How to become a Driving Instructor

Driving instructors teach individuals and groups the theory and practical application of driving skills.

Personal requirements of a Driving Instructor

  • Enjoy working with people
  • Sound character
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Able to give clear and precise instructions
  • Patient and tactful
  • Good eyesight (may be corrected)
  • Able to act quickly and correctly in various traffic situations

Education & Training for a Driving Instructor

To become a driving instructor you usually have to complete a VET qualification in transport and logistics (road transport - car driving instruction). As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

Duties & Tasks of a Driving Instructor

Driving instructors may perform the following tasks:

  • instruct students to drive a motor vehicle by teaching them how to steer, change gears (if manual), interpret and understand traffic conditions, reverse, park, and understand mechanical components and functions
  • teach road traffic regulations and advise students when they are ready for assessment
  • teach road craft and defensive driving skills
  • advise on and teach advanced driving techniques for emergency situations and/or to extend driving knowledge.

Working conditions for a Driving Instructor

Many driving instructors work on a commission basis. Some use their own vehicles, which are converted to dual control (with pedals on the front passenger side), while others use company vehicles. The work can be stressful, with long and irregular hours. Driving instructors have a high level of public contact. Driving instructors with special licences teach people to drive buses and rigid or articulated vehicles.

Employment Opportunities for a Driving Instructor

Driving instructors are usually employed on a subcontract basis, being paid commission for each lesson given. Demand is seasonal, increasing during school summer holidays. They may work full time where demand allows. A large number are self-employed. Where only part-time employment is available, they may work outside the industry to supplement their earnings. Your employment prospects may be improved if you can speak and read a second language.

Additional Information
Depending on your state or territory, you will need to meet requirements such as minimum age, drivers licence specifications and pre-employment checks. This may include a National Police Check, Working with Children Check and medical clearance.
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