i am currently a driving instructor in the uk and would like to know how to become a qualified driving instructor in spain. is there a need for english instructors? what would be the best area to work? also, my wife is a registered child minder. is there a need for child minders? and if so what does she need to do to continue child minding? who is the governing body? i would really appreciate some feedback. thanks
I am also an ADI in the UK but have been living in spain for the past 4 years.. I have done some research and have found that although it should be a simple process to transfer your badge to spain, it isn´t.
Being part of the EU means that we should be able to continue our chosen career in any EU country. I have found out the following...
firstly, you need to be a fluent spanish speaker. If you are then it is quite simple to get your license transferred and translated to spain. You do this by applying to Trafico in Madrid. All major driving schools over here are willing to help with this process.
There are lots of expats living in spain that want english speaking instructors and most of the driving schools know this and would bite their hands off to get you to work for them... but again and again.... you need to speak spanish....
The way they teach people to drive is also very different... it consists of lots of hours in the classroom, which all instructors over here like to do... only a few hours are spent actually driving!!! (probably why they turn out to be such terrible drivers).
From my investigations, they put far too much time in the theory and not enough time on the road....
The test consists of upto 4 pupils in the car taking their tests together!! The instructor (you) takes the passenger seat, the examiner in the rear and the pupils take it in turns to drive... the examiner orders the instructor to inform the pupil to carry out various tasks throughout their section of the drive. The result is not immediate... the pupils recieve their test results up to 3 weeks after by post..
There is no provision for pupils to drive on the road before passing their test without a qualified instructor present.
I think that most driving instructors are "employed" by larger companies, this may have to do with the fact that they have to have large offices to carry out their classroom theory lessons.
They do now have the theory test in english and all study materials are also available in english too.
I have personally been told that as soon as I am fluent in spanish I can have a job... been here 4 years and still am not fluent... a lot harder than it seems, there just never seems to be the time to study..
I hope I havent gone on too much, but thought you needed to know how it works over here.....