How Do I Join IAM RoadSmart New Zealand?

IAM RoadSmart NZ has two tiers of membership:

Associate: the initial ‘entry’ level which is available immediately on joining to anyone who has access to a licensed and warranted vehicle and has ideally held a full driving licence for 12 months (or driven 8,000 km); and

Full: open to drivers, with a full New Zealand Driver Licence in the appropriate class, who have passed the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Test.

Some full members choose to volunteer their time to qualify as Observers and/or Examiners and join the team dedicated to promoting safer driving in New Zealand.

If you decide that driving to the highest standard available is for you, a summary of the journey to achieve the Advanced Test is as follows:

  • You complete the on line application form (no payment is necessary at this stage)
  • We will contact you to arrange a free Initial Assessment with an Observer who will discuss IAM RoadSmart’s processes and goals and come out with you to see how you drive.
  • The Observer will give you a written report outlining your strengths and areas for improvement.
  • If you decide to go ahead, you will need to pay a fee which includes the test fee for full membership.
  • At this point, we will provide you with a copy of Roadcraft (the Police Drivers Manual) and a copy of The NZ Standard for Car Drivers.
  • We will assign one or more Observers to mentor you to test standard. This is likely to be a series of observed drives depending on your current standard. Between these outings, you will be encouraged to work on your skills, and participate in any organised social events.
  • When your Observer considers that you are at test standard, you will undertake a theory test of 10 questions each on the Road Code and Roadcraft. An independent Observer will then take you for a cross-check drive and, if successful, arrange for an Examiner to conduct the Advanced Test.
  • An Examiner will conduct the Advanced Test to qualify you for full membership of IAM RoadSmart.
  • Once you pass The Advanced Test you will be awarded full membership status at no extra charge for the remainder of the financial year in which you join.
  • You can now continue with your full membership and enjoy the benefits of belonging to IAM RoadSmart New Zealand. Some full members choose to contribute to the ongoing growth of IAM RoadSmart NZ by starting on the journey to become an Observer and assist others to raise their skills.

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