Driving Instructor Training

Our training gives you everything you need to become a driving Instructor in Devon

Invest in yourself and develop a rewarding, flexible new career.



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We train you to become a fully qualified driving instructor!  

If you’ve been thinking about a change of career and are considering becoming a driving instructor, choose us.

Read more about our fast-track pathway to your new driving instructor career.

Why choose First Drive South West?

Our highly successful driving school is based in Devon and has grown exponentially in the last few years. We offer unrivalled driving instructor training in the Devon, Exeter, and Torbay areas.

Our high pass rate is a testament to the way you will be trained – attention to detail, patience and commitment to our students.

See why our students consistently give us 5-star reviews on our Facebook page or check out our Google reviews on our business profile.

In addition to our instructor training programs, we are also well-known for our CPD workshops on Part 3 and coaching skills, which have received excellent reviews from local instructors. As an award-winning company, we are a trusted voice in the industry and are committed to the development and growth of our instructors.


  • 1-2-1 training with dedicated trainers
  • Modern teaching methods and resources
  • Regular progress reviews

How it works


  • Rewarding career with advancement opportunities
  • Supportive team environment
  • Choose working hours that fit your lifestyle

First Drive Franchise


  •  High earning potential
  • Make a positive impact on others
  • Job Satisifaction

See the benefits

*Terms and conditions apply, interest free payment plan available & minimum term commitment to FDSW.

“I’m an ADI with 10 plus years’ experience, and felt I needed to freshen up my approach to SC’s, as it had been a number of years since the last one. Although I don’t have a date/letter yet for this, I know it’s coming & wanted to adapt my current coaching early, to feel more confident at having time to put changes in place, to feel more natural.

I approached Will as he has such a good reputation amongst colleagues; initially, I felt a bit daunted at doing this, but Will invited me to sit in first, on 2 of his lessons, with totally different levels of drivers (learner & a full license training to develop to Advanced), and it was such a breath of fresh air, sitting & observing how he dealt & swapped effortlessly between the 2 levels, pitching it right for both.

The experience highlighted for me, the areas I needed to work on very clearly; more questions, only using instructions where absolutely needed, allowing the trainee space to take responsibility for as much as they felt they could, agree this, & work towards their goal. I also learnt i was taking too large a subject and needed to pare this back.

Then Will invited me to attend his SC course on May 15th where we all benefitted from a 1/2 day classroom brief, and after lunch a 1/2 day in -car sessions where we all took a turn to pick a subject, coach/instruct and respectfully feedback our thoughts at the end, with Will & Karl role playing the trainee. It was a safe environment in which all levels of us learnt from each other.

I would honestly recommend Will to anyone who needs a confidence boost, to feel you can get back on track, & to take away some new ideas. I am so, so glad I asked for his help, & will continue to book some more sessions later on, to keep improving & developing”

Liz John, May 2022

“I sought out Will’s help after failing my part 3 twice. Therefore I was extremely worried about my third and final attempt. After observing one of my lessons, he assessed my strengths and weaknesses and we put together a plan for remedial training. In a short space of time, he developed my ability to pitch instruction to the correct level, my coaching skills and my risk management to a level I was much more confident with.

We went through my proposed routes and lesson themes for my part 3, helping me to see possible pitfalls.

Over the course of the training I also picked up lots of small tips and advice which not only helped with the success of my part 3 but I can apply to my lessons.

If you need help for either a standard check or part 3, Will can easily help you as he did myself. Thank you again!”

Darren, March 2019


“An amazing cpd session with Will from first drive south west today!
Will is a fantastic instructor who is extremely professional and has the ability to make you feel at ease immediately.

Thank you so much for the advice, I can’t wait to start applying it to certain aspects of my lessons!”

Jenna, May 2022

Thanks to Will for his help in developing the skills I would need for training someone to be a driving instructor. After going through the resources and exercises provided I felt much more confident and validated in my quest to become a driving instructor trainer! I also felt more confident in my own abilities going into my standards check after finding out more about being a trainer ????

Karl King, December 2021

What First Drive South West needs from you:


Desire to continually improve


Dedication to your training


Listening skills


Desire to help your students learn


Able to be self motivated


Adapt to challenging situations


Work effectively towards goals


Be able to present yourself professionally

Let’s talk.

For more information about how we teach, what you can expect from our training and the financial information you’ll need to take the first step,  get in contact directly with David, our most senior instructor trainer.

Call 07818 108 498

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Complete the form below to enquire about our driving instructor course. We’ll answer any questions and help you get started on your journey to becoming an instructor.

Driving instructor training course

First Drive South West offers driving instructor training courses to all over 21’s who have held their own driving licence for three or more years.  New driving instructor trainees must also have fewer than 6 penalty points and must not have been banned from driving.

Independent local Instructor

Learning to become a driving instructor with an independent trainer in Exeter has some real advantages. The sessions are completely focused on you with strictly 1-2-1 time in the car. Working together to achieve your ADI badge there is no limit on training hours. Covering many areas in the South West, First Drive Instructor Training is easily accessible to many areas. Will a national firm look out for your best interests in the same way?

Tuition around Exeter and surrounding areas 

Based in Exeter, training is easy to access from most parts of the county. From Torquay and Newton Abbot, up to Okehampton, across to Tiverton, Cullumpton and Honiton and down towards Exmouth, Sidmouth & Seaton. The area has some great training roads and case studies to assist with becoming a better driver and ADI driving instructor. 

Modern teaching techniques

Car technology has moved forward dramatically even in the last 10 years. The way driver training techniques are used has also moved forward. Client-centred learning is key to success and satisfied customers.

Continued professional development opportunities

To become a driving instructor is not just about teaching teenagers to pass a test.

Earning your ADI badge could be the first step in a new career on the road from advanced driver instruction to providing training in a full range of different vehicles.

It could be a requirement for a role within your company or even to a step to work for the DVSA.

To make the most of being an ADI, on the job continued learning is extremely valuable and there are many options for this. 

Flexible training schedule

Alongside being able to pay as you train, sessions can be arranged weekly or on a more intensive course. This gives you the flexibility to train while you are still in full-time work or to juggle other commitments.

Work when you want, earn what you like

Becoming self-employed is a big step, but a step that provides you with freedom. Work any hours you choose. The sky is the limit for your earnings. First Drive South West can help you take this step.

Pay as you train

Pay as you train to become a driving instructor means there are no upfront costs, easy to budget and no pressure.