19A NCAC 03I .0501        REQUIREMENTS

(a)  Each instructor of a commercial driver training school or branch shall:

(1)           have at least four years of experience as a licensed operator of a motor vehicle;

(2)           not have been convicted of a felony, or convicted of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, in the ten years immediately preceding the date of application;

(3)           not have had a revocation or suspension of his driver's license in the five years immediately preceding the date of application;

(4)           have graduated from high school or hold a high school equivalency certificate;

(5)           not have had convictions for moving violations totaling five or more points in the three years preceding the date of application;

(6)           have completed the 80-contact-hour, community-college course for driver education teachers; an equivalent course approved by the commissioner, or an Instructor Training Program conducted by an approved Commercial Driver Training School within four years prior to application;

(7)           successfully complete the written test administered by a Driver Education Specialist; (Allowed only one retest)

(8)           successfully complete the Miller Road Test given by a Driver Education Specialist; (Allowed only one retest)

(9)           be issued an instructor’s learning permit, valid for a three month probationary period;

(10)         submit a criminal background check from the Clerk of Court for each county of residence for the past 10 years;

(11)         be observed, evaluated, and recommended by a Driver Education Specialist within the three month probationary period; and

(12)         be exempt from the 80-contact-hour basic course, Miller Road Test, and the probationary period if the applicant is an accredited driver education teacher with a current certificate based on the requirements of the Department of Public Instruction and if he or she successfully completes the written Commercial Driver Education exam with a score of 80 or above, and if the test is administered by a Driver Education Specialist.  The applicant is allowed only one retest.

(b)  An applicant will be issued an instructor's learner's permit which  will be valid for three months.  To be eligible for an instructor's learner's permit, the applicant shall meet requirements in Paragraph (a)(1) through (10) of this Rule and shall:

(1)           submit an Instructor Application with a sixteen dollar ($16.00) application fee, copy of high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate, and physical examination form;

(2)           successfully conduct two hours of classroom instruction within the three-month probationary period, while being observed and evaluated by a Driver Education Specialist, if the instructor wants to be licensed as a classroom instructor;

(3)           successfully conduct two hours of behind‑the‑wheel instruction within the three-month probationary period, while being observed and evaluated by a Driver Education Specialist, if the instructor wants to be licensed for behind the wheel instruction;

(4)           be recommended by a Driver Education Specialist to receive an instructor’s license;

(5)           be exempt from Paragraph (b)(2), (3), and (4) of this Rule if the applicant is an accredited driver education teacher with a current certificate based on the  requirements of the Department of Public Instruction.

(c)  An instructor at an approved commercial driver training school may apply for an Instructor Trainer license.  The Instructor Trainer shall:

(1)           have five consecutive years as an active licensed instructor;

(2)           submit an application for Instructor Trainer License with a fee of eight dollars ($8.00);

(3)           complete two hours of classroom observation by a Driver Education Specialist while training instructors, not driver education students;

(4)           complete two hours of behind‑the‑wheel observation by a Driver Education Specialist while training instructors, not driver education students;

(5)           successfully complete the written test administered by a Driver Education Specialist; (Allowed only one retest)

(6)           successfully complete the Miller Road Test given by a Driver Education Specialist; (Allowed only one retest)

(7)           be recommended by a Driver Education Specialist;

(8)           must requalify each school year.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 20-322; 20-323; 20-324;

Eff. July 2, 1979;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2000; April 1, 1999; August 1, 1994; December 1, 1993; November 1, 1991; September 1, 1990.