1. Access Driving Instructor Training


 Access driving instructor training is one of the most premier independently owned driving instructor training establishments 


Why train to be a driving instructor?


Job satisfaction

I would rate this as one of the highest reasons, also being your own boss, and the high income.


You work the hours you want

Obviously within reason, this is a supply and demand industry, but generally being a driving instructor in Nuneaton, and the Leicestershire area  allows a great deal of flexibility in the hours you work. You might choose to work around family or social commitments, or even work part time – the choice is yours! It's nice just to be able to take an afternoon off to go to your child's school play.


Previous experience, qualifications not required

This is one of the few industry's that does not require formal qualifications. However the D.S.A (Driving Standards Agency) requires that anyone wishing to train as a driving instructor has no more than 6 penalty points on their licence, have held a valid full UK licence for at least 3.5 years, and meets the physical criteria required to safely control a vehicle. You will need though, to be personable, be a competent driver, the willingness to undertake your driving instructor training and apply the effort needed, good communication skills, to be calm and patient and a sense of humour definitely helps.


Earnings potential

Once you have trained to be a driving instructor your potential earnings are up to you. The amount of hours you are willing to teach pupils, the price you charge for your driving lessons etc. Do your sums carefully do not believe all the hype you see advertised and most of all remember there are expenses once you have qualified to be a driving instructor, do not forget to take these into account.


Who are we!

Access is a family run business that has been trading successfully for 18 years in the learner market, and the driving instructor training industry. We have excelled in both fields. Our main strengths are our teaching techniques, and the personal one to one approach towards our trainee driving instructors. Nowhere throughout the industry in training driving instructors will you find a team that will be more committed to your success.


Our reputation is built on results

Our driving instructor trainers excel in every sphere of driving instructor training, them being teaching, attitude, commitment, aptitude, and their ability to get you through your tests.

All our instructor's trainers are;


  • Institute of advanced motorist

  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

  • Cardington grade A instructors

  • Members of the MSA

  • Driving Instructors Association

  • Department of Transport approved


We also believe in straight talking, we will tell you like it is, (politely of course) below is the process of becoming, and training to be a driving instructor, again we have tried to give you the facts in plain English.


You’re in control

Study at your own pace, tried and tested modern, straight forward training consistently leads to success for trainee driving instructors of all ages and abilities. If you decide to train with Access instructor training you then begin a logical, structured training program on a one to one basis with your trainer, who will stay with you for the entire course. Some trainees complete the course very quickly, but you may choose to study at a more measured pace - we can help you plan your studies to take into account your outside commitments like the needs of your children, or an existing job. All the way through, you will be taught and supported by your trainer who will be totally committed to your success. If you think driving instruction is for you, but you are not sure whether your driving is up to standard, don't worry! If you want an assessment please Contact Us, but it is your attitude, communication skills, and approach that matters most.



Our training is designed to merge with the Driving Standards Agency's three-part exam. You can do all your training over a two-week period if you wish, or you can take it step by step. Train for one exam pass it, then train for the next and so forth.

You have to take the 3 exams in turn. The exam waiting times vary greatly depending on the exam your applying for, the area, time of year and the DSA examiners availability. In theory you could be qualified within 12 weeks!

You can take the part 1 test as many times as you need to, or as many times you want. Although most people do pass first time. You do not need to be in a classroom, we have used a home study course successfully for years. Once you pass part 1 the clock starts ticking, you have 2 years from this point to pass the final 2 exams. Plenty of time we believe so, just so long as you’re focused and committed. You can have up to three attempts at passing Parts 2 and 3, and then you’re out. In the unlikely event you did fail parts 2 or 3 three times you would have to wait 2 years from when you passed your part 1 to start again. Your trainer will advise you when you are ready for the exam thus giving you the best chance of passing. We'll do all we can to make sure you pass!


Part One / Theory Exam

Takes place at a Driving Standards Agency examination centre, usually in a major town or city, and consists of 100 multiple choice questions on subjects including:

  1. 1. Road procedure
  2. 2. Car control
  3. 3. Basic mechanical knowledge
  4. 4. Highway code
  5. 5. Instruction techniques

The exam is computer based, a very similar set up to the theory test learners have to do, obliviously more and harder questions, saying that though most of the questions if you have been driving for a while are common sense. You will need to study though for the ones that are not.

The subjects are arranged into four bands, each with an 80% pass mark. The overall pass mark for Part 1 is 85%.

You are given 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete the test but most people finish early. Best of all nearly all our students pass first time! I have never known anyone training with us ultimately not to pass this test.


Part 2 / Driving ability exam

 You get in-car training to totally fit in with your requirements, on average 10 to 15 hours is more than adequate to bring a candidates driving up to standard. Mock test scenario, plus final test preparation. In between the in-car training, you must practice and adopt part 2 style as your normal way of driving. If you don't you will fail.

A Driving Standards Agency supervising examiner conducts the driving and eyesight test. The test is approximately an hour long. You are expected to drive in a business-like, disciplined manner along a varied route showing your ability to manoeuvre and control the car safely.

There is no comparison between this test, and your original learner test; apart from they are both in a car. The maximum minor faults you are allowed to make is 6. This is an advanced driving test and needs the commitment it deserves. The good news is with Access driving  instructor training 90% of our trainees pass 1st time.

Again if you’re still apprehensive about your driving, please Contact Us, and we will arrange an assessment for you.


Part 3 / The teaching exam

 In preparation for the final test, part 3 is where we teach you how to teach others, and again we give you as much support, and give as much help as we can to maximise your chances of success. The prior driving instructor training you have received will help you with this final phase.

In-car training, this includes extensive role-play by your trainer to prepare you for the many scenarios the examiner could play. You will receive in-car training to totally fit in with your requirements, on average 20 to 30 hours is adequate to bring a candidates knowledge up to part three standard.


The Final Test

This is the final piece to the jigsaw in your driving instructor training. It takes place in-car, and is approximately one hour long, split into two stages, and consists of two role-playing exercises. Your examiner will paint a word picture for you, describing what kind of pupil he or she will be playing, for example what experience he or she has. You then teach the examiner whilst in the car. This test is designed to mirror a real life driving lesson. This is the most demanding part of the overall exam procedure spending more than a couple of hours in a classroom instructor training for this exam is not needed. Your training needs to be 99% in car on a one to one ratio.

The examiner will give you a brief before hand, selecting any of the following subjects of instruction.

Phase 1 Beginner partly trained, Phase 2 Trained

  1. 1. Controls. Crossroads.
  2. 2. Moving off / Stopping. Meet cross overtake.
  3. 3. Turn in the road. Turning left or right.
  4. 4. Reversing. Emerging.
  5. 5. Emergency stop. Progress / Hesitancy.
  6. 6. Pedestrian crossings. Reverse parking.
  7. 7. Turning left or right corners. Pedestrian crossing.
  8. 8. Emerging. Meet cross overtake.
  9. 9. Crossroads. Pedestrians crossing
  10. 10. Meet cross overtake. Progress / Hesitancy.

The Price

Our fees are

Part 1, £99.00 Complete home study course with full tutor back up

Part 2, £25.00 per hour

Part 3, £26.00 per hour

Please remember there are also exam fees.

Please also remember part 1 is the only money you pay up front, all other fees are paid while you take the training.


Thank you for taking the time to read this page, I hope you have found the information interesting, and informative. I wish you every success on your possible chosen career, if you have any questions please Contact Us.



We offer Driving Instructor Training in Coventry, Nuneaton and throughout Warwickshire