If you are thinking of becoming a driving instructor then I can’t rate Sapphire Driving Academy enough.

People from all backgrounds train to become a Driving Instructor.

They become Driving Instructors for all kinds of different reasons and for the right types of people, they will love this job.

But why do YOU want to become a Driving Instructor?

Better control of your work/life balance?
You choose your working hours and when you take time off.

Better income/earning potential?
The average driving lesson is now over £29 per hour and a full time instructor
can earn £30,000-£35,000 per year.

Better job security?
No risk of redundancy. A skill for life. It is your licence and your driving school.

Be your own boss?
Is it time to put your family first and drive your career where you want it to go?

Greater Job Satisfaction?
Do a job you love and go to work with a smile on your face!

If any of these things are important to you, then you should be a driving instructor.
If not, then this is not the career for you!


Working as a Driving Instructor, it’s up to you what hours you work, what you charge and how you do things, but when working with our driving Academy we want to help you be a success.

To help keep the enquiries coming you and your pupils will benefit from free digital teaching aid supply You’ll receive marketing materials such as car roof top signage, and business
cards from us.

We have branded clothing available that helps to identify you as a DRIVE Instructor ( in progress )

We create a local, targeted advertising campaign and local reviews JUST FOR YOU on Google, Facebook, Trust Pilot, Tiktok and other leading search engines, with strong social media presence.

The training system is excellent the 1 to 1 training are enjoyable and very informative and Nadia Sher and Rizwan and the fully qualified ADI team are always available to answer any queries, not matter how trivial.

“Top Team who assisted me greatly in obtaining my ADI Licence.”
Source Trust Pilot Reviews
Bahar, Harlod and GOVIND .


Do you know what the most important element in becoming a Driving Instructor is?

Not the Training. You.

If you work hard, study, practise and follow your trainer’s advice, you will qualify as a Driving Instructor.
The tests are not difficult and most people have many of the skills needed to successfully pass already.
Cut corners or try to avoid the work, and you will become one of many a year that never make it.


As Part 1 is a very straight  forward, common-sense based test, it is completely possible to pass this part with little or no training and many people do try this. Indeed, many instructors would tell you this is the bit you can do by yourself.

We would beg you to NEVER consider this…. Part 1 is so vitally important to get right. So many problems we see in Parts 2 and 3 come from a limited knowledge at Part 1 – Please do part 1 correctly!

Any good trainer will have reference books and training for you to complete as well as the DVSA recommended reference material. Learn and understand. The comprehensive syllabus helps you build a knowledge of the DVSA reference material and Driving Theory.

Our SAPPHIRE DRIVING ACADEMY ADI experts team is available to provide you with UNLIMITED support as you prepare and study for Part 1.

The DVSA say:
“You should prepare with a professional structured programme of tuition. Preparing for Part-One requires a degree of self-discipline and self-management; this is because you will have to spend quite a lot of time reading and studying. DVSA has compiled the list of books which you may find useful to help you study for the multiple choice part of the theory have been based on information contained in these books.”

Our Advice…
Because you only need 85% correct to pass, and because the test is a 4 way multiple choice test, the law of averages states that it is possible to pass this test without any knowledge in the topic and simply guessing! So we ask you the question: Do you want to pass it the test with limited knowledge or do you want to give your self the best possible opportunity to succeed at part 2 and 3 and be the best instructor you can be?

By using a professionally structured course you can ensure you cover all the topics and give yourself the foundation to build your skills.



Part 2 is very straight forward; you are already an experienced driver so the examiner wants to see you demonstrate your understanding and knowledge of driving procedure.

Remember, this is what you are going to teach so you need to practice your skills and study the process of driving.

So how do you train for this?

The DVSA say:
“To pass the test, you must drive to a high standard of competence, demonstrating the principles of eco-friendly driving, and a well-planned positive, progressive drive, adhering to and attaining national speed limits when safe and where possible.”

Our Advice
Preparing for Part-Two requires self-discipline and self-management as well as driving skill. This is because you will spend time studying and practicing the knowledge, understanding and skills.

How many little habits do you think you have? Some of you will have very few; you may have passed an advanced test or be a very good, careful and observant driver.

Some of you will have lots of habits having learnt to drive many years ago so you will need to learn how to practice the correct driving procedures again.
How many habits are very small and straight forward to fix with practice?

REMEMBER, practice makes perfect!


Part 3 - Instructional Ability Test
Part 3 is very straight forward IF you have completed the first two parts properly.
The examiner will want to see your ability to pass your knowledge onto your pupils, fix faults in their driving, inspire confidence and they will look for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver and rider training.
The examiner will also want to see you deliver your lesson in a ‘client centered’ way.

