Driving Instructors Course

TLI41218 Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics

(Road Transport – Car Driving Instruction)


Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport- Car Driving Instruction) TLI41218 is a training and assessment course with a driving instruction context.

  • You will learn to provide training to learner drivers in a variety of situations to create safe and proficient drivers.
  • You will gain an understanding of how people learn and how to design and develop learning programs and create or source the tools needed to teach them.
  • By the end of the course, you will be able to plan and present lessons and keep records of your students’ progress.
  • Trent education will teach you the building blocks of driver training with their 54 instruction topics.
  • Comprehensive lesson planning and assessment tools are provided for you to use.
  • You will learn about running your driver training business as a sole trader or working for a school.
  • You will acquire a full understanding of the RMS requirements for learner drivers and managing them through the testing period.

Course Structure

There are two components to our course:

1.Theory Training

The theory component is completed online via our student portal. Through well-planned course materials and interactive assessments, you will see your knowledge grow. Because the assessments are online you can learn on the go. Anywhere in the world. You will be assigned an expert assessor to help you through.

2.Practical Training

An Accredited Trainer will be assigned to you and will guide you through the Practical Course. The practical training is conducted on road and in-car in a location nearest to your local area. Practical training is available Throughout Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Wollongong and the Central Coast. Students outside the Sydney/Illawara/Central Coast areas are required to come to these areas to train and are presented the practical component in block sessions.

The practical training is competency based. How quickly the practical component is completed depends on the amount of home practice that you perform and the existing knowledge you have.

The practical component is made up of 22 hours of one-on-one training plus 5 hours of assessment. If any of the assessments are failed then remedial sessions will be needed. The more home practice you perform the fewer hours you will need with your trainer. At the end of your practical training, you will complete a final assessment. This is performed in-car and on-road with one of our specially selected assessors in a designated location. This will test your readiness for the job and complete your training.


The Certificate IV In Transport and Logistics (Road Transport- Car Driving Instruction) qualification, awarded to graduates of the course, is a recognised qualification under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). All skills from recognised courses are under this framework. The qualification from the course is recognised Australia wide and enables you to acquire a driving instructors licence. See Training.gov.au.

At the end of the course you will be awarded a Certificate in the following units:

  • TLIG2007- Work in a socially diverse environment
  • TLII1002- Apply Customer Service Skills
  • TLIL2060- Complete induction to the transport industry
  • TLIF1001- Follow work health and safety procedures
  • TLIL4009- Manage personal work priorities and professional development
  • BSBRKG304- Maintain business record
  • TAEDEL301A- Provide work skill instruction
  • TAEDES401A Design and develop learning programs
  • TLIC3036-Apply safe car driving behaviours
  • TLIC1051- Operate a commercial vehicle
  • TLIM0001 Conduct learner driver training
  • TLIM4001 Develop safe car driving behaviours in others

Pricing & Locations

Total investment for the course is $3500 when you pay upfront. Textbooks included.

If you would like to pay in instalments, please contact our specialist on 02 8748 4500.

The theory component is accessed through an online student portal which is included in the fees. If you require extra lessons, remedial sessions are $75 an hour.

The Driving Instructor Course can be done in your local area in Sydney, Melbourne, Illawarra, Central Coast, and Newcastle.

Enrolment Requirements

Before you enroll, you need the following:

1.An RMS Eligibility letter

Before you can get your driving instructors licence you must obtain a Letter of Eligibility from the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). To obtain this letter, you need to undergo a series of checks and tests.

These are:

  • Hold a Full Licence (for 3 out of the last 4 years) and be at least 21 years of age
  • Complete a working with children check
  • Pass a medical examination
  • Pass a road rules knowledge test
  • Pass a driving ability test
  • Pass a police interview

When these requirements have been met, the RMS will issue you with an Eligibility Advice. A copy of this letter is required to convert your qualification into a licence.

2.Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From 1 January 2015 if you are undertaking nationally recognised training delivered by a registered training organisation you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

How To Get A USI – It is free and easy for you to create your own USI online click here.

3.A complete pre-enrolment survey

Before you begin your course it is important that we know your existing knowledge and skills and any special needs you have so we can design your training to suits your needs. Your training will read this survey and discuss these finding with you before you start your training.

Please complete this survey here.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our friendly specialists on 02 8748 4500.

Frequently Asked Questions
How much will the course cost me in total?

Total investment for the course is $3500. 

Remedial sessions are $75 an hour.

English is not my first language will I find the course too difficult?

Many students have successfully completed the Trent Education Driving Instructors course that speak English as a second language. We have a reading and writing tasks test that you can sit at home to check whether your English is at a standard to complete the course. Please open and print the document (found at the bottom of this page) once you have completed it, return it to the postal address included on the front page of the test.  The course is not taught in any other language. Download the task here​!

How long will the course take?

Duration of the course depends on the experience you bring to the course, the amount of practice you do and how quickly you learn.
We believe it takes time to become a skilled driving instructor. We recommend the most effective time frame is between 3-6 months. A committed student can complete the course in as little as 8 weeks.  It can be spread it across a longer period if it suits your needs ( your RMS eligibility advice expires after 18mths).

The practical component consists of 27 contact hours and the theory component requires a minimum of 40 hours of home study.

Do I need my own car?

All practical lessons must be in a dual control car. You may use your trainers car for the duration of the course if you do not have dual controls installed in your car. You would benefit from having your own car with dual controls to practice in though. Your trainer will help you decide on the type of car needed for teaching and where to get your dual controls fitted.

What areas can I do my training in?

Our trainers cover the greater Sydney, Melbourne, Central Coast, Illawarra and Newcastle areas. Please check with the head office for availability of trainers in your area. 

I have lost my certificate can I get a replacement?

Yes a replacement certificate can be provided this incurs a fee of $35. Please contact the head office for this service.

I don't live in Sydney how can I do the course?

Our course can be completed by both Greater Sydney and regional students. Regional applicants complete the theory component at home then travel to one of our training locations to complete the practical sessions in block periods eg. over a series of weekends or a week once a month. Our trainers are flexible and will try hard to accommodate your needs.

I have certificate IV in training and assessment does this help me at all?

Yes a student that holds a current Certificate IV in Training and Assessment receives credit for the units that are aligned to our course.

I am working full time can I still do the course?

Yes, our trainers are available to train after hours and on weekends when needed. Your trainers will help you organise your study so you have enough time to practice between lessons and stay committed.

What are my job prospects after I finish the course?

There is always a demand for well-trained instructors.  After completing your course with Trent you will be capable of self-employment as an instructor or work for any driving school Australia wide. There are employment opportunities occurring continuously in the industry to teach the growing numbers of young people in the community.

Any other questions?

For any assistance, or to have a chat about enrolment, please feel free to drop us a line.