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How to become a driving instructor?


If you wish to become an ADI you must first satisfy the Registrar that you are a person of good character. There are also specific requirements you must: Be tax compliant and in possession of a tax clearance certificate.
Hold a full driving licence for the category in which you wish to give instruction for two years.
All instructors looking for ADI status must also go through the Garda vetting process.
This provides an extra layer of protection for young learner-drivers.
You will then receive your eligibility number from the ADI unit.

The Qualification Process

There are two ways to become an ADI:

Undergo the three-stage RSA qualification process, or
Show that your existing qualifications/experience meet the ADI standard.

There are three stages to the ADI exam:

  • Driver theory test
  • Practical driving test
  • Instructional ability test
The theory test (part 1) is carried out locally, at one of our 41 test centres nationwide you can choose a centre that is most convenient to you. Once you receive your eligibility number from the ADI unit, you can make an appointment via the online booking page or by calling the information and booking line 1890 606 106.
Available appointment times can vary between test centres.
The driving test (part 2) and the instruction ability test (part 3) are only available at the following locations: Athlone, Cork, Dundalk, Dublin (Finglas), Galway, Kilkenny, Letterkenny, Limerick, Mullingar, Rathgar, Sligo, Tralee and Waterford.
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Existing Qualifications

If you can show that you meet the RSA ADI standard because of qualifications you already hold, there is no need for you to qualify all over again. But this is something that the RSA needs to verify. Contact us to arrange an assessment of your qualifications. Depending on what qualifications you hold, you may be entitled to an exemption from one or all exam stages.
The name of an applicant who passes the three-stage examination or is approved following assessment of their existing qualifications will be entered into the ADI Register.

RSA Fees

There will be a fee for each phase of the application process, including any re-test following a fail, payable to the RSA.
Contact the RSA for details of their fees.

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