University qualified (B.Arts.B.Education Studies Road Safety and Graduate Certificate Road Safety).
P and overseas transitional license qualifications taught.
I first gained my Instructors’ license in Feb 1987 after spending 26 years in Esperance WA and recognising a need for learner drivers to really understand road rules and handling a car in various conditions and the values of this combination.
I moved from the country region to Perth in 1997 February and was looking for new employment opportunities. I saw an advertisement in the “Sunday Times” which was asking for a driving instructor to work on a commission basis. I responded to the advert and an instructor at the driving school told me that in order for me to become an instructor, they would have to train me and get lots of dollars from me prior to employment.
I was not put off by this response from a city based non defensive driving school unfamiliar with the real roads and conditions of country Australia – so – I contacted the relevant government authorities to ask about requirements to become a licensed driver trainer.
It was less than a week later when I was issued an Instructor’s License from the Transport Department in WA. I had completed a 2 hour driving test and a teaching test to see if I was capable of passing on knowledge to learner drivers. Some years later, I wanted to validate and ensure a future in driver training and saw that the industry was going the way of most industries. Accreditation and certification were becoming the norm. In WA a Certificate 3 of Driving
Instruction would allow Instructors to bypass a 3 year practical test.
I went many steps further. I gained a teaching qualification at Murdoch university in 2000 and realised it was not for me. I preferred a one on one relationship to my valued students. Recognising this, I focused on completing a personalised and highly specialised graduate diploma/degree course which would ensure and legitimise my career in road safety.