TLI41218 Become a Driving Instructor in South Australia

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Thank you for taking an interest in our TLI41218 Certificate IV Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Car Driving Instruction) course. Our team consist of driver trainers that work exclusively in South Australia and are qualified driving instructors and VORT driver trainers registered with DPTI. Our classroom and support staff are industry experts that work throughout South Australia, the ACT, New South Wales and Victoria. Our TLI41218 Car Driving Instructor course offers participants an insight into small-business, allowing each student to graduate ahead of the driver training pack.

Upon successful completion, you can commence full time, part-time or casual work with a driving school or get straight into self-employed work. This nationally accredited course includes the skills and knowledge required to be successful as a driving instructor able to seek employment in fields such as learn-to-drive, pre-driver education, and defensive driver training.

Your ability to make a difference and deliver great education starts with your choice to receive a great education with Intelligent Training Solutions. Our staff are all active participants in the driver training and transport & logistics industry.

Nationally recognised, our course goes above and beyond the standard Certificate IV criteria as we teach and share with you our experiences of the last 20+years within the driver training and transport industry. Regardless if you plan to become self-employed, work full-time, part-time, or as a casual employee for a driving school, we will be here to guide you through the process with first-hand knowledge and experience.

Most importantly, long after you have completed your course with us, long after you have started your career, Intelligent Training Solutions will still be here to support and guide you in this industry. An ITS student is a student for life!


Our course includes the following Nationally Accredited Units of Competency:

(This course is from the TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package –

The TLI41218 qualification is required by anybody wishing to apply for an MDI (Motor Vehicle Instructors) licence with the DPTI (Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure). This course has been developed to provide you with the information, training and skills you will require to become a professional motor driving instructor allowing you to start work immediately, turning you into a valuable asset to any driving school or driver training business.*

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Intelligent Training Solutions will train you to the requirements of the TLI41218 qualification. The TLI41218 is the ONLY nationally recognised compulsory benchmark in and throughout Australia.

In addition to this qualification, South Australian applicants are required to meet the SA DPTI regulatory requirements. To do this you will be required to, as specified on the SA DPTI website, complete the requirements stated on SA.GOV.AU. Please click the link below to view the SA DPTI requirements.


During your training, Intelligent Training Solutions will cover all of the relevant information relating to the TLI41218 qualification and some of the information specifically relevant to the SA DPTI assessment. It is important to note that the SA DPTI regulator assessment is in addition and a separate assessment to the TLI41218 qualification and therefore contains criteria not relevant or covered by the TLI41218 qualification. Any registered training organisation delivering this qualification has no control over the SA DPTI assessors, assessment outcomes or assessment processes. In addition to successfully completing this qualification, Intelligent Training Solutions recommends completing addition driving hours specifically targeted at the SA DPTI regulator assessment with your local CBT&A / VORT instructor. If you do not have a local CBT&A / VORT instructor, our trainers can assist you with finding one or you can search the DPTI website to find an approved CBT&A / VORT instructor.

It is also valuable to note that the driver trainers working on this course with you are all DPTI registered and CBT&A and VORT approved.



Once you have successfully completed this course, you will have gained the skills and knowledge required by a driving instructor to train a novice learner driver with no prior driving experience to a level whereby they can safely and competently drive on Australian roads. You will also have gained an insight into the licence testing procedures and assessment methods used by a DPTI CBT&A and VORT instructor to prepare a learner driver for their drive assessment. By completing this course, you will have successfully completed Stage 1 of your pathway to becoming a DPTI registered Driving Instructor.

Stage 2 of the process is separate from the TLI41218 qualification and your studies with Intelligent Training Solutions with the Stage 2 process conducted by DPTI. To complete the final step and apply for an MDI (Motor Driving Instructor’s Licence) with DPTI and become a qualified registered driving instructor in the South Australian state you will, in addition to this qualification, need to meet the DPTI regulatory requirements. This involves completing additional driving hours specifically targeted at the DPTI regulator assessment with a registered CBT&A/VORT instructor. Throughout your time with us, we will provide you with information on how to go about finding a CBT&A / VORT instructor to assist you with this final stage.



