as “Guaranteed pass or your money back” or “You will earn £30,000 or your money back guaranteed” or “We guarantee a position once qualified” etc.
The first usually requires you to meet lots of other criteria and then go through at least two cycles of attempts (i.e. take Part 1, 2 and 3 and fail three times, wait two years and take Parts 1, 2 and 3 a second time at your expense and fail three times) only then and provided you followed their advice to the letter will they consider refunding you anything – by then you will have paid about £1,500 in exam fees alone and wasted over 4 years of your time.
The second usually requires you to pay the franchise fee for a whole year once fully qualified (e.g. around £12,000) to obtain a £1,000 course fee refund once you can show you didn’t make the £30,000! Plus the guarantee probably won’t include your earnings while operating as a Trainee driving instructor on the initial 6 months licence.
The third guaranteed means you can join thier franchise but only once qualified not necessarily as a Trainee on a Trainee Licence.
Ironically because so few actually qualify with such cheap training these companies make excessive profits in comparison to other companies doing the job properly charging realistic prices such as LDC. Basically you pay a fortune to be allowed to logon and download/print at your expense a 500 page pdf document with so-called free practical in-car training if you do a mountain of written work and satisfy a load of other criteria. The people who do this are really smart and it is easy to be taken in – please don’t be one of them – be smart check the small print and take your time deciding.
Rescue Driving Instructor Training
We also specialise in providing rescue driving instructor training to those who have fallen foul of one of the many poor quality driving instructor training providers around or now find themselves in the dilemma of signing a long term contract with serious financial implications. Please give us a call and we can build a special course just for you. Usually we can provide a special rescue training package just for Part 2 and/or Part 3 should you want to join us as an LDC franchised driving school owner once qualified. We may also be able to help you escape a long term high priced franchise agreement that isn’t meeting your needs.
Thousands buy cheap driving training courses and give up out of embarrassment feeling it was their fault for not being able to complete the course not realising the course was probably designed with this purpose in mind!
Rescue example – Gary Marsden
“I almost gave up on my dream of becoming an ADI after a false start with a very plausible company called SMART DRIVING (also operating as Train with DRIVE) offering a course for £1,299. Being extremely short of money due to losing my previous business the low cost and the apparent guarantees proved very attractive. Excited I rang them and was offered an even better deal than the one advertised so naturally I signed up. After taking eight months to complete all the written course work they need for Part 1 (it is very extensive) I was told I had taken too long under the contract terms and would therefore not be entitled to receive the free Part 2 in-car training unless I paid a further £560. After all this work to say I felt disappointed and let down by them is an understatement.
Not able to find the money or really wanting to continue with SMART DRIVING I was about to give up on my dream but I had noticed a local company to me called LDC so I decided to give them a call. The very next day I had a meeting with them and they managed to reassured me that I could become an ADI with them on their Pay as you Train option. The help and resources at LDC were second to none and nothing was too much trouble. The one to one training for Part 2 and 3 was fabulous and the online student Hub gave me the finishing touches I needed to pass Part 1. Everyone at LDC was friendly and helpful. So after a not so SMART start I am now a fully qualified ADI as of January 2018 and enjoying every day of the job thanks to all at LDC.”
We also invest the equivalent amount of the course fee in your start up if you join us therefore, in affect, even the cheapest course is far more expensive than LDC especially if you never actually qualify. Indeed real driving schools always provide the most economical way to become qualified because they can offset the future income from you as a driving instructor against the cost of the training.
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.