Driving Instructor Qualifications

April 21, 2015 at 4:05 PM

Before someone gets the nod from the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to become a driving instructor and get their “I” endorsement, there are several qualifications one must meet.

The transport agency insists on these qualifications to ensure that the newly-certified instructor is competent enough to train new drivers.

This is because if not trained right, new drivers pose a risk to both themselves and other road users. Below is a list of the requirements necessary for one to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)  in New Zealand and how they benefit you as a student.

1.    The applicant must have held a full New Zealand driving licence for a period not less than two years. This ensures that the prospect possesses the adequate driving experience to teach.

2.    One must successfully complete an ADI course. Every driving instructor in New Zealand needs to take this course before being approved by the NTZA. In this course, training instructors are taught and assessed on the following:

    Developing and following through on individual driver training plans.
    Implications of factors that affect people’s learning, on instructors.
    How to observe and analyse the way a person is driving and how to improve this performance to the required standard.
    How to carry out in-vehicle driver training.
    Light motor vehicle dynamics and handling characteristics.
    Hazard detection and response.
    Strategies and techniques for risk reduction while driving.

After this course, an instructor will be able to teach students with different needs, develop personalised teaching plans and have adequate safety skills and knowledge to pass on to the learner.

3.    The applying instructor has to prove that their eyesight meets the required standard for an “I” endorsement. This is both for his/her own safety and that of the students.

4.    One must pass the “fit and proper person” check. This check takes into account things such as:

    Criminal convictions.
    Transport-related offences and especially those that are safety related.
    Behavioural problems history
    Past complaints relating to transport services offered before.
    The applicant’s transport-related fine payment history.

5.    The applicant must take and pass a practical driving exam. Applicants must sit and pass a practical driving exam to ensure that they have the required skills to teach driving.

(Source: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/factsheets/05/i-endorsements.html)

All these measures are taken so as to ensure the safety of the instructor and the student, and to make sure that the trained driver will possess all the necessary skills to ensure road safety for all.

At A1 driving, we only hire NTZA approved instructors to ensure that our graduates possess the necessary skills to drive responsibly and in a manner that ensures safety for all road users.

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