Become an Instructor

Interested in becoming an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor)? If you’re looking for a flexible rewarding career with great job satisfaction, then working as a Driving Instructor might be right for you.

 

ADI Train the Trainer RSA Approval

Advance Drive is the only training provider in the west of Ireland Approved to deliver ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) training.

To become an ADI you must be:

  1. Person of good character (RSA Garda vetting process)
  2. Be tax compliant (valid tax clearance certificate)
  3. Hold a full driving licence for the category in which you wish to give instruction for at least two years

You will need to pass three RSA ADI exams:

  • Stage 1 – ADI Driver theory test
  • Stage 2 – Advanced practical driving test
  • Stage 3 – Instructional ability test

RSA ADI exam fees:

  • Stage 1 – €150
  • Stage 2 – €200
  • Stage 3 – €200
  • Registration (initial and every two years) – €250

After passing all three exams you will be a qualified ADI, you will also receive a FETAC Level 6 award for driving instruction.

If you have any questions on the process or feel you have what it takes to be a great instructor email philip@advancedrive.com for information on courses.



Testimonials

  • Thanks Philip and Mike, Bus and CPC passed first time with your help. A good morning for you too as along with me you got a Car, LGV and the HGV passes in less than 2 hours. Keep up the good work.Mick.
    April 30, 2014Mick Walsh

    Had numerous lessons with other tutors and failed my test first time. My second time had only two double lessons with Philip and passed with flying colours! thanks a million guys! keep up the good work
    April 30, 2014Susan Looby Cullinane

    Definately recommend Advance Drive. Passed my test first time with great lessons from Dezzie Barry. Great instructor and highly recommended
    April 28, 2014Padraic Casserly

    Big Thanks to Dezzie in Advance Drive, he got me through both my B & C1 licence. I wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend them to anyone wanting to learn to drive and to anyone who want to advance on to other licences. Very friendly, accommodating and professional!
    February 16, 2015Galway

    Philip is an absolute genius when it comes to driving and answering questions you ask there is absolutely nothing he doesn\'t know, done 3 tests in a year rigid, coach and artic yesterday 1st oct with nearly a clean sheet only 1 fault due to another very unprofessional bus driver. how good is that for a result driving a truck with a 35ft trailor thanks to the expert tuition from Philip. impossible to fail. why go to an apprentice when you can learn from a professional cheers philip
    April 28, 2014Lorcan Warde

    I just want to say thanks to Philip for the lorry lessons and most importantly for his calming nature on the morning of my test. I would never have passed first time without your help. Looking forward to round two for the horsebox!! Many Thanks Aine
    April 30, 2014Aine

    I would highly recommend Advance Drive. I passed my Jeep and trailer test first time thanks to great lessons from Philip. Will be back for truck and bus lessons!
    April 30, 2014David Irwim

    Hi All, I just want to thank Dezzie and all the team at Advance Drive for helping me pass my Class B driving test last Monday in Westside Galway. Overall, I did 17 lessons with Dezzie in the Ford Fiesta and I found him to be extremely friendly, professional and knowledgeable at all times, and I can definitely say that he has the patience of a saint. As such, I can't recommend Advance Drive enough and I know that I would not have passed my driving test first time round without Dezzie's expert help. Thanks a million Dezzie.
    April 30, 2014Brendan Kelly

    I would thoroughly recommend Advance Drive if you need to aquire a D bus license. I felt confident going into the test as Philip gave me good preparation and always managed to spot my faults. Driving around Galway by the sea was a pleasure much better than other locations I can think of. A great experience from a very good company.
    April 28, 2014Clive Guthrie

    Phillip got me passed my bus test thanks again to all in advance drive.
    April 30, 2014Cedric burke

    Passed my D1 (minibus) driving test today after five hours of tuition with Dessie - a great teacher with a relaxed, professional approach which works well. I would recommend Advance Drive to anyone looking to pass a driving test first time - they know their stuff, they have all sorts of vehicles available and they run a professional operation.
    April 30, 2014Rory

