How Much Does It Cost to Become a Driving Instructor?

A question we often get asked by people considering a career with us is how much does it cost to become a driving instructor? For those skim readers amongst you our full instructor course costs just £1,600 for the entire program. Better still, you receive a full refund of this amount when you join our team. This course is perfect if you want to get started on your new career fast, plus we’re hiring!

There are many things to consider when deciding on a career as a driving instructor, ranging from how long it takes, to the requirements and the assessment stages. Of course, the price is a huge consideration for any decision you make, whether business-related or not. 

Instead of listing the prices without any information or context to accompany them, we decided to create a full guide to answer the question including prices, payment options, the time it takes to complete and much more information integral to your decision. 

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Training Options and Prices

Our instructors carry the reputation of our company, so that’s why we ensure you’re trained to the highest possible standard. There are a variety of options available to you, and we break them down a little below. No matter what package you go on to choose, be safe in the knowledge that each and every one of our students receive a package that is created just for them based on their requirements. You will always receive a personalised training and learning experience with us. 

Full Instructor Course

Our full instructor course costs just £1,600 for the entire program. Better still, you receive a full refund of this amount when you join our team. This course is perfect if you want to get started on your new career fast. Secure the entire course and be comfortable in the knowledge that you’re receiving the best training money can buy and it won’t be too long until you’re out on the roads helping students and earning a very handsome wage.

There a several benefits to training through a full course:

  • A single fee to secure you’re entire training and skill base.
  • No hidden fees or added extras down the line with your training.
  • A full refund of the course training fee once you join the Quails team.
  • We are trained to the highest possible standard.

It’s easy to get started with this option. Just contact the team on the website for more details on taking up this incredible offer.

Pay as you Go Course 

We understand that everyone has different budgets and circumstances. That’s why we provide a Pay as you Go Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) course, that achieves the same high standard as the Full Instructor Course. This is ideal for anyone that may want to start their journey to become a fully qualified driving instructor in a somewhat more measured way. The Pay as you Go course starts from only £650!

Pay as you Go courses offer their own unique benefits:

  • Less initial costs and financial outlay
  • More flexible and bespoke course and training package
  • Trained to the same high standard as the full course.

Each and every single student we work with will get a program tailored to their requirements and circumstance. All you need to do is reach out to our team, and we will sit down and work out a plan that suits you entirely. We pride ourselves on making our courses attainable and affordable for all.

Both the Pay as you Go and the Full course include completely one to one training and absolutely no car sharing. We want you to have the best training possible and believe firmly that you should have the undivided attention of the trainers. 

Are there any extra fees not listed?

We pride ourselves on our transparency with our students. We want to see you achieve the best training and skills possible and become a valued member of our team. That’s why we never hide costs or fees anywhere in our packages. You pay exactly what you see and nothing more. Whereas other schools may charge extra for one to one lessons or additional material, we provide everything under one fee and make sure you have more than enough support to get you through the course and certified at the highest possible level. 

Payment Options

Becoming a driving instructor is a wonderful investment in yourself. However, you question how you intend to pay for the training. Some students have the luxury of having the money to hand and can pay for the course upfront with no help required. However, many students opt to finance their training, and you can attain this type of financial help from a wide variety of sources. 

You could speak to your bank and see if it’s possible to take out a personal loan for the cost of the training. You could also explore the options of a business loan which are available from banks, private lenders and the government also have several schemes through the jobcentre that help people get the funding required for a change or advancement in their career. Banks will often take into consideration the amount of money you will be set to make in the future when making a decision on business loans, which may work in your favour when considering the money you can potentially make as a driving instructor with Quails.

The UK government actually provide a standalone grant aid for people that need a start-up amount for a new career or job. It all depends on your personal circumstances regarding the chance of being accepted for your required amount, however, it’s always worth enquiring and seeing if you can receive financial help from a start-up loan. The link the application site is here:

Depending on which course you select, you may not have to pay the amount upfront anyway. Once you get in touch with our team, one of our trainers will take you through your unique package and explain how much each section costs and when you need to pay by. They also may be able to advise you of ways past students have gained financial help in pursuing their goal of becoming a driving instructor. 

How long will it take to earn back my course fee?

