Why Choose Us

Why choose Mutual Driving School for your driving instructor training?

Mutual Driving School is a family run business that was established back in 1976 with the owner still playing a major role in the day to day running of the business. His pride and passion to make this a success has not changed since the day he first opened for business some four decades ago, and then with just one driving instructor. The business quickly grew with its reputation and found itself rising to the top of its field, and in a very short space of time it has outgrown many of its competitors.

How will you train with Mutual Driving School?

A driving instructor is not just a job, it is a vocation that offers years of extraordinary job satisfaction, alongside the chance to meet new people on a daily basis, and help change and improve their lives.

In order to train you must:

  • Have had a full UK licence for at least 3 years
  • Have no more than 5 points on your licence
  • Not been banned from driving within the last 4 years
  • Be a ‘fit and proper’ person (in the opinion of DVSA)
  • You must pass a DBS (Enhanced Level Disclosure and Barring Service) check – Formally known as a CRB Check.


The training course has 3 parts and you need to pass 3 tests in order to become a fully qualified and Approved Driving Instructor.


Important – All exams are conducted by the DVSA (Driver Vehicle Standards Agency)

Mutual Driving School offers flexibility with the training course payment options. You can pay as you go, paying for each module separately, pay for your course in instalments or pay for the course in full to take advantage of the discounts available. The course has been tailored to take into account both your ability and availability. As a guide, the course takes between three and six months. If you want to be on the road quicker, we will work with you to try and achieve this, subject to certain factors such as the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) test availability.


The training course consists of 3 modules, Theory (Part 1), Driving Ability (Part 2) and Instructional Ability (Part 3). You have to pass all three parts in this order and must complete the whole examination within the two years of passing the theory test (Part 1).

Part 1: Theory Training

This test is made up of 2 sections: Multiple choice and Hazard perception. You need to pass both sections before you can move onto Part 2.

We provide you with all of the materials you will need, along with online and telephone mentoring to help with your studies.

Part 2: Driver Training

Part 2 training consists of 10 hours of 1 to 1 in car training with your driving instructor trainer and online elements, including session plans. Your trainer will help you apply the knowledge you gained at Part 1 to ensure you are putting the theory into practice in your driving. Mutual Driving School Part 2 training helps you drive in a way that consistently demonstrates best practice driving technique (learned at DVSA Part 1 theory test).

The purpose of this section is to increase your awareness of your own driving, in preparation for you to observe and coach other’s driving when you are an instructor.

Our trainers understand the importance of both aspects and will coach you to success in each. These are the required elements of the DVSA Part 2 driving ability test around which this section of the course is based.

Part 3: Driver Instructor Ability Test

The one hour test includes an assessment of:

  • Lesson planning
  • Risk management
  • Teaching and learning strategies

The examiner will test this by observing a “live” lesson given by you.

Each session is tailored to the individual trainee with planned lessons and feedback. You will receive 40 hours 1 to 1 in car training to help you pass.

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