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A few years ago, I contemplated doing advance driving lessons and having researched the instructors in Ireland, Colm stood out as the best. I never proceeded with these plans. However, during the summer just gone, I was undergoing the ADI stage 2 and 3 exams. I researched the many instructors available and again Colm’s professional online presence coupled with countless positive reviews convinced me to reach out to him. I personally found Colm to be upmost professional right from initial contact. His coaching style is extremely calm and supportive, and he ensures to address all points of improvement in a most respectful manner. Colm’s coaching for Stage 2 proved invaluable and encouraged me to return to him for Stage 3. For Stage 3 Colm delivered the perfect balance of instruction, coaching and experimentation to help develop my skill set for a future of driving instructing. I recently passed my Stage 3 with a result of 97% which is a testament to Colm’s good work. I would recommend Colm to anyone who asked. Not only because of how well prepared you are for the exam(s), but also the wealth of experience and calm style of teaching that he passes on to you for your future career as a driving instructor. Thank you Colm.

Paul Dowling

Newly Qualified ADI, Dublin West

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I choose Colm Branigan after research on the internet. He helped me with the Stage Two ADI Driving Test and Stage Three ADI Instruction Ability Test. He inspired me and gave me the strength to go ahead no matter how hard I found everything sometimes. He was beside me all the time and told me, ” we are well able, you will make it, go ahead”. I have to emphasize that Colm Branigan is a fantastic instructor and a person you will always like to meet. I would like to thanks Colm for his great effort and support, and I’ll highly recommend him to everyone. I got 91 marks out of 100 on my Stage 3 Instruction Ability Test, and I passed the first time. Thank you, Colm Branigan! 

Loredana Ichim

ADI No. 41013, Dublin North

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I have to say that Colm is a fantastic trainer. He was recommended to me by a friend for driving instructor training, and I am delighted I went ahead and contacted him. From the moment I met Colm for my first ADI Stage 3 lesson I felt at ease. His way of teaching is brilliant, and I would recommend Colm to everyone. I passed my Instructional Ability Stage 3 Exam first time with a score of 97%! I honestly believe this is down to the tutoring I received from Colm. Thank you so much Colm for helping me pass.

Jenny Kelly

ADI No. 40802, Kildare

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Colm was recommended to me by a fully qualified professional ADI in preparation for my examinations to become an RSA Approved Driving Instructor. Colm’s range of teaching and coaching techniques, driving knowledge and approachability were top class throughout all three stages of my driving instructor training course. I would recommend him to anyone looking to undergo any form of driver training as his guidance from start to finish was crucial in me achieving a 97% mark in my final Stage 3 Exam of Instructional Ability. I am now starting a new career as a fully qualified driving instructor (RSA-ADI).

Colm Finnegan

ADI No. 41024, Dublin North

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I chose Colm Branigan as my training provider because he is the most amazing driving instructor and best driving coach on the market. Colm’s style of coaching is very professional, friendly, and easy going. He trained me, not only to pass the driving instructor ADI exams (I scored 92.5% in my final exam of Instructional Ability) but he also coached me in life lessons as well!  He shared tips and advice that I will always use. I would highly recommend Colm as a coach and training provider. I have started my new career as an RSA Approved Driving Instructor (RSA-ADI).

Milan Greguric

ADI No. 40969, Dublin North

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Colm is a true gentleman of a person, not to mention his unique coaching. I started my training with Colm from my stage 2 ADI test, as I was starting a career with Ladybird Driving School. After passing Stage 2, I went back to him in preparation for my Stage 3 Instructional Ability Test. He transformed my outlook of teaching to be client-centred. His kind professional mannerisms bring you to feel comfortable while teaching you. He helps provoke a lot of thinking and evaluating of scenarios brought about in his sessions. If there was a question or concern, he had the time for them, and no question was too silly to answer. I do not know of anywhere in Ireland that has his approach and style! If you are reading his reviews, you are on the right path to begin your training! My name is Margaret, and I am a newly qualified driving instructor, I will continue to update my training using Colm Branigan.

