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Be your own boss and take control of your life
Because of the freedom and flexibility with which you can work, driving instructors are entitled to the status of self-employment with all the tax advantages that it confers.
As a fully qualified driving instructor, you will therefore have the freedom and the incentive to create your own prosperity. The better you are at your job, and the better you look after your customers, the more you can prosper financially. In short, you enjoy all the advantages of being your own boss without any of the disadvantages.
Your own hours around your life
Flexibility is the key – you decide the hours you want to work so whether you are looking to work part-time or full-time this can easily be accommodated.
You also have the strength of a successful driving school behind you providing all the support, advice, marketing and management know-how that are vital for success.
Whilst pay is very important, the biggest reward comes from knowing that what you are doing is more than just a job – you are enriching people’s lives and adding to their safety. A learner who has just passed the test provides the ultimate in job satisfaction. – Nadine George / Ladybird Driving School
Your potential earnings
Driving instructors who do a normal working week (i.e. 40 lessons per week at €35 per lesson) and take the average time off for holidays can expect to earn between €45,000 and €68,000 per annum
Depending upon the level of support they need, the local lesson rate and the type of training being provided. Of course, if you work longer hours, your rewards can be substantially higher.
How long will it take to qualify?
Regardless of who you choose to train with, the time it takes to qualify as a driving instructor is subject to the RSA’s examination schedules. There are three stages to the ADI examination, a theory test, a driving test and a practical test of your ability to instruct.
Each stage has to be taken consecutively, and each will carry with it a six week waiting period (sometimes longer). Consequently, the exam process itself from start to finish is at least 18 weeks assuming there are no other delays.
This is why we recommend that the driving instructor training is carried out over a period of weeks on a part-time basis rather than intensively.
Our driving instructor course has been tailored in such a way that it fits around the RSA’s exam schedule, and as well as minimising any ‘idle’ periods in training whilst waiting for a test date, the flexibility of our part-time course also allows students to manage their training around any other full or part-time commitments they have.
Bearing this in mind, it will inevitably take some months to fully qualify. However, you are allowed to operate and earn money up until 01/05/09 without having to sit any exams, be advised if you have not passed stage 1 and 2 by this date you will have to come off the road until you have passed both stages you may then apply for a trainee licence (see Step 4 below).
Although not essential, this would enable you to get up to six months part-time or full-time practical experience in preparation for the Stage 3 exam.
How to become a driving instructor step-by-step guide
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to become a driving instructor with us from that all important first phone call to us, right the way through to becoming a qualified driving instructor and taking up your guaranteed position with one of our driving schools based in Dublin.