Driving Instructor Training FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Can I train to be a driving instructor in my local area?


Sally’s can provide Driving Instructor Training and instructor development at a place near to you in the Somerset area.


We tailor the course around your commitments.  , some of your time will be spent studying at home, so if your nearest trainer is not on your doorstep, it is still easy to fit the training around your usual routine.

Are there any hidden costs in the instructor training course with Sally’s?

No, but all exam and licence fees are payable by the student.

We are committed to delivering a high level of training to ensure our trainees pass the examinations successfully.  Sally’s Driving Instructor Training Course allows for 60 hours of one to one in car training. On completion of the course you will be able to take the part 3 exam or apply for a trainee licence. Your Instructor Trainer will help you decide the best way forward.

Will the driving instructor training course fit around my work or family commitments?


When arranging your Driving Instructor Training Course your Instructor Trainer will take into consideration your existing job or family commitments  Your course structure will take into account both your ability and your availability.

Can I train on a Saturday or Sunday?


If necessary your driving instructor trainer can arrange training on a Saturday or Sunday.  Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) tests are held during the week, not at weekends.

What happens if I fail one of the 3 qualifying exams?

You can attempt Part I as often as you like except in Northern Ireland (3 attempts only) although most of our students pass first time. You can have three attempts each at Parts II and III (DVSA test fees apply).

Can I work for myself when I have qualified as a Driving Instructor?


Can I join Sally’s as a Trainee or Newly Qualified Driving Instructor?

Yes of course! We’d love to have you on board.

We have worked together during your Driving Instructor Training which is a great foundation for a good working relationship.  Newly Qualified Driving Instructors can benefit from Sally’s slow start franchise.  Sally’s Trainee Driving Instructors are offered a free franchise.  When you have completed Part II of your training, you will have the opportunity to discuss your future career options with your Driving Instructor Trainer or Sally.

Do I have to start work as soon as I qualify?

No you don’t.

Some people train while working full time and slowly build up their driving instructor work until they feel they have enough hours to leave their existing full time employment.  We will work with you to build your new client base.

Do driving instructors who work full time see 40 pupils per week?


At Sally’s we encourage pupils to take double lessons, blocks of lessons or packages. In our experience most learner drivers and driving instructors find this a more effective learning process with less travel time wasted between lessons for instructors.  A full time driving instructor with Sally’s School of Motoring might only need to see between 10 and 20 pupils per week.  Savings all round!

More questions?

If our driving instructor training FAQ has not answered your question, please get in contact.