Driver training

Become a driving instructor

Ready to start a career as a driver training instructor? We can help.

To teach driver training in B.C., you must meet certain requirements and be licensed by ICBC. If you are qualified, you can be an instructor for passenger vehicles (car), motorcycles or commercial vehicles.

These requirements do not apply to teaching air brakes. To teach air brakes, you must hold an air brake certificate of qualification.

Do I qualify?

To become a driving instructor, you'll need to meet these requirements:

  • You are at least 19 years of age.

  • You have a valid driver’s licence.

  • You have three years driving experience for the specific class of vehicle.

  • You have received fewer than 10 points on your driving record within the past two years.

  • You don’t have an affiliation with ICBC that is a conflict of interest.

  • You have paid any debts owing to ICBC.

After applying, you’ll need to pass a driver training course and order your licence.

Estimated costs


Estimated cost

Criminal record search

$50-$100 *

Medical evaluation

$60-$200 *

Instructor training course

$4000-$10,000 *

Instructor licence

$30 licence fee (to be paid after course completion)

Steps to become a driving instructor

1. Request an instructor application.

This includes a review to check that you qualify and meet the requirements.

You can complete the request for instructor application online or contact us​.

2. Complete the application package.

If you meet the requirements of the review, we'll send you an application package for completion. It includes:

  • An application form

  • A medical evaluation form (completed by your physician)

  • A criminal record search request letter.

Complete all parts of the application and send it to the address noted in the package. Do not include your $30 licence fee — only submit the fee after completing your training course.

3. Complete the instructor training course.

Once your application has been reviewed, if you are approved, we will contact you to take an instructor training course at an authorized instructor training facility.

Facility type

Training offered

Class 5 instructor training facility

One-on-one training: 85-hour (Class 5) instructor courses to Class 5/7 instructor applicants

Group training: 100 to 105-hour (Class 5) instructor courses to Class 5/7 instructor applicants.

Class 1 instructor training facility

40-hour (Class 1) courses to Class 1 instructor applicants — After applicants successfully complete or are enrolled in a Class 5 training course.

Class 6 (Motorcycle) instructor training facility

80-hour (motorcycle) instructor courses to class 6/8 instructor applicants.

Air brake instructor training facility

40-hour (air brake) instructor courses to air brake instructor applicants.

Challenge the instructor training course requirement.

4. Mail your completion certificate to ICBC.

Once you complete the instructor training course, submit the following:

  • Your course completion certificate

  • $30 licence fee (cheque payable to ICBC). Note: if you are planning on