Join Our Driving Instructor Franchise

If you’re an experienced instructor thinking of joining a driving school franchise, you’re probably considering all your options. There are many options out there with many companies, so you must choose the right driving instructor franchise for you.


SmartLearner is an award-winning driving school that operates across the West Midlands and Warwickshire. We are currently looking for new driving instructors to recruit to their ever-growing and dedicated fleet. We offer both driving school franchise options and driving instructor training. If you’re looking to become a driving instructor with SmartLearner there is no better time than right now.


At SmartLearner we understand that a driving school is only as good as its driving instructors. That is why when you join SmartLearner’s driving instructor franchise you’re the boss. Work hours that suit you and your family, only work areas you feel comfortable with, and reduce admin with our full office support.

Why Choose SmartLearner’s Driving Instructor Franchise?

Regional Driving School Of The Year

In 2021, we won ‘Regional Driving School Of The Year’ at the Intelligent Instructor Awards for our amazing work at a local level and the extra support we provided our driving instructors throughout the pandemic.

This support included freezing all franchise payments to try and help ease the financial burden put on our instructors due to COVID-19. Unlike most driving schools, we also voided franchise payments, meaning there was no need for our instructors to pay this money back at a later date. We even helped our driving instructors secure other work, while they were unable to teach due to lockdown restrictions!

Our Booking System

We also won ‘Best Independent Driving School in the West Midlands’ at the SME Enterprise Awards because of our state-of-the-art booking system. At SmartLearner we use a custom-built booking system! This allows our instructors to reduce their admin work and focus on what they love doing… Teaching.

Our system includes various features such as a real-time online diary which means our instructors and office staff are always on the same page. We also have an automated SMS system that sends text alerts to instructors and learners to confirm the lesson times or let them know when a lesson has been cancelled. Our system allows instructors to take card/cash payments in the car, add learner notes, and even sends learners custom lesson summaries!

Pupils LOVE SmartLearner

SmartLearner Driving School has helped thousands of students pass their driving test and theory exams! We have an Excellent rating and reviews on TrustPilot, Google, and Facebook. We have over 10,000+ followers across our social media platforms. We always engage with our loyal students/followers online to help maximise pupil engagement and constantly generate our driving instructor’s new pupils.

More than 4 in 5 Driving Instructors at SmartLearner Driving School currently are fully booked! All of our other driving instructors have over 90% of their diaries booked.

The Process of Becoming an ADI (Driver Instructor)

SmartLearner provides the option and choice for individuals to train and become a driving instructor. SmartLearner ensures that instructor trainees are both given high-quality yet affordable tuition through their journey in becoming a qualified driving instructor.

Through this, individuals wishing to undertake training can reap the benefits of annually earning approximately £30,000 working full time. Trainees become their own boss, are ultimately in full charge of their scheduling, working within hours that are personally suitable and flexible to them, as well as receiving additional full support from the SmartLearner office, assisting with ADI’s success in their efforts with helping learners achieve their driving tests.

There are ultimately 6 steps to becoming an ADI or SmartLearner driving instructor.


The first step requires individuals to make sure that they are eligible in becoming an ADI. To become an instructor, one must be over the age of 21 and have had passed their driving test, with an experience of at least a minimum of 3+ years or more. Trainees are then to undergo a CRB (Criminal Record Check). In addition to this, there are 3 parts of an exam they must take, trainees must successfully pass this before awarded the name and title of being a fully qualified driving instructor. Though, before applying to undergo these tests, one must apply and receive their personal and unique PRN number.



The second step essentially requires learning instructors to undergo a theory test which is specified for driving instructors. The first part of the test will need learning trainees to ensure they know in-depth information regarding highway codes and the hazard perception test thoroughly. This test consists of 100 multiple choice questions with trainees requiring to successfully achieve a score of 85+ to pass through. With the hazard perception test, ADI trainees need to score 57 out of 75 to pass.

It should be noted though that there are unlimited attempts to taking these tests, however, each one will cost £81.00.



Part three of ADI training concentrates on the individual’s ability to drive, like the original test to receive the standard full driving test. SmartLearner provides 10 hours of lessons with an ORDIT approved trainer. Though, it should be further noted that ADI trainees will have a maximum of 3 attempts and no more. Each attempt would cost £111.00.



After passing the necessary driving test, ADI trainees are then required to take 40 hours of training with a qualified trainer. This will allow the learners to apply for a “pink badge” meaning that they can provisionally teach learners and subsequently earn for 6 months. This route is however optional, but if one does decide to go down the “pink badge” route, trainees will be able to take a pupil in which they are currently tutoring. This route requires ADI trainees to pay for 20 hours of additional training, on the other hand, this cost will be easily covered by the money that trainees are earning from lessons.



