Driving Instructor Training: Frequently Asked Questions

There have been significant changes in this industry over the last year with two of the three biggest national brands entering administration then changing ownership whilst other sizeable companies have simply gone out of business. This has left significant numbers of people who have invested their redundancy payments, or taken out loans unable to get the training they have paid for. With this in mind we think you should understand the questions you should ask before making any decision on which driving instructor training course you should enrol into.

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  • How many people are recruited annually to become a driving instructor against the number becoming qualified?
    Over the last couple of years the figure recruited (not trained)  has been over 25,000 annually with no more than 4,500 achieving full qualification as an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). You will see some company’s state the national average pass rate is around 27%, however, this figure is only for those who get to the Part Three test. In reality, no more than about 15% of those who enrol on a course qualify, this, in our view is mainly due to the inadequate training by providers and not the trainees ability.
  • How do other training companies manage to offer free or low cost course fees?
    There is a saying that ‘nothing in life is free’ and it’s true because low or free training courses often turn out to be very costly. Just as ‘cash back’ offers may look an attractive and achievable goal, the ‘bad news’ is as it’s said ‘buried in the small print’. We keep it simple, we charge a reasonable fee for our unlimited training, a maximum of £50 a week franchise for our support and the supply of pupils and what is most important, we don't use any small print.

    Look at others franchise fees as these are likely to be high and tie you in for twelve or even eighteen months. Cash back schemes are likely to be conditional on working for the school for an extended period, again at high cost. Also, if you don’t get qualified or they can’t offer you work once qualified you won’t have met the conditions for the cash back.
  • Why do you allow course fees to be paid in instalments?
    We train driving instructors for a career in the industry and not just to pass the three tests. We are so confident in our ability to train just about anyone we are happy to continually prove ourselves. Others want your money up front so that if you choose to give up they already have your money. If when you find the training is inadequate and seek a refund they then claim exorbitant fees are required for administration, training aides, Part 1 and Part 2.
  • What percentage of the trainees who join KISS became qualified
    More than 95% of the hundreds of trainees joining KISS over the last eight years have become qualified. More than half of those had previously enrolled and paid for a course with other training providers. What makes the difference are the significantly superior training aides and  training  sessions available every week which deliver much more one to one coaching.
  • How do KISS achieve such a high rate of success?
    There are a number of reasons all of which are connected to quality, starting with our commitment to building a driving school working with some of the best driving instructors in the industry. To achieve this we had to develop a training course and training aides that produced driving instructors who were coaches. These driving instructors have in turn become qualified and gone on to help us train so many more ADI’s together, and so it grows.

    The other thing we do is, prevent trainees from taking tests until they are fully prepared and to achieve this we have to deliver much more training. Almost without exception you should be training with us at least once every week from the minute you enrol,  more if possible. We aim to offer you training locally and at least at one other venue within thirty minutes travelling time.
  • How much home study is required?
    Our course is very much hands on with the majority spent in-car and will require minimal home study. We aim to teach you everything you need to know about how to do your job as an approved driving instructor. Put into perspective, home study for a Part Three training session should only take an hour or so.
  • How long does it take to qualify?
    We spend at least a year training driving instructors which then ensures we have done the job properly and you have a sustainable career.You can however be working as an instructor in as little as sixteen weeks subject to completing your CRB check, DSA registration and passing Part 1, Part 2 and competing a minimum of 40 hours of Part 3 training. Unlike most courses you will train with us for all three tests from day one so you are ready to work at the earliest opportunity.

    Regardless of who you enrol with you must complete a CRB check which takes 8-10 weeks, then you have to register with the DSA which then takes 2-3 weeks. So, you won’t be able to take the first test for at least 12-16 weeks, Our course is very much hands on with the majority spent in-car and will require minimal home study. We aim to teach you everything you need to know about how to do your job as an approved driving instructor. Put into perspective, home study for a Part Three training session should only take an hour or so.
  • Will there be enough work for me when I qualify?
    Yes, because you will be able to teach to the highest standards you will get plenty of recommendations. Our aim is to maximise your income and minimise your expenditure at the earliest opportunity. Driving instructors typically take four to five years to become self sufficient, KISS driving instructors typically take two years to achieve the same.
  • Will I get a car when I start working with KISS?
    We can supply you with a car if you need it, alternatively, buy, rent or perhaps use an existing vehicle. At the appropriate time we will advise you of the options and guide you to the best deals whatever you choose to do.
  • What happens if I don’t get on with my trainer?
    At KISS you will be working with something like four to six trainers which achieves two things, a much more rounded learning process and a supportive network. In this way, in the unlikely event you do find you don't get on with one person, you will be still be able to get full value from the course.

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