Starting Out and Registration
Criminal Record Checks and Registration
Here are the basic steps to be taken to embark on a career as a UK driving instructor before you even begin to undertake training for the three tests which are required to be passed to obtain the instructors badge. If you do not posses this permit you may not legally take payment for driving tuition.
To begin with you have to meet certain criteria to start this procedure if you can not meet all of these any application will be refused immediately. The basic official rules outwith the DSA state that only persons older than 21 and possessing a full licence for a period of at least 3 years may supervise Learner drivers. The DSA require you to have held a full licence for four out of the last six years.
Simple test to see if you can be an instructor if you can answer the questions with the answers shown then everything is ok to proceed to the Criminal record check stage.
Are you 21 or over? Yes
Have you had a full car driving licence for at least 3 years? Yes
Are you already registered as a driving instructor in another European Community (EC) country? No
Have you been disqualified from driving or have you got 6 or more penalty points on your driving licence? No
What type of car is your driving licence for? Manual
Have you ever been convicted of any non-motoring offences? No
Criminal record checks – This is the initial part of the process and is required to be completed before attempting to join the DSA registrar. The function of this is simple it is to stop people with dodgy pasts being admitted on to the system. It is a simple process in which you either register online by following the instructions found here Criminal record check to become a driving instructor or apply by post using an application form which you can obtain from here criminal record check application pack request you simply follow the instructions it contains. Then send it to the appropriate place and once it is completed you will receive a copy of this report and a reference number.
Only when this is completed can you apply to the Driving Standards Agency to become a potential instructor as the reference number is needed on the form. A good idea if you wish to pursue this course is to finish this step now as it can take anywhere between 2 and 6 weeks to be processed and tests are not permitted to be booked until you are on the registrar. Do not hesitate make that phone call now and get things moving.
The only occasion in which you don’t follow this procedure is when you can’t answer the above simple test correctly. In this instance you will firstly apply to the DSA who will determine if you can continue to pursue a career in this area. If so they will instruct you to finish the CRB stage after reviewing your convictions. Any offence will be very carefully scrutinised by the DSA.
Once you are accepted and your name is included on the registrar a reference number will be issued and this will enable you to apply for the crucial qualifying tests. The tests must be achieved in order with no limit of time or try’s for the 1st stage. There is a restriction on both time and allowed attempts at stages 2 and 3. Three tries at each test is the limit imposed on this section of the process. The time period is governed by the fact that the adi theory test pass certificate is valid for only a period of 2 years and if the course is not done by this point you have to start again with the part 1 test.