What does it take to become a driver’s education instructor?

If you are taking the time to read this article, it is a good indication you would enjoy working with teens to help them earn their driving privileges. While interest and enthusiasm are critical to be successful as a driver’s education instructor, the skills required to teach can be learned. So, whatever your current skill level,  if you are excited about teaching teenagers how to drive, read on!

Becoming a driver’s education instructor fits well with many different career goals. Some of our instructors work part-time while others work full-time. Scheduling is flexible and we work with our instructors to accommodate the special events in their lives. Today’s Driving School is a family friendly employer.

People often tell me I must have nerves of steel. While it is good for my ego the premise behind the statement is misleading. I always respond by telling them that I am a passenger in one of the safest cars on the road. My driver is focusing on doing everything right . . . they want to pass the road test and get their license. I am there to provide insight and help them develop good driving habits. It can’t get any safer than that.

OK, I’m convinced, how do I get started?

To begin with you must apply, be interviewed, and offered a position. No point in getting licensed until then. You may submit an online resume here.  Once hired the training begins. Initially we are focused on getting you licensed as a driver’s education instructor through the Driver and Vehicle Services division of Minnesota. Then we complete your training and get you ready to teach.

I’ll admit the process isn’t a walk in the park, but it isn’t rocket science either. We train and help you prepare for each step of the licensing process.

  • You must pass a background check.
  • Pass a written exam to be licensed as an instructor.
    • This includes knowledge about Minnesota driving laws, rules, and regulations.
    • You must also be knowledgeable in regard to your responsibilities as an instructor.
  • Pass a standard road test with the DMV.
  • Complete a two-hour ride-along with the Driver Education Coordinator for Driver & Vehicle Services. This is an evaluation of your skills as a behind the wheel instructor.
    • You will drive acting as a student and ride part of the time acting as the instructor.
  • Submit an hour-long video of yourself instructing in front of a classroom.
  • Complete your training with Today’s Driving School. We won’t let you loose on students until we are confident in your ability to instruct.

What qualities should I have?

There are many things that make a good driver’s education instructor, how many of these qualities describe you?

  • Friendly
  • Responsible
  • Caring
  • Intelligent
  • Self-Starter
  • Well Organized
  • Punctual
  • Possess Common Sense

Still interested in becoming a driver’s education instructor, then we want to hear from you. We are expanding and always looking for good people to add to our family. Submit your resume here and let’s see what we have available in your area.

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