The DVSA Say:
“As a responsible, professional driving instructor you’ll want learners to have the skills to be safe and responsible drivers for life when they leave you.
Sometimes you’ll find that you need to balance this against their aims – they might want to pass the test quickly, and with as little expense as possible. This is not an easy balance to achieve – you may need to persuade your learners of the benefits of not just learning to pass the test.

People learn in different ways and at different speeds. If someone who likes time to reflect on their learning is forced to move on to the next thing too quickly it could slow down their progress. Or if someone who likes to learn by trying things out is made to watch too many demonstrations without having a go they will get frustrated.

Client-centred learning is an approach to learning that takes into account how the learner prefers to learn. When people learn in this way they are more likely to retain information and skills. People are also more likely to keep learning if they are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning at an early stage – this is the second aim of client-centred learning.

How to teach in a client-centred way
At its simplest, this means listening to your learner (the client) to find out how they like to learn, the things that are getting in the way of their progress and  how you can help.”

Our Advice
Just as with Parts 1 & 2, Part 3 preparation requires a degree of self-management and self-discipline because you will have to spend quite a lot of time studying and practicing.

You’ll be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories:
● lesson planning
● risk management
● teaching and learning strategies

The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ADI part 3 test report form, which the examiner will fill in at the end of your test. 

You’ll get a score from 0 to 3 for each of the 17 competencies, which are added up to work out if you’ve passed the test, and what your grade will be.

These 17 competencies cover the range of skills you need to be successful in the Part 3 examination and qualify as an Approved Driving Instructor.

Just as with Parts 1 & 2, Part 3 preparation requires a degree of self-management and self-discipline because you will have to spend quite a lot of time studying and practicing.

However breaking these competencies down into small detail and illustrating how they are marked against the and refer to the national standard for driver and rider training and the ADI part 3 test report form, makes the study an revision needed both enjoyable and easy.

It also means no time is wasted once on the road when practical training starts.

Traditionally, Part 3 has been viewed as a problem area for many students, however this need not be the case. In fact, at Sapphire Driving Academy, by following the structured teaching format, Part 3 should now not only be enjoyable, but also the culmination of all your efforts and straight-forward.

Problems typically arise because of poorly delivered in-car training or insufficient study and/or training or simply because the driving school providing the training insisted that the trainee goes onto a ‘Trainee Licence’ when it simply wasn’t the most suitable option for them.

That is why it’s so important to speak to us


Your training part 1, 2, and 3 could take 4-9 months. How quickly you progress is determined by many factors such as your availability to study and train, test
waiting times and trainer availability. Your course contract with us is for 12 months.

This is to ensure you are able to complete the training and tests and also potentially work on a trainee licence for 6 months and allow for a possible test fail.
The DVSA will make you start the whole process again should you take 2 years from passing your part 1 test – we obviously do not want this to happen!


Once you have completed a minimum amount of Part 3 Training, you can now start teaching pupils for real and earn money on the Trainee Licence.
This is the recommended way to prepare for the P3 test. We will discuss this with you in detail.


FLEXIBLE TRAINING to suit your needs and schedule

opportunity – teach students whilst you complete your training

Be your own boss and enjoy flexible working hours (Self-employed Franchisee)

Unlimited pupil supply
Choice of franchise – Help and advise to buy the right car for your business or your own car


Once you have passed
When you pass the Part 3 Test, you are now a Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor (DVSA ADI)!
All your hard work has paid off – congratulations!
You are now ready to start work as an ADI!


You will not be charged a short notice cancellation fee if it is due to COVID 19. The main symptoms of COVID 19 described by the government are (but not
● A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
● A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
● A loss of taste or smell - COVID -19 can make anyone seriously ill

● Do you have any allergies or health conditions that mean you would not be able to use Hand Sanitiser?
● You must bring your own products to cleanse your hands before touching the vehicle or controls in the car.
● I will be wearing a face covering during lessons in order to minimise risk from myself to you, as this means I will not be as clear or loud, please advise if you do have any difficulties with hearing so we can discuss options to work round this issue.
● Please bring your own clean mask and gloves. (if you don't then I will be providing them and there will be a charge of £2.00).
Do you have any allergies to latex or synthetic products? If yes I will need to discuss prior to lessons a plan with you to work around this issue.

I will be sanitising the car between every lesson as well as before & after any driving lessons and tests. I will be spraying down the whole car with disinfectant & wiping down all touchable surfaces with antibacterial wipes.

If you have any allergies, breathing/respiratory conditions (i.e. asthma) or other health problems for which this sanitisation process would cause you any problems or difficulties, then please let me know.