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Driving Instructor - I Endorsement

About this course

To become a driving instructor you will need to do the following

You must have held a full NZ drivers licence for at least 2 years.

Complete and hand in the application form (DL20) to an NZTA authorised office (A.A, VTNZ or VINZ). Bring with your valid I.D (driver licence or passport)

Produce a transport medical (if you haven’t done one in the last 5 years) on application and pass the eyesight test or have your eyes tested by an optometrist (ask for driver licence test, they will have the form required) DL9 Medical form your doctor will have. Medical can be no older than 60 days from when you got it from your doctor till handing it in. (About $80)

Pay the fees applicable. Recommend paying for 1 year initially.

1 year $153.10

5 year $450.30

Sit and pass a full class 1 driving test ($109.50) with a testing officer unless you have done one in the last 5 years. Book this when handing in application.

Pass the Fit and Proper person check. (This starts when you hand in your application form, automatically gets under way. Can take up to 12 weeks to complete). NZTA will look at your driving record and any offences, the Police will look into any criminal history. If you have spent more than 12 months in another country you will need to contact that Police station and get a report from them as well. This can increase the process time past 12 weeks.

If you are looking at teaching heavy vehicle classes. Submit your C.V with all relevant experience at time of application.

We do suggest you do the above prior to commencing the course to help speed up the process.

Complete the approved course covering unit standards

16646, 16647, 14511,14521,14523,20179,20180,3466.

The course will be conducted in a manual Vehicle. You MUST be able to drive a manual vehicle competently prior to commencing the course. If you cannot drive a manual and still want to be an instructor we can organise manual lessons to bring you up to the standard required.

NZTA Fact Sheet No5 is a good point of reference. Click here


What can I teach?

If you teach people how to drive on a road for financial or commercial gain, you must have a current driving instructor endorsement on your driver licence. 

You are able to teach any class of licence that you have held for a minimum of 2 years however for any vehicle higher than a Class 1 NZTA may also require proof that you have the necessary experience and knowledge to teach that vehicle before being granted approval. 



Course Availability

The programme duration and delivery may vary slightly according to individual training needs and consists of between 50 and 60 hours of both theory and practical training. 

The training programme is usually run in a block course format over aproximately 8 to 10 days.

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch




Course Cost

This course costs $4,590.00 including GST.


Course Prerequisites

  1. You must provide a current NZ Full Class 1 Driver Licence that you have held for a minimum of 2 years.
  2. You must be able to drive a manual vehicle to a high standard.


Course Outline

The PassRite Driving Instructor Training Programme comprises three key components: 

  1. Classroom based theory training and assessment.
  2. Demonstrations of practical in-vehicle driver coaching techniques. 
  3. The practical assessment of coaching and assessment skills.
The combination of both classroom-based training with practical in-vehicle tuition ensures that programme participants receive the most comprehensive training available.

The use of the practical tuition to reinforce techniques and ideas learnt in the classroom further builds and enhances the skills required to be a professional driver trainer

For further information, please view our I Endorsement Information Sheet





7 WORKING DAYS prior to course start date:  No Cancellation Fee / FULL REFUND if pre-paid

3-6 WORKING DAYS prior to course start date:  50% Cancellation Fee / REFUND if pre-paid

2 WORKING DAYS prior to course start date: 100% Cancellation Fee / NO REFUND if pre-paid


Less than 24 hour notice results in a fee of $195.00 plus GST per cancelled/rescheduled drive.


For more detailed information, please view our Terms and Conditions.