How long will it take to pass?
This is one of the most common questions asked, but can often be the most difficult to answer. Because we all learn at different paces, some instructors pass after just six months while others will take a little longer. Factors such as your lifestyle, resources, time and commitment all play a part in how quickly you will pass.
Do you have the option of a trainee licence to get real experience of the job?
Yes, we support the Governments Trainee Licence scheme and where appropriate we provide this as an option to help our students get real experience of training learners to drive as part of their preparation for the Part 3 exam. It is like a modern apprenticeship where for 6 months you can operate as a driving instructor either part-time or full. The majority of driving instructors found this scheme useful in qualifying. Please note not all driving schools support this scheme and for example the AA driving school do not offer this useful option. Also note, unlike Supreme, some driving schools charge much higher franchise fees if you operate on a Trainee Licence.
Can I qualify in 16 weeks or less, as some claim?
You may come across a great deal of confusing information regarding this question, mainly from driving instructor training companies trying to sign you up quickly and take your money. The DVSA is responsible for organising and carrying out ADI examinations. The application and administrative process means that it is very difficult to qualify in less than six months. Intensive driving instructor training or fast track driving instructor training simply provides a quick return for the driving instructor training provider at the expense of the student. Test waiting times particularly for parts 2 and 3 can be up to 8 weeks each, as can the initial Criminal Record Bureau check needed before you can apply for Part 1 - a total of up to 24 weeks.
Which is best, 1-to-1 or 2-to-1 in car training?
Normally, the best approach is 1-to-1 in car training (i.e. one student to one trainer) as this enables the training to be specifically tailored to the individual and follow a structured approach. Training on a 2-to-1 basis (i.e. two students to one trainer) can work provided that each student is starting from exactly the same point and is suitably matched such that they progress at around the same rate. Otherwise one student is either left behind or held back, or worse still neither get the training they need. Many companies pretend that 2-to-1 is better but really they only push this approach so that they can train intensively to keep costs down or make false comparisons as to the hours they offer when compared to companies who offer 1-to-1 training such as Supreme. If the training is cheap it will probably be done on a 2-to-1 or 3-to-1 basis in full-day chunks and only after passing Part 1, to keep costs down and to fool you into thinking you are getting more training for your money than your really are.
How old do I need to be to become a driving instructor?
You need to be aged 21 or over and have held a full driving licence for at least 3 years.
Can you train me and pick me up from home?
Provided your home is close to a suitable training area and near an ADI test centre this would potentially be possible. If this is not the case it would be better for you to meet your trainer at the training area rather than having them waste valuable training time picking you up and dropping you off from home. The last thing you want is to conduct the training near your home if it isn't suitable as this would simply increase your chances of failure.
Am I tied into the driving school?
No. Whilst most people who train with us go on to join Supreme as a franchisee, you are under no obligation. Once qualified, if you wish to go your own way you are free to do so. This is not the case with all training providers. With some driving schools you are committed to remain with them and pay their fees for up to two or three years whether they provide you with sufficient work or not!! In fact, we are so confident that you will be happy with our service and happy as a Supreme franchisee that we do not tie any anybody into a contract to stay with us, it is completely your own decision.
Do you charge more per week for a trainee licence?
We do not charge a higher franchise fee to those who would benefit from this option. Some driving schools will charge you up to an extra £100 per week if you join their franchise on a trainee licence.
Can I work part time with Supreme?
Yes. Unlike most driving schools that have high franchise fees, we operate a more flexible low cost franchise that allows you to structure your business in the way that suits you whilst at the same time providing a fair income for the driving lessons carried out meaning that you can work as little or as many hours as you wish.
Do I get a choice of car?
Yes. Most major driving schools dictate the car you will drive. However, with us you have several options; You can drive a car of your own, you can purchase a new car through Supreme at a significant discount, or rent one of our driving school cars at a highly competitive rate. The choice of car is yours. We have access to most popular makes and model. This is another example of the flexibility driving instructors enjoy with Supreme.
Can I meet with someone from Supreme before joining?
Yes. We always prefer to meet with applicants prior to commencing training to get to know more about you and ensure that you are fully informed about what is involved before any commitment is made.
Will I be my own boss?
Yes, you will be self-employed and truly your own boss. With most other national driving schools you will not feel like your own boss because of the many restrictions they place upon you. With Supreme you will have a lot of freedom including the choice of car you use and what services from us you decide to buy from us.