Margaret Russell

ADI No. 40714, Co. Louth

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Colm was recommended to me by a family member who also completed all their ADI training with him. I found Colm’s knowledge of the whole ADI examination process and his method of teaching brilliant which resulted in me entering each exam with great confidence. We had covered all the bases and sure enough I was met with no surprises in my exams. I was delighted with my score of 92.5% in my final exam of instructional ability. I would recommend Colm to anybody who is looking for an instructor to help them along the process of becoming an Approved Driving Instructor as the service he provides is knowledgeable, professional and second to none.

Cein O'Sullivan

Newly Qualified ADI, Dublin North

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I had tuition with Colm in Dublin for my ADI Stage 3 Test of Instructional Ability. He is very knowledgeable and detailed with his information, which undoubtedly stood to me on my test day! I passed my test first time and would highly recommend him 5*

Martin Johnston

ADI No. 41414, Co. Donegal

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I went to Colm Branigan as I wanted to become a driving instructor and was about to take the ADI Stage 3 exam, and really wanted to get the best training provider available. His style of coaching suited me to the ground as I have dyslexia and Colm was able to adapt to my style of learning. I passed my ADI Stage 3 with flying colours (95 %) thanks to Colm. I will continue to upgrade my skills by calling on Colm and for sure would recommend him to others for coaching and driving instructor skills.

Dave Murphy

ADI No. 40552, Dublin South

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I can’t thank Colm enough for the wonderful help he gave me in preparing for my ADI exams. Colm was patient, supportive and there every step of the way to ensure I was ready for each stage of examination. I cannot recommend Colm highly enough and couldn’t have done it all without his help.

Aiden D'Arcy

Newly Qualified ADI , Co. Meath

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Colm was recommended to me for training for my Stage 3 ADI exam. He gave me clear direction and strategies for achieving objectives with his unlimited knowledge of the learner driver syllabus and the teaching process with is required for this ADI exam. Money spent with Colm was invaluable in my exam with proof that I scored 97/100. I would highly recommend Colm to anybody thinking about becoming an ADI. Thanks again Colm and I look forward to seeing you on the road soon.

Cormac McManus

ADI No. 40694, Co. Wexford

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I started my ADI training with Ladybird Driving School in March 2019. I progressed quickly through stages 1 and 2 and started my preparation for stage 3 in September 2019. It was suggested by the team that Colm Branigan will be my stage 3 trainer. English is not my first language and I really thought this was going to be the most difficult stage for me. I met Colm for the first 2-hour lesson and after this lesson I knew I was going to be ok. Colm has a very reassuring way and calm approach and I always felt nothing was rushed and always knew what he was telling me and demonstrating to me. Everything made sense. We covered the entire syllabus and I continued even after Colm advised me, I was ready. I just wanted to be sure I had everything right. At the first-time attempting Stage 3 I’m happy to say that I passed my Instructors exam with 86.5%.  I would 100% recommend Colm and indeed all the Ladybird team and would even say that they changed my life forever. From 14 years on restaurant wages to being my own boss helping others improve their lives. This is what life should be about. Progress and taking the chance to do better for yourself. Make the call and train with Colm Branigan. You won’t regret it. thank you again Colm!

Kamila Kowalczyk

ADI No. 39887, Dublin South

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During my driving instructor training, I contacted Colm as I was curious to learn more about client centred learning and coaching. I found Colm to be very personable and a great listener. It is clear he has invested heavily in his own education and with that comes a huge amount of knowledge and experience. I’d highly recommend Colm, as no matter how experienced you are, you will always leave his sessions feeling motivated and ready for the next step.

Cal Kenealy

ADI No. 40605, Dublin North

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I recently passed my Stage 3 Driving Instructor exam and qualified as a driving instructor. This is 100% down to Colm and his amazing approach to teaching. Colm is so calming and made me feel so at ease and had 100% faith in me to pass the exam. I have learned so much from Colm and that is down to his style of teaching and his unlimited wisdom. I chose Colm as he came highly recommended to me and I can see exactly why he came so highly recommended, a true professional in every sense of the word. I couldnt recommend Colm highly enough and I have already booked in to get more training from him so I can pass on whatever knowledge he still has in store for me and I can’t wait. Thank you so much Colm, I will be forever grateful. 

