FAQ
Driver's Education - Providers and Instructors
What do I need to qualify to become a driver education instructor?

To qualify for a driver education instructor certificate from the Secretary of State an applicant must:

  1. Be at least 21 years of age.
  2. Possess a valid driver license that has been in continuous effect for not less than 5 years immediately preceding the application.
  3. Provide the applicant's driver license number
  4. Provide a statement indicating whether the applicant has applied for a driver education instructor certificate in this or any other state, and the result of that application.
  5. Provide a statement indicating whether the applicant has previously had a driver education instructor certificate revoked or suspended in this state or any other state.
  6. Complete a criminal history check.
  7. Certify there is no pending criminal matter or outstanding arrest, warrant, or conviction since submitting a request for a criminal history check.
  8. Submit a $45.00 nonrefundable application-processing fee.
  9. Submit a certified medical examination report that is not older than 90 days that is prepared by a physician, physician's assistant, or certified nurse practitioner.
  10. Until December 31, 2007, a driver education instructor applicant for teen driver training must submit an official transcript from an approved college or university that currently offers driver education instructor programs. The transcript must provide evidence of the equivalence of at least 8 semester hours of driver education instructor preparation courses. The universities that currently offer the approved instructor preparation courses are listed at the end of this document.
  11. Beginning January 1, 2008, a driver education instructor application for teen or adult driver training must submit an official transcript from an approved college, university, or person to verify the completion of a driver education instructor preparation program as described in section 23 of PA 384 of 2006.
  12. Other information and documents as requested by the Secretary of State to determine an applicant's qualifications for certification.

Driver Education Instructor Preparation Programs

 

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What information is a provider required to maintain?

Provider records must be maintained for 4 years and contain the information relating to student instruction, including, but not limited to:

  • The dates and number of hours of classroom, and behind-the-wheel instruction given the student, signed by the instructors that gave the instruction.
  • Complete registration and achievement records for the student. Achievement records must include test scores, and the Unique Identifier(s) [number(s)] included on the student's test(s).
  • A list of the student's payments for tuition, fees, and purchase or rental of suppliers or equipment.
  • A copy of the signed contract between the school and the student.
  • The information contained on a course completion report for the student.
  • Student attendance.

 

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Once I receive my instructor certification, what do I need to do?

Once you have your instructor certificate, you are required, by law, to provide a copy of it to your employer(s). It would also be in your best interest to make sure your employer(s) submit a DES-022 Driver Education Instructor Employment Form to the Department listing you as an employee.

 

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What are my options for professional development?

Attending one of the training workshops on the new curriculum will satisfy professional development requirements for an instructor's first certificate renewal cycle. For those involved in rehabilitation and truck driver training, other options may be available, although they have not yet been determined. Professional development options will be posted on the Web site when identified, and updated periodically.

 

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What is the deadline for meeting professional development requirements?

Professional development requirements must be met by the time your original instructor certificate expires (2 years from the date of issuance).

 

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How many times will the test versions be changed? This in turn will affect how many copies will have to be made up.

The current pool of 400 Segment 1 questions and 80 Segment 2 questions along with the test software will allow for a unique test every time a provider requests a new version. Providers must not keep any test in circulation more than 12 months.

 

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Will there be a different test available for students with special needs?

No. Special needs students must pass the test version being utilized for the class they are attending. Providers are permitted to administer the test orally, or record the test onto an audiocassette for a student's use.

 

 

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When will the Segment 1 and Segment 2 knowledge tests be available?

The Segment 1 test is available to certified driver education providers. The Segment 2 test will be available later in 2008 after field testing. Providers may start using the tests as soon as they are available, but both tests must be utilized and requirements met beginning May 1, 2008.

 

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How can I obtain additional copies of the curriculum?

Additional copies of the curriculum can be obtained by contacting the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) directly. Visit their Web site at http://www.adtsea.org, or telephone toll free 800-896-7703.

 

 

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When must the curriculum be implemented?

Providers are encouraged to implement the curriculum as soon as it is received, but the curriculum must be used (or approval to use an alternative received) as of May 1, 2008.

 

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What reports are providers required to submit and when?
  • DES-101 Program Request form - This form lists locations, dates, times and instructors for Segment 1, Segment 2, or truck driver training classes (if applicable). The form must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the starting date of the class.
  • DES-102 Program Completion Data form - This form lists the students who attended a Segment 1 or Segment 2 class, and the certificates of completion that they received. The form must be submitted no later than 10 days after the session has ended. This is for teen programs only.
  • DES-022 Driver Education Instructor Employment form - This form must be submitted prior to an instructor's start date and immediately upon an instructor's departure.
  • Truck driver training biannual report - Due on April 15th and October 15th of each year, this report lists names, addresses, and driver license numbers for those students enrolled since the last report, and student pass/fail information.
  • Year-end report - Each provider must submit a year-end report, which indicates the number of students who pass and fail each type of program offered.
  • DES-024 Classroom Approval/Fire Marshal Verification form - This form must be submitted prior to adding a classroom location.
  • DES-018 Training Vehicle List - This form must be submitted when new training vehicles are added.
  • Close out report - When a provider ceases operation, a close out report must be submitted, which includes an inventory of certificates of completion (teen programs only), and identifies where records will be stored.

 

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