With many motorcycle instructors earning at least £30,000 a year, becoming one has grown to be quite a lucrative way to earn money. In order to become an instructor, you need to train at an approved centre. In addition to this, there are several other conditions in place to ensure that motorcycle instructors can provide a certain level of quality to those they are training.
Before you consider where you would like to complete your motorcycle instructor training, you need to consider whether you meet the UK government’s regulations. First, you must not have had any convictions over the last four years. In addition to this, you must not have any motoring convictions, and you must not have a past of being disqualified from driving. All penalty points of your license must be cleared, and there must not be any outstanding court proceedings against you. Finally, you must hold a Class A motorcycle license that is at least three years old, and you must be over the age of 21.
Choosing Where to Train
Before you begin paying for a course, make sure the academy you are looking at has been approved by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). If you train with one that has not been approved by the DSA, you will be wasting your money. The DSA is the body that sets out the compulsory syllabus that trains instructors who are going to be competent and safe teachers.
Depending on where you live, you may be able to train on a flexible basis. The majority of training centres will begin their course with an intensive week that introduces you to the skills needed to become a motorcycle instructor. In some cases, this week is residential. A great school will not have a student to instructor ratio of more than 2:1. For some people, this first week is enough to move on to the assessment stage. For others, it is necessary to complete further training in order to become competent. Once you feel confident in your skills, and your instructors feel the same, you will be able to move on to the assessment phase. This phase involves taking an assessment over a period of about two days. If you are successful, you will become a qualified motorcycle instructor who can teach students wishing to obtain their Class A license.
Costs and Benefits
The cost of motorcycle instructor training varies according to where you live. In many places, it is in the region of about £1300. That figure includes the initial training period and assessment, but not the further training you would need if you failed the first time. While this may seem like quite a high up-front figure, it is worth considering the work benefits that come after. As well as entering a profession that has an average wage of £30,000 per annum, you can also work on a flexible basis. For those who have a family, this is an ideal option. This means that motorcycle instructor training is usually a worthwhile investment that allows bikers to make the most of their hobby, while earning a living.