Elaine O'Sullivan

ADI No. 39332, Dublin North

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Colm came highly recommended from quite a few people when I was looking for someone to guide me through the stage 3 ADI process. His teaching style was fantastic, I felt able to process all the information easily without feeling overwhelmed or confused. His advice was spot on and I followed his advice to the letter and subsequently got a very high mark on the exam which I attribute completely to his teaching method. I would advise anyone seeking any sort of driving training to reach out to Colm Branigan. You won’t regret it.

Brian Grant

ADI No. 40524, Co. Meath

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I recently completed my training with Colm for my Advanced Driving Instructor Stage 3 exam and I cannot recommend him enough!! I love his style of training always made me feel comfortable and kept me very involved at all times which was great for me as I tend to get distracted and zone out a lot but this never happened with Colm’s lessons, the 3 hours always flew by. Highly advise anyone looking for training to get in contact with Colm I can not thank him enough for all his help.

Clarissa Delaney

ADI No. 40546, Co. Kildare

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I chose Colm as I was training to become an ADI and wanted to give myself the best chance at success. His website listed lots of reviews from happy students. Colm has a wealth of knowledge about driving that he willingly shared throughout out the lessons. His coaching style was very clear and easy to understand, he provided lots of constructive feedback, advice and tips as well as lots of support and encouragement. I would really recommend Colm to anyone thinking about driving instructor training.

Joanna Torphy

ADI No. 40576, Dublin North

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I chose Colm Branigan for driving instructor training because he came highly recommended from a well established driving school and I was not disappointed. I have recently passed my stage 3 ADI exam due to the excellent level of coaching and training I received from Colm. He is an excellent advocate for safe and responsible driving with a quality of teaching that surpasses all expectation. I would  highly recommend Colm as an instructor, trainer and coach.

Natasha Moore

ADI No. 39140, Co. Meath

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I had great success with Colm for my ADI Stage 2 Test (Driving Ability). So much so that I made sure he was my first choice when it was time for my ADI Stage 3 Training (Instructional Ability). He is very professional and teaches in a way that is insightful and makes the information easy to grasp. Colm is very patient and attentive which proved to me that I made the right choice picking him, especially since I passed both stages first time with his help. I would highly recommend Colm for Driving Instructor Training.

Danielle Holmes

ADI No. 40545, Dublin North

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I was looking for a person, who could inspire, challenge and support me on my new journey to becoming a qualified driving instructor. I found a fantastic teacher, experienced coach and a warm person in Colm Branigan. Colm didn’t put me into a “ready to use” plan, or box me into a universal learning style that fits all. Not at all – he let me think in my way, at my pace, giving me plenty of time and options to choose from. He was very professional, calm, relaxed and detailed. His coaching style fitted my learning style perfectly. That’s not all! Colm also trained me to become an advanced driver. I passed my first ROSPA advanced driving test at GOLD standard. Then, thanks to Colm’s support I became a ROSPA Advanced Driving Instructor and one year later a Riding Instructor. It was a good few years ago when I made the right phone call to the right person, who perfectly fulfilled my needs and expectations. Now years later, I can still remember our conversations. He supported me in my learning process from the very first minute we met. Now I am working as a driving instructor helping other drivers to fulfill their dreams. I would recommend Colm Branigan to anyone who is looking for a professional, experienced and calm teacher and coach. If you are planning to become an ADI, there is no better person to ring and meet than Colm Branigan.

Rafal Rybacki

ADI No. 37948, Dublin North

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Right from my first session with Colm, I was reassured that this was the new career for me. I felt with Colm’s assistance I could be ready for the exams and forge out a career. I think it was Colm’s relaxed, thought provoking, adaptive teaching style that told me this was the trainer for me. My own self-doubts were gradually turned into positivity as the next few weeks went by. When exam time came I felt ready and passed convincingly on the first attempt. Colm has been a guiding influence in helping me find my feet. He has always been readily available to offer clarity or advice based on his experiences within the industry which have stood me in really good stead. My new career as a driving instructor is flexible, highly rewarding and very gratifying. I look forward to continuing my development and experience in the future with Colm’s help.

Derek Verso

ADI No. 38295, Dublin South

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I have just become a qualified ADI and I couldn’t have done it without Colm’s help. Extremely knowledgeable and patient, he was able to get me through my 3 stages. He sets up his lessons in a way that are engaging and interesting and I never felt one bit nervous while working with him. I highly recommend Colm to anyone who is thinking about becoming a driving instructor as I believe he will be able to help anyone become qualified. Thanks Colm

Shaun Deane

ADI No. 40389, Dublin South

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I completed my Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) training with Colm recently and qualified at the end of July thanks to Colm’s training. I chose Colm based on the quality information provided on his Website and the informative documentation he sent me prior to signing up. I found Colm’s style of coaching was very professional, and delivered in a calm and relaxed manner, always putting the needs of the pupil first. When required, Colm also challenges you in a constructive manner, and prompts you to think through problems yourself which ultimately leads to you having a better understanding of the particular subject matter. Colm’s years of experience and on-going continuous professional development makes him an outstanding Driving Instructor. For all the reasons outlined above, I would highly recommend Colm to others.

Valerie Brennan

ADI No. 40457, Co. Wicklow

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I trained with colm in 2017 to become a driving instructor. He was AMAZING and very supportive. If it wasn’t for Colm’s tuition, I wouldn’t be where I am today.  I am now running my own successful driving school and I can honestly say it’s down to him!! He helped me and still helps me if I have any questions! I have done several two hour sessions with Colm since qualifying to update my knowledge and it is always extremely beneficial. I would highly recommend Colm to anyone who is interested in becoming a driving instructor.

Erica Fitzpatrick

ADI No. 39062, Dublin South

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Upon deciding to become a Driving Instructor, I simply googled the process and every time Colm Branigan’s name came up top of Google listings. I immediately thought, this man is a professional and knows what he is doing. I emailed him and he replied within the hour offering to meet for a chat, which in turn led to my training with him. Colm is the ultimate professional, he has a very calm and methodical way of teaching. His approach is a coaching style of training and delivered in a manner which allows interaction and very useful feedback. He was very supportive, encouraging and positive during my training and always ready and available to answer any questions or queries I had. He explained everything clearly and thoroughly at all times and has an incredible knowledge of the driving profession which he imparts in an easy to understand method of teaching. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to become a driving Instructor or anyone looking for driving lessons. I qualified as an ADI with 93% result and have not looked back since all thanks to Colm’s exceptional training.

Samantha King

ADI No. 39521, Dublin South

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I chose Colm following some research online for suitable instructors who train and coach new Driving instructors. I found his teaching style to be a revelation and have adapted it into my teaching. His style encourages the pupil to participate and identify their own shortfalls. I would certainly recommend Colm for his patience, unique style and experience.

Stephen O'Brien

ADI No. 39942, Co. Wexford

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I recently had sessions with Colm Branigan to prepare me for the Stage Three Instruction Ability Test for the ADI. He was highly recommended to me by a friend. The sessions were hugely beneficial to me in my preparation for the test. I did the test at the Rathgar Test Centre. I have to say that I found the role play difficult but the practice I had with Colm paid off. I got through the test reasonably well and I was over the moon when I got the letter in the post from the RSA about 10 days later stating “Passed”. I got 80.5 marks out of 100 which I was delighted with. A lot of credit to Colm as I don’t think I would have passed first time without his very professional help.

Stephen Gavin

ADI No. 37998, Dublin South

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I decided to give Colm a call after I had completed my Stage 2 ADI exam. I was looking for help with training for my Stage 3. I found Colm to be very professional and always ready to answer questions or concerns that I had. He has a calm collected way about him and was it was a pleasure to be trained by him. If I was doing it all again, I would be calling Colm at Stage 1.

David Gordon

Newly Qualified ADI, Co. Carlow

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I chose Colm Branigan because of the great reviews online. His style of teaching is both inspiring and extremely effective. He listened carefully to me and paid real attention to my training needs. His coaching approach meant that tonnes of learning took place and I use many of his methods in my own lessons, with great results. He has a great way of getting the learner to help themselves, which makes my job as an instructor so much more effective and enjoyable. I would highly recommend him for any ADI no matter how experienced. Exceptional trainer.

Tom McCoy

ADI No. 36209, Co. Kildare

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I would just like to thank you for your help with my ADI training. I was really prepared for the tests after your lessons. The only problem I have is thinking about all the money I wasted with one of your competitors. I will recommend you to anyone I know who is becoming an ADI. I will give you a call when my check test is coming up for a refresher lesson.

Des Ward

ADI No. 37417, Co. Kildare


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