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Become a Driving Instructor

Kick-Start Your New Career with ISM


Getting Started

Do you want to meet new people each day and work in a comfortable, interactive environment, with professional support and guidance in your career? ISM ADI Driving Instructors enjoy all these benefits and many more.

Benefiting from our experience as being the Market Leading Driving School for the past 60 years (established 1961), ISM ADI Driving Instructors come from a wide variety of different career backgrounds. Seeking a new career direction, our Driving Instructor Trainees include former members of An Garda Síochána, school teachers, factory workers, taxi drivers, construction workers, tradesmen, legal staff and lecturers.

Most people are simply looking for a fresh challenge and an interesting new career direction with real potential, with the freedom to be your own boss, work locally, work your own hours and get out on the road meeting new people. As an ISM ADI Qualified Driving Instructor, you will have the reward of excellent earning potential, flexible working hours, allowing you to spend more time with your family as needed, and the invaluable feeling of job satisfaction every time one of your students passes their driving test. Whether you’re new to the Driving Instruction Industry or you’ve already had some prior training, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting professional expert tuition and great value for money. If you are thinking of training to be a Driving Instructor, start by checking the requirements to make sure you are eligible before you train. Then, be assured that the ISM will train you to the highest standard to get you prepared for the RSA ADI Exams. Almost 90% of all Ireland’s qualified Driving Instructors have trained through the ISM.
We are even proud to say we have also trained most of our competitors!

Be aware of some Driving Schools charging for assessments. Reputable Instructor Training Organisations consider this bad industry practice. Instructor Trainees are also to be advised to exercise extreme caution with day-by-day payment plans, where you are not told how much and how long the process take.

ISM provides dedicated professional ADI Training for all three stages to ensure that you have the best possible chance to pass all three exams first time. Expert training is vital to beginning your new career as a Driving Instructor. It has emerged that virtually everyone who attempts the ADI Examinations without professional training, does not pass. ISM have dedicated Train the ADI Trainer Tutors who specialize in guiding Instructor Trainees to successfully pass the three modules in the least amount of time possible.

Before You Train

Whether you are new to the Driving Tuition Industry or you have already had some prior training, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting professional expert tuition and great value for money. If you are thinking of training to be a Driving Instructor, start by checking the requirements to make sure you are eligible before you train. Then, be assured that ISM will train you to the highest standard to get you prepared to pass your RSA ADI exams first time. Approximately 90% of all Ireland’s Driving Instructors have successfully trained through ISM!

Before you train, you must apply to the RSA (ADI Section) to become an ADI. Firstly, you must hold a full valid Irish driving licence (for a minimum of two years). Then, there are four things to do: Complete the ADI application form, complete the Vetting form, get two recent passport size photographs and your Tax Access Code (you will get this from Revenue).

Contact us at 01 864 1790, we’ll explain the process in detail and forward you the application forms etc.
If you have any doubts about meeting these requirements you can contact ISM at 01 8641790 or the Road Safety Authority on 096 25007 for further advice.


ISM ADI Training


The ISM ADI Driving Instructor Training Course provides everything you need to become a professional ADI Driving Instructor. Whether you intend setting up your own driving school or wanting to become an agent for ISM, the ISM ADI Training offers the most prestigious and respected Approved Driving Instructor Training Programme in Ireland at the most affordable price. ISM is approved and recommended by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to conduct ADI Training for all three stages, so getting you through all three stages in the shortest possible time and in a professional and systematic way, is what you can expect from ISM.

The ISM Instructor Training is the only choice – we operate Ireland’s only dedicated Instructor Training programme and as market leaders, virtually everyone trains through ISM to become an ADI Driving Instructor. We operate most of the ADI Training in Dublin and Cork, but also in selected areas throughout Ireland on a request basis. Upon successful completion, you will have the choice in setting up your own Driving School or the option of joining the ISM Team (pending successful interview).