Alternatively, once ADI trainees have completed their requirements of 40 hours of training and when confident with their skills, they will be able to apply for their final test. This exam is ultimately about the trainee’s ability to teach a pupil. If trainees decide to go proceed straight for the exam, they will be required to find a full license holder who owns their own car.

Furthermore, it should be noted that ADI trainees will have a maximum of 3 attempts. Each test will cost around £111.00


Stage six is all about celebrations, as during this step, ADI trainees will be able to receive the title of a full driving instructor. All hard work, perseverance, and commitment have paid off! ADI will be able to reap the rewards.


Coventry City of Culture 2021

In light of Coventry City Culture month, the UK city of culture is a competition run by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports (DCMS) every four years. Five cities were shortlisted for the 2021 UK City of Culture competition.

Coventry City of Culture Month

In light of Coventry City Culture month, UK city of culture is a competition run by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) every four years. Five cities were shortlisted for the 2021 UK City of Culture competition.

Coventry won in victory and was awarded the title in December 2017 after competing against eleven other cities from Swansea, Sunderlands and Paisley.

The bid was won on the strength of Coventry’s diversity, its youthfulness and the opportunities that being so centrally located bring. Coventry’s year in the spotlight will run from May 2021 to May 2022.

What is Coventry City of Culture?

Coventry is the city where movement began, from innovation in the aspects of the transportation industry to a history of activism. Our city has moved people for centuries.

For a whole year, we will celebrate our city with events, music, dance, theatre, and large – scale spectacles. As well as these big celebrations, the city of Coventry will undoubtedly showcase its unexpected side, with more intimate experiences and ways to get involved across every ward of the city.

And it’s not just Coventry. This celebration will see the entire region get involved and benefit from the opportunities that being a city of culture brings.

Coventry Residents

From May 2021, our reign as UK City of Culture begins. An opportunity for visitors to experience the city we know and love. In light of this, the city of Culture will be recruiting 5,000 local volunteers throughout the year, to spend as much or as little time as they can, to display and exhibit our city. Volunteers will be rewarded with limited edition uniforms, training and discounts.

City of Culture hosts will be required to provide a friendly and welcoming face for visitors, to guide visitors and event spectators, provide information about the city and events and support areas of displays and artwork.

Benefits of being a city host:

If you are interested in participating and being a face for City of Culture you can apply directly on the website.

Driving lessons in Coventry will be resuming again from Monday the 12th of April, with the practical driving tests returning from the 22nd of April. SmartLearner Driving School are currently taking pre bookings for driving lessons in Coventry, Auto or manual, regardless of what area you reside in Coventry you can call 0800 118 2001 to speak to our office staff and book your lessons in time for April.

World Health Day 2021 – Walk to work

In honour of World Health Day on the 7th of April this year, ditching your vehicles or walking to work is a great way to get involved and stay healthy.

Walk to work

In honour of World Health Day on the 7th of April this year, ditching your vehicles or walking to work is a great way to get involved and stay healthy.

What are the impacts of cars on the environment?

Production: This leaves a giant footprint because materials like steel, rubber, glass, plastics, paints, etc must be created before a new car is built. Production of new cars isn’t the only threat to the environment, the end of a car’s life doesn’t mark the end of its environmental impact. Plastics, toxic battery acids, and other products may stay in the environment, sat in a junkyard. Most of an automobile’s environmental impact, perhaps 80 to 90 percent, will be due to fuel consumption and emissions of air pollution and greenhouse gases.

Fuel costs: Extracting petroleum products from the earth is an energy-intensive process that can damage ecosystems. Shipping fuel uses a lot of energy, and can lead to disasters such as oil spills.

Air quality: Road vehicles are one of the biggest air quality compromisers, contributing to air pollution. The smog, carbon monoxide, and other toxins emitted by vehicles are troubling, as they leave a vehicle’s exhaust into the air that individuals breathe in.

How do I stay motivated?

During lockdown many of us already exercise more than usual, due to a lot of places closing. As gyms are also closed, many have opted to go on a walk or run as a form of exercise to stay fit.

After a long day at work, the last thing you may want to think about is going on a walk. The following can help you to feel motivated:

Join a walking group, this can form new friendships and you won’t be doing it alone.

What if I get bored?

Add variety to your walks, walking in the same areas will become uninteresting.

Towns and cities offer interesting walks, including parks, heritage trails, canal towpaths, riverside paths, commons, woodlands, heaths and nature reserves.

Family friendly walks in Coventry: