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Becoming an accredited driver trainer

In Queensland, a person wishing to provide pre-licence driver training for reward must be accredited as a driver trainer with the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

The requirement for accreditation as a driver trainer is in accordance with the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Accreditation and Other Provisions) Regulation 2015.

Driver licence

The person must hold a valid open driver licence issued in Australia or New Zealand for the class of vehicle for which the applicant wishes to provide training, and have held the licence for a continuous period of at least 1 year immediately prior to making the application. Refer to section 27(a) of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Accreditation and Other Provisions) Regulation 2015.

Driver trainers have a legal, moral and professional obligation to understand, obey and know that regulations exist for very definite reasons. These include guidance, restraint, uniformity and safety.

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It is essential therefore that driver trainers have a sound traffic history record. The department may refuse to grant accreditation to a person who has an adverse traffic history. ( Minor traffic offences and fines are acceptable but if in doubt please ask) The department may also refuse to grant accreditation to a person who has been convicted of a criminal offence or is currently charged with a criminal offence and the charge has not been fully disposed of. In light of public interest and public safety considerations, the department will take into account any charges or offences committed in any jurisdiction when deciding whether or not to issue the accreditation. When you apply for your Driver’s Instructor Authority (DIA) on completion of this course, you must possess a suitability card (blue card) issued by the Queensland Public Safety Business Agency. For more information visit www.bluecard.qld.gov.au A National Police Check and GP Medical Certificate is also required to be a QLD Driving Instructor. ( Separate Fess are incurred which are not included in the advertised course fee)

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