Essential Driver Training


Important notice for learner drivers

EDT is not required if your first learner permit was issued before 4 April 2011.
All other learner drivers must complete EDT before taking their driving test.

What is Essential Driver Training?

Athlone Driving Lesson - Log BookEssential Driver Training (EDT) is a mandatory training course that teaches fundamental driving skills to learner car drivers. It is part of the RSA’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) scheme and is intended to improve road safety. EDT is only part of the learning process, you will need lots of practice and may need more lesson to become a safe driver.

Why do I need EDT?

Because it is a requirement for all first applicants before April 2011. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) suggest that young and inexperienced drivers are more likely to die or be seriously injured in collisions. EDT is one of several measures introduced by the RSA to help improve critical driving knowledge, skills and behaviours of new drivers. If the issue date of your first B category (Car) learner permit is on or after 4 April 2011, in order to be able to sit your full driving test, you must first complete all EDT lessons. If you are not required to complete EDT, you may still choose to take an EDT course, as it can help increase your chances of passing the driving test and will help make you a better safer driver.

What does EDT involve?

EDT is a course of 12 one-hour lessons. These lessons are designed to cover certain critical driving skills and improve your practical driving skills. As you complete each lesson, I will record your progress in a specially issued logbook. You should also have a Sponsor, an experienced driver (many learner drivers choose a family member) who will supervise your driving practice outside of lessons, and will also track your progress in your logbook. After you finish your EDT course, you may still need additional lessons with an ADI to improve your driving skills. Additionally, you should practice with your Sponsor as much as possible to get comfortable behind the wheel. On the day of your driving test, you should bring your completed logbook on the appointed test date, as you may be required to show it to the examiner.

What does EDT cost?

The pre-paid cost for all twelve lessons is €495 in your car, €495 in our training car.

Benefits of EDT

Completing your essential driver training course will help you to:

  • understand what it means to be a better safer driver.
  • practice your driving skills in a structured way that is focussed on your own learning needs.
  • develop lifelong skills that will make you a better safer driver.

What happens when I have finished my EDT course?

I will have stamped each EDT lesson as completed inside your logbook. Keep it safe as you may need to show it to your driver tester on the day of your test. Remember, your training does not finish with EDT so continue to practise your driving with your Sponsor and taking extra driving lessons until you can take your test.

Is there an exam at the end of my EDT training?

No, there is no exam at the end of EDT. However, each lesson has specific content that must be covered as part of the lesson. You can only achieve expected outcomes from each lesson by listening carefully to me and taking the necessary further lessons and practice in addition to the EDT programme.

What is the EDT Sponsor?

An EDT sponsor is an experienced driver, with a full category B licence for at least two years, who accompanies you the learner driver in your practice driving sessions. Sponsors are often family members or close friends of you the learner drivers. The RSA’s Essential Driver Training (EDT) programme has identified the sponsor as playing a key role in safe driving education.

The Sponsor’s Responsibilities

If you have been asked by a learner driver to be their sponsor, and have accepted, you are taking on an important role. Research tells us that accompanying drivers can have a real impact on the learning to drive process.

Although you are not expected to teach the learner driver, by offering support and encouragement, you will increase the learner’s enthusiasm for practicing driving.

In your interactions with the learner driver, you should:
  • Show interest in their progress
  • Encourage them and praise their progress
  • Assure them they can rely on your experience in difficult road situations
  • Reinforce that safe driving takes lots of persistence, patience and practice

 Your Driving Instructor


Chris Flynn was a full-time accredited RSA driving instructor until July 2022. He successfully operated Auburn School of Motoring since 2000.

EDT Starter Pack

For Beginners on EDT Syllabus:

  • New Log Book
  • Theory Questions & Answers
  • Information pack to support new learners
All first lessons carried out in a quiet and safe environment putting the learner at ease from day one.

EDT Lessons

  • EDT Stage 1: Car Controls & Safety Checks
  • EDT Stage 2: Correct Positioning
  • EDT Stage 3: Changing Direction
  • EDT Stage 4: Progression Management
  • EDT Stage 5: Correct Positioning
  • EDT Stage 6: Anticipation & Reaction
  • EDT Stage 7: Sharing The Road
  • EDT Stage 8: Driving Safely Through Traffic
  • EDT Stage 9: Changing Direction (Complex)
  • EDT Stage 10: Speed Management
  • EDT Stage 11: Driving Calmly
  • EDT Stage 12: Night Driving