Driver Instructor Training Frequently Asked Questions
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.
What's the maximum number of points I can have on my licence?
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).
How do you find a good training organisation? There are lots of them out there!
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.
Where does the Driving Instructor training take place?
ProScot's training is available in Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy. We use the Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline test centres for both Part 2 & Part 3 tests.
What is a Trainee Badge?
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.
Can I go on a Trainee badge?
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 must hold a full and unrestricted UK or European Union (EU) European Economic Area (EEA) unrestricted driving licence
- You must have held this licence for a total of four out of the past six years prior to entering the Register after qualifying
- You must not have been disqualified from driving at any time in the four years prior to entering the Register
- Satisfy the requirements for disclosure Scotland
- You must be a fit and proper person to have your name entered on the Register. All motoring and non-motoring convictions will be taken into account
- You must pass the Register Qualifying Examination and pay the appropriate fees
What qualifications do I need, and how will I know if I will make it?
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.
Can you train around work commitments?
Yes ProScot do training in the evenings and at the weekends. This style of training creates a non-intensive approach.
What is the pass rate?
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.
Can I train intensively?
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.
What exams do you have to pass to be a Driving Instructor?
You have to pass three exams:
- Part 1 is the theory test, lasts approximately 1-1 1/2 hours covering both multiple choice and hazard perception (unlimited attempts)
- Part 2 is the driving test, again lasting approximately 1 hour. You must have no serious or dangerous faults and commit no more than 6 minor driving faults (maximum 3 attempts)
- Part 3 is the instructional part, again lasting approximately 1 hour. You will be tested in two half hour phases. In the first phase the examiner will role-play a "pupil" who is at the early stages of learning to drive. In the second phase the examiner will role-play a pupil who is at or near test standard. In both cases you must demonstrate an appropriate level of instruction to suit the needs of the pupil. You must also identify, analyse the cause of and rectify driver faults. In other words you must improve the "pupil" (maximum 3 attempts). If you fail on your 3rd and final attempt for Part 2 or Part 3 you must wait for a 2 year period from the date of passing your theory test before starting the whole process all over again. Part 3 must be passed within a 2 year period of passing Part I.
How long does it take to train?
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.
Is the training done one to one or in a group?
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.
What are the qualifications of the trainers?
Your trainers are amongst the highest qualified in the industry and hold the following qualifications collectively:
- Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers (ORDIT)
- City & Guilds 7331 (Instructional Techniques)
- SVQ D32, D33 & D34 Skills Assessor
- DSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Grade 6 (Highest Grade)
- DSA Certified Motorcycle Instructor (CMI)
- DSA Cardington Grade A (Highest Grade)
- DIA Master Driver
- DIA Special Test Holder
- DIA Examiner
- RoSPA Diploma Holder (Dip RoADA)
- Diploma In Driving Instruction (Dip DI)
- DSA Approved Fleet Registered Trainer
What support is given to me on the Trainee badge?
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).
Do I have to join ProScot?
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.
Does ProScot have opportunities to join them as an instructor?
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.
What hours would I need to work as an instructor?
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.
Will I be able to earn a living as an instructor? How much can I expect to earn?
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.
What areas can I work in?
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.
If I join ProScot how long do I need to stay with them?
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.
Can you tell me about how a ProScot franchise works and how much it costs?
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.