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If you are a driving instructor and you want to provide driving lessons in the Netherlands, you must have a valid WRM competence card (Law on driving instructions for motor vehicles, Wet rijonderricht motorrijtuigenWRM, in Dutch). This card is valid for 5 years. You must take refresher courses to renew your certification. To apply for a WRM competence card or to have it renewed, you need to have a certificate of good conduct (VOG).
How to apply
To get the competence card you need to take an exam with IKBI (in Dutch), the exam and certification institute for the mobility sector. Part of the exam is a traineeship. You are only allowed to take a traineeship if you have a certificate of good conduct.
If you fulfil all requirements you will receive your competence card with the certificate for which you passed the exam. You are then allowed to give both theoretical and practical driving lessons for the category stated on your certificate.
You must take refresher courses to renew your certification (in Dutch) once every 5 years. Before your competence card expires you must:
- take a practical driving lesson (in Dutch) with an IKBI examiner
- complete a theoretical training (in Dutch)
If you fulfill the requirements but fail the practical test after 2 tries, you will not lose your competence card, but it will be renewed for only 6 months. You will get 8 weeks to find a replacement if you fail the practical assessment, during which period you can take the re-entrance course. If you pass this course, your card will be renewed for another 5 years.
Once you have completed your refresher training, you will automatically receive a new competence card.