Why Choose ISM


Put your trust in ISM to get you on the road as an ADI Driving Instructor. ISM is Ireland’s largest and first established driving school (est. 1961), offering nationwide training. With our longevity in business, you are guaranteed to be training with the most successful and professional driving school. With the ever-increasing expansion of ISM Instructors throughout Ireland, we are creating more market share each year. We have partnered with AXA Insurance (Ireland’s largest motor insurer), who provide two amazing offers (for Learner Permit and Full Licence holders) which has substantially increased business for ISM Instructors all over Ireland. Also, with the success of our integrated on-line booking system, over 45% of our car driving lesson bookings are now on-line, which is continuing to grow.

So whether you are an existing ADI who wants to increase local business, or new to the industry, contact Steve Murray or Karl Walsh at ISM Head Office 01 8641790. Please note that ISM restricts the number of Instructors in all areas throughout Ireland’s cities, towns, and rural areas.




The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is the regulatory body for driving instruction in Ireland. Driving Instructors who meet the standard set by the RSA will become Approved Driving Instructors (ADI).

The ADI Registrar based in the RSA heads up the unit responsible for the registration process. The objective of regulating the industry is to standardise instruction and give the ADI instructor a leading role in developing better drivers.

To become an ADI Driving Instructor, whether it’s for cars, motorbikes, trucks or buses, you must qualify as an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). The ADI qualifying examination is in three stages:

ADI Stage 1 – Theory TRAINING

Stage 1 of the ISM Driving Instructor Training Programme focuses on theoretical aspects of driving, including theory, rules of the road, driving regulations, ricability, pedagogy, customer focus etc, and is conducted on a 1:1 basis. Prior to this training course, you must read the recommended ADI study material which can be downloaded from the RSA website. It is imperative you have studied this material thoroughly prior to the theory training day.

This Classroom/Online Training day is usually scheduled a couple of weeks before your Stage 1 exam, after your home study is completed. Your tutor will work through Stage 1 ADI material and prepare you with mock exam papers to ensure you have full knowledge of each section that you are expected to know to pass your Stage 1 exam.

ADI Stage 1 – Theory EXAM

In this test you will be asked 100 questions split into four bands. For every question there will be four possible answers. You answer the questions by touching the computer screen to select the answer from the selection shown. To pass the test you must answer at least 85 questions correctly with a minimum of 20 correct answers in each band. This part of the test will last one and a half hours. You will have the option to work through a practice session lasting 15 minutes to help you get used to the system before you start the actual test.

ADI Stage 2 – Advanced Driving TRAINING

Now that most of the classroom work has been successfully completed, this part of the course is for the most part, on-road using either an ISM training vehicle or your own car if preferred. Stage 2 of the ISM ADI Training Programme concentrates on developing your driving ability to make sure you meet the high standards required to be a Driving Instructor and assesses your practical driving ability and knowledge. You will be expected to complete all manoeuvres that learner drivers must complete on their test. You will also be required to drive in a variety of environments, including urban and rural roads, motorways and dual carriageways. The Stage 2 training will ensure you eradicate bad habits from your own driving and assist you in spotting any faults that you may have missed in your own driving – enabling you to assist your students more effectively. It has been said before “if you cannot drive properly, you cannot teach properly”.

ADI Stage 2 – Advanced Driving EXAM

Like the training, the RSA ADI examiner will direct you to drive throughout a variety of different road and traffic situations. Note, you are not being tested by a regular Driving Tester, your exam will be conducted by an RSA ADI examiner (only six examiners throughout the country). This practical exam is also known as the ADI practical driving skills assessment. The Stage 2 exam is conducted on-road from one of 13 Driving Test Centres in Ireland, and the duration is over two hours.

ADI Stage 3 – Instructional Ability TRAINING

Now that you have passed Stage 1 and Stage 2, it is now time to demonstrate that you can impart this knowledge professionally and adequately to your future pupils. The final stage of your training to become an ADI Driving Instructor focuses on developing your ability to teach learner drivers now to drive professionally.

When you train with ISM, we will ensure you are well prepared for teaching pupils of all different standards. Our training programme will take you through everything you’ll need to know to pass the Stage 3 exam. You will also be taught how to use the dual controls effectively to control the car and keep it safe, while allowing your students to find their feet. You will be taught how to put “lesson planers” together using various role-play skills. You will also receive the ISM ADI Teaching Manual and taught how to teach your future students using this very comprehensive colour manual.

ADI Stage 3 – Instructional Ability EXAM
This is a practical assessment of your teaching ability that consists of two/three role playing exercises.
For the first of these exercises, the examiner will take the wheel and play the role of a complete learner driver with no experience. For the second, the examiner will play the role of an intermediate driver with some experience and you will be required to correct his/her errors. The third role, usually consists of demonstrating teaching methods to an experienced driver, to prepare him/her for their driving test. These are known as pre-test lessons.

These role-playing exercises are designed to test your presentation, your mastery of instructional techniques and your ability to assess a learner driver’s skills and weaknesses correctly.

Costs - Step by Step

In order for you to understand the process in detail, the following is a step-by-step guide for you to become an RSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). Below we have detailed the prices of each exam and training module with an attractive payment plan to suit your requirements. We realise that it is important that you know exactly how much the whole process will cost, from start to finish. On this note, beware of training companies offering ADI Training that do not provide transparent information and/or prices. The ISM Instructor Training Programme represents unrivalled value and is guaranteed as the most competitively priced training available in Ireland.



  • STAGE 1    €150.00
  • STAGE 2    €200.00
  • STAGE 3    €200.00
  • REGISTRATION FEE (upon successful completion)  €250.00


The full three-Stage Modular ADI Training Course costs €1950.00. Our ADI training is conducted by industry experts on a 1:1 basis. Please note that home study is required, and we will advise you about the best way to proceed with all relevant information to prepare properly for each exam. You will also receive a complimentary ADI Stage 3 Teaching Manual to prepare for your final Stage 3 exam.

  • ADI STAGE 1: Home Study + Revision Session (1 x half day session; 4 hours) of Classroom/Online Based Theory Training.
  • ADI STAGE 2: On-Road Advanced Training (3 x half day sessions; 12 hours). ISM provide the training vehicle if necessary.
  • ADI STAGE 3: Combined On-Road & Classroom Training (4 x half day sessions; 16 hours) of Instructional Ability Training (including ADI Teaching Manual).

Classrooms are provided for the relevant theory sessions and new fully-insured dual-controlled specialised Training Vehicles are used for the On-Road Training.
We now have introduced a new “three part easy-pay plan” where you can pay the course fee in three stages: €650.00 x 3 payments.

Payment is accepted by bank transfer of credit/debit card. For more information about this, phone Karl or Steve at ISM Head Office at 01 864 1790.

Step by Step Guide

  1. Download the RSA ADI application forms at . All three RSA ADI Exams will cost you €550.00 but you can pay for each stage separately if it suits you better. The breakdown of these RSA fees are: Stage 1: €150.00 / Stage 2: €200.00 / Stage 3: €200.00.
  2. Complete both forms (the ADI application form and the Vetting form). Get your Tax Access Code from Revenue. Post all this back to the RSA in Ballina, Co Mayo with two recently taken passport photographs. The RSA usually take 3/4 weeks to process your application. When successful, the RSA will write to you and provide you with an “eligibility number”; this number will enable you to apply for your first exam, the ADI Theory Test.
  3. When you have scheduled your Stage 1 exam date, contact us immediately. We will advise you of all the relevant material to read, all of which are recommended by the RSA. We will then arrange your Stage 1 training date approximately 10 days before this exam date. We will require your first deposit payment of €650.00 at this stage.
  4. When the RSA are notified of your successful Stage 1 pass result, we recommend you apply for your Stage 2 exam as soon as possible; you should expect your Stage 2 exam within a month or so. Once you have received this date, call us and schedule your three half day sessions of Stage 2 Advanced Driver Training. We will now require your second deposit payment of €650.00.
  5. Then when the RSA are notified of your successful completion of Stage 2, you should expect your Stage 3 exam date, again within approximately another four weeks. Once you have received this date, call us once again and schedule your four half day sessions of Stage 3 Instructional Ability Training prior to your exam date. Now you can pay your third and final training fee of €650.00.

To get started or if you have any questions, contact Karl Walsh at 01 864 1790 or 087 2533365 .