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The Cost of Becoming a Driving Instructor: Is It Worth It?

Becoming a Driving Instructor

Learning to become a driving instructor in the UK is a great way to turn your passion for driving into a career, but it can be a significant investment. In this blog post, we will break down the costs involved in training to become a driving instructor and how traditional franchise fees can make the process more expensive. Additionally, we will discuss how YooDrive, the UK’s leading independent driving instructor training provider, offers an affordable alternative to traditional franchise fees and contracts.

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The first step in becoming a driving instructor is to pass the three qualifying exams set by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). These exams include a theory test, a driving ability test, and a practical teaching ability test. The costs of these can be seen below:


ADI Part 1 Test

Theory Test 



ADI Part 2 Test

Driving Ability 



ADI Part 3 Test 

Instructional Ability



ADI Registration and Licence Fees

  • PDI Trainee Licence = £140
  • First ADI Certificate = £300


In total, the cost for these exams is around £300. Once you have passed the first two qualifying exams, you can apply for a trainee licence, which allows you to gain valuable experience in training pupils. This training can vary in length but typically must consist of a minimum of 40 hours. The cost of training can vary depending on the provider, however, current franchise fees cost around £1000-2000. 


Once you have completed your part 3 training and are officially an approved driving instructor, you will then need to pay an annual fee to the DVSA in order to maintain your ADI status. This fee is currently £300 per year.


In addition to the above costs, many driving instructor training providers also charge franchise fees. A franchise fee is a fee that you pay to a franchisor for the right to use its brand and business model. These fees can range from £2,000 to £5,000 and are typically charged on a one-off basis or as an ongoing monthly fee.


At YooDrive, we understand that franchise fees and contracts can make the process of becoming a driving instructor more expensive. That’s why we offer an alternative model, where we don’t charge any franchise fees or require any long-term contracts. This means that you can focus on what really matters – training to become the best driving instructor you can be.


Paying for driving instructor training can be a significant expense, especially during times of economic uncertainty such as the current cost of living crisis. However, with YooDrive, the UK’s leading independent driving instructor training provider, you can manage the cost of your training by paying for it on a weekly basis with a YooDrive sponsor. At YooDrive, we understand the financial challenges that people may be facing, which is why we offer a weekly payment option for our driving instructor training. This allows you to spread the cost of your training over a longer period of time, making it more manageable and less of a financial burden.


Another way to make these weekly payments even more manageable is by using Klarna. Klarna is a payment service that allows you to split the cost of your purchase into four interest-free payments, making it even more affordable.


Start your driving instructor journey today by downloading our free Start a Driving Instructor Career guide. 

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