How To Become A Driving Instructor

Can I Become I Driving Instructor Or A Part Time Instructor?

From question asked of this blog, there are some who would like to become a driving instructor. It is beyond my understanding, even though there are 1001 jobs around, why contemplate becoming a “Driving Instructor” of all things.

If you read my blog post “How I become a driving instructor“, the main reason why I became a driving instructor was to supplement my income which then was hardly enough.

But to hear that there are some amongst you who aspire to be a driving instructor does give me a sense of “satisfaction”.

Seeing someone who have thought years ago whizzing by the highway waving to you, receiving a litter thank you “note” from my nieces Sue Yin and Sue Sin (whom I thought some 10 years back) while they were still in school, bring me enormous joy. Joy and satisfaction words cannot describe.

Finally, the “Thank you” and encouragement they have given to this blog when they heard about its opening, to them I say “thanks and drive carefully”.

Coming back to the more serious question of can I become a Driving Instructor. To these asking this question, the answer is Why Not? And to the question of what about becoming a “part time” instructor?

The answer to both the above question again is “Why not”? If you are a hard working person who intends to earn a little bit more to make ends meet, what’s the problem?

To become a driving school instructor, first of all you’ll have to possess a few good qualities in you. Namely:

i) A trustworthy person.

ii) Person of patience.

iii) Hard working individual.

iv) Can withstand the hot Malaysia sun.

It is suffice only a few qualities be given. I’m afraid giving you to many qualities you must posses might scare you away.

Other required qualities if you have them are:

i) Possess at least S.P.M. certification.

ii) Being able to sponsored (anjur) by a driving school / institute.

iii) Have some money to attend courses (at least RM1000 – RM1500).

Courses for S.P.I.M.2, is organised from time to time by J.P.J. in Sabah and Sarawak. S.P.M.2 (or the certificates) can be used in Semenanjung Malaysia as well.

What does the courses organised by J.P.J. provide? Briefly, J.P.J. courses provide:

i) Training

ii) Testing techniques

iii) Demonstrations

iv) Test your on ability to “test” a candidate

v) Your ability to test certain vehicles (B2 motor and D for cars)

At the end of a week long course, you will be awarded a “certificate” to instructor or S.M.2.

Chinese philosopher Confucius said “the journey to a thousand miles begin with the first step”. My advise to those who wish to become an instructor, first find a “sponsor” quickly.

After completing discussion of the first question, we new arrive at the second question which is “Can I become a part time instructor?” Actually, the answer is No! Why not? The answer is quite simple.

To teach people how to drive is difficult and dangerous as well. Let the qualified instructor do the job.

The second reason is vehicles used to provide “tuition”to students are slightly unique that they possesses 2 sets of “brakes”. The third reason is being driving school or Institute cars possesses special insurance for “tuition” and “test”.

Your car cannot be used because your car does not have the insurance cover for the purposes mentioned above.

The forth unique factor of the driving school car is that the vehicle has to undergo a 6 month inspection by Puspakom authorities.

What would happen if you were to use your own car or vehicle to provide “tuition” in kampung areas The answer to that question is you’d likely meet with J.P.J. and believe me, you will get a Summon.

How if you work as a part time instructor? The answer to the above question is still a No! Very few driving schools are keen to take you as a part time instructor solely because you do not possess the Sijil SM2, which is an offense.

To end this short article, let me provide you with some information. Anyone employing someone who does not have the certificate to instruct is in reality committing a wrong. Three summons will be issued:

i) To the owner of the car.

ii) To the instructor.

iii) To the driving school itself.

If we were to consider the pros and cons and the dangers we encounter and so forth, we would realise it’s never advantages at all to employ someone who does not possess the certificate to teach.

So sorry, there goes your wish to be a part time driving instructor. Try something else. Selling burgers perhaps. It’s safer. No J.P.J.. But then, there’s the Majlis Perbandaran, don’t forget.

By | 2012-09-22T11:49:56+08:00 July 4th, 2009|Driving Schools|10 Comments

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  1. Suthan Kk February 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Dear sir,

    I really need your help.
    Once I have finished my driving test, I am suppose to get the license as fast as possible.

    I have waited for 20 days, but she still haven pass me my license.
    She is not answering my phone call and not entertaining my sms.
    What am I suppose to do?


    • Cikgu Yap March 1, 2010 at 2:37 pm - Reply

      1st find out if your instructor is legally registered with J.P.J. Then contact me again for further advice if need be.

  2. Kenix May 4, 2010 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Dear Sir,

    I have a valid driving license. Due to long time didn’t drive, i have no confident driving in KL. I want to learn the driving skill which the fees counted by hour but i found it is hard to find a chinese instructor in PJ. Do you have any idea where can i get a chinese instructor? Thanks

    • Cikgu Yap May 5, 2010 at 11:50 pm - Reply

      Driving lessons are calculated according to hour. You could Metro Driving Academy if they can provide you a Chinese driving instructor.

  3. Esther January 5, 2015 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    I have two questions.
    1. If someone does not have spm but had many years of driving record and proven good driver, can they apply to sit for the driving instructor test? Can you apply to sit for the test without attending courses? If yes, where do you get the books to prepare for the exam?
    2. If you apply to be employ by driving school, do you need to provide your own car to be fitted with brakes or the driving school will provide the car?

    • Cikgu Yap January 8, 2015 at 9:50 am - Reply

      To be an instructor, unfortunately is a long and tedious process. SPM cert is a must. Other requisites can come later.

  4. KARL de jonge February 15, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I like to know this : can a non malaysian be a drivinginstructor or not ?
    I’m staying sinds october 2012 in sabah kota kinabalu .
    I’m useing a social visa pass sinds january 2011.

    • Cikgu Yap May 20, 2017 at 10:55 am - Reply

      Only Malaysian are allowed to become a certified driving instructor.

      • GAP July 15, 2019 at 7:02 pm - Reply

        Hi Cigku Yap,
        How do you go about getting a driving school to sponsor you as a driving instructor?


        • Cikgu Yap July 16, 2019 at 5:49 pm - Reply

          Best thing would be for you to personally visit an institute and talk to the manager/proprietor.

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