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Making the right choice

Your first step in deciding to train with us, will be took a meeting with your instructor trainer. We
will arrange a meeting at a time and a place convenient to you, to answer any questions you might have.
This is totally, a no obligation and optional part of our service, and is simply there to give you all
the information in making the decision that's right for you.

Would being a driving instructor suit me?

This is a question that all trainees wonder about right up until they actually start work. If you think the
job may be for you, then chances are (in our experience), that you're going to love your new lifestyle. In fact, many trainees actually find the job actually exceeds their expectations. Your instructor trainer will be
able to tell you very quickly if they think you have the attributes for the job, and they feel confident that
you have, then chances are you will have no trouble settling into your new career.

Requirements to Register as a Potential Driving Instructor

The Driving Standards Agency require you to register of Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) before you can apply to take your driving instructor exams. It is illegal to charge money for driving lessons if you
are not on the ADI register and displaying an instructor's badge. This was set up by the Driving Standards
Agency (DSA) as part of the Road Traffic Act 1988 to ensure that people taking driving lessons could be sure that they are receiving a certain standard of tuition from driving instructors.

To register for DSA instructor training, you need to:

* Be aged 21 years or over
* Have a valid UK or European Economic Area (EEA) driving licence that you have held for at least four of the last six years before you qualified as a driving instructor and entered your name in the ADI register.
* Have no prior disqualifications from driving in the four years leading up to qualifying as a driving instructor. A clean license is preferred.
* Have a clean criminal record, although certain offences may be overlooked.
* Be deemed of "good character" by the DSA

CRB Checks

To show the DSA that you do not have a criminal record, you will need pass a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check. This process is free and will usually take 4-6 weeks, so it's a good to apply as soon as possible (even if you haven't decided whether to commit to your training).

The application form can be ordered from Capita on (0870) 8502455.

The Coopers Driving School Team