Essential Driver Training in Dublin

Essential Driver Training (EDT)

All Instructors at Top Class Driving School are RSA ADI registered and approved EDT instructors. We fully understand and can impart an EDT teaching syllabus and also can act as your sponsor if you cannot get someone yourself to give you the necessary practice required to complete the EDT program.

Basic Information on (EDT)

If the issue date of your first B category learner permit was on or after 4th April 2011, you must complete a minimum number of 12 EDT driving lessons with an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor). It is now a legal requirement in order to undertake a driving test.
You must first complete all 12 EDT stages and have an ADI and sponsor logbook completed.

What is EDT? (Essential Driver Training)

Essential Driver Training (EDT) is a mandatory training syllabus put in place by the Road Safety Authority in order to ensure a minimum standard for learner drivers prior to the driving test.

The EDT syllabus is broken down into 12 units of learning, taken from and explained within the booklet LDT or Learner Driver Training booklet.

As previously stated EDT is just part of new regulations introduced. Although the EDT is broken down into 12 numbered learning units, it’s not just a 12 lesson programme (as some may think) one look at the syllabus, should tell the reader, it is more in-depth than this.

In order to complete the EDT syllabus it is recommended that a learner take 3 supervised lessons in-between each EDT lesson to fully understand each unit and practice until competent. Remember EDT is only part of the learning process.
You will need lots of practice and may need more lessons to become a safe driver.

What Does EDT involve?

EDT lessons are designed to cover certain critical driving skills and improve your practical driving skills. As you complete each stage, your ADI will record your progress in an EDT logbook which will be given to you by your ADI upon commencement of the lessons.

In tandem with your ADI, your Sponsor will complete their section of the Logbook until completion of the programme.

The principle of the sponsor is to allow you to practice, so you can improve on what you have learned already and progress on to the next stage of your EDT. Remember a logbook can only be supplied by an RSA Approved Driving Instructor.

EDT Lesson & Logbook Completion

Your EDT logbook is an important document so you must take care not to mislay it during or after your EDT lessons as you must bring your EDT Logbook with you on the day of your driving test, as you may be required to show it to the examiner.

Benefits of EDT

Completing your essential driver training course will help you to understand what it means to be a better safer driver. It assists to practice driving skills in a structured way, a way that is focused on your own learning needs. Develop lifelong skills that will make you a better safer driver.

Remember this EDT is not just simply a 12 hour programme (as this would be impossible to complete competently in 12 hours) In addition it should be noted by the reader that everybody learns at a different pace. Therefore it is most likely that you will need further driving lessons to pass the driving test.

Each of the EDT lessons has certain objectives which should be met before moving on to the next. You should prepare for each lesson using the EDT Course Syllabus.

The 12 Units of Learning Explained:

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


On the above syllabus each section could also be broken down into beginner, intermediate, and competent stages. More information may be had from your ADI, or and regarding EDT.

It is also advised that you read the Learner Driver Syllabus or LDT, which breaks down the EDT syllabus into bit sized manageable chunks.

About Pat Ferris

Pat Ferris is an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) with the Road Safety Authority (RSA). Pat is the founder and principal driving instructor of Top Class Driving School.

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