To get a Class 1, 2, 3 or 4 commercial driver’s licence, in most cases you need to take some professional driver training.
You may have to take an air brake course, too.
Benefits of driver training
Professional driver training can help you
- learn how to operate a commercial vehicle safely
- practice parking, driving in traffic and other maneuvers in a controlled, low-risk way, and
- prepare for your pre-trip inspection and road tests.
Where can I learn to drive a commercial vehicle?
Training is available at qualified B.C. driving schools and colleges. Some carriers also provide in-house training to their employees.
Find a driving school that trains for Class 1, 2, 3 and 4 licenses and air brakes.
We suggest going over the course outline at the driving school.
Also, ask the school to provide you with
- a written copy of its statement of services and its policy statement. These documents explain details like
- hours and type of training
- refunds, etc.
- a receipt as proof of payment, and
- a permission form (if the school books road test appointments).
Driving school checklist: questions to ask when you contact a school.
When you're issued a driver's licence, ICBC assigns you a security keyword (for example, your mother’s maiden name).
Don't share your keyword with a driving school or anyone else (except ICBC staff).