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Driving Instructor

VOC Course Minimum Age 21+ Licence Police Check Medical Exams

Also known as Driver Trainer.

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

Driving instructors with special licences teach people to drive buses and rigid or articulated vehicles.

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 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
  • 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
  • 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


  • enjoy working with people
  • sound character
  • good interpersonal skills

Interest Area

Helping/Community Service Influencing/Personal Contact Manual/Practical


VOC Course Minimum Age 21+ Licence Police Check Medical Exams

To become a driving instructor you usually have to complete a VOC 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.

Additional Information

    To be eligible to become a driving instructor in NSW and the ACT you must:

  • be at least 21 years of age
  • hold a current drivers licence for the relevant class (type) of vehicle in which you wish to provide training
  • have held a drivers licence for three years continuously (with no suspensions or cancellations) at the time of application
  • pass a National Police Check, traffic checks and a medical examination


Driving instructors are usually employed on a subcontract basis, being paid commission for each lesson given. Demand is seasonal, increasing during school summer vacations. Driving instructors 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.

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