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Driving Instructor Training - I Endorsement


I Endorsement Course

Course Aim

  • To offer the required qualifications for those who wish to apply for and achieve the NZ Transport Agency Driver Instructor “I” licence endorsement.
  • To train and develop those who wish to conduct in-vehicle training for financial or commercial gain and those trainers/assessors who assess practical driving unit standards administered by the NZ Motor Industry Training Organisation (MITO).

Course Structure and Duration

  • Pre-entry study – all three Road Codes (General, Heavy Vehicle and Motor Cycle).
  • Pre-entry assessment – theory (approx. 1 hour) and practical (approx. 1 hour).
  • Pre-course study/assignments.
  • 10-day block course – theory and practical.

Course Venues

  • Pre-entry assessment (theory and practical) – at any TR Driver Training branch.
  • 10-day block course - Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington, and Christchurch. Contact us if you have a group. 

Course Content and Unit Standards

The course addresses the following Unit Standards (US) with all outcomes being measured / assessed against these:

  • US 3466 - Apply risk reduction techniques and strategies while driving.
  • US 14511 - Demonstrate knowledge required by driver educators of road transport legislation.
  • US 14521 - Observe and analyse a person’s driving and determine optimal ways to achieve required performance.
  • US 14523 - Carry out in-vehicle driver training.
  • US 16646 - Develop and manage individual driver training plans.
  • US 16647 - Describe factors that affect people's learning in a driver training environment and describe methods to mange these.
  • US 20179 - Describe light motor vehicle components, systems, dynamics and handling characteristics.
  • US 20180 - Demonstrate knowledge of hazard detection and responses.

What happens when I pass the course?

To obtain an “I” Licence endorsement this certificate needs to be produced to a licensing agency (e.g. AA, VTNZ or VINZ) and the following requirements have to be met:

  • Complete the application form and pay the NZTA Licensing fees.
  • Produce a medical certificate (may not be required if one has been submitted/completed in the last 5 years – please check with the licensing agency).
  • Undergo an eyesight test.
  • Undergo a fit and proper person check.
  • Undertake and pass a Full Licence Test in a car (this may not be required if one has been completed in the last 5 years – please check with the licensing agency).
  • Provide identification and proof of your address.

Note: You should allow six to eight weeks for your licence endorsement application to be processed.

You cannot instruct with just the certificate - it is not a licence.

Course Fees

  • $5500.00 plus GST per person ($6325.00 including GST).
  • Pre-Entry testing vehicle hire ($172.50 including GST).
  • Please refer to NZTA Factsheet No 5 for information relating to the NZTA requirements for an “I” endorsement and also NZTA-related costs. 

What is included in the cost?

  • Course fees
  • NZQA and credit registration fees

What is not included in the cost?

  • NZTA or licencing agency fees.


We’re happy to custom build a training programme to suit your needs. We can also run a private course at your premises (Minimum of 6 people).