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Professional driver trainer information

The principal objective of the professional driver trainer is to provide an educational experience to learner drivers which promotes the necessary knowledge, attitude, and skill base for the efficient and safe operation of a motor vehicle on our public road system. 

This can be achieved through: 

  • building attitudes leading to co-operative and responsible conduct on our road system
  • developing habits, knowledge and skills that will enable the learner to become proficient drivers under a variety of changing conditions
  • creating awareness so that learner drivers are able to identify and apply techniques to counteract potential dangers
  • facilitating a knowledge and understanding of the road rules
  • giving an understanding of their own capabilities and limitations as a driver and enabling the learner to make suitable corrections and compensations for their own limitations.

To achieve this accredited driver trainers should:

  • consider the learner driver as an individual
  • be in control but also show empathy 
  • be approachable 
  • be patient 
  • provide appropriate feedback
  • give praise if deserved
  • use the right senses
  • keep instructions simple
  • consider the human factor
  • set a good example at all times.

Assessment preliminaries

Prior to the licence candidate undertaking the driving assessment, accredited driver trainers should ensure that all client eligibility requirements have been checked and confirmed.  

All required documentation including evidence of the successful completion of the knowledge test questions, the candidate’s learner licence and log book have been presented and approved.

The assessment vehicle must be of a suitable type and meet assessment requirements for the licence class. Refer to the Q-SAFE Driver Licence Assessment Policy — Q-SAFE.

Pre-assessment checklists

Accredited driver trainers should maintain a pre-assessment checklist designed to ensure the licence candidate’s readiness to begin the formal assessment process.

The licence candidate can be deemed to be test ready, only if the evidence gathered by the driver trainer is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. This evidence should be collected, compiled and kept by the driver trainer as part of their record keeping obligations.

The pre-assessment checklist should include:

  • client details—for example name, licence number, date etc.
  • client eligibility—for example hold the correct licence/class of licence for the appropriate period
  • fitness of applicant—for example drugs/alcohol, medical condition
  • administrative tasks—for example fees/forms
  • theory test questions—road rules
  • pre-drive vehicle safety check (external and internal)
  • operating procedures (starting)
  • low risk driving behaviours
  • vehicle operation—for example steering, braking, clutch, gears, turns, accelerator, road position, observation/scanning, mirrors, signals
  • manoeuvres—for example reversing, hill start, turn around, U-turn, reverse park
  • vehicle shut down.


Q-SAFE is a valuable resource and an important component of the driving task undertaken by the licence candidate for assessment purposes.

The accredited driver trainer must be fully acquainted with information relating to the specific performance criteria as detailed in Q-SAFE.

All performance checks detailed in Q-SAFE have a defined performance outcome giving the accredited driver trainer an indication of what is expected for that particular driving task.

The accredited driver trainer should inform the learner driver of the skills that will be assessed which include, technical on road skills required for the efficient and safe management of a motor vehicle.

The role of the accredited driver trainer is primarily to provide subject matter expertise whilst maintaining a strong focus on quality training and assessment outcomes.

Last updated
24 August 2017