Train to be a defensive driving tutor

It’s a perfect job if you love delivering training courses, driving and meeting new people.

You can play a vital role in teaching people of all ages how to be safe, confident drivers who are fully aware of the hazards on our roads.

Delivery of the Defensive Driving Course (DDC)

The DDC consists of 4x 2 hour classroom sessions, typically run over a two week period. E.g. Mondays and Wednesdays 6pm-8pm. These are followed by a 1 hour in-car drive, which must be completed within 60 days of the student completing the 4th classroom session. Courses are run with a minimum of 6 students and a maximum of 20. 

If you were to become trained to present the DDC course, this would make you a Licenced Provider of the course, enabling you to provide courses on behalf of the AA Driving School or set up and run your own courses as an independent provider in your local area and you will purchase the resources (books and certificates etc) from AA. 

You may be licenced to deliver both the classroom and in car sessions or just the classroom or just the in car sessions.

If you do not hold an I endorsement and would still like to provide the course, providing courses on behalf of the AA means that we will allocate an I endorsed instructor to facilitate the in-car component of each course. If you wish to be an independent provider, you must ensure that you have a Licensed provider authorised to deliver the in-car component.


Unit standards & I endorsement Required

There are 2 unit standards required to deliver the classroom component of the DDC, these should be completed prior to attending the Provider Training course.

Unit Standard 17975 (Plan, conduct and review interactive group learning for training drivers). This involves preparing and delivering a 30 minute classroom learning session on a driver training topic of your choice. A level 4 (or higher) Adult Training certificate, teaching qualification or unit standard 7097 can be submitted as an equivalent qualification.

Unit standard 14522 (Describe behavioural processes that lead to enhanced Driver Self Management) which is a written assessment focusing on the behavioural elements of driving. 

The cost of the unit standards if you do need to do them are $199.00 including GST per Unit Standard.

You are required to provide a copy of your NZQA Record of Learning/certificates if you already hold one/all of the required unit standards.

Please note that if you wish to conduct the in-car sessions you must be ‘I’ endorsed and we require a clear copy/photo of the front and reverse of your Driving Licence for our records.


Provider Training courses

The DDC training will be carried out over a period of 2 days. Day one will cover the course content, including techniques for delivery of the classroom training and day two will include practical delivery of the in car component of the course.

The agenda and all required course materials will be provided on day one. 

We have training sessions scheduled on: 

  • Auckland - 5-6 November 2020

It is compulsory to attend both days of training and evidence of unit standards and/or I endorsement must have been provided.


If you would like to train to become a Licenced DDC provider, please complete this online enquiry form.