How to become a driving instructor in New South Wales

How to become a driving instructor in New South Wales

The process to become a driving instructor in NSW is relatively straight forward and can be completed within a few months. The licensing authority is the 'Roads and Maritime Services' (RMS), you will need to meet the 4 conditions below:

  1. You must be at least 21 years old.
  2. You must have held a FULL driver's licence for at least 3 years during the 4 year period immediately prior to your application for an instructors licence.
  3. You've been authorised by Roads and Maritime Services to undertake an approved course in driving instruction, and have passed.
  4. You've been provided with a Working with Children Check number for employment purposes.

Become a driving instructor

The application process

  Documents and checks

You’ll need to obtain and provide to the RMS:

  • A completed driving instructor application form
  • A completed medical check stating that you're fit to drive
  • Pass police and criminal checks
  • Provide a Working with Children Check number and expiry date for employment purposes
  • Two specimen signatures & Four colour passport-sized photos

  RMS Tests

You’ll need to:

  • Pass an extended knowledge test on road rules in English (90 questions)
  • Pass a driving test with a 95% pass rate. You must pass the driving test before you’re issued a letter of eligibility. If you undertake the test in an automatic vehicle, your driving instructor licence will have a condition allowing you to teach in an automatic vehicle only.

  RMS Letter of eligibility

When all documents are provided, checks completed and you've passed the required tests, the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) will issue a letter of eligibility.

  Complete the Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics

You cannot enroll into TLI41222 Certificate IV in Driving Instruction (Road Transport Car Driving Instruction) unless you hold a current letter of eligibility."

The Certificate IV program is a combination of online modules with in-car assessments. The average time to complete the course is 4 - 8 weeks.

  Regulator final assessment

After you've successfully completed the instructor training course, you'll have to pass a final assessment in the type of vehicle you wish to teach. You're required to supply the vehicle for all driving tests and assessments.

After you've passed the Regulator Final Assessment and paid the licence fee, you'll be issued with a Driving Instructor Licence, valid for five years.

For more information please visit the Roads and Maritime Services website.