Train to be a driving instructor

  • Have you held a full NZ driver licence for at least two years?
  • Do you enjoy meeting and working with people?
  • Do you enjoy driving?
  • Would you like to have responsibility and run your own business?
  • Can you commit to learning and maintain a continuous approach to personal development?

A career as a driving instructor could be perfect for you!

Why the AA is the right choice

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.

Driving instructor course enrolment

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 information

Auckland two week I-Endorsement course

Course Name Month Dates Time Enrolment cut-off date
A-Apr-15 April Monday 13 - Friday 24 7:30 am - 4pm March 16
A-May-15 May Monday 4 - Friday 15 7.30 am - 4pm April 1
A-Jun-15 June Monday 8 - Friday 19 7.30 am - 4pm May 6
A-Jul-15 July Monday 6 - Friday 17 7.30 am - 4pm June 2

Auckland Correspondence Course

Course Name Month Dates Time Enrolment cut-off date
C-Apr-15 April Tuesday 7 - Intro 7.30 am - 4pm  Monday 8 April
C-May-15 May Tuesday 19 - Intro 7.30 am - 4pm Monday 18 May
C-Jun-15 June Monday 22 - Intro 7.30 am - 4pm Friday 19 June
C-Jul-15 July Tuesday 21 - Intro 7.30 am - 4pm Monday 20 July

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