Driving instructors teach individuals and groups the theory and practical application of driving skills.
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.
Driving instructors may perform the following tasks:
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.
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.