Education & Training
Driving instructors teach people practical driving skills as well as theoretical skills needed to drive safely and pass a driving test.
What does a Driving Instructor do?
Driving instructors teach people practical driving skills. They also teach the theoretical skills needed to drive safely and pass a driving test.
As a driving instructor you would start by assessing a learner's driving knowledge and ability. Based on your assessment, you would then plan a series of lessons to get your client to a standard where they can take their driving test or attain a certain standard of defensive driving.
Most driving lessons follow a similar pattern. As an instructor you would teach your clients:
- to use a vehicle’s controls with confidence
- the correct approach to road safety
- to manoeuvre, turn, reverse and park safely
- about driving laws
- how to deal with emergency situations
- about basic vehicle checks.
You would normally use dual controls in the vehicle to make slight adjustments to the learner's driving. As they become more competent, you would take them on to busier roads, dual carriageways and more complex junctions like roundabouts.
As well as normal road driving, you might also give lessons in night driving or defensive driving.
As well as practical driving skills, you might also cover driving theory with your clients.
Key skills and interests
To become a driving instructor, you would need:
- excellent driving skills, road safety knowledge and enthusiasm for driving
- the ability to give clear instructions
- the ability to adapt your teaching style to suit each learner
- patience and good people skills
- the ability to stay calm and point out mistakes in a constructive way
- a sense of humour.
Working hours and conditions
As a driving instructor, you would have to fit in around your learners' needs, and be prepared to work evenings and weekends. You may work for a company, or be self-employed. Flexible or part-time work is usually available.
You would spend most of your time in the car, sitting in the passenger seat during lessons. Lessons typically last between one and two hours.
How to become an Driving Instructor?
Entry Level Education
To become a driving instructor you usually have to complete a VET qualification in transport and logistics (road transport - car driving instruction).
Additional requirements vary from State to State, but generally, to become a driving instructor, you must be at least 21 years of age and hold a current drivers' licence for the relevant class (type) of vehicle in which you wish to provide training. You must also have held a drivers' licence for three years continuously (with no suspensions or cancellations) at the time of application and pass a National Police Check, traffic checks and a medical examination.
Driving instructing is a relatively small occupation, and modest growth only is expected.