Trainee Licence explained

If you're interested in becoming a driving instructor, you may be surprised to learn that you can actually earn money while you're training and teaching real pupils. This is possible through a trainee driving instructor licence, which allows you to start working towards your dream career while also getting paid for it.

A trainee driving instructor licence enables you to teach driving to pupils under the supervision of a qualified driving instructor. This means that you'll be able to gain valuable experience and develop your teaching skills while also earning money.

To qualify for a trainee driving instructor licence, you'll need to pass the first two parts of the driving instructor qualification process. This includes passing a theory test and a practical driving test. Once you've passed these tests, you can start working towards your trainee licence.

To learn more about how a trainee driving instructor licence works and how you can become a qualified driving instructor, check out this helpful video. It provides all the details you need to know to get started on your journey towards becoming a successful driving instructor.

You can start to earn money and coach and teach pupils once you have passed your part one and two exams and completed 40 hours of training- you will need a trainee driving instructor license. 

What the DVSA say about a trainee licence

You can apply for a trainee driving instructor licence after you pass the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test.

A trainee licence:

  • Helps you get experience instructing pupils to drive so you can prepare for the ADI part 3 test
  • lasts for six months

You can charge for lessons to cover the cost of things like your insurance and vehicle costs.

Who can apply

You can apply for a trainee licence if you:

  • have passed your ADI part 1 test in the last two years
  • have passed the ADI part 2 test
  • Have had at least 40 hours of training from a qualified ADI in providing driving instruction (at least 10 of which were done in a car), recorded on the ADI 21T declaration form
  • are eligible to take the ADI part 3 test