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5. Stage 2: ADI Driving test

The stage 2 ADI driving test assesses your driving ability. Your driving competence will be assessed against a longer, more comprehensive driving test than that which applies to a learner driver.

In order to take the Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) stage 2 driving test, you must meet a number of requirements.

You must have:

  • passed the stage 1 ADI theory test
  • a valid, full driving licence that you have held for at least two years in the licence categories for which you want to give driving instruction.

You must:

  • supply a vehicle for the driving test
  • be insured to drive it
  • display valid, original motor and insurance tax discs

The vehicle must meet the minimum requirements for the category, be roadworthy and, if applicable, display a valid National Car Testing (NCT) or a Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (CVRT) certificate for vehicle and trailer.

The driving test is conducted at the driving test centre you selected on your application form. The test takes between 60 and 100 minutes depending on the licence categories for which you want to give driving instruction. It is a practical and very thorough test of your driving skills, road and safety awareness, and technical knowledge.

When the test is fully completed the test examiner will give you the result and offer feedback on your performance. You must pass stage 2 before you can continue to stage 3.


How to book the stage 2 ADI driving test

The ADI driving test forms stage two of a three-stage qualification process.

There are two steps to booking your ADI driving test:

  • Step 1: Indicate at which centre you wish to take the test on your Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Permit application.
  • Step 2: Once you have successfully passed your stage 1 ADI theory test, you will receive an email from the Driver Education Section. This email will contain your theory test results together with a form and details for applying for the stage 2 driving test.

The ADI driving test fee is currently €200.00 per driving test.


Study material for your stage 2 ADI driving test

The RSA has produced an ADI Information Pack to help all ADI candidates know what's needed to become an Approved Driving Instructor. It covers:

  • ADI Assessment Guide - how ADI performance is judged
  • The Driving Instructor's Handbook - a professional resource for ADI candidates considering applying to register as a driving instructor
  • RSA Approved Instructor Booklet - information for qualified instructors
  • driving test information - marking guidelines, preparation, check test and vehicle standards
  • Essential Driver Training (EDT) and Initial Basic Training (IBT) booklets - information on how learner driver and learner motorcyclist training courses work
  • the Rules of the Road
ADI Application Pack zip | 11984 KB Rules of the Road( English) pdf | 19605 KB

Covid-19 restrictions

In keeping with public health guidelines, we have put in place certain measures to enhance the safety of our customers, our examiners, and to prevent the spread of Covid-19. 

The video below explains what changes have been made to the test and what we are doing to protect you. You can also download a copy of our Covid-19 information leaflet below.

It is essential that you familiarise yourself with this information as failure to comply may lead to your test not going ahead or being cut short.


video COVID-19 Driver Testing Customer Information pdf | 237 KB

Cancel or reschedule the ADI stage 2 driving test

To cancel or reschedule your stage 2 ADI driving test you must email [email protected]

You must give at least 10 working days' notice of a cancellation or rescheduling request. Otherwise you will lose your driving test fee and will have to pay again to sit the driving test.

If you have already cancelled two or more driving tests you will be unable to cancel the test without losing your fee.