Become a Driving Instructor Ireland
On a daily basis we get emails in relation to driving instructor courses. As a result we decided to put a quick guide together to help you understand everything there is to know about how to become a driving instructor in Ireland.
Some of the questions we get asked are as follows:
- How much does it cost to become a driving instructor in Ireland?
- How long does it take to become a driving instructor?
- What is the average salary of a driving instructor?
- How long is the course to become a driving instructor?
- What qualifications do I need to become a driving instructor in Ireland?
Become Fully Qualified Driving Instructor
- What is stage 1 of the ADI process?
- What is stage 2 of the ADI process?
- What is stage 3 of the ADI process?
1. How much does it cost to become a driving instructor in Ireland?
The cost to train varies from operator to operator but on average it costs about €2,000 – €3,000 depending whether you pass each stage first time or not.
The fees are €550 to the RSA and its €200 to reapply if you fail a stage. Therefore it’s important not to fail any stage.
2. How long does it take to become a driving Instructor?
With all things firing on all cylinders it possible to qualify in 24 weeks from start to finish. Getting tax clearance and Garda vetting can take time, then if a stage is failed it can set you back by 4 weeks..
We feel that the reality is 6- 8 months depending on the efficiency of the candidate.
3. What is the average salary of a driving instructor?
If you are employed by a company you will receive somewhere between €16 and €20 per hour but won’t have any overheads.
If you are self employed you will probably make €30 – €35 per hour but with all the associated overheads of car payments, insurance, fuel, website creation and maintenance.
4. How long is the course to become an instructor?
Anywhere from 6 – 8 months
5. What qualifications do I need to become a driving Instructor in Ireland?
There are no qualifications as such.You must be 19 years of age and hold a full licence for 2 years.
You must have valid tax clearance certificate and have a clear Garda vetting outcome. The rest of the criteria is proof of id and application form.
What’s involved in Stage 1?
Stage 1 consists of 100 questions where you must achieve 75% to pass.
There are 4 different sections which you will be asked a number of questions:
- Mechanic principles
- Testing guideline and documentation
- Member category B
What is Stage 2
Stage 2 is an advanced driving test of 1 hour and 15 mins of which you will need to perform a number of maneuvers.
The manoeuvres are:
- Parallel parking
- Right reverse
- Left reverse
- Hill start
- Emergency stop
This stage requires high levels of concentration and your reaction to hazards as the arrive need to be dealt with effectively and skilfully.
What is stage 3
Stage 3 is an instructional ability test on how you instruct a beginner and an advanced driver. The tester plays the role of both drivers and you must satisfy the 16 core competencies.
For stage 3 we partner with Ladybird driving school to teach our trainees in this phase of the process.
Let’s Get Started
We hope that we provided you with the information you need regarding driving instructor training! If you have any further questions, please feel free to give us a call 01 485 1588.