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    Does anyone know if you are a qualified driving instructor in the UK whether you need to take any additional tests before teaching in NZ?
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    This might throw some light on it, Nicky. I've only skimmed through it, so maybe have a read right through to make sure I haven't missed anything.

    I endorsements: How to become a driving instructor

    If you teach people how to drive on a road for financial or commercial gain, you must have a current driving instructor endorsement on your driver licence. This is called an I endorsement.

    If you are not sure whether you need an I endorsement, call our driver licensing contact centre on 0800 822 422.

    How do I get an I endorsement?

    You'll need to get an I endorsement for each class of driver licence you want to teach. For example, you'll need an I(1) endorsement to teach people how to drive light motor vehicles (Class 1 driver licence), but you'll need an I(6) endorsement to teach people how to ride motorcycles (Class 6 driver licence).

    Before you can apply for an I endorsement, you must have held a full New Zealand driver licence of the class or classes you want to teach for at least two years. For example, if you want to teach Class 1 and Class 3, you must have held a full New Zealand licence for both Class 1 and Class 3 for at least two years.


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    Hi MB - we read that and it relates to the instructors training in NZ but does not mention if you are already a practicing instructor in the UK. I have emailed them and am waiting for an answer. Just wondered if anyone else had done this and could help.
    Nursing Registration sent 5th August 2007
    Job Offer 25th September 2007
    Nursing Registration received 28th December 2007
    Submitted EOI 3rd January 2008 with 150 points
    Selected 17th January 2008
    ITA Received 31st January 2008
    ITA submitted 25th April 2008
    Approved in Principle 3rd May 2008
    Blue Stickers arrived 13th May 2008
    Flights booked for 19th Sept to Christchurch

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    By the way a lot of people drive over here, I can only assume that no qualifications are needed to teach people to drive, if in deed, people do get taught!
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    Can't argue there John.

    Had a reply from the authorities. It seems you cannot transfer a UK driving instructors qualifications to NZ - you have to sit the whole course again. However considering the course is 8 days long instead of 12 months it must be easier to pass. Although is still costs $3000 to do!!!
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    Job Offer 25th September 2007
    Nursing Registration received 28th December 2007
    Submitted EOI 3rd January 2008 with 150 points
    Selected 17th January 2008
    ITA Received 31st January 2008
    ITA submitted 25th April 2008
    Approved in Principle 3rd May 2008
    Blue Stickers arrived 13th May 2008
    Flights booked for 19th Sept to Christchurch

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickydwuk View Post
    Hi MB - we read that and it relates to the instructors training in NZ but does not mention if you are already a practicing instructor in the UK.
    I was going by the bit where it says...

    Before you can apply for an I endorsement, you must have held a full New Zealand driver licence of the class or classes you want to teach for at least two years.

    ...and assumed it meant that you couldn't be a driving instructor in NZ until you'd held a NZ driving licence for at least 2 years. At least you've got the full story now because, as you say, it doesn't go the full hog and say what instructors coming in from overseas would need to do.
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    OH has his NZ licence anyway so that wouldn't be a problem. Looks like if he wanted to purue this at a later date and if we decided to return he would have to sit the NZ instructors course first. At least we have all the facts now.
    Nursing Registration sent 5th August 2007
    Job Offer 25th September 2007
    Nursing Registration received 28th December 2007
    Submitted EOI 3rd January 2008 with 150 points
    Selected 17th January 2008
    ITA Received 31st January 2008
    ITA submitted 25th April 2008
    Approved in Principle 3rd May 2008
    Blue Stickers arrived 13th May 2008
    Flights booked for 19th Sept to Christchurch

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    Just to confirm, you do have to do the whole thing again in NZ. I had a UK instructors license and it was of no use here. Being an instructor is an endorsement on your license in NZ (an 'i' endorsement).
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    Thanks Taffy. They have told us this. I knew it was an endorsement and what you needed for the endorsement but I wasn't sure if the UK instructors licence waa s adequate to apply for the endorsement. Obviously not - never mind. If you can pass it in UK I'm sure it's not much different or harder in NZ.
    Nursing Registration sent 5th August 2007
    Job Offer 25th September 2007
    Nursing Registration received 28th December 2007
    Submitted EOI 3rd January 2008 with 150 points
    Selected 17th January 2008
    ITA Received 31st January 2008
    ITA submitted 25th April 2008
    Approved in Principle 3rd May 2008
    Blue Stickers arrived 13th May 2008
    Flights booked for 19th Sept to Christchurch

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