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People choose West Point to learn lifetime skills from
experienced professional drivers!
To attract and retain the
very best, we start by offering higher pay rates than any other
driving school in the area. So when we're hiring, many apply and
few make the grade.
New instructor candidates must exhibit high standards of
extreme patience, and the ability to teach.
They must also possess extensive driving knowledge to teach
effectively. To meet this criteria, every instructor candidate must have several years
of prior employment which must include at least one of the following:
Law enforcement training, e.g. California Highway Patrol
Proven commercial large vehicle driving experience
Experience as a DMV examiner, administering the same drive test
you will take
Certification as an instructor for large vehicle operators
As an additional
hiring requirement, each instructor must have held a
driver's license in the United States for at least 15 years.
Attention job seekers: Even if you're already
licensed through another driving school, these
additional requirements still apply. Every new hire
will receive the same
intensive training as if he or she is new to
How We Train Instructors
All newly-hired instructors start from a solid foundation as
true driving experts
and then we invest heavily in training! Far beyond the
DMV's requirements for instructor's licenses (a 60-hour
course), our instructor
training can take a month or more. We won't
release instructors to work with students until they've
learned our exclusive training
techniques, including how to recognize and eliminate common student
driving errors, defensive driving with a focus on new
drivers, and of course... Our unique brand of customer
Each instructor must also spend at least 20 hours
driving from the passenger side of the car, including
evasive maneuvers! This is unique to West Point; our cars are specially-equipped for it.
This exclusive part of our instructor training is the reason our instructors are known for their
unmatched ability to remain calm while keeping a car under
control even if the student can't.
The Instructor's Role
The instructor's job is simply to give you the best training
experience possible. A West Point Instructor is a
trainer, coach, and customer service representative.
At all times, your instructor/co-pilot remains alert for
road hazards and is ready to respond in case you need help.