Driver training

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.

Currently there are four air brake instructor training facilities in Aldergrove, Coquitlam, Kelowna and Victoria. Details on these offices may be found​ on the ​instructor training facility list - the facility will enroll you in their course once they confirm that you meet the requirements.

You will need to provide the facility a customized driving record that shows when you received our air brake endorsement on your driver's licence. This record is not available online or at a driver licensing office. You must phone driver licensing customer contact and specifically request that they send to you a driving record with this information. Driver licensing contact numbers.

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 licensed driver training school or institute

  • Include a minimum of 7 hours of theory training for single-unit vehicles and 9 hours theory for combination unit.

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