Once you have successfully completed this qualification, it is recommended for those wanting to become a CBT&A or VORT instructor that you completed the TLISS00162 Driving Instructor Skill Set. This Skill Set provides you with the skills and knowledge required to undertake a drivers licence assessment. Refer to our TLISS00162 web page for more information.

For those students wishing to use this qualification and the skills and knowledge gained throughout the course in a higher education setting, you may also be interested in the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course.


For those students who have a heavy vehicle licence and are keen to expand their skills within the Transport & Logistics industry, you may want to consider completing the TLI41318 Certificate IV in Transport & Logistics (Road Transport – Heavy Vehicle Driving Instructor) course. Direct credit is provided for 8 of the 14 units within the TLI41318 qualification to any student who undertakes the course after having enrolled or successfully completing the TLI41218 (Car) qualification.


Students who have a motorbike licence and wish to train motorcycle riders may want to consider completing the TLI41418 Certificate IV in Transport & Logistics (Road Transport – Motorcycle Riding Instructor) course. Direct credit is provided for 8 of the 11 units within the TLI41418 qualification to any student who undertakes the course after having enrolled or successfully completing the TLI41218 (Car) qualification.



Prior to enrolling into this qualification, it is recommended that you meet the following requirements as stated by DPTI. Before an application for an MDI licence can be approved, you must:

  • Hold a current South Australian driver’s licence
  • Have held an unconditional car licence for a minimum of two years with no disqualifications in that time
  • Have held an Australian licence, or a licence from an approved country, for four years with no disqualifications in that time
  • Be a fit and proper person

Prior to obtaining a Motor Driving Instructor’s Licence (MDI):

  • Demonstrate competency as a motor vehicle instructor. This involves*
    • Successfully completing this qualification (TLI41218)*
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the Australian Road Rules by completing a road rules theory test for MDI’s – Click here for more information*
    • Successfully complete a regulator assessment – Click here for more information*

*NOTE: With regard to the items above marked by an asterisks (*) these items all need to be completed before applying for an MDI licence. Our trainers and assessor will assist you through this process and, in the case of the last dot point regarding the regulator assessment, provide you with information and a CBT&A / VORT instructors contact on how to prepare for this final third party assessment. As previously mentioned, the last two dot points (Road Rules Test and Regulator Assessment) are not part of this qualification and are only a requirement of the South Australian system, not the TLI41218 qualification.

It is also important to note that your application with DPTI is unlikely to be accepted if you have:

  • Been convicted of any sexual, fraud, financial, violent, drug-related or theft offences
  • a history of driving offences or licence disqualifications/suspension(s).



We have two different enrolment options for you when it comes to enrolling into this qualification. We suggest contacting our office to discuss these options in detail, however, in the meantime click on either of the two options below for technical information.




We are both proud and confident to say that we would have the most unique, informative and interactive student portal in Australia for this qualification!

We have worked tirelessly on our student portal to provide you with an educational pathway that delivers more variety, interactivity and meaningful information using a variety of platforms than any other provider. We have quite literally picked up our full-time course and placed it on our student portal where you can access it at any time and in any place.

Over the years we have created in-house learning materials that include presentations, animations, videos, recorded webinars, live webinars, industry-approved texts, additional support materials and much, much more to ensure that our blended delivery course delivers you the same learning, qualification, employment outcomes and opportunities when compared to our full-time course.  Best of all, we have put the hard work into our Portal and materials to ensure that your experience on this course is simple and stress-free. You will be provided with a clean, easy to use and simple to navigate Portal with the information you need is never more than three (3) clicks away. Our course contains materials for all learning styles (Auditory, Visual, Kinesthetic) yet you will never need to learn how to use different computer programs or platforms as our Portal handles it all.

Our blended delivery course is not an online course where you are left to your own devices to become overwhelmed and uninspired to complete the course and gain the qualification. It is not just another student portal where endless amounts of text and data have been dumped and left to die along with your chances of becoming a successful driver trainer.

Our portal will provide you with access to everything you require to successfully complete the different sections of the qualification at your convenience. You will regularly have contact with us and access to unparalleled support to fill in any gaps.



