John Ziersch - CV
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Connie ADTA logo John is a member of the Australian Driver Trainers Association (NSW) Ltd
Qualifications: Certificate IV in Driving Instruction (TLI41210)
Certificate IV in Training and Assessing (TAA40104)
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)
Registered DTAL practical & theory instructor (RDI No.146) with the NT's DTAL program
Registered DriveSafe NT practical & theory instructor.
Keys2Drive accredited
Driver's Licence: Class: HC, Heavy Combination (semi trailer), R Motorcycle rider (unrestricted)
Endorsement: d driving instructor
Background: John (commonly known as "Zipper") has been an NT resident since 1972, starting as a Technical Officer with Telecom Australia in Tennant Creek, then transferring to Jabiru as the technical depot's OIC, and finally moving to Darwin's 24-hour control centre.
He left Telecom in 1990 to start a career in computer science, but stepped straight into Prime Minister Keating's "recession Australia had to have".
Employment was scarce in the recession years, so in desperation, after working as a motorcycle salesman and as a bank courier, he finally saw the light and became a driving instructor - and wishes he had done it much earlier.

John has provided driver training & education since 1995.
He has delivered a wide variety of training packages throughout the Northern Territory, including ESL students, the theory component of DTAL, heavy vehicles truck/bus tuition, endorsing Certificate III (driving instruction), assisting with training to Certificate IV and developing training materials relevant to the provision of the DTAL program.

In 2002 John started his own business operating in association with Connies Driving School.
(He trained in manual & auto cars in SA for about 12 months then moved back to the NT)
As well as providing the practical components of the NT's DTAL program, John provides the theory component at Darwin High School Taminmin College.
Summary: 20 years experience in the Driver Training Industry in the Northern Territory and South Australia includes:
  • Cars: Private students and DTAL Log Book training & assessing at Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Jabiru and Gove.
    Providing theory classes and training/assessing on the NT Government's DriveSafe NT program (replaces DTAL).
    Competency Training & Assessing for RTOs* at Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Jabiru and Gove.
    Private students in Adelaide S.A. (southern coastal districts).
  • Heavy Vehicles (LR to HC): Competency Training & Assessing through RTOs* at Darwin, Alice Springs and Gove.
  • Assessing taxi driver applicants for Registered Training Organisations*
  • Classroom training/assessing for adults, adolescents, English-second-language groups, and remote indigenous communities for car licences (private & DTAL program students) & heavy vehicle licences (via RTOs*).
  • Classroom training & Practical classes for the Multicultural Council NT's "Passport To Drive" program and other MCNT programs.
  • Developing session plans for driver education & training (all vehicle classes).
  • Designing, developing & constructing training aids to suit particular student groups & localities (road models, PowerPoint presentations, OHP transparencies, in-car training diagrams, classroom hand-outs).
  • Designing, developing & constructing assessment tools to suit particular student groups & localities (road models, PowerPoint presentations, practical assessment documents, written & oral assessments).
  • Conduct accredited Driving Instructor training & assessing courses for an RTO.
  • Provide C-class licence testing for the pilot phase of the NT Government's licence testing outsource program (Feb 2015 - July 2015)
  • *RTOs (Registered Training Organisations) include Hanson Training Services (Alice Springs, no longer operating), Darwin University (Darwin, now known as Charles Darwin University), Industries Services Training (Darwin, now known as IS Australia) and D/T Education (Queensland).
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