9 questions to ask when thinking about becoming a Driving Instructor

9 questions to ask when thinking about becoming a Driving Instructor


How to Become A Driving Instructor?

At Bill Plant Driving School we do not just assist people with ambitions to learn to drive but also offer driving instructor training for those wishing to change their careers and become accomplished driving instructors in their local areas.

With this in mind, we caught up with Jonny, one of our Recruitment Managers for our Driving Instructor Training Academy, to determine the questions (alongside Jonny’s answers!) that you should be asking if you are considering training to become a driving instructor with Bill Plant Driving School.

Driving Instructor Training Questions

Here are the 9 questions to consider:

Q: How many hours of my training is in-car training?

A: You will receive a total of 52 hours of in-car training with Bill Plant Driving School (no classroom or home study training for Part 2 & 3!)

Q: Where is the training held?

A: As a nationwide driving school, we can offer you training in your local area. We also have a national training centres where you can come and do intensive training to become a driving instructor. Bill Plant also offers a residential training course for those looking to become qualified driving instructors as quickly as possible.

Q: How quickly can I become a driving instructor?

A: You could be earning within 3 to 4 months – (its quicker to get onto a PDI licence than it is to pass Part 3 – which is what “qualify” would mean). To get on the road to success as quickly as possible, we recommend our Intensive + Accommodation course based at our Instructor Training Academy in Ripon, where applicants are expected to pass within 16 weeks!

Q: How much can I earn once I qualify?

A: We’ve had a number of instructors tell us that based on working 40 hours a week an instructor can earn £40,000 a year!

Q: Once I’ve started, how much do you charge me per student that you find me?

A: In line with the founding principles of Bill Plant Driving School, we continue to charge absolutely nothing for allocated pupils. Unlike other driving schools, we will not charge you any hidden costs, referral/booking fees or administration fees to find you students (some charge between £10 to £40 per pupil – that could be over £700 to fill your diary)!

Q: Does the student pay me directly or do they pay you?

A: Pupils pay instructors directly, no money is ever withheld as we try to make it all as simple as possible!

Q: Am I in control of my own diary or do I need to work when I’m told? 

A: You will always be in complete control of your own diary. You as an instructor will coordinate with your dedicated Instructor Support team and choose the times and areas you want to work with. Extra work that you need can be sent your way upon request!

Q: What car do I use for my training and does my car change if I join the franchise?

A: You will be using a brand-new BMW for both your training, and subsequently if you choose to join, our Driving Instructor Franchise. Tuition vehicles are replaced every 6 to 12 months to ensure you are constantly getting a premium service from Bill Plant Driving School.

Q: Can I use the car for personal use?

A: Yes – Bill Plant tuition vehicles can be used for personal use and you can even nominate someone else in your household to be a 2nd driver for the car too.

Follow the link for further frequently asked questions about driving instructor training. To discuss Driving Instructor Training with Bill Plant Driving School, call our dedicated Training Team on 0330 555 2254. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.