Driving instructor

What they do

Driving instructors teach learners to safely drive a manual or automatic motor vehicle and instruct in basic car control skills. They educate learners in understanding traffic laws, signs and road regulations, and help them to gain on-road driving practice. They also advise students as to when they are ready for their Practical Driving Assessment. Driving Instructors may specialise in heavy vehicles (Heavy Vehicle Driving Instruction) or motor cycles (Motorcycle Riding Instruction). They may also specialise in areas such as defensive driving, driver re-education or advanced driving skills.

Working conditions

Many driving instructors work on a commission basis. They may work long and irregular hours, including weekends. A large number of driving instructors are self-employed, and many work on a part time basis.

Tools and technologies

Driving instructors will often use vehicles that are converted to dual control (with pedals on the front passenger side). As they spend most of their time on the road with clients, many driving instructors use smart devices, such as mobile phones and tablets, to make appointments and organise their schedule.

How do I become one?

Education and training

It is possible to work as a driving instructor without formal qualifications. However, entry into this occupation may be improved by obtaining a qualification in transport and logistics.

The Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport Driving Instruction) is available at registered training organisations throughout Western Australia. Browse courses through Jobs and Skills WA and search on the My Skills website to find a registered provider near you.

Required registration and licensing

To work as a driving instructor in Western Australia you will need to obtain a Driving Instructor’s licence from the Department of Transport.