Driving Instructor


Driving Instructors teach people to drive motor vehicles as well as teaching them the theoretical aspects of motor vehicles and road use. 

Many driver-training cars have an extra set of pedals on the passenger side, so that a Driving Instructor can brake or accelerate in an emergency, if a student makes a mistake. Driving Instructors make sure the learner driver’s technique is at a satisfactory level of competence so they may acquire a driver’s licence.
Practical training includes starting the vehicle, driving, parking and learning how to handle various road conditions and situations.
Theoretical training includes lectures/demonstrations on: vehicle emergencies, driving techniques and the basic mechanics of motor vehicles.


  • meeting with learner and putting them at ease
  • teaching and demonstrating basic motor mechanics, laws and regulations of the road
  • teaching courtesy (manners) and awareness
  • teaching safety techniques including adjusting mirrors, seats, safety belts etc before starting the vehicle
  • teaching emergency and accident procedures
  • providing on-the-road hands-on instruction in driving, parking, hill starts etc


  • a peoples’ person?
  • good with young adults as most learners will be in this group?
  • patient?
  • understanding?
  • a good communicator?
  • confident?
  • a good driver with a clean driving record?
  • calm and mentally stable?
  • able to react quickly to a situation


Driving Instructors need a valid certificate in the class of vehicle they are qualified to instruct learners in.  You must also be registered with the Provincial Department of Transport.

Recommended:  It is advised to have at least 5 years driving experience and a clean driving record for any job application.  Obviously any further training, for example, advanced driving skills training will be an added advantage.

To get your Driving Instructing License – you must go to a DLTC (Driving Licence Training Centre) in your area.  You will be required to re-write your Learners License.  Your marks need to be higher than a regular learners licence. (The test is the same though).  When you have passed your Learner’s License you will then need to make an appointment for and successfully pass your k53 driver’s test.

To book your test date – go to your nearest driving licence testing centre (DLTC) with:

  • a completed application form for registration as a driving instructor (RI)
  • a completed application form for a PrDP (some provinces require this too)
  • application fee (each province is different, so find out from your DLTC what yours will be)
  • a Medical Certificate form (MC)
  • a police finger print clearance
  • valid driver’s license
  • valid identity document

The permit may be ready in six to eight weeks.