How to Become a Driving Instructor

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A person who wants to become a driving instructor needs to be skilled in both driving techniques and teaching others. Driving instructors may be employed by public schools, driving schools, or private companies. Self-enrichment teachers such as driving instructors belong to one of the fastest-growing career fields in the United States. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that the demand for these professionals will increase by 21 percent by the year 2020.[1]

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Education High school diploma[1]
Starting pay $9.03 per hour[2]
Median pay $17.47 per hour[2]
10 yr growth Faster than average: 21%[1]
Related professions Auto mechanic
Author Selena Robinson

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Driving Instructor Job Overview

A driving instructor teaches people how to drive motor vehicles properly. Instructors may provide basic driving education such as how to read road signs, how to navigate common vehicle instruments, and how to understand driving laws of the specific state in which he or she works. In most driving instruction programs, teachers provide a mixture of classroom and practical education, including written textbooks and exams, as well as guided driving experience and drills.[3]

Driving Instructor Education

For most people, the process of becoming a driving instructor requires obtaining a high school diploma. While some driving instructors may choose to pursue a bachelor's degree, this is usually not necessary in order to find work. However, driving instructors must have valid drivers' licenses and plenty of driving experience before they can properly instruct others. This also involves maintaining a clean driving record by avoiding criminal activities and excessive speeding tickets.[4]

Driving Instructor Training

Most driving instructors must complete a training program that prepares them to teach others how to drive. In some states, a driving instruction program must meet certain standards. For example, in the state of New York, driving instructors must complete a 30-hour training program and pass visual and written examinations.[5] Depending on the area, prospective driving instructors may have to pass a final exam at the end of their instructor education program.[6]

Driving Instructor License

Getting a license as a driving instructor may require accruing a certain amount of driving experience. Exact requirements for driving instructor licenses vary by state. In Maryland, all driving instructors must be fluent in English and demonstrate excellent driving skills in order to become licensed. In addition, if the program is designed for educating first-time drivers, then the institution itself must also be a licensed driving school.[7]

Working as a Driving Instructor

The process of becoming a driving instructor

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