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

This course can be completed in either Auckland (Mt Roskill) or Wellington (Porirua).

Approved by the NZ Transport Agency, the "I" Endorsement Driving Instructor Training Course from the AA is based on 8 NZQA unit standards at level 5 and includes:

  • Pre-course Driving Assessment required. $100 incl. GST (this must be completed before the cut-off date for your preferred course)
  • 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

Note: You must pass a 'fit and proper person' vetting process by NZTA. We urge anyone considering becoming a driving instructor who has concerns about the fit and proper person test to discuss it with NZTA prior to enrolling in the course. You can either reach out to the Commercial Licensing Team at NZTA before submitting your application, or call them on 0800 822 422.

Once you've successfully passed the "I" endorsement 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 successfully completed the pre-course Driving Assessment in a manual vehicle with an AA approved tutor. 

You'll need to have held a full New Zealand driver licence for two years or more and be able to drive a vehicle with manual transmission.

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. You can call them on 0800 822 422.

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.

You must be able to drive a manual vehicle to enroll in our course.

Course fee

Your fee of $4,594.25 incl. GST covers all aspects of the course, including:

  • Pre-course reading material
  • Tuition
  • Training manuals
  • Road codes
  • Theory test papers
  • 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.

The course fee must be paid no later than the course cut-off date.

To find out more, request more information.

After the course

AA 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 (Mt Roskill) two week I-Endorsement course

MonthDatesTimePre-course driving assessment completed byFull course fee due by
February 2022 14-25 Feb 7.30am-4pm
31 Dec 21
7 Jan
March 2022 14-25 March 7.30am-4pm
1 Feb 22
11 Feb
May 2022 2-13 May 7.30am-4pm
21 Mar 22
25 Mar
June 2022 27 June - 8 July 7.30am-4pm
16 May 22
20 May
July 2022 25 Jul - 5 Aug 7.30am-4pm
13 Jun 22
17 Jun
August 2022 22 Aug - 2 Sep 7.30am-4pm
11 July 22
15 July
September 2022 19-30 Sep 7.30am-4pm
8 Aug 22
12 Aug
November 2022 31 Oct - 11 Nov 7.30am-4pm
19 Sept 22
23 Sept
November 2022 21 Nov - 2 Dec 7.30am-4pm
10 Oct 22
14 Oct

Wellington (Paraparaumu) two week I-Endorsement course

MonthDatesTimePre-course driving assessment completed byFull course fee due by
March 2022
7-18 March
24 Jan
28 Jan
May 2022
16 -27 May
4 Apr
8 Apr
July 2022
25 July - 5 Aug
7.30am-4pm 13 June 17 June
September 2022
12-23 Sept
1 Aug
5 Aug
December 2022
28 Nov - 9 Dec
17 Oct
21 Oct

Christchurch two week I-Endorsement course

MonthDatesTimePre-course driving assessment completed byFull course fee due by
July 2022
4-15 July 7.30am-4pm 23 May 27 May
November 2022
31 Oct - 11 Nov 7.30am-4pm 19 Sept 23 Sept

PLEASE NOTE: Enrollment close-off dates are strict as there is a minimum of 4 weeks required to complete the pre-coursework.

Course cancellation

Please be advised that there are changes to the refund rules in the event of cancelling your place on the I-Endorsement course.

The tables below set out the refund rules in the event of cancellation: 

Cancellation date Refund
Two weeks before cut-off date Full refund
One week before cut-off date 50% refund


Cancellations - after course cut-off date 
Course Type Cancellation Fee
All courses Non refundable


Changes - Transfer of course three weeks before cut-off date 
Course Type Administration Fee 
2 Week Course $200.00