Train to be a driving instructor

Becoming a driving instructor is more than just a job.
It is a profession that provides long term career prospects, unlimited job satisfaction and unrivalled benefits. 

New Zealand's #1 approved instructor training provider

We pride ourselves on delivering high quality training and providing great support every step of the way.

As a driving instructor you have the freedom to choose your own working hours, be your own boss and develop small business skills. You'll develop skills in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Customer service
  • Training, mentoring and coaching
  • Competitive analysis and industry knowledge

Take the next step by teaching our next generation how to be safe, confident and fully licenced drivers on our roads.


Course Information

Approved by the NZ Transport Agency, the "I" Endorsement Driving Instructor Training Course from the AA is based on NZQA unit standards and includes:

  • Pre-course reading (essential for your success)
  • In-class theory-based training and assessments
  • Demonstrations and practical in-vehicle coaching techniques
  • Practical appraisals of your tuition and assessment skills

Once you've successfully passed this course, you’ll be able to apply to get the driving instructor endorsement (called an "I" endorsement) on your driver licence and start work as a driving instructor.

Enrolment requirements

You'll need to have held a full New Zealand driver licence for two years or more.

Once you've passed the course you'll need to be assessed by NZ Police as a 'fit and proper person' to act as an instructor. The NZ Transport Agency coordinates this vetting process. If you have any concerns about this, you can discuss this with us - or the NZ Transport Agency - prior to enrolling in the course.

If you hold an overseas licence and would like to attend the course, please call NZ Transport Agency on 0800 822 422 to find out further information.

Course fee

Your course fee covers all aspects of the course, including:

  • Pre-course reading material
  • Tuition
  • Training manuals
  • Road codes
  • Theory test papers
  • New Zealand Drivers' Training Syllabus
  • Mirror and backing board

You'll also need to apply for the "I" endorsement through the NZ Transport Agency when you pass the course. It's an extra cost which includes application and vetting fees. You will need to sit and pass a practical driving test and you may need a medical examination. Other additional costs include the cost of receiving your Fit and Proper assessment by the NZ Police.

To find out more, request an information pack.

Course options

The AA offers two "I" endorsement driving instructor course options:

  1. A structured two week classroom based course at our Auckland venue. This includes in-class teaching, and practical in-vehicle coaching and appraisal at a cost of $3,795 + GST.
  2. A correspondence course with an initial introductory day at our Auckland location. This gives you the flexibility to choose your own pace and structure to complete the course over a three month period at a cost of $3,995 + GST.

After the courseAA Driving School

You'll have an in-depth knowledge of New Zealand's driver licensing system, road rules and an overview of the legal aspects governing the driver training industry.

Once qualified, you might consider joining our national AA Driving School and become an AA Driving Instructor. Learn about becoming an AA Driving Instructor.


Course dates and times

Auckland two week I-Endorsement course

Course Name Month Dates Time Enrolment cut-off date
A-Jul-15 July Monday 6 - Friday 17 8.30 am - 5pm June 2
A-Aug-15 August Monday 3 - Friday 14 8.30 am - 5pm July 1
A-Sep-15 September Monday 7 - Friday 18 8.30 am - 5pm August 11
A-Oct-15 October Monday 5 - Friday 16 8.30 am - 5pm September 7

 Wellington two week I-Endorsement course

Course Name Month Dates Time Enrolment cut-off date
W-Jul-15 July Monday 20 - Friday 31 8.30 am - 5pm 15 June
W-Sept-15 September Monday 21 September - Friday 2 October 8.30 am - 5pm 23 August
W-Oct-15 October Monday 19 - Friday 30 8.30 am - 5pm 25 September 
W-Nov-15 November Monday 16 - Friday 27 8.30 am - 5pm  12 October

 Nationwide Correspondence Course

Course Name Month Dates Time Enrolment cut-off date
C-Jul-15 July Tuesday 21 - Intro 8.30 am - 1pm  14 July
C-Aug-15 August Tuesday 18 - Intro 8.30 am - 1pm  11 August
C-Sep-15 September Monday 21 - Intro 8.30 am - 1pm  14 September
C-Oct-15 October Thursday 22 - Intro 8.30 am - 1pm  15 October

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