ESDS Trainers

Find information here regarding ESDS Trainers.

What is the role of an ESDS trainer?

An ESDS trainer sets out to develop competent emergency service drivers who are fully engaged in the act of driving safely and responsibly in accordance with their roles. The ESDS trainer will provide the driver of an emergency services vehicle with the clear practical guidance, knowledge of legal requirements and regulations governing the use of emergency services vehicles and how they impact on other road users.

I work in an ESDS participating organisation - how do I become an ESDS trainer?

Your Emergency Services organisation may nominate personnel to become trainers. Some of the emergency service organisations that are currently involved with ESDS have ‘in house’ trainers and there is a facility for those trainers to be registered with the RSA as ESDS trainers in the specific level and category subject to successful completion of a relevant trainer theory test and successful completion of a practical training workshop. For those who work in an ESDS participating organisation and wish to obtain ESDS trainer certification please refer to ‘ESDS Trainer Pathway to Certification (in-house)

I am an Approved Driving Instructor – can I become an ESDS trainer? What levels can I become a trainer in?

If you are currently an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) you may apply to the ESDS unit in the RSA to become an ESDS trainer. You will be required to sit and pass an ESDS theory test in the level and category you wish to give tuition in, provided this is the category you are currently registered with the ADI unit to give tuition in at present. You will then be placed on an ESDS register of trainers in the RSA. You will need to retain your ADI qualification to be an ESDS Registered Trainer.You may become a trainer at level 1 in all categories or at level 2 in all categories. There are legal prohibitions on becoming a trainer at level 3. In order to become an ESDS registered trainer at Level 3, you must be eligible to avail of ‘exemptions’ under current road traffic legislation. For ADI’s who wish to obtain ESDS trainer certification please refer to ‘ESDS Trainer Pathway to Certification for ADI's.

I am an ADI how do I apply to become an ESDS trainer?

ADI’s who wish to apply to the RSA to become ESDS certified trainers can do so initially by filling out the form below. This is required so that the ESDS unit of the RSA know what ESDS level and vehicle category you are seeking certification in, You will then be required to send the signed application form with the appropriate fee into the ESDS unit of the RSA. The ESDS Unit will send you details regarding how you will go about booking your theory test and completing your practical driving assessment if required. Once you have completed and submitted this form the ESDS Unit in the RSA will return to you an application form with the relevant information regarding the fee and aspects of theory and practical assessment which you may have to undergo. 
 

What type of training will an ESDS trainer provide, and to whom?

The ESDS Trainer will provide training in line with the ESDS Syllabus . An ESDS trainer sets out to develop competent emergency service drivers who are fully engaged in the act of driving safely and responsibly in accordance with their roles. The ESDS trainer will provide the driver of an emergency services vehicle with the clear practical guidance, knowledge of legal requirements and regulations governing the use of emergency services vehicles and how they impact on other road users.

What are the necessary qualifications to become an ESDS trainer?

Some of the emergency service organisations that are currently involved with ESDS have ‘in house’ trainers. The emergency services organisation may apply to have these trainers certified as ESDS trainers in the specific level and vehicle category. Certification will be  subject to successful completion of a relevant theory test and a practical training workshop.

Current Approved Driving Instructors (ADI’s)  may apply to the ESDS unit in the RSA to become trainers. They will be required to sit and pass an ESDS theory test in the relevant category they wish to give tuition in provided this is the category they are currently registered with ADI unit to give tuition in at present. The full process to achieve ESDS Trainer registration is outlined in the ESDS Pathways To Trainer Certification for ADI's . 

What is involved with the ESDS theory test?

ESDS theory tests are computer based multiple choice questions and user friendly. Depending on the ESDS level you are wishing to get certification in there is a requirement to sit a Core Level theory test. If you are seeking certification in a truck or bus vehicle category there is an additional requirement to sit a bus or truck theory module.

Exam Name Exam Length Questions Pass Mark
ESDS Core Level 1 1Hr. 15 mins 50 72%
ESDS Core Level 2 2 Hrs 80 71%
ESDS Core Level 3 2 Hrs 100 73%

 

ESDS Module Test Categories

Exam Name Exam Length Questions Pass Mark
ESDS Truck Module 1 Hr 30 73%
ESDS Trainer Module 1 Hr 40 75%

If you are seeking certification as a Trainer in ESDS Level 2 Vehicle Category C1, the theory test requirement means you must sit the ESDS Core Level 2 Core exam plus the Truck Module plus the Trainer Module.  Once you have a specific theory test successfully completed, you will not be required to re-sit it if it is also a requirement for future certification you may be looking for i.e. if you are an ESDS certified Trainer in ESDS Level 1 Category C1, and then proceed to seek certification in ESDS Level 2 Category C1, there is no requirement to sit the Truck module theory test again, or the Trainer Module theory test – the only additional theory test requirement in that scenario is ESDS Core Level 2 theory test. 

How can I prepare for my theory test?

The purpose of the test is to examine knowledge of the appropriate level of ESDS. In order to prepare for your ESDS Theory Test, the RSA have a recommended reading list, which is detailed below.

  • ESDS Guidance Manual
  • ESDS Syllabus
  • Rules of the Road
  • RSA Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines
  • RSA Learning to Drive a Car
  • RSA Guide – Sharing the Road with Emergency Service Vehicles
  • RSA Learning to Drive a Truck
  • ESDS Information booklet
  • ESDS Competence Framework
  • RSA Learning to drive a bus
  • ESDS Drivers Guide
  • ESDS Tactical Response Guidelines
  • Roadcraft
  • ESDS Theory Test Information

Will every ESDS organisation have ESDS Trainers?

The organisations that do not have ‘in house’ ESDS trainers may avail of the services of an Approved Driving Instructors with appropriate ESDS Trainer certification.
A list of certified  ADI’s that have ESDS trainer certification will be available on the RSA website once they have been registered. 

Will there be a register of ESDS trainers?

Yes. There will be a register of all ESDS Trainers held by the ESDS unit in the RSA.

Are there costs associated with becoming an ESDS Trainer?

 If you are currently an ‘in house trainer’ within an ESDS organisations, your organisation may apply to the  ESDS unit in the RSA to  have you registered as an ESDS trainer, and the cost of registration will be administered through the nominating ESDS member organisation.   

For ADI’s who are eligible to become ESDS Trainers, applications can be made directly to the ESDS Unit in the RSA. There is a fee for the relevant theory test and practical driving assessment across the levels where applicable.

Do I have to work for an emergency service to become an ESDS trainer?

No. You do not necessarily have to work for an emergency service organisation to become an ESDS trainer. You may apply initially to the ADI unit in the RSA and having successfully fulfilled the requirements  and registered as an Approved Driving Instructor you may then apply to the ESDS unit in the RSA to become an ESDS Trainer.

However in order to become an ESDS registered trainer at level 3 you must be eligible to avail of exemptions under current Road Traffic Legislation to become an ESDS Level 3 trainer. The full process to become  an ESDS trainer is outlined in the ESDS Trainer Handbook.

How long does certification as a trainer last?

Re-certification of trainers will be required every 2 years.

Once certified as a trainer, do I have to re-qualify? – If so, how often?

Trainer re-certification within 2 years will be a requirement in order to maintain the ESDS certification. Your organisation may apply to the ESDS unit in the RSA to have you re-certified as an ESDS trainer.

How can I contact the ESDS Unit in the RSA?

  • The ESDS Unit in the RSA can be contacted by email at esds@rsa.ie