    With the expert help of Philip at Advance Drive I managed to pass both my C and D licences 1st time! I found Philip excellent and his patience unending. I would highly recommend Advance Drive for lessons
    April 28, 2014Diarmuid

    Received some excellent tuition from Philip in preparation for my EB licence, which I passed first time.
    April 28, 2014Michael M

    Hi everybody, just passed my tests cat. C. first time with AdvanceDrive. Top class driving school, great team. Special thanks to my instructor Dezzie! Thank you!
    February 9, 2017Galway

    I would highly recommend advance drive.cheers to des for all his help and patience!!you are fully aware and ready when your heading into your test.past my car test first time.des was with me every step of the way.thanks for everything:)
    April 30, 2014Pauline spelman, Salthill

    I highly recommend Advance Drive for their professional service. Having never driven a large vehicle before, from day one my bus driving training with Mike was excellent! Initial nerves were soon put to rest and I felt at ease with his guidance and his great wealth of experience as we progressed with the driving training program and preparations for the CPC. I passed both my D driving test and CPC first time! Thank you to Mike, Ailbhe and the team at Advance Drive!
    February 2, 2015Claregalway

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank philip, for all his sound advice and his top marks in helping me pass my d licence bus test , would highly recommend this company as I passed my test today on first attempt, was more than happy with the service I received from advance driving school , absolutely brI liana work philip once again thank you so much ,,,,, kind regards Ciaran kenny
    February 16, 2015galway/dublin

    I would highly recommend advance to anyone thinking of getting driving lessons as I passed my rigid truck and bus test both on first attempt. A special thanks to dezzie my instructor whom had great patience for me and made me feel at ease.
    September 17, 2016

    Want to thank Dezzie for teaching me and getting me to pass my driving test first time in Galway,Great instructor,easy learning :) MC
    April 28, 2014Michelle

    I would highly recommend Advance Drive to anybody taking an EB licence test [for trailer]. Philip gave me great advice and tips. I would not have passed first time without your help, thanks.
    April 30, 2014Denis Martyn

    Highly recommended driving school. Philip was an excellent instructor who had me well coached in every aspect of the test. Don't think I've ever gone in to a driving test feeling so calm and well prepared. Many many thanks. Will definately be coming back to Advance Drive for my D1.
    April 28, 2014Edel Smyth

    Passed my Artic Driving Test All Thanks To The Team Par Excellence At Advance Drive ,Their Professionalism ,Patience ,Communication, Consideration and Knowledge is Exemplary .Thanks Again And Continued Success In The Future To All At Advance Drive .
    January 16, 2016Galway

    All praise to phillip and advance drive for helping me through my driving test in athlone. ec licence ps.sweating buckets cheers
    April 30, 2014cedric burke

    I passed my Car test first time with ADVANCE DRIVE on 14/05/2015 . Want to say special thanks to my instructor PHILIP. He is very patient & well trained professional. I highly recommend ADVANCE DRIVE they are absolutely brilliant.
    May 14, 2015Galway

    Would highly recommend advance drive, Philip was great. passed C1 and D1 first time. Very Helpful & friendly.
    April 28, 2014Nicola O'Malley

    Passed C1 yesterday and have to put it down to Dezzie's patience and knowledgeable guidance. Can't recommend enough. Thanks guys.
    April 30, 2014Derek McMahon, Sixmilebridge, Co.

    Thanks to Advance passed my C1 first time. They where very good would recommend them. will def be back for D1. Thanks Philip.
    April 28, 2014Eoin Molloy

    Highly recommend Philip.Passed the truck(C) test first time.Great for getting out of bad habits.
    April 30, 2014John Mooney

    Many thanks to Garry at Advance Drive who prepared me for my driving test. I passed first time with Garry's help. He is really patient and puts you at ease. His calm and friendly nature takes the stress out of driving. Garry is very knowledgeable and has great tips for making you a safe and confident driver. I would highly recommend Advance Drive to anyone learning to drive. Many thanks to the office staff also who are very organised and make every effort to accommodate all appointments. Grainne
    December 12, 2016

