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Become an air brake instructor

To teach air brakes, you must hold an air brake certificate of qualification issued by ICBC.


To become an air brake instructor, you must

  • be at least 19 years of age
  • have at least two years' experience operating air brake equipped vehicles
  • have successfully completed an air brake instructor certification course

Steps to getting your air brake certificate of qualification

1. Enroll in an air brake instructor course.

Contact an ICBC approved air brake instructor certification facility - the facility will enroll you in their course once they confirm that you meet the requirements.

2. Get your air brake instructor certificate of qualification

After you successfully complete the air brake instructor certification course, the training facility will notify our office and we will send you a certificate of qualification - when you receive your certificate, you can begin teaching air brake courses​​.

Guidelines for teaching an air brake course

An air brake course must

  • be taught by an air brake instructor at a licenced driver training school or institute
  • include a minimum of 16 hours of theory

On completing an air brake course, a student must be issued an air brake card or letter that includes the following information:

  • name of driving school or institute
  • course completion date
  • instructor number
  • a declaration that 16 hours of theory was completed, and
  • student's name and driver's licence number