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Instructor Training






Why Cats Eyes?

Cats Eyes is an establishment with a difference. Our Instructor Training Programme is designed and equipped to give you the expert training you will need to become a first class Approved Driving Instructor.

We are an ORDIT registered school (Official Register of Instructor Trainers) – we have been inspected by the DVSA (Driving & Vehicles Standards Agency) to ensure not only our premises, but all training material, record keeping, policy and training providers meet the standards required by the DVSA. This gives prospective Training Instructors the peace of mind that they are in the hands of experts and that their training will be of the highest possible standard.

Sue Newbon Is a Grade 6 ORDIT registered driving Instructor (the highest grade a driving instuctor can achieve) and as Principal Trainer, heads our team of ORDIT registered Driving Instructor Trainers. She has been training Driving Instructors across the country for over 20 years with an excellent pass rate. She is a member of The Institute of Advanced Motorists, The Driving Instructors Association and The Motor Schools Association. With her high standards you can be assured that your training will be of the highest quality. Your first step is to apply for the CRB check with the DVSA.

Cats Eyes is a working training school which will enable our training instructors to gain valuable experience with real pupils – not just role reversal. Most importantly for the parts two and three training, we have no car sharing – so we can give you the personal attention you deserve.

All of our Instructor Trainers originally trained with Cats Eyes – this ensures consistency in training methods. If you qualify with Cats Eyes, it is likely you will be offered a position within our Driving School.

Can anyone apply?

No! Firstly you must hold a full UK or European Union unrestricted car driving licence, which must have been held for four out of the previous six years. You must not have been disqualified from driving within that period. Naturally you must be a fit and proper person to have your name entered and as such will have CRB checks completed (Criminal Record Bureau). If you have acquired penalty points or have a criminal record it may not necessarily preclude you from entering the register. For full details of suitability please refer to the DVSAwebsite.

Deciding if this is the career for you

Unfortunately not everyone is suitable to become a Driving Instructor. You will need good people/communication skills combined with a lot of patience and good business sense. We like to meet and chat with all our prospective Instructors before they commit to a training programme. We recommend downloading the ADI 14 to help you decide if this is the right choice of career and what to expect next. Cats Eyes can provide training that has been funded by local Government and Private Companies. If you require further information please call our team on 0800 0280 406.

The Cats Eyes Training Programme

The Cats Eyes Instructor Training programme is very flexible and tailored to fit around your lifestyle. You may wish to book a two week intensive Instructor Course (which can be residential) or pehaps you would like to spread the course to fit in with your current commitments or work? Either option that you choose – Cats Eyes will be the best choice for you. If you wish to be sent a brochure and list of fees please feel free to contact the Instructor Training Booking Team on 0800 0280 406.

Please don’t just take our words for it – have a look at some of the comments our training instructors have made and how a Cats Eyes Instructor Course changed their life!.


“Just a quick note to say thanks for all your help at Cats Eyes, with my part 3 training. I was really pleased with my result to 5/4! I couldn’t have done it without your expert 1 to 1 training worth every penny.” – Jo ADI
” I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to your team at Cats Eyes for all the help and guidance given, initially as a PDI and then my goal as an ADI. It wasn’t easy but you helped me with patience and understanding.” – Steve ADI
”Thank you for getting me through my training, without your help I know I would have failed my last chance at my ADI part 3. I know I still have lots to learn and only wish I had come to Cats Eyes earlier than I had. Speak to you again for my check test.” – Carl ADI
”Thanks for all your help! You’ve been a huge inspiration I’ll never forget, thank you.” – Emma ADI
”I’m writing to acknowledge the brilliant support I received from Cats Eyes Driving School. Firstly they are extremely approachable and professional, I had a wonderful experience and my accommodation was excellent they were warm and welcoming.” – Martha
”As a new trainee instructor I felt very out of my depth but with the fantastic support from Cats Eyes I became a PDI and worked towards qualifying in 2006 as a ADI and I have not looked back, it was well worth all the hard work and the patience of Sue Newbon and her team. I am now the Senior Instructor Trainer in Plymouth. Thanks again Sue. ” – Mark ADI
” Cats Eyes Driving School offer a high standard of training, are highly supportive and are always there when you need them and that’s what makes them different from all the other companies I have worked with. “ – Fiona ADI