Apply to be an authorised examiner

An authorised examiner is able to assess and sign-off tasks by using the competency-based training and assessment (CBT&A) licensing process. They can also conduct practical driving tests.

Authorised examiners issue certificates of competency to applicants who pass a practical driving test, and to applicants that successfully complete the CBT&A course for a provisional licence.

Before you begin

To show your suitability to be an authorised examiner, you will need to provide:

  • a copy of your Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics, Road Transport - Driving Instruction
  • the names of five novice drivers trained by you who gained their provisional licence through the vehicle-on-road test.

How to apply

1. Assessment of suitability

You must pass an Australian road rules theory test and an on-road driving assessment using a vehicle fitted with a manual transmission.

When you have successfully completed these, you will be sent a letter acknowledging your suitability to apply for the two additional assessment units.

2. Additional assessment units

Contact a registered training organisation and enrol in the following courses:

  • Plan assessment activities and processes
  • Assess competence.

You will need to present your letter of suitability when enrolling.

3. Complete a final accreditation course

Book into the next accreditation course by emailing

Applicants must meet the required documented standard to become an authorised examiner.

Limiting authorised examiners for class C

There are around 700 licensed motor driving instructors in South Australia - over 350 are also authorised examiners. The appointment of excessive numbers of Authorised Examiners can create integrity problems in circumstances where the Department has limited resources that it can dedicate to auditing. Accordingly, the registrar of motor vehicles has determined as a matter of general policy not to make further appointments of Authorised Examiners for class 'C' (car) at this time. This policy will not be applied inflexibly.

Motor driving instructors remain entitled to apply to become authorised examiners and may submit reasons why the general policy should not apply to them. An example may be where an applicant might demonstrate the need for an authorised examiner in a particular geographical location, for example, a rural area. In such circumstances the registrar of motor vehicles may consider that an exception to the general policy is applicable. Before making a decision on any application the registrar will consider all relevant materials or submissions put forward by the applicant.

The purpose of the review and of any action taken as a result of the review is to benefit the industry and services provided the community.

At this time, there is no intention to stop appointing authorised examiners for other classes.

Interstate applicants

Holders of a driving instructor's licence from another state may apply for mutual recognition status. For an application form contact Standards and training.

Approved providers for instructor training

South Australia

Adelaide Truck Training Centre Pty Ltd - 8244 4374
Allan Miller Driving School - 8186 7200
G&L Heavy Vehicle Driving Centre - 8359 0099
Regional Transport Training Services - 8562 2258
Courtesy Driving School - 8345 4911

Interstate providers

The department will only recognise qualifications issued by approved interstate Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) which have current Service Provider Deeds with the driver licensing regulator in the jurisdiction.

New South Wales

ACT (Australian Construction and Transport) Training - 1300 561 223
DARE - Driver and Rider Education - 1800 111 424
PVET Institute - (02) 9418 8953
Trent Education - (02) 9591 1839


Transport Industry Skill Centre (TISC) - (02) 6297 7187

Related information


Standards and Training
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
GPO Box 1533
Adelaide SA 5001
Email -

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