Driving Instructor Kaiwhakaako Taraiwa Waka

Driving instructors teach people how to drive, and instruct experienced drivers how to advance their driving skills and road safety knowledge.

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Driving instructors may do some or all of the following:

  • explain the basic mechanical workings of vehicles to clients
  • demonstrate and explain how to drive a vehicle
  • coach clients while they are driving
  • assess employee driving skills for employers
  • teach clients the road rules and about road safety
  • teach defensive driving courses
  • teach advanced defensive driving courses.

Driving instructors who are also qualified testing officers conduct practical driving tests.

To specialise in heavy vehicle and motorcycle driving you will need to obtain an instructor endorsement for each class of licence you want to teach.

To become a defensive driving instructor you will need to train with either the AA Driving School or Street-Talk.

Physical Requirements

Driving instructors need to have good reflexes, good hand-eye co-ordination and good hearing (with or without hearing aids).

Useful Experience

Useful experience for driving instructors includes any driving or teaching work.

Personal Qualities

Driving instructors need to be:

  • friendly and patient, with excellent communication skills
  • able to react quickly and remain calm in an emergency
  • punctual, mature and responsible
  • able to inspire confidence in learner drivers.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for driving instructors includes any driving or teaching work.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a driving instructor. However, mathematics and English to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.

Driving Instructors can earn around $40K-$80K per year per year.

Driving instructors may progress to become driving school managers or testing officers.

Driving instructors may specialise in:

  • bus driving and passenger endorsement training
  • corporate driver training – teaching defensive driving to commercial business employees
  • defensive driver training
  • motorcycle rider training – Class 6 licence
  • specialist heavy vehicle driver training – including earthmoving machines and forklifts
  • truck driver training– Class 2 to 5 licences.
Driving Instructor

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