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Driving Instructor Training FAQ

1. How much realistically do driving instructors earn on average?
On average full time instructors earn around £22,000.

2. Is there a shortage of driving instructors.
No. Most driving instructors do not have waiting lists

3. How much is a driving school franchise?
It can vary from as little as £40 with a local driving school, where you provide your own car, insurance, repairs etc, to £350 with a large national school which provides car, insurance, repairs and pupils

4. How much fuel is used on a driving lesson?
The cost of fuel per lesson will vary depending on the fuel consumption of the car and the mileage involved. Generally, a one hour will lesson will cover between 12 miles (city centre areas) and 20 miles (rural areas). It's best to budget about £2 per lesson for fuel.

5. What is the pass rate for driving instructor exams?
It is understood that the number of people who pass all three exams is around 10%

6. Can I get a career loan to help with the cost of training?
Career development loans are available. They are usually better value than getting a loan through your training provider

7. How many times can I take the tests?
There are three tests - you can take each one three times. If you do not pass them by the third time, you have to go back to the beginning. You also have to wait two years from when you took your first test.

8. How much does it cost to besome a driving instructor?
Training courses can cost anything up to around £3,500 for all three parts. Some trainers require the money to be paid in one up front amount and you get no refund if you fail one of the first two exams and are unable to take Part 3. Others allow you to pay for each part as it comes along.