Student support is a cornerstone of our organisation. If you are a part-time or blended student with Intelligent Training Solutions, you will always have access to your course trainers or support officers, both before and after the completion of your course. Whether you wish to engage our services on a daily basis, once a week or in blocks is up to you. We have scheduled student support times as well as an ability to generate a support service at any time via our website. Support for this qualification is available in the following formats and times:

FACE TO FACEMON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI8.45am to 4.45pm

*NOTE: Responses to email support requests will occur during the times stated above, however, responses may be delayed up to 24 hours. If your support enquiry is urgent we recommend calling us.



Before you enrol in this course, our enrolment officer will arrange to see you either in person or via a live video conference. During this meeting, you will be issued with a Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) for this course. The information contained in our PDS expands on the information found on this webpage or that was supplied to you over the phone when you first enquire with us. Prior to enrolment, one of our team will walk you through this document highlighting any expectations we will have from you and provide you with the transparency of your commitment to this course.






If you would like to enrol into the highly rewarding course you must complete the enrolment process below. To being your enrolment process, simply click the button below, selecting the course you wish to enrol into.




Once you have completed step one, your enrolment officer will submit your enrolment forms to our administration office. Once received the following process will be applied:

  1. You will receive a confirmation text message (SMS) from us to inform you that we have received your enrolment form. This text message may take between 1 to 12 hours to arrive as this message is only sent once our team have your enrolment form in hand.
  2. For our blended delivery students, our administration team will call you to arrange your first face to face appointment with your trainer. If you are a part-time student, then your first face to face appointment will be on day one of your course.
  3. You will receive a number of emails from us. These are all important emails and must be read carefully. (These emails may take between 1 to 24 hours to arrive from the confirmation SMS) These emails may include:

    1. A welcome letter which will contain information and instructions on how to access your course along with your trainer’s contact details and location and time of your scheduled training. Our welcome letters also contain details about your first face to face appointment as well as student portal login credentials.
    2. A TAX invoice or receipt for your records regardless of your preferred payment option.
    3. An email containing information on your USI requirements for nationally accredited courses
  4. You will then receive a final text message (SMS) informing you that your enrolment has been processed. This final text message will also list the different emails we have sent you so that you can cross-check your email inbox to ensure you have received all our correspondence.



This course will be delivered from the following training venues and places:




There are no listed or identified entry requirements for this qualification within the training package. An inspection of the units of competency suggests that students wishing to enrol into this qualification should:

  1. Possess a current, full and unrestricted Australian drivers licence
  2. Fulfil all of the relevant state or territory regulatory requirements. Please refer to the DPTI website for further information
  3. Have LLN (Language, Literacy and Numeracy) skills equivalent to Level 3 or higher of the ACSF, which identifies adult English language, literacy and numeracy language indicators of competence.

NOTE: You will be required to complete an LLN indication assessment prior to your enrolment being accepted into this course. If you have any concerns about the LLN assessment please speak with us first as we are always happy to help.*

*Students who demonstrate LLN skills that are below a Level 3 can still participate and are expected to successfully complete this course, however, you will be encouraged to join our part-time course to ensure that our staff can provide you with the LLN support you may require.



The following criteria have been identified as recommended through industry engagement when undertaking this qualification as they reflect the job function of a driver trainer.

Organisations such as the Road Traffic Authority established driving schools (large, small and solo operators) recommend that all participants wishing to become a Qualified Driving Instructor should have:

  1. Have reasonable computer skills to be able to create a document (such as a TAX invoice) and browse the internet (for researching road rules, regulations and communicating with professional associations, industry groups and clubs. – Note: Computer skills will also be required for our blended delivery and part-time students. Our full-time students will have the support of their trainers and assessment and therefore won’t need computer skills in order to successfully participate and complete this qualification.
  2. Have the ability to competently drive a manual vehicle without assistance. – This requirement is mandated by DPTI. Anybody wishing to become a driving instructor in South Australia will need to know how to drive a manual vehicle
  3. Provide primary acceptable proof of identification
  4. Provide secondary proof of identification
  5. Meet the medical standards for licensing of commercial vehicle drivers as set out in the publication assessing fitness to drive.
  6. Complete an informed consent form provided by DPTI
  7. Pass a driver history check. Applicants will be checked for serious or frequent traffic offences.

