Driving instructor grades explained

The different grades that driving instructors have and what they mean.



Approved driving instructors are given a grade by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

This document explains what the different grades are, what they mean, and how you can find an instructor’s grade.

Published 17 July 2017

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