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Essential Driver Training (EDT)

What is Essential Driver Training?

Essential Driver Training (EDT) is a mandatory training course that teaches fundamental driving skills to learner drivers.

It is part of the RSA’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) scheme, and is only part of the learning process. You will need lots of practice and may need more than a one hour lesson per module while doing your EDT.

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.

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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, your Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) 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.

Note: EDT can only be delivered by an RSA-approved instructor, an ADI.