What is an Idaho Defensive Driving/Idaho Traffic School
Anyone who is cited for a moving violation in the state of Idaho
will have points assigned to their driving record. The points
stay there for three years and if you get more than 12, your license
will be suspended. By attending an approved defensive
driving/traffic school you can reduce your number of points by 3.
People may also volunteer to take the courses if they are guilty of a
violation. Drivers might want to reduce their insurance premium
by attending the school. The defensive driving/traffic school
instructor is the person who teaches the course. They have
specialized training and renew their instructor license annually with
the state of Idaho. The instructor will teach you the benefits of
defensive driving, effects of alcohol on the ability to drive,
techniques to handle adverse driving conditions, be able to spot
driving errors that contribute to collisions, and how to avoid
What Idaho State Agency Regulates it?
An Idaho defensive driving/traffic school instructor must be
annually licensed by the Idaho Department of Transportation.
Steps for Becoming an Idaho Instructor
To become a certified driver’s education instructor you must
complete a 4 credit course offered by Idaho State University or Boise
State University. The class will prepare you for the classroom
and in-car methods of teaching. If you do not want to leave the
comfort of your own home but would like to become a driving instructor,
you should think about enrolling in an online program. Idaho
Digital Learning Academy and Northwest Nazarene University offer an
approved program online. Every year you must renew your
instructor license from the state of Idaho before it is legal to
Requirements to Become an Idaho Instructor
It might be obvious but to become an Idaho Instructor the state
requires you to have a good driving record. The state of Idaho
defines a good record as;
- No conviction for traffic violations carrying a mandatory
suspension or revocation of the license within the preceding 36
- Not more than 1 conviction for any moving traffic violation within
any 12 month period of the previous 36 months.
- The driving record must be free of involvement in any fatal traffic
accident resulting in a conviction for any moving traffic
- A driving record must be free of any conviction for driving while
the license is revoked or suspended.
The instructors must also pass the Idaho Transportation Skills test
which is given by a certified Skills Tester. The results of a
current medical examination, done within 3 months, must be submitted if
the instructor plans to provide in-car instruction.
Continuing Education Requirements
A minimum of 15 hours of professional development must be completed
every two years for public school teachers of driver’s education.
If the professional development is not given by the state of Idaho then
it must be approved by the State of Idaho Department of
Education. In 2007, nine driver’s education workshops were
conducted in six different regions of the state by the Idaho Department
Job Opportunities and Income Potential
According to the Department of Education of the State of Idaho in
2007, instructor’s wages on average were $17.61 to $17.90 per
hour. There were 348 active public school driver education
instructors and 72 active commercial driving school instructors.
10 teachers completed the course at Northwest Nazarene University, 11
at Idaho State University and 16 at Boise State University. Since
the population is steadily increasing with more and more drivers on the
road, there will always be a need for defensive driving/traffic school