Driver Tester Competition – Ref 16/20
The aim of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is to save lives and prevent injuries by reducing the number and severity of collisions on our roads. The RSA is seeking to recruit Driver Testers.
Driver Testers in the Road Safety Authority undertake the important task of testing learner drivers, to ensure they meet the necessary driving standard to drive safely on our roads.
The online application system will be open with effect from 12pm on Tuesday 22 December 2020 until the closing date on Friday 08 January 2021 at 12pm. Please note applications will only be accepted using the online application process during the times and dates specified. The closing date for submission of applications is 12pm on Friday 08 January 2021 or when the maximum capacity of 5000 applications has been reached.
RSA is an equal opportunities employer, canvassing will disqualify.
Positions are located nationwide.
Please note: All stages of this recruitment campaign, up to Driving Test, will be delivered online in accordance with the current COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines.
Driver Testers presently work from 53 Driving Test Centre locations located in various towns
and cities throughout the country. The normal maximum of eight/nine driving tests a day is
scheduled for Testers. Hours of attendance will be set from time to time by the Road Safety
Authority, but the total hours will not amount to less than 43hrs and 15 mins (gross) per week.
RSA may wish to operate seven days a week so it is envisaged that Testers (dependent on
location and demand in their assigned area) may be required to a work on a 5/7 basis throughout
the working week. Working 5 days out of a 7 day week which will mean any of the five days as
opposed to Monday – Friday. This system may be subject to change. The holder of the post
shall be required to work weekends, Bank and Public Holidays and undertake such overtime as
considered necessary from time to time with additional payments, where applicable, being made
for such occurrences.
Each Test Centre location contains basic office facilities from which oral tests are conducted
and necessary administrative functions are carried out. Testers will be required to ensure that
official documents used as part of their duties are maintained securely at all times.
It is the responsibility of the Driver Tester to comply with the new protocols and procedures that
have been brought in to ensure the safety of the Tester and members of the public who use our
services during the current pandemic.
Driver Testers recruited on foot of this competition will undertake a training course, normally of
seven weeks duration. The course embraces all aspects of the testing procedure and equips the
trainee to conduct Category B (Car) tests. The course has two parts. The first part is designed to
bring the trainee’s driving skills and practices up to a high standard. The second part consists of
training to enable the trainee to assess the competence of applicants against the standard set by
the RSA as being acceptable for driving test purposes as well as the procedures and guidelines
which underpins the driving test. The course also has a module concerning customer care so
that trainees are familiar with this vital element of their work.
At the conclusion of the training programme the trainee is expected to be able to conduct driving
tests for Category B vehicles in accordance with the procedures laid down by the RSA having
regard to the need to demonstrate a high standard of customer care.
Where a trainee does not meet the necessary standard on the completion of the training
programme s/he will not be appointed as a Driver Tester.
During the course of the Initial Training Programme, trainees are headquartered at the training
centre locations which have yet to be determined. The training programme is overseen by the
Driver Testing Training and Standards Manager and is a mix of classroom/online and practical
training. Trainees are required to bring their own Category B vehicle for use during training and
this must be a saloon car capable of carrying rear seat passengers and not a van-type vehicle,
so that the Training Officer or Supervisor can accompany the trainee during training. Trainees
must also bring their driving licence with them during training and they must ensure it is in date.’’
The Road Safety Authority as an employer have followed public health advice and
implemented suitable control measures to mitigate the risk of COVID 19 infection in the
workplace. These measures must be complied with throughout the training programme.
Salary Scale: The salary scale for this position is as follows: €38,936 - €52,400
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