    Found advance drive were excellent. Mike and philip were excellent and I would highly recommend them to anyone thinking of doing there test.
    April 30, 2014Dave Badger

    I recently received tuition for my category D-D1 Bus test with Advance Drive.It was the first time i used this driving school and also the first time i passed a vehicle category test,first time.Excellent,patient tuition delivered in a proffessional manner.I was lucky enough to get a job two weeks after.I would highly recommend Advance,thanks Philip.
    April 30, 2014Gerard Murphy

    Could not speak highly enough of the team at Advance Drive. At extremely short notice Ailbhe and Philip were able to accommodate me and with 7 hours lessons I passed the Rigid Truck test first time around. Thanks a million guys really appreciate it!
    April 2, 2015

    I passed my car test first time with Mike's help and without any other practice than lessons with him. Brilliant value for money. I would highly recommend using advance drive.
    April 28, 2014Will

    I found Advance Drive to be excellent. I passed my BE test first time after four lessons from Dezzie. Great instructor and highly recommended!
    April 30, 2014Tommy Faherty

    I would recommend advance learning to anyone, I would especially be recommending Dezzie as an instructer as i passed first time with only getting three lessons. He was a fantastic instructor with a very calm and relaxed way of teaching. He made it easy to remember things and i flew threw my test.
    April 30, 2014Aishling Donnelly

    I would highly recommend advance drive in galway. Passed my trailer test first go thanks to excellent tutoring.
    April 28, 2014Michael king

    Advanced Drive were fantastic,I passed my driving test first time thanks to Mike. Great friendly service, great tips and value for money what more could you ask for!
    April 28, 2014Claire O'Toole

    I am delighted that I passed my category D1 mini-bus test today (09/02/16). I can't praise Dezzie in Advance Drive enough for his excellent tutoring. He had me thoroughly prepared & fully ready for my test. He put me at ease & gave me confidence. Thanks Dezzie. I also passed my BE jeep & trailer test & my Category C rigid test in the last few years after receiving lessons from Advance Drive. I would highly recommend Advance Drive to those looking for driving lessons in any vehicle category.
    February 9, 2016Brian Mullins

    Passed my full trailer licence E+B first time. Phillip gave me great advice and I learned a lot from the lessons I had with him. Thanks Mark
    April 28, 2014Mark Guerin

    passed test first time great service from phillip and mike really good ps a glass of champagne after passing test would be nice.
    April 30, 2014eddie brennan

    Excellent tuition by Philip in Galway. Very professional and had me prepared for trailer towing test in a few lessons. will highly recommend to anyone needing tuition.
    April 28, 2014Lonan o farrell

    Past my jeep and trailer test at the first attempt. Dezzie was my instructor and was very knowledgeable and a great support. Also Ailbhe in the office was extremely pleasent, efficient and gave good detail of all lessons to take place. This is an excellent driving school with customer service and success a top priority. Thanks for all the help and support. Gearoid.
    December 17, 2015Galway

    I found Philip, my instructor, to be very professional and helpful. As a result I passed my D license bus test first time and managed to get a great job within a week. Highly recommended.
    April 28, 2011john hanlon

    Massive thanks to the team at Advance Drive for their fantastic instruction and professional advice with helping me pass my Jeep & Trailer test first time. Philip was a fantastic instructor with great patience. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
    April 7, 2015Galway

    Would highly recommend mike, passed my car test 1st time with his help and patience.
    April 30, 2014Gemma Mc Grath

    I would highly recommend advance drive for getting lessons on whichever type of vehicle. I got my coach licence 1st time thanks to Philip and Michael. I was made very comfortable and found it easy to ask questions at any time. You will do you're driving test with confidence.
    April 30, 2014Paul Maloney

    Thanks to Dessie and gang at Advance for the lessons, passed EB on first attempt
    April 30, 2014mark carroll

    After failing the test twice, I changed companies. I passed today with a clean sheet after lessons with Dezzie. He quickly helped me get rid of any bad habits and made sure I was confident myself before doing the test. I would recommend Dezzie to anyone who is applying for their test.
    April 30, 2014Niamh

