As the law stands now you cannot legally operate as a driving instructor in Ireland, without formal qualifications.
To teach you have to pass the Road Safety Authority Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) examinations.
Qualifications Needed to Become a Driving Instructor
You must pass all RSA 3 stages to gain the qualification of ADI (Approved Driving Instructor):
- Stage 1 Theory test – Similar to the current tests for learner drivers except there are 100 questions.
- Stage 2 A driving test – This can take up to 1 hour 15 min.
- Stage 3 Ability test – This shows your ability to instruct where the examiner plays the role of a learner driver.
This may sound daunting, but the driving instructor course we offer will ensure that you are fully prepared and confident throughout the examination process.
Even those people who didn’t excel at school shouldn’t be put off the idea of becoming a driving instructor, as the ADI exams require no formal qualifications.
Driving instructing is a very practical skill and the ability to communicate with others and appreciate safe driving is far more important.
Therefore if you are good with people, have held a driving licence for a minimum of two years (with no more than 5 points and no bans) and take a pride in your driving this is the right job for you.
What do I do now?
First step is to phone our dedicated Dublin training office on 014851588 opening times are Monday to Friday 9am until 6pm.
If you ring outside of normal office hours an answer phone service is available for you to leave your name and address.
You can also contact us using the contact form. However, before you contact us please make sure you can meet the minimum requirements as set out by the RSA which state that you:
Must have held a driving licence for at least two years (with no more than 5 points overall or any bans) before you start training you must be able to pass a Garda Vetting check and have or be able to obtain a tax clearance certificate.
If you have any doubts about meeting these minimum requirements you can contact the RSA for further advice.