Instructor Training – Trainee Licence Option
AFTER PASSING THE PART TWO (DRIVING ABILITY) AND HAVING COMPLETED A MINIMUM OF FORTY HOURS TRAINING TOWARDS THE FINAL EXAM YOU MAY APPLY FOR A (OPTIONAL) TRAINEE LICENCE.
THIS ALLOWS YOU TO TEACH AND EARN AT EXACTLY THE SAME RATES AS IF YOU WERE A QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR.
THE OBJECT IS TO GIVE YOU PRACTICE AND THE EXPERIENCE OF REAL LEARNERS BEFORE TAKING THE FINAL EXAM.
THIS MEANS YOU COULD BE WORKING AS AN INSTRUCTOR IN AS LITTLE AS EIGHT TO TWELVE WEEKS!
THERE ARE, HOWEVER, STRICT RULES AND REGULATIONS:
· A trainee licence is only valid for six months.
· You must have received at least 40 hours of practical training from an ADI. A record of your training must be kept and signed by both you and the ADI responsible.
· The registrar of Approved Driving Instructors must have authorized your sponsoring ADI.
· There must be at least one qualified ADI working at an establishment for every trainee licence holder.
· You must not advertise yourself as a fully qualified instructor.
· You must be a fit and proper person. All convictions, including motoring offences still in force, will be taken into account when the DSA assesses your suitability to be entered in the register of Driving Instructors.
THERE IS, OF COURSE, A BIG DRAWBACK TO THIS METHOD.
IT COSTS £100 FOR A TRAINEE LICENCE THAT ONLY LASTS 6 MONTHS.
YOU MUST BE SUPERVISED BY AN ADI FOR ONE FIFTH OF THE TIME THAT YOU GIVE INSTRUCTION OR TAKE AN EXTRA 20 HOURS TRAINING – ALL AT EXTRA COST TO YOU.
THREE SHIRES HAS A UNIQUE WAY OF RESOLVING THIS.
When you have had sufficient training so that you feel competent in instructing, you have the opportunity to teach my own real ‘live’ pupils. We always have learner drivers under tuition as well as trainee instructors and learners are normally willing for trainee instructors to gain experience by taking one or two of their lessons. Usually, you would accompany us on a lesson the week before, sit in the back of the car and watch. The following week you would get the chance to take the lesson. The pupil and yourself should be fairly relaxed by this time as you would have already met each other and will know what is about to happen. I will be sitting in the back of the car just to make sure you do not get into any difficulties.
The great advantage of this method is that it only costs you the same as a normal training session, saving you the cost involved with a trainee licence.