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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.

Traffic and criminal history

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.

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. 

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.

Traffic and Criminal history checks are conducted by the Customer Service Centre or QGAP office after an application is lodged.

Standard for accredited driver trainer

Accredited driver trainers are required to comply with statutory accreditation conditions as detailed in schedule 1 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Accreditation and Other Provisions) Regulation 2015, and the Code of Conduct. 

When applying for driver trainer accreditation, the person is required to declare on the application form that they understand their responsibilities under the regulation and that failure to comply with the statutory accreditation conditions may result in the driver trainer's accreditation being amended, suspended or cancelled.

Note: Accredited Driver trainers are required to possess a suitability card (blue card) issued by the Queensland Public Safety Business Agency. For more information visit www.bluecard.qld.gov.au.

Insurance

The department strongly recommends that businesses involved in providing learner driver training, seek independent professional advice and obtain appropriate levels of insurance to meet their business needs. This includes professional indemnity and public liability insurance.

Training qualifications

An applicant for driver trainer accreditation must demonstrate appropriate competencies to undertake the role by successfully completing the approved training course delivered by a Transport and Main Roads approved registered training organisation (RTO). 

Current qualification requirements

Light vehicle classes (C and CA)

  • TLI41216 or TLI41210 – Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Car Driving Instruction)

Heavy vehicle classes (to specified level)

TLI41316 or TLI41310 – Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Heavy Vehicle Driving Instruction) including 1 of the following competency units. The competency unit must be listed on the qualification issued by the RTO.

  • TLIC2002 – Drive light rigid vehicle
  • TLIC3003 – Drive medium rigid vehicle
  • TLIC3004 – Drive heavy rigid vehicle
  • TLIC3005 – Drive heavy combination vehicle
  • TLIC4006 – Drive multi-combination vehicle

Note: If a competency unit number is listed with a letter on the end it is still acceptable.

Motorcycle class (R class)

  • TLI41416 or TLI41410 – Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Motorcycle Riding Instruction)  

Note: The following assessment qualification or competency units of training are essential for the delivery of Q-RIDE and class multi-combination vehicle assessment:

  • TAE40116 or TAE40110 – Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
    or the skill set
  • TAEASS401 – Competency units for plan assessment activities and processes and TAEASS402 – Assess competence.  

Note: If a competency unit number is listed with a letter on the end it is still acceptable.

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the national regulator for Australia's vocational education and training sector, and is responsible for registering RTOs and accrediting courses. Complaints about an RTO or the quality of training provided should be referred to http://www.asqa.gov.au/complaints.html

Review by the chief executive

Throughout the accreditation period, accredited driver trainers must maintain satisfactory levels of competency. If the chief executive reasonably believes the trainer is not competent to give training the trainer may be required to demonstrate to the reasonable satisfaction of the chief executive that the trainer is competent to give training. Refer to schedule 1, Part 1, section 34 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management-Accreditation and Other Provisions) Regulation 2015.

Application process

Applications for driver trainer accreditation may be pre-lodged without course certification to allow for criminal and traffic history checks to be commenced. However course certification must be presented within 3 months from the lodgement date of the application. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the lapse of the application.

Approval

A Customer Service Centre will approve your application and issue an interim document once the chief executive has made the decision to grant the accreditation. This interim document will act as proof that you hold a driver trainer industry authority until your card arrives in the mail. Accreditation as a driver trainer is granted for 12 months. Application for renewal of the accreditation must be made prior to the expiry date. 

Vehicle to be used for training and assessment

All vehicles used to provide pre-licence driver training must be registered for the purpose of driver training and must be inspected annually by the department.

In addition vehicles provided by the accredited driver trainer to provide pre-licence driver training must comply with section 29 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Accreditation and Other Provisions) Regulation 2015.

Accredited driver trainers should ensure that any vehicle provided by the learner driver for training purposes must be typical of the class and meet the minimum standards for test vehicles as described in the Q-SAFE Driver Licence Assessment Policy.

For more information contact your nearest Customer Service Centre.

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Last updated
20 September 2016