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Driving Instructor Training Myths

1. There's a shortage of Driving Instructors
Not True. There are driving schools wanting to take on more instructors. However many instructors are unable to run a full diary.

2. As long as you are a good driver, it's easy to become an Instructor.
Not True. As well as being a good driver, you need many other skills to become an instructor.

3. The Driving Instructor Exams are not hard.
Not True. Although exact pass rates are hard to find, it is estimated that only 1 in 10 people who start out on Driving Instructor training, make it through to being a fully qualified instructor.

4. Being a driving instructor is a flexible job.
True. You can be very flexible. but bear in mind that if you don't want to work evenings and weekends, that's the time that is most in demand.

5. You can earn £30,000 a year as a driving instructor.
True. But you will need to work very hard. You won't get much time off and you will need to hope that you can actually get enough pupils to fill your diary. The average wage for adriving instructor according to a survey of all driving professions is around £22,000.

6. You can't be made redundant as a driving instructor.
True. But as you can only be made redundant if you are an employee, this is not very relevant. 98% of instructors, even with BSM, AA etc are self-employed. So it's true you won't ever lose your job (unless you fail your check tests)

7. Once qualified it's a job for life.
True-ish. You only have to qualify once and there will always be people wanting to learn to drive. However you will need to continue your training under CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and you will need to pass regular check tests-- usually every 2- 4 years.