    I recommend Advance Drive and instructor Lee who helped me pass my car driving test first time.
    October 12, 2017Galway

    Hey just want to say I would highly recommend Advance Drive.I passed my car test for the first time on 15/11/2013. Dezzie was my instructor and he was brilliant, the main reason that I passed. I would like to give a huge thanks to everyone involved as I found Advance Drive to be very efficient and great to deal with. Thanks again.
    April 30, 2014Maria Louise Lyne

    I found Philip very pleasant, professional and thorough. His knowledge and experience were very apparent throughout the lessons. I hope to deal with Advance Drive again when adding further categories to my license.
    April 28, 2014Tim

    Passed my artic lorry test today so happy! Want to say a huge thanks to Philip for all his patience and confidence boosters especially today! Really appreciate it! Happy trucking... Highly recommend them to anybody!
    April 28, 2014Ciara Fallon

    Thanks to Advance passed my C1 first time. They where very good would recommend them. will def be back for D1. Thanks Philip.
    April 30, 2014Eoin Molloy

    I passed-my car test the first time thanks to dezzies help. His patience and informative lessons really helped me to learn qucikly and I would definitely recommend him for anyone hoping to pass their car test.
    April 30, 2014Shane Nugent

    yes i am another one of the thousands who got first class tuition and passed my c class liscense first time thanks to philip .Would highly recomend him.
    April 30, 2014david

    I passed my truck C test and bus D test first time with Advance Drive. I now drive a bus full time. I would highly recommend Advance Drive. Excellent training, and excellent instructors Philip, Mike, Dez, and Ailbhe for all her help. Thanks very much and I will be back to do my Artic shortly.
    August 19, 2015Connemara

    Massive thanks to Advance Drive for getting me through the C1. Very helpful in getting me out of my bad habits that I'd picked up since doing the B. Was also a lovely small truck for learning. Will be back for the D1, thanks again.
    April 28, 2014Helen van den Hof

    I would highly recommend advance drive I used them to get my eb licence and I found dezzie great for information and very straight talking and a great instructer I will be defiantly be back to do the artic or the bus.once again thank you for everything. Sean o malley
    April 28, 2014Sean o malley

    Just wanted to say thanks to the guys at advance drive for getting me on the road to hopefully a new career. Got my truck licence first time and with CPC's included. See ye in the bus in the near future.
    April 30, 2014M.V.Walsh

    thanks to philip passed D LICENCE on 8th oct ,five 2 hour lessons test and passed with flying colours thanks to advance
    April 30, 2014steven whelan

    I would highly recommend advanced drive to anybody that wants lessons that will get you through the test first time! they are very helpful and highly trained. I would like to say a big thanks to Dezzie Barry who taught me the necessary skills to pass my test first time.
    April 30, 2014Ruadhán O Carroll

    Switched to Advance Drive from another instructor after I failed my test. Had lessons with Dezzie and passed it the next time! Really nice relaxed instructor!
    April 28, 2014Maria Wilson

    great driving school, I highly recommend Advance drive. I passed my driving test cat C first time. Dezzie was my instructor very well trained and patient .. Thank you guys.. looking forward to do my artic lessons..
    February 9, 2015Galway

    Would highly recommend advance drive, Philip was great. passed C1 and D1 first time. Very Helpful & friendly.
    April 28, 2014 Nicola O'Malley

    I Passed my Rigid Driving test the first time on the 29-11-16, Thanks to the excellent Team of Advance Drive Galway, Great tuition, First class! Highly recommended.
    December 1, 2016Castlebar

    (22/04/14) Would definitely recommend advance drive for lessons. Passed my car test first time. Thanks to Dessie I was well informed and knew what to practice each week. Alan.
    April 30, 2014Alan connolly

    Definately recommend Advanced Drive, had a few lessons with Philip and passed first time round. Great instructor, made it easy!
    April 28, 2014Darren Greaney

    Excellent tuition by Philip in Galway. Very professional and had me prepared for trailer towing test in a few lessons. will highly recommend to anyone needing tuition
    April 28, 2014Lonan o farrell,

