How to become a driving instructor in Queensland

How to become a driving instructor in Queensland

The process to become a driving instructor in Queensland is relatively straight forward and can be completed within a few months. The licensing authority is the 'Department of Transport and Main Roads' (TMR) and you will need to meet the applicant conditions below:

  1. Must hold a valid open driver licence issued in Australia or NZ and have held the licence for a continuous period of at least 1 year immediately prior to making the application.
  2. Pass traffic, medical and criminal history checks.
  3. Possess a Positive Blue Notice (Blue Card) for child related employment
  4. Evidence you have completed TLI41222 or TLI41216 – Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Car Driving Instruction)

Become a driving instructor

Training qualifications

An applicant for driver trainer accreditation must demonstrate appropriate competencies to undertake the role by successfully completing the approved training course delivered by a Transport and Main Roads approved registered training organisation (RTO).

How long is the training?

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.

Application process

Applications for driver trainer accreditation may be pre-lodged without course certification to allow for criminal and traffic history checks to be commenced. However course certification must be presented within 3 months from the lodgement date of the application. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the lapse of the application.


Once the chief executive has made the decision to grant the accreditation, you may be issued with an interim industry authority. This interim industry authority will act as proof that you hold a driver trainer industry authority until your card arrives in the mail. Accreditation as a driver trainer is granted for 12 months. Application for renewal of the accreditation must be made prior to the expiry date.

For more information please visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.