How long will it take to become a driving instructor?
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 parts to the ADI examination, a theory test, a driving test and a practical test of your ability to instruct.
Each part 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 at Ladybird recommend that the driving instructor training is carried out over a period of weeks on a part-time basis rather than intensively.
Our driving training 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. Although not essential, this would enable you to get up to six months part-time or full-time practical experience in preparation for the Part 3 exam.