Overview of requirements
To become a driving instructor you must have completed all of the following requirements:
- Documents and checks
- Letter of eligibility
- Instructor training course
- Regulator Final Assessment
Requirements in detail
Documents and checks
- Driving instructor application (form 239).
- Pass a medical check (form 239).
- Pass Police and criminal checks; (forms 1183 & 1184 office use only).
- Two specimen signatures.
- Four passport size photographs.
- Pass an extended driver knowledge test on road rules (90 questions).
- Pass a Driving Test with a 95 per cent pass. The driving test must be passed before you will be issued with a letter of eligibility. If the driving test is passed in an automatic vehicle the Driving Instructor licence will have a condition that allows the instructor to only teach in automatic vehicles.
- A Motorcycle Operator Skill Test (MOST) with a 100 per cent pass.
Letter of eligibility
After all the above documents, checks, theory test and practical test have been completed Roads and Maritime Services will issue you a letter of eligibility. You cannot enrol in an instructor-training course unless you hold a current letter of eligibility.
The instructor training standards are nationally agreed and are included in the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF).
Car driving instructors must pass the Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport - Car Driving Instruction) TLI41210.
Heavy vehicle driving instructors must pass the Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport - Heavy Vehicle Driving Instruction) TLI41310. HVDI courses equivalent to the Certificate IV in Driving Instruction NSW 91000 will continue to be accepted until 31 December 2009.
Motorcycle riding instructors must pass Roads and Maritime Services Pre-learner rider-training course as a student prior to commencing the instructor training with an approved course provider.
Generally most new driving instructors will take at least six months to complete the required qualifications.
Regulator Final Assessment
After you have passed the instructor-training course you are required to pass a Regulator Final Assessment in the type of vehicle you want to be licensed to instruct in. During the tests you are required to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and driving behaviours expected of a professional driving instructor. The test includes: presenting lessons; demonstration of safe driving; a commentary drive and various manoeuvres.
Motorcycle instructors are not required to undertake a Regulator Final Assessment; however, motorcycle instructors require Roads and Maritime Services accreditation to instruct in the NSW rider training scheme.
After you have passed the Regulator Final Assessment and paid the licence fee you will be issued with a driving instructor licence, which is valid for 5 years.
Fees are payable to Roads and Maritime Services for the:
- DKT (driver knowledge test).
- Driving Test / MOST (motorcycle operator skill test).
- Pre-learner rider training course (motorcycle instructors only).
- Issuing of a 5 year driving instructor licence.
Fees for the instructor-training course including the Final Assessment are determined by the course providers and are paid directly to them.
Other fees such as those payable to medical practitioners for the medical check are the responsibility of the licence applicant.
Applicants are required to supply the vehicle for all driving tests and assessments.