Instructor Onboarding

Congratulations 🎉

You’ve been accepted as a Manual Driving Academy Instructor!

💡 Fun Fact: We only accept 30% of the applicants we receive so go ahead give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done!

Next Steps

Getting you onboarded is a simple process and comprises of three steps:
  1. Please email a valid Driver’s license **and** proof of insurance. We are required to have this on file for all of our instructors. You can simply respond to the email you received your acceptance or simply email it to

  2. Once you’ve completed the above, you’ll receive our Independent Contractor Agreement to review and sign on Zoho. This usually takes about 30 seconds. No printing or hand signatures required.

  3. That’s it! We’ll invite you to a Slack group chat for your city. When a lessons become available, you can choose which ones you want to teach based on your availability and preference.

As an instructor with Manual Driving Academy, your time commitment will be flexible and entirely up to you. You have the freedom to choose which lessons you want to accept and decline based on your availability and preferences.

Yes, you are expected to provide your own manual vehicle that is in good, working condition.

Typically, the payout ranges from $100 to $150 per lesson, depending on the type of lesson. The payout for most lessons is $125.

Considering that each lesson takes approximately 1.5 to 3 hours, this translates to a rough hourly rate of $67 to $100 per hour.

  1. Confirmation and Coordination: Once you confirm a lesson, you’ll receive student details and coordinate a meeting location, usually an empty parking lot.

  2. Lesson Structure: Start with the basics like how to turn on the car, recover from a stall, and shift patterns. Then, progress to more advanced techniques using the provided curriculum.

  3. Get Paid: Once you have successfully completed your lesson, we’ll get you paid, usually on the same day.

The entire lesson will take place in the parking lot. This is for the safety of both you and the student, as well as for insurance purposes.

While it may seem limiting, sticking to the parking lot offers several advantages. Many of the most challenging aspects of learning manual driving, such as starting from a standstill, shifting from first to second gear, and mastering reverse maneuvers, can all be effectively covered in a controlled environment like a parking lot.

By focusing on these fundamental skills in a safe and controlled setting, we ensure that students build a strong foundation before progressing to on-road driving on their own. This approach maximizes learning outcomes while prioritizing safety at every step of the process.

We strongly advise against quitting your full-time job to solely focus on this role. Being an MDA instructor is intended to be a part-time opportunity that offers both fulfillment and additional income.

It’s important to recognize that the demand for manual driving lessons can vary significantly depending on factors such as location and time of year. Some cities and periods may experience high demand, while others may be slower.

Relying solely on income from being an MDA instructor is not recommended as it may not provide a consistent or reliable source of income like a full-time job would. Instead, we encourage you to view this role as a supplementary opportunity that complements your existing work commitments.

Have a question we haven’t answered?

Simply respond to the email you received your acceptance or email us directly at and we’d be happy to answer! Again, a huge congratulations to you! We’re excited to have you join the MDA family. 🤘

Rooting for you,

The Manual Driving Academy Team

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