    Passed the truck (c) test today. Had Des as my instructor. Sound man, easy to get on with and knows his stuff. Thanks again Des and all at advance. Hope to be back in the future.
    April 30, 2014keith derrig

    did my test today 16-10-13 for my EB licence using their jeep and trailer passed first time would highly recomend advance drive
    April 30, 2014brian

    First class driving school, passed my car & rigid 1st time. Doing the bus now. Thanks again Mike!
    April 30, 2014Gerry Kelly

    Thanks to philip for his help in passing the c licence. And i think this is what your dad (mike)ment when he asked me to put a thingy up on the thingamagey.
    April 30, 2014 austin connolly

    Ended up getting a clean sheet thanks to Garry's help and guidance. Would highly recommended Advance Drive and especially Garry for anyone hoping to do their driving test in the near future. Garry was a very patient and experienced driving instructor who put me at ease throughout the time I went to him for driving lessons.
    February 9, 2017Salthill, Galway

    I passed my rigid truck (C) license at the first attempt yesterday, delighted! I did most of my lessons with Dezzie and one lesson with Mike. There were a few bumps along the road - took me a year from start to finish because my work interfered with booking and scheduling lessons - but Advance Drive as a company left me with the feeling that they care about each and every one of their students. They gave individual attention to me, and I am sure every student who chooses to train with them. Each person gets the education, practice, information and personal attention that they as an individual need. Now I feel like a competent and confident driver. I recommend this school. I want to thank particularly Dezzie for doing most of my lessons, your training style made everything feel very natural and easy and clear and I wish to thank everyone else who had a hand in my success: Mike, Phillip, and Aoife for all your help as a team to get me through at first attempt.
    November 10, 2017Galway

    Found Advance very helpful, Took lessons for my EB test using their Jeep & trailer. Passed 1st time. Philip is a very patient tutor & I would highly recommend him!!
    April 28, 2014Rachel

    Just perfect, they look after you very well!! Lessons in galway with Phillip and C1 truck test with Owen in Sligo!! Excelent preperation and vey very good instructions. Lots of patience and passion. Thanks Lads.
    April 30, 2014Ralph Wieschalla

    I would highly recommend Advance Drive. I found Philip, my Instructor very friendly, pacient and skilled driver. He was able to fit me in with only a week notice and I learn so much in a short space of time. Thanks Philip.
    April 28, 2014Sylwester K.

    Highly recommended.
    April 28, 2014Marc Coyle

    I've passed my test 1st time today with the help of Philip's professionalism, patience and support. Once he spotted my mistakes, he was determined to teach me the proper way of driving. I was not confident driving at first but he soon put me to ease. I would highly recommend Philip, Advance Drive.
    April 30, 2014Stephen Carr

    Thank you very much Philip and all at Advance Drive for helping me pass my category C Rigid Truck test today. In six lessons Philip honed my skills to perfection with careful, patient instruction and total professionalism. Passed with flying colours the tester said! I recommend Advanced Drive in Galway to any prospective learner driver. Thank you again Philip.
    March 12, 2015Clifden, Co Galway

    I passed the C1 test first time thanks to advance drive. Philip has a remarkable knowledge of all things related to the driving test and he did everything in his power to help me pass first time.
    April 28, 2014Darragh Kirwan

    Got my C1 and my full D license first time round so far with Advance Drive in the space of about 4months. Cannot recommend Advance and Dezzie enough. Brilliant guidance and instruction. Great value for money.
    October 22, 2015

    Passed my test 1st time Found them to be great to deal with And happy to recommend
    April 30, 2014Garrett Fox

    Massive thanks to Advance Drive for getting me through the C1. Very helpful in getting me out of my bad habits that I'd picked up since doing the B. Was also a lovely small truck for learning. Will be back for the D1, thanks again.
    April 28, 2014Helen van den Hof