NOTE: Please speak with your enrolment officer if you have any concerns with the recommended industry requirements.



Each unit of competence within this qualification will be assessed. All assessments will be based on the principles of competency-based training & assessment. A successful outcome for this course will be determined by a range of different methods including:

  • Assessment or student workbook
  • Written assessment
  • Observation of simulated and practical activities
  • Structured questioning and discussion
  • Written or verbal questioning at the completion of each session.



Intelligent Training Solutions will consider any credit or exemptions for previous studies or industry experience you have obtained. This may be through formal or informal training, paid or unpaid work experience. An application for DCT or RPL will be completed via a formal interview process prior to your enrolment. Further information is available by contacting our administration office and speaking with our training manager.



All learning and assessment materials required by this qualification will be provided to you as part of your enrolment into this course. Learning and assessment materials are provided to you in PDF or Microsoft Word (electronic) format.

As part of your course, you will be sent a hard printed copy of your course folder which will contain all your assessment materials, your student id card and your welcome letter. Replacement course folders are charged at $120.00.

NOTE: Student learner guides are not provided in this course folder, instead we have contextualised the information of these units into an online presentation that you will have full access to as part of your Student Portal.



In addition to the above,  you will also be required to supply your own resources as follows:

  1. Working pens and highlighters
  2. A4 lined workbooks for taking notes
  3. An active email address
  4. A working computer or laptop with the following programs installed:
    • Microsoft Word 365 or higher – (NOTE: Microsoft’s free OPEN Office software is also acceptable)
    • The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
    • The latest version of Adobe PDF Reader – This is a FREE program available for download online.
    • Access to the Internet (ADSL2+ or 3G is the minimum requirement)
  5. USB memory stick (minimum 4 Gig).
  6. UV approved sun-glasses, Sunscreen 50+ minimum, Sun hat and suitable shoes for driving. No thongs or bare feet will be allowed in our vehicles



The following resources are provided to you via PDF file format and are generally available free of charge (as a PDF) from their publishers, however, it is strongly recommended that you consider purchasing printed copies of these textbooks to keep with you throughout the course and in your vehicle, once you become qualified as a driving instructor. Every driving instructor should have a printed copy of the road rules, regulations and testing criteria with them while on the job.


Author Title of Book Approximate Price
Information Victoria Bookshop Road Safety Road Rules 2017 $53.44 + $19.95P&H
Information Victoria Bookshop Road Safety Road Rules Amendment Rules 2019 $4.22 + 9.95 P&H
Government SA Motor Vehicles Regulations 2010 TBC
Government SA The Drivers Handbook TBC

* Prices for the above publications may change without notice.



Once you have successfully completed this course you will be issued with a Record of Results and a Certificate of Completion within 30 days of your final successful assessment*.

*A student’s results and/or certificate will only be issued to a student once all enrolment fees have been paid in full with the exception of those student’s on a PayRight payment plan (interest-free student loan).



The following websites have been provided to you for your reference and should assist you when making a decision about your career.

  1. Frank’s Engineering Pty Ltd – Website Established in 1986, Frank’s Engineering is a major provider of dual controls and driving school equipment in AUSTRALIA. Unfortunately, Frank’s Engineering is located in Victoria. Driving instructors around Australian send their vehicles to Frank’s engineering.
  2. Tranznet. Known by its members as the Trainers and Assessors Network from Australia and New Zealand, Tranznet is a non-profit organisation formed to allow training, assessing and consultancy professionals to communicate, meet and exchange views affecting the workforce in the Transport and Logistics industries. Tranznet supports its members and promotes high professional standards. Member benefits include heavily discounted public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance.
  3. Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) Professional driving instructors in South Australia must hold an MDI when teaching an unlicensed person to drive a motor vehicle. The DPTI website contains MDI licencing regulations and applicant criteria…
  4. Service SA centres are one of the main resources used by Driving Instructors to obtain copies of road-related textbooks and student handout materials.



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