The ACT Pre-Learner Licence Course / Road Ready Course

"The ACT Pre-Learner Licence Course is the very first step you need to take towards earning your learner licence in the ACT"


  • Online participants require access to a computer, microphone and webcam OR a smart device (mobile, tablet etc). Online classes are conducted over the Zoom meeting app.
  • The included Knowledge Test attempts (2) in this course are in-person, NOT ONLINE. For online Knowledge Testing details, please click here.

Although you can book and complete this course at any time, you must be at least 15 and 9 months old before you can be issued with your learner license to start driving. To be eligible to obtain your learner licence, you must complete these 4 steps:

  1. Book into our ACT Pre-Learner Licence Course
  2. Complete the ACT Pre-Learner Licence Course
  3. Pass the Knowledge Test (2 free attempts included with course booking)
  4. Collect your proof of completion and attend Access Canberra to be issued with learner licence

Step 1: Book Our ACT Pre-Learner Licence Course

Simply book yourself into one of our classes using one of the above booking buttons. Getting your learner licence in the ACT is easy with our ACT Pre-Learner Licence Course. Completing this course is the first required step on the road to getting your licence and will cover all of the fundamentals you need to know prior to beginning your practical driving lessons.

Step 2: Attend and Complete the Course

Once you're booked in, all you need to do is show up and participate. This ACT Pre-Learner Licence Course introduces new drivers to key concepts about safety and driving over 2 consecutive days (5hrs each day) or 3 consecutive nights (3.5hrs each night) depending on the booking you have selected. It encourages in-class discussion of these concepts to solidify learning.

Students complete a workbook privately to pass the course. You must also attend the entire course in order to receive your completion certificate.

Step 3: Pass the Knowledge Test

After attending and completing our ACT Pre-Learner Licence Course, you need to successfully pass the Road Rules Knowledge Test at one of our offices in Mitchell or Kambah. By booking our pre-learner course, you automatically get 2 attempts of the knowledge test included for free.

To attempt the test, simply visit one of our offices during our testing hours and request to sit the test. Or alternatively, you can book the Knowledge Test with us by contacting one of our offices in case you have special needs.

Step 4: Collect and Present Certificates

After successfully completing both the ACT Pre-Learner Licence Course and Knowledge Test, we will issue you with your completion certificates which should be taken to an Access Canberra centre as proof to receive your new ACT learner licence.


The assessment criteria for the ACT Pre-Learner Licence Course has several components which you will need to satisfy in order to pass. Part of this criteria is that participants discuss the issues raised in the course workbook during class. It is expected that students contribute to this discussion in a positive manner.

This course will alert you to many of the skills required for safe driving and the common hazards while driving. It will also provide you with an understanding of the process for obtaining both a Learner and Provisional Licence.

This course does not specifically train you to complete the Road Rules Knowledge Test, so we strongly suggest studying the handbook given to you before attempting the knowledge test. A free copy is provided at the time of booking this course. You can also find a learner licence knowledge trainer here which prepares you for the types of questions contained in the Knowledge Test.

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A: The ACT Pre-Learner Course costs $202.00

This includes all course materials and 2 attempts at the ACT Road Rules Knowledge Test. Our ACT Pre-Learner Licence Course is held in a classroom environment  which includes a variety of interactive activities designed to help make new drivers aware of issues relating to safer road use before they begin to learn to drive. The course includes a range of problem solving and decision-making sessions, statistical analysis, group tasks and research assignments.

*Please note: All of our Road Ready offices are CASHLESS*

A: You will need to bring

  • A completed ACT Application for a Driver Licence Form (provided on booking).
  • 2 passport size photos of yourself (or we can provide them at a cost of $5.00.
  • A form of I.D. (see ACT Road Rules Handbook Page 6). This needs to be a primary form if identification (such as a passport).
  • Proof of Residency Documents if your identification document is from overseas (see ACT Road Rules Handbook Page 6).
  • Pen and something to eat (Tea & coffee are provided).

A: An assisted test for those with difficulties can be arranged by our friendly staff on any weekday, but please contact your preferred location first to book a time with at least 2 days of notice.

A: We provide a one-on-one learner course for those who feel they are unable to complete the course via the mainstream method. This can be for many reasons and we are happy to discuss the available options. Please contact us for more information.

A: Both certificates are valid for 2 years. If an applicant fails to collect their learner drivers licence within that time, they will be required to retake and successfully complete the Road Ready Course and Road Rules Knowledge Test again before their learner licence will be reissued.

A: If you have completed the ACT Pre-Learner Course with us, you get 2 free attempts at the Knowledge Test included at either of our north or south Canberra centres.

Separate attempts cost $47.00 each and the test can only be attempted twice a day. To take the Knowledge Test, simply walk in to one of our offices during testing hours and ask to sit the test. 

*Please note: All of our Road Ready offices are CASHLESS*

A: You must present your proof of identity, proof of residency, course and Road Rules Knowledge Test certificates to an Access Canberra Service Centre to be issued with your learner driver licence.

A: A learner licence is now valid for 5 years. Learners must display “L” plates at all times when driving with their supervisor.

A: Expired Learner Licence holders are only required to pass the Road Rules Knowledge Test again. For more information, please look here.

Do you have an interstate learner licence?

Unfortunately an interstate learner licence is not directly transferable to the ACT, but you are however permitted to one (1) practical driver assessment with an ACT Government licence examiner. Click here to learn more

We offer the ACT Pre-Learner Licence Course in languages other than English

For those trying to obtain a learner licence in the ACT with a Non-English Speaking Background, we provide a course that is specifically tailored to incorporate the need for translation.

There is a Mandarin interpreter on hand, but those who speak another language are welcome to bring a friend or relative with them to assist in the translation. Interpreters can also be organised to assist in understanding the Knowledge Test by contacting one of our offices. Click here to learn more