How much does it cost to become a driving instructor in the UK?

How much does it cost to become a driving instructor in the UK?

Bill Plant Driving School is one of the leading driving schools in the UK. We train hundreds of new driving instructors each year with our various driving instructor training courses. We understand that learning to become a driving instructor takes a lot of drive and commitment, but you also need to account for the training costs involved with taking all of the tests. 

We’ve put together this guide to outline all costs you will need to consider to complete your driving instructor training.

What are the Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) fees?

To become a fully qualified driving instructor, there are several tests and exams you will need to complete. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) sets the Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) test and registration fees. 

If you are unsuccessful during any part of the training course, you will have to retake the test and pay the test fee amount again. You have unlimited attempts for your Part 1 exam but you will only have 3 attempts for both your Part 2 and 3. You will also have to pay a fee to join the ADI register and a renewal fee for your registration every four years. Finally, having completed your training, you can opt for a trainee licence, giving you the ability to start teaching learner drivers while earning an income, for a small fee.

The ADI qualifying test fees and other registration fees are as follows:

Fee TypeCost
ADI part 1 test£81
ADI part 2 test£111
ADI part 3 test£111
First ADI certificate (or ‘badge’)£300
Trainee driving instructor license£140
Renewal or re-registration£300

For more information regarding the different types of ADI qualifications, check out the gov.uk website.

How much is an intensive driving instructor course?

Each driving school will have different training instructor course costs. Still, with Bill Plant Driving School’s Intensive Driving Instructor Training Courses, you will be fast tracked into a new career that will give you the freedom you deserve and a better work-life balance.

Choose from one of the five dedicated locations to complete your Intensive training course, and you’ll be on your way in no time. Our intensive courses are available in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Yorkshire and Scotland.

Our intensive driving instructor training courses are available from £995 and include the following:

Part1 Part 2Part 3
Theory TestDriving AbilityInstructional Ability
– Study in own time
– Complete online

We’ll send you everything you need to study to complete the Part 1 test before undertaking Intensive in-car training.
– 10 hours of in-car training
– Sessions conducted over 2 consecutive days
– Up to 42 hours of expert training
– Sessions conducted over 5 consecutive days

We also offer an intensive driving instructor training course in Ripon, North Yorkshire, with accommodation and breakfast included for the entire seven days of training for just £1495.

Contact us today to book your Intensive driving instructor course and become one step closer to being your own boss.

How much is standard driving instructor training?

Suppose you’re looking to complete your driving instructor training course at your own pace. In that case, we also have standard driving instructor training courses available that will allow you to complete your training in a location familiar to you. 

Our regional courses are available from £1695 and are split into three parts:

Part 1Part 2Part 3
Theory TestDriving AbilityInstructional Ability
– Study in own time
– Complete online

We’ll send you everything you need to study to complete the Part 1 test before undertaking Intensive in-car training.
– 10 hours of in-car training

Session times and dates are mutually agreed between trainee and trainer.
– Up to 42 hours of expert training

Session times and dates are mutually agreed between trainee and trainer.

Contact us today to book your Regional driving instructor course and become one step close to being your own boss.

Are there any other fees I need to consider?

The main fees you need to consider regarding the costs of becoming a driving instructor are:

  • Training course fees
  • PDI and ADI licences
  • ADI Test fees (as indicated earlier in this guide)
  • Cost of car hire for the Part 2 and 3 tests, if required (£75 per attempt)

What are my payment options with Bill Plant?

At Bill Plant Driving School, we are proud to provide you with flexible payment options on all of our courses, so you can learn to become a driving instructor in the best way for you.

Both of the course options below come with:

  • 0% APR
  • No credit checks
Intensive Course Full Cost£995
Option 1£500 upfront and then 3 x £165 a month on Direct Debit
Option 2£500 upfront and then £495 once you have passed Part 1
Regional CourseFull Cost£1695
Option 1£500 upfront and then 5 x £239 each month on Direct Debit
Option 2£500 upfront, then £500 after passing Part 1 and the final £695 when you have passed Part 2
Option 3£995 upfront then £700 when you have passed Part 2

Can I earn while I learn?

With Bill Plant Driving School, yes, you can earn while becoming a driving instructor! Earn money each week when you successfully complete your Part 1 and Part 2 Exams and Part 3 Training. At this point, you can choose to start a Trainee PDI Licence with us, which provides you with a few months of vital practical teaching experience and a sizable income of £800+ per week while you prepare for your Part 3 Exam. 

Further reading

Are you looking for more information about becoming a driving instructor before you begin training? We have several guides that will answer all of your questions to be confident in your ability to become a driving instructor.

Andrew Frobisher