Taking the course to become a driving instructor is an investment in yourself, your career and your future. When you consider how much you are set to make in your career as a driving instructor, the money you paid to learn the skills prove to be a complete bargain! Your profit margins depend on how many hours you work once you’re qualified, but you can earn as much as £1000 per week as an instructor, so you will have earned your fee back in no time at all! 

Of course, we return the fee back to you if you join our team anyway. So, the investment involves little to no risk at all. You either earn your money back in the early weeks of your career, or you join the team and receive it back anyway! 

How long does it take to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)? 

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and nobody can learn to be a driving instructor overnight. The overall time it takes to become a fully certified instructor depends on the amount of time you can put in during your training stage. A realistic timescale for qualification is about 6-12 months in total.

You can achieve the certification in less than six months; however, we prefer that you learn at a natural and comfortable rate to ensure that you become an instructor that reaches our high standards! With all things considered, taking 6 months out to train in a career that has the potential to earn you over £50,000 per year is more than reasonable.

The great thing is you can train to be an instructor with us, alongside your current job. If you have a job that provides a fair amount of flexibility, we can lay out a plan that meets your requirements. This provides the much-needed assurance that you can earn money while learning the skills needed to start your new career as a driving instructor.  

Some things can delay your qualification, such as exam date availability and delayed DBS checks; however, this is something our expert trainers will foresee and amend before it becomes a significant issue!

Driving Instructor Checklist

In order to become a driving instructor, you need to make sure you meet a few requirements:

  1. Have held a driving licence for at least three years.
  2. Be able to read a car’s licence plate from 90 feet away (glasses and contact lenses are allowed).
  3. Have no more than 6 points on your driving licence.
  4. Allow the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to complete a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

There are several more requirements involved in becoming a driving instructor, and you’d be best suited to take a look at our other articles that break down the processes in much more detail. Our articles provide everything from assessment descriptions, reasons to become a driving instructor and much more. You can find our blog page here:

Stick with the franchise, or go it alone? 

Some people decide to go it alone after they have qualified as an instructor, instead of joining the team of an established brand. While this is certainly an option, and you are well within your rights to explore these options, they might not always be the best idea. Here’s why: 

  • You may experience some difficulty in attracting clients without many reviews and recommendations as a new instructor. 
  • You may be forced to work at much lower rates due to your lack of attraction. 
  • The pressures of running business functions outside of your instruction may weigh heavy on you. This could include the accountancy aspects, advertisement and other clerical tasks. 

We have a range of benefits that make Quails a fantastic place to work. We have benefits like franchise free weeks and a range of discounts after you’ve been a part of the team for over a year. It’s also a great place to get advice, help and the sense of comradery you won’t find working alone. It never hurts to have experience colleagues around for support!

While it is possible to become a success without a franchise behind you, it will be a lot tougher and your early days in the industry may be very lean. Some instructors don’t make enough money and are left no choice but to dissolve their business due to attempting to go it alone in the early days. Working with a franchise like Quails gives you the much need security in the early stages of your career! 

What are my next steps? 

Your next step is to give us a call or send us a message through the website, and we’ll be in touch. You can ask any questions, get some advice and organise a time to come in for a chat with no obligation. 


Our instructors are all Grade A DVSA registered, which is the highest attainable grade available. The key highlight to our training school is the speed at which we can get you to work. We specialise in getting you qualified, working for yourself and earning money as quickly as possible, while maintaining the highest industry standards. Our programs are provided on a 1 to 1 basis, with no car sharing involved, meaning you get a personalised and dedicated training program.

We offer driving lessons across the Wirral, Ellesmere Port, Chester, Wrexham, Mold and Liverpool, but we’re also very keen to bring on board new members of the team from almost any location. We have 25 years of experience in the industry, and a training program with us will ensure you’re amongst the best instructors in the country.

We guarantee you a job with us after you’ve completed your training meaning you don’t only get the best instruction available, but you begin your career with one of the most respected schools to work with.

Our unique training and instructional courses are embedded in our dedication to providing courses that suit the needs of our potential driving instructors. Our extensive experience in the industry and in training new instructors gives us the ability to teach you a new skill that you can implement to begin a new, lucrative and rewarding career.

To take that first step, contact us for more information on becoming a fully qualified driving instructor.

Quail’s School of Motoring based in Wirral have been delivering the very best high quality MANUAL and AUTOMATIC driving lessons in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Wirral, Wrexham, Flintshire, North Wales and Liverpool. since 1988.
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