Driving Instructor Franchise with Surepass

A driving instructor franchise is a legal agreement to operate a driving school business under the brand name of the franchise and to receive other benefits as a franchisee. The main benefits of the Surepass franchise include marketing your business online, guaranteed number of pupils every year and a system to ensure your success as a driving instructor.

You benefit from our decades of experience in driver training while retaining the freedom of running your own driving school.

Surepass offers instructor franchises across the UK, allowing you to tap into our strong, respected brand and take advantage of the stream of learner drivers provided to you.

How Do You Qualify To Join The Surepass Driving School Franchise?

A qualified driving instructor that holds the PDI or ADI is qualified to join the Surepass Driving School franchise. For those not yet registered as an ADI or PDI, we provide comprehensive training and support. We also refund the course fees when you become a Surepass franchisee.

Is There A High Demand for Driving Instructors - How Many Are There, And How Many People Learning?

Yes, the data indicates driving instructor numbers are in decline while demand is projected to increase due to a high number of children born in the early 2000’s. Here is the data to support this:

Driving Instructor Numbers 2013-2023

Data source: Department for Transport

Number of instructors in 2013: 44,569

Number of instructors in June 2023: 39,789

This is a 12% drop in driving instructor numbers between 2013 and early 2020, dropping from over 44,500 to under 40,000.

Learners and Exam Numbers 2020 Onwards

At the same time, according to insurance experts Marmalade, there was a boom in births in 2003, up from 30,000 to 100,000. This means that in 2020, 70,000 additional potential drivers came of age for lessons. This coincided with the COVID-19 epidemic, when driving examination centres closed for health reasons. In 2022, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) official statistics show that 1.67 million driving tests were taken during 2022. 

This set of circumstances has created a backlog of demand for driving lessons and driving tests. It’s a real boom-time for instructors.

How Much Do Driving Instructors Earn?

Taking a Surepass Driving School franchise means that you can earn from around £44,000 to £50,000 gross* per year whilst being your own boss.

Unlike most driving schools that claim to offer their affiliated instructors “unlimited” pupils, Surepass has franchise packages that provide no less than 100 pupils to teach per year. According to the DVSA, a learner driver requires 47 hours of professional teaching plus 20 hours of private teaching before obtaining their licence.

To fill your diary there is a balance to strike between price and being fully booked. Surepass sets competitive lesson prices to fill your diary quickly and keep it full. Take a look at your earnings potential as a Surepass Driving Instructor in the table below:

Hours Worked

50

45

40

35

30

25

20

15

10

Weekly Income*#

£1,375.00

£1,237.50

£1,100.00

£962.50

£825.00

£687.50

£550.00

£412.50

£275.00

What You Get With The Surepass Driving Instructor Franchise

The Surepass driving instructor franchise provides benefits for training as a driving instructor, comprehensive support for marketing your business to get pupils, a customer account manager to answer any questions to help you get up and running fast, business and development training to help you build a strong driving school, and optionally a specialised tax and accounts service to keep your own admin time to a minimum.

Refund of Your Surepass Instructor Training Course Fees

When you train as an instructor with Surepass and qualify as a driving instructor, your training course fees will be fully refunded when you choose to become a Surepass franchisee. This refund policy allows us to provide free driving instructor training to those who become part of the Surepass family.

Complete Marketing and Advertising Support

We will help you attract people to learn to drive with you. Our targeted advertising campaigns online, in Yellow Pages and local press reach thousands of potential pupils. Some of our franchise packages also include personalised promotional leaflets and additional targeted advertising in your chosen work area. We will even take your bookings for driving courses seven days per week until late in the evening.

Customer Account Manager

Surepass franchise package includes the services of a personalCustomer Account Manager (CAM). Your dedicated CAM will assist you with but not limited to: take booking for driving courses, assist to resolve any issues with pupils, coach you to become an industry expert and monitor the development of your business, providing feedback and encouragement to help you build a strong business.

Business and Development Training

Becoming a self-employed Driving Instructor brings many benefits – not least in terms of tax breaks. Your personal tutor will spend a full day guiding you through all the information you need to get your business off to a flying start. This job specific day is usually arranged for the final day of your Driving Instructor Course.

Accountancy and Taxation Package

Many driving instructors find bookkeeping and accounts a real headache. 

Save money on accountancy fees with a small add-on tax and accounts service from Surepass. This service organises your accounts and completes your tax return for you. Our specialist team stays up-to-date with the special tax rules that apply to Driving Instructors, which means you pay less for your accounts and get specialist advice, too.

Driving Instructor Support and Helpline

Surepass provides continual support for all our instructors whatever the problem, whenever it happens. You have access to a freephone helpline to get help while you find your feet.

Quickly Fill Your Diary Within Weeks of Starting

All Surepass franchise packages include a minimum pupil guarantee. The whole point of taking on a franchise is to be offered the peace of mind of a business that works. This security is something you will not find at most driving schools in the UK.

According to the DVSA a learner driver requires 47 hours professional teaching plus 20 hour private teaching before obtaining their licence. This means that with Surepass generated pupils and the referrals they bring, your diary will be filled throughout the year.

Get a Brand New Dual-Control Instructor Car

As a leading provider of dual-control instructor vehicles, Surepass offers instructors access to both brand new and quality used cars to teach in. This allows your driving school to maintain a modern, professional image. Teaching beginners in a spotless, showroom-quality car presents a polished, high-end impression of your driving school.

As a Surepass franchisee, you can choose either a sparkling new instructor car or one of our late-model used options. Either way, we provide high-quality, properly equipped vehicles to showcase your driving school.

Learn More About The Driving Instructor Franchise With A Discovery Call

Running your own franchise allows you to be your own boss with the backing of an established brand. You’ll get maximum support so that you can focus on your students.

If becoming a Surepass driving instructor franchisee appeals to you, take the first step by booking a discovery call with us today. This casual chat allows us to learn more about your goals and how we can support you in launching your own driving school.

Just click the button below and select a time to speak with our team. Explore how our driving instructor franchise opportunity can help you achieve your ambitions. We look forward to learning about you!

How Much Does The Surepass Driving Instructor Franchise Cost?

With a range of Driving School Franchises starting from £350* per month, you’re sure to find a package to suit your needs.

Option 1: Budget

£ 350
from £350* per month including VAT

Ideal for the more experienced driving instructor who already enjoys plenty of referrals and who has developed a strong customer base. This package is also suitable for instructors who have family commitments or do not want or need to work a lot of hours – a perfect part time franchise. It includes:
  • Services of a personal Customer Account Manager
  • Access to Surepass office, our £100,000 pupil management system
  • Personal surepass.biz email address and webmail
  • Surepass Roof Sign
  • Pupils generated from the Surepass website
  • Adverts on Social Media where appropriate
  • Guaranteed 25 pupils per year, although we would expect the above to provide between 25 and 50 pupils per year
Expected gross earnings from £20,625 (Note: regional variations apply, please get in touch for a personalised earnings forecast) *Based on a Gold area, long term franchise, regional variations apply

Option 2: Standard

£ 450
from £450* per month including VAT

Ideal for instructors who would like some assistance from Surepass to provide a reasonable number of pupils. Benefit from a growing partnership between the instructors best efforts and our expertise.
  • Services of a personal Customer Account Manager
  • Access to Surepass office, our £100,000 pupil management system
  • Personal surepass.biz email address and webmail
  • Surepass Roof Sign
  • Pupils generated from the Surepass website
  • Adverts on Social Media where appropriate
  • Your own personal advert on yell.com (worth £600)
  • Your own highly optimised local website to showcase your services and prices.
  • 200 Full Colour A5 personalised leaflets
  • Stationery Pack, including business cards, appointment cards, progress sheets, pens
  • Guaranteed 50 pupils per year, although we would expect the above to provide between 50 and 100 pupils per year
Expected gross earnings from £41,250 (Note: regional variations apply, please get in touch for a personalised earnings forecast) *Based on a Gold area, long term franchise, regional variations apply
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Option 3: Superior

£ 650
from £650* per month including VAT

This package is ideal for Driving Instructors who are keen to maximise their earnings potential and have time available to teach lessons during the day, evenings and weekends. An all-inclusive franchise capable of delivering a high volume of pupils
  • Services of a personal Customer Account Manager
  • Access to Surepass office, our £100,000 pupil management system
  • Personal surepass.biz email address and webmail
  • Surepass Roof Sign
  • Pupils generated from the Surepass website
  • Adverts on Social Media where appropriate
  • Your own personal advert on yell.com (worth £600)
  • Your own highly optimised local website to showcase your services and prices.
  • 200 Full Colour A5 personalised leaflets
  • Stationery Pack, including business cards, appointment cards, progress sheets, pens
  • Incapacity Cover
  • Advertising & Marketing package. £850 annual personal budget set aside for your choice of adverts.
  • Accounts service- Advice and full preparation of your tax return
  • Extra cash back £200 credited to your franchise account during the month of December
  • Guaranteed 100 pupils although we would expect to provide between 100 and 150 pupils per year
Expected gross earnings from £82,500 (Note: regional variations apply, please get in touch for a personalised earnings forecast) *Based on a Gold area, long term franchise, regional variations apply *Based on a Gold area, long term franchise, regional variations apply

All the earnings on this page are for illustrative purposes only. They are based on a Gold lesson price of £27.50 per hour and anticipate each pupil to have a minimum of 30 lessons.

 

How Do You Qualify as a Driving Instructor?

If you are interested in joining the driving school franchise but have not yet qualified as a driving instructor, the first step is to understand what’s involved.

Do You Need Qualifications to Become A Driving Instructor?

There are no academic requirements to become a driving instructor. You will need a reasonably clean driving licence, a clean DBS check to show you’re safe to work with the general public and a willingness to learn.

How Long Does It Take To Qualify As A Driving Instructor?

Theoretically it is possible in as little as 12 weeks, but realistically it takes most people somewhere between 6 months and a year to learn and pass the driving instructor exams.

What Are The Exams To Become A Driving Instructor?

There are 3 exams to become a driving instructor, as follows:

  • Part 1: Theory Test – taken indoors, this exam is a multiple choice questionnaire and a section to show that you can recognise potential hazards as they develop in videos of driving situations. 
  • Part 2: Driving Ability Test – taken while driving a car with an examiner, this tests your driving skills at a more advanced level than the normal driving test.
  • Part 3: Teaching Test – taken while running a driving lesson with a pupil behind the wheel of the car for most of the time. There will be an examiner looking for evidence that you have planned the lesson and that you teach safely and effectively.