We've found that throughout ProScot Driving Instructor training the same types of questions are asked so we've collected the main ones and have provided some information and answers on these for you. If this doesn't answer your own questions, please do contact us on 0800 093 7897 and we'll be happy to help.
You should have no more than 5 penalty points, although the Registrar will consider each application individually in cases where there are more (usually up to a maximum of 6).
Unfortunately many people have wasted their time and money by training with very poor instructor training organisations, with nothing to show for their money and efforts. Many are simply driving instructors themselves having a go at it. Do not confuse an ORDIT Trainer with a driving instructor they are totally different jobs and require totally different skills. Many trainers do not have a proper selection process and it can be usually no more than a chat or a drive around the block, the main criteria for selection being that you have the money to pay for the course! High-pressure sales tactics with so-called "offers" are all used to entice you. Make sure they are at least authorised and assessed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and are on the ORDIT Register (Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers). Check out facilities, instructors, and course material. Most of all find out exactly what you get for your money. How many of your hours are in classroom as opposed to in car? What is the training ratio 1:1 or 2:1 or 3:1, some offer up to 50% of Part 3 training in a classroom with class sizes of 10 - 12 students.
Do they offer refunds for training not undertaken? What happens if you fail? They should encourage you to speak to past and current course attendees. This will soon let you know if quality training backs up the glossy marketing.
ProScot's training is available in Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy. We use the Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline test centres for both Part 2 & Part 3 tests.
A trainee badge allows you to give paid for instruction once you have completed a minimum of 40 hours of Part 3 training, and have successfully passed Part I and Part 2. A Pink badge signifies a Trainee and a fully qualified instructor has a Green badge. The Trainee badge is valid for 6 months and enables the instructor to gain experience with real pupils. ProScot do not believe that this option is right for everyone it is easy to feel more pressured to pass if you have given up full time employment, or worse still you are trying to do it part time whilst trying to hold down a full time job. It is also easy to pick up a style of instruction, which will not help you to demonstrate a satisfactory style of instruction for the Part 3 test. The option of a trainee badge can be discussed on an individual basis.
Your tutor will discuss this with you at the end of your Part 3 training, if you both feel and agree that extra "real life" experience would help you to develop further then the Trainee badge scheme will be considered.
How long do I have to have held my licence before I can be an instructor?
You do not need any academic qualifications but you do need to satisfy the entry requirements however with regards to your licence and penalty points. We look for people who are outgoing, friendly and have good people skills. ProScot carry out a 2 hour assessment (covering presentation, driving and instructional skills) which you must pass this successfully prior to being accepted on the Instructor training programme.
Yes ProScot do training in the evenings and at the weekends. This style of training creates a non-intensive approach.
The national pass rate is very low with an overall pass rate for all 3 parts of less than 30%. ProScot however have a 98% pass rate for all 3 parts. Only one person has failed to qualify in 8 years of training! ProScot put this down to a strict selection process, and the excellent training available, plus a full ORDIT Trainer support scheme.
Yes, although we usually do not advise more than 3 x 4 hour sessions per week. ProScot can offer training as intensively as you can handle.
You have to pass three exams:
It depends upon your time commitment and whether or not you pass your exams first time. Let's assume you took a semi - intensive approach, with about 4 to 6 training hours per week. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks to study and prepare for Part I. Part 2 takes about 16 hours on average so this will take about 3 - 4 weeks. Part 3 takes about 40 hours on average, so this will account for about 6 - 10 weeks. By the time you factor in time delay for test dates this would take about 4 - 6 months. Someone doing approximately 2 hours per week could expect to take approximately 8 - 12 months. Our Intensive and Semi-Intensive training courses take about 3 - 4 months.
ProScot offer both options as described in the previous question. One to one enables us to give maximum attention to each student and to provide training to suit their individual needs around work commitments.
ProScot also offer observed training for free which enables us to increase the number of training hours. Students also benefit from a shared learning experience and support of their fellow trainees.
Your trainers are amongst the highest qualified in the industry and hold the following qualifications collectively:
On a trainee badge your are required to receive an additional 20 hours of support training within a 12 week period of going on the badge, or before the date of your first attempt at Part 3. Alternatively 20% of your lessons must be observed by your trainer with effective feedback and help given (ProScot prefer the former and give an additional 20 Hours of further development training).
No, however most students realise that ProScot is one of the most professional driving schools around. The support package offered and extremely competitive franchise package available have ensured that everyone who has trained with us has joined us. Over 80% of those who trained with us have never left. Some instructors however fancy having a go at being sole traders and running their own driving school, ProScot provide help, advice and support for those who wish to do that.
Yes. ProScot is the largest and most successful driving school in central Scotland and our instructors are always kept busy, with the majority of hours made up Monday to Friday 8:00am till 5:30pm. ProScot always have students on waiting lists and as a result need to continually recruit new instructors to meet the demand. ProScot have a need for both male and female instructors and because we train our own PDI's we know that they will have met our high standards. We would also like to extend our driving school to all areas of Scotland and look forward to training PDI's from out with the Fife area.
It depends, ProScot instructors can specify the time the place and the location of their pupils. This ensures that they only work where they want when they want. They can also take as many pupils as they can handle. Many sole traders have to take what they can get when they can get it. This can often mean making themselves available 7 days a week or working lots of evenings and weekends in 'out of areas' just to earn a living. Most ProScot instructors aim to average between 35 and 40 hours per week over the course of a year, some work more than this. It is a fact that some instructors do work less than 20 hours per week however they are usually with a poor franchise or struggle as sole traders.
If you worked 35 hours of lessons per week, averaged over 46 weeks with 6 weeks holiday would give earnings of approx. £22,000 per annum after paying for fuel and franchise. A 40 hour working week average over 46 weeks with 6 weeks holiday with ProScot gives earnings of approx £26,000 per annum after paying for fuel and franchise. A 44 hour week averaged over 46 weeks gives gross earnings of approx £30,000 per annum after fuel and franchise. You can work as many hours as you want, ProScot will supply as much work as you can handle: our instructors are amongst the highest earners in the industry.
ProScot currently cover all of Fife, Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth & the Borders. Due to increased demand we continue to train and recruit instructors covering Fife, Edinburgh, Dundee and Perth areas. We are also looking to offer Franchises to the right instructors in other areas of Scotland.
This depends on your terms and conditions and which franchise option you have taken.. It is testimony to how good the franchise and support is at ProScot that 4 out of 5 instructors who train with us, join us and stay with us.
ProScot offer very flexible franchise options to suit our instructors, the level of support and the franchise option selected, such as with or without a car, determines the cost of the franchise. The best way to find out more is to contact our office directly.