    I completed my bus licence back in January and rigid licence in May with Advance Drive. I could not be any happier with all of the staff that made it such an easy task in obtaining both licences. Thanks to Lee in helping me get my bus licence, who was so professional in explaining everything in great detail to me (never knew how much you need to look in the mirrors, but I do now) but never made you feel under pressure or nervous. Thanks to Vinny for helping me get my rigid who again made everything feel so easy and yet made me laugh so much. Would highly recommend either of these two lads to teach you in either bus or truck. Massive thanks to Philip and Ailbhe who both were so accommodating in providing both information and guidance anytime it was needed, espically for the CPC theory and practical. Seriously I have greatest respect for all of ye at Advance Drive, keep up the great work and best of luck in the future.
    November 23, 2017Galway

    Would highly recommend Advance Drive for the catagory D license, found the bus very smooth and easy to drive and the staff were very helpfull and friendly. Passed the test 1st time with their help.
    April 28, 2014Jonathan Linnane

    I would recommend Advance Drive. I felt confident and well prepared for my C1 test, which I passed first time thanks to Dezzie's very clear and professional tutelage.
    April 30, 2014Rob

    I would highly recommend advance drive. Passed my truck test with them in Oct 2013.I felt very well prepared for the test and feedback on my errors and driving very positive during the lessons. Well done on your recent award Philip. Results speak for themselves.
    April 28, 2014Kevin Forde

    I went to Advanced drive after they were recommended by a friend. I have now passed 2 tests with them (bus and truck) and can't praise them enough. Phillip and Mike are both very patient and encouraging during the learning process. During each pre-test lesson they re-assured me and gave me ways to deal with the test nerves. This patience,professionality and excellent prices, added to their felxibility in scheduling lessons make them my first choice for any more tests. well done lads
    April 28, 2014Stephen Hand

    Would highly recommend Advance Drive. From the professional instructors to the helpful hints and tips before the test. Passed my C1 in Galway first time on 21/10/13 and had never drove a large vehicle before. Thanks Desie and Advance drive. Looking forward do doing the D1 soon hopefully.
    April 28, 2014Conor Carrig

    i would definetely recommand advance drive.passed my rigid test first go!!! keeep up the good work lads :)
    April 30, 2014keith mannion

    Extremely Professional and Competent People, Advance helped me pass the ADI Instructor Practical for the D License and The Conventional EC License test
    April 30, 2014Ken O'Loughlin

    i did my EB (trailer) test on monday the 26th and passed first go thanks to advanced drive.
    April 28, 2014galway

    Thanks to Phillip for his great teaching skills , patience and all round tutor skills . passed the test first time with just a couple of lessons . would highly recommend him or any of the wounderfull team at advance.
    April 30, 2014matthew mc mahon

    I passed my C1 and D1 in the same week. I would highly recommend Advance drive. Philip was very calm and professional. I felt like I had been driving for years and not 10hours!
    April 30, 2014Sarah Davoren

    highly recommended rigid truck pass at 1st time just after 10 hours its great score . thanks again
    April 28, 2014greg

    (17/04/14) Looked at a number of other driving schools before choosing Advance Drive. I'm glad I went with my 'gut instinct' & chose this one. Philip did a great job of teaching me. I felt relaxed with him & learnt something at every lesson. He's patient, very astute (misses nothing!) a good communicator and great instructor. Managed to pass my driving test first time. I'm 'over the moon!' I would certainly recommend Advance Drive to anyone in the process of choosing a driving school. Thanks to Philip, Ailbhe & all at Advance Drive.
    April 28, 2014Allison Barry

    Passed my test, friendly & well worth the money.
    April 30, 2014Pat

    Thanks to Philip I passed my bus ‘D’ licence test, first time. Philip is a great instructor with great patience, very clear in his advice and instructions. I would highly recommend him and Advance Drive. Thanks again.
    April 28, 2014Eileen

    Today I passed my driving test & will be forever grateful to Garry from Advance Drive. I was a nervous wreck going into my first lesson but Garry has a gift of making you feel at ease, safe and ultimately a capable confident driver. "What would Garry do" and "GOSHO" will be forever imprinted on my mind!! Thanks again Advance Drive, If all your instructors are as good as Garry then i cannot recommend you more highly.
    October 12, 2017Galway

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