New drivers or riders
If you're a new driver or have a teen who's about to start, professional driver training can help.
Training for new drivers
Depending on your needs, you might choose
- in-car lessons only,
- in-car lessons combined with class instruction, or
- an ICBC-approved course.
A professionally qualified instructor can help you get comfortable handling a vehicle-in all kinds of traffic and road conditions. They can help you learn driving skills, responsible attitudes, and prepare you for your road tests.
ICBC-approved driver training courses
An ICBC-approved driver training course engages new drivers in a fun, interactive way. It focuses on safe driving skills, preparing for road tests, and developing a responsible attitude behind the wheel.
ICBC-approved courses include:
- at least 16 hours of in-class instruction
- at least 12 hours instruction on the road
Get six months off graduated licensing
Driver training can help get you your full licence sooner. If you take an ICBC -approved (GLP) driver training course, and are a safe driver with no at-fault crashes, driving violations or prohibitions, you could receive six months off your N stage. You could also get two grade 11 high school credits.
Your approved driver training course must be completed within a one year period from start to finish while in the learner stage of GLP.
Note: Excluded from definitions of violations above are vehicle impoundments, zero-point violations and municipal, parking, Federal Contravention, and non-motor vehicle related violation tickets.
Professional riding lessons can help you or your teen learn safe riding skills. We recommend that anyone learning to ride a motorcycle get some professional rider training.
Types of training available
Licensed driving schools in B.C. offer a variety of lessons and courses, including
- on-road lessons only
- on-road lessons combined with in-class group instruction, and
- the Motorcycle Skills Assessment (MSA) course.
A Motorcycle Skills Assessment course includes classroom and on-road instruction as well as your skills assessment. If you qualify, you may not have to take a
motorcycle skills test at an ICBC office.