Driving Instructor Training

Who can apply?

In order to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) there are certain legal requirements you need to meet. You need to have held a full British or European driving licence for four years and have no criminal convictions, unless they are spent. You also need to be able to read a car number plate at a minimum distance of 27.5m (90feet).

Who are 1st Gear looking to train?

1st Gear welcomes student instructors of all ages and from all kinds of backgrounds, If you think you have patience and good communication skills we will teach you the rest. Some people think driving instruction is stressful and this is where your own patience and understanding will be tested. The results of your efforts will be that you have taught somebody the skills necessary to drive safely on today’s roads. Those skills will stay with them for life and you will always be remembered.

So this is why we are looking for instructors who are approachable, with good communication skills and professional standards. Becoming a Driving Instructor is more than just starting a new career, our program is not just to get you qualified, we offer help on running a successful business and keeping records to a high standard.

There are three stages to becoming a fully qualified instructor.

Part 1, Theory Test (100 multiple questions + a hazard perception video test).
Part 2, Practical test of your driving ability (one hour test).
Part 3, Practical test of your instructional ability (one hour test).

Frequently asked Questions

Cost of Training?
Cost of training depends on your individual circumstances. You may already have some teaching experience or knowledge of driving instruction. To give an accurate assessment as to the cost, please contact me by e-mail or by phone using the contact us page.

How much could I earn?
Earning potential is very much down to how many hours you want to do.

How many hours do I work? 
Most driving instructors are self employed allowing them to choose their own hours.

Patient & friendly driving
tuition throughout Devon

» Intensive or Hourly Courses

» Pass Plus Lessons

» Male & Female Instructors

» Online Booking

Not quite sure yet?

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Pupils Are Saying

I had Tim as my instructor and I passed first time . He’s calm and very patient.

-Sophie Moss

When I first started looking into driving lessons, I walked straight to NA DVLA test center 'cause it was only round then corner and asked about intensive courses. Dan, from first gear happened to be there, approached me and talked me through everything I needed to do.

Although lessons did not continue with Dan due to complications, I don't think I could have asked for a better instructor starting out as a learner. Great character and definitely knows what he's doing.

-Daniel Harwood

When i first called 1st Gear School of Motoring they were very helpful and put me at ease straight away. My lessons were with an instructor called Graham Woodcock and i would recommend him to anyone for driving lessons.

I passed 2nd time but that was my fault. A great driving school Graham was always on time and never cancelled any of my lessons. Cheers Graham. See you on the road mate.

-Jame Williams

Brilliant! A large family means more than one driving lesson trauma for the brood so what a relief when we finally chose the right tuition and chose a driving School that demonstrated a friendly professionalism that surpassed all previous experiences. Well done First Gear... will definitely be sending the grand children your way soon!

-Robert Jack

I was recommended 1st Gear by a friend and I would recommend them too. The lessons went very well and I learnt to drive quickly. The instructor was a good laugh and good at his job. I live in Torquay but I know they have instructors all over Torbay and Exeter.

-Mark McCann

Areas we cover

  • Torquay
  • Paignton
  • Teignmouth
  • Newton Abbot
  • Totnes
  • Milber
  • Brixham
  • Buckland
  • Kingsteignton
  • Abbotskerswell
  • Ashburton
  • Buckfastleigh
  • Heathfield
  • South Brent
  • Dartington
  • Ipplepen
  • Harberton (Ford)
  • Dartmouth (meet in Kingswear)

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