Motorcycle Instructor

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Motorcycle instructors teach people how to ride safely on motorcycles and prepare them for both practical on-road riding and theory tests to get their licence. 

The Work

You could be:   

You could be teaching people who have just passed their test, wanting to upgrade to a bigger motorcycle, returning to riding after a break, or wanting to bring their skills up to date.


The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:   

Fully qualified instructors can earn between £24,000 and £27,000 a year. This can rise to around £30,000 a year or more depending on which qualifications you have. 

Hourly rates to charge pupils can be around £30 an hour for 50cc or 125cc motorcycles, and £35 to £40 an hour for larger motorcycles such as a 650cc.


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Getting In

You can find jobs on the internet, advertised on individual riding school websites. As well as advertising for instructors at all levels, they usually offer instructor training. Many advertise vacancies for trainee instructors.  

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

2.6 %

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What Does it Take?

You should have:   


Getting On

More Information



The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
Tel: 0300 200 1122

The DVSA replaced the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) in April 2014. Its aim is to promote road safety through improving driving standards, testing drivers, motorcyclists and driving instructors, maintaining the registers of Approved Driving Instructors and Large Goods Vehicle Instructors and supervising training for learner motorcyclists.

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