Become a Driving Instructor

Looking for a career change?

If your looking for a rewarding career, one that allows you to be your own boss, manage your own hours, and contribute to the training and education of drivers from a range of backgrounds and ages - then get on board with the fastest growing driving school in Qld. The Certificate IV in Driving Instruction is a Nationally Recognised course.

Shift Training P/L is a Registered Training Organisation RTO (41589) so we issue you with the certificate and you deal directly with us - the RTO. You will then apply to TMR to be an accredited driver trainer. This qualification is currently cited as meeting part of the requirements for accreditation as a Motor Vehicle Driving Instructor, as defined by Transport and Main Roads (QLD).

What type of car do I need?

The choice is indeed up to you - you're your own boss.
However as a guide we would recommend keeping with industry current cars such as:

  • Suzuki Swift
  • Toyota Yaris
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Hyundai i30

Not all vehicles are suitable for driver training, please check with us or TMR if you are thinking of using a vehicle that is not currently used in the industry.

Dual Controls

You will need to equip your vehicle with dual controls to operate as an accredited driver trainer in QLD. These must be fitted by a qualified person and inspected every year by TMR (except for the first year of fitting). Contact Dual Controls QLD for more information.

Vehicle Inspections

If you purchase a brand new vehicle you will not be required to have it inspected (COI) by TMR for the first year of registration. However every year after that you will need to book and pay for a vehicle inspection. If you purchase a second hand vehicle it will need to be inspected by TMR prior to use. For more information on inspections click here.

Registration of Vehicles

Vehicles used for driver training must be registered as driver training vehicles with TMR.


We recommend that you take out the following insurances:

  • Comprehensive motor vehicle
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Public Liability
  • Income Protection

TMR Application process

The application submitted to TMR can take up to 4 weeks for all checks to be completed and then the Driver Training Accreditation can be issued. You can submit the application prior to completing the course or prior to enrolment however you will need to provide evidence of course completion. The cost of the application is $314.30 per year and includes the issue of the licence.

For more information on becoming an accredited driver trainer please the TMR website here.

To download a copy of the Driver Trainer application form click here.

Working with Children

As a Driving Instructor you will be predominately working with people under the age of 18 and at this age they are still considered a minor in Australia so you will need a current "Blue Card". For more information and to apply for your "Blue Card" click here.

The application can take up to 3 months to process, so if you don't have a Blue Card already - get onto it.

What are my job prospects after I finish the course?

There is and will always be a demand for quality trainers. After completing your course with Shift Training you will be have plenty of options:

  • Talk to us - we are always on the lookout for the right people to run their own business in all areas under licence with Shift Training  (fees apply), or alternatively, you could -
  • Work for yourself
  • Work for a driving school - (salary)
  • Work for a driving school - (contractor)
  • Work under a Franchise or licence agreement - (becoming popular)
  • Gain employment with community groups or associations

What ever way you choose to start your career, Shift Training will be able to guide you through the process and offer you no nonsense advice. With over 17 years in the driver training industry we know the business and we'll look after you.

At Shift a Driving Instructors Career is as easy as 1,2,3....