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Driver Instructor Training

What qualifications do I need to become a driving instructor ?
To become a driving instructor you need to have no more than 3 points on your licence, be at least 21 years of age and have held a full driving licence for at least 3 years. You also need to be considered to be a "fit and proper person" by the Registrar of Driving Instructors.

If you fit these criteria you are then able to train to become a driving instructor. To be a fully qualified instructor you need to pass three qualifying exams

Part One: Theory Test. This is a much harder version of the normal car drivers theory test with 100 questions including questions relevant to driving instruction.

Part Two: Test of Driving Ability. This lasts for one hour and requires a much higher standard of driving than the normal driving test.

Part Three: Test of Ability to Instruct. This comprises two half hour sections where you will be required to instruct an examiner as if he/she were either a novice or partly trained pupil.

You have a maximum of three attempts at each part, otherwise you have to wait for two years from when you started and go back to the beginning.

At present you can get a trainee (pink) licence when you have passed part two and while you aretraining for part three. This enables you to teach learners under strict conditions.