What is ADI?

Explaining what approved driving instructors (ADIs) are and why they are good for the learner driver

What is an ADI?

Since 30th April 2009, driving instruction in Ireland has been a regulated industry. The regulations cover standard of instruction, examinations to be passed as well as penalties for breaches of the law.

To work as a driving instructor in Ireland, an instructor must be on the RSA’s Register of Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) and display an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) permit. To become registered and get an ADI full permit, each instructor is assessed by the RSA to ensure they have the necessary:

  • Knowledge of rules of the road and road safety
  • Driving ability
  • Ability to teach a learner driver

For your protection, ADIs also undergo Garda vetting.
What this means for you, as a learner driver, is better, more consistent standards and therefore better instruction.

Finding an instructor

So far, over 1,500 instructors nationwide have been approved by the RSA and are now listed on the RSA Register. The RSA maintains a list of full ADI permit holders across the country, which learner drivers can use to select an ADI close to where they live.