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.
Specialisations include: Motorcycle riding instructor
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
You can work as a driving instructor without formal qualifications. However, you will need to obtain a Driving Instructor’s Licence from the Department of Transport. You will need to complete a theory test and practical driving assessment, and also obtain a National Police Certificate.
Required registration and licensing
To apply for a Driving Instructor’s licence you must have held a Western Australian Motor Driver’s Licence, in the appropriate class of licence for which you wish to teach, for at least three continuous years, with a clean driving record.
Visit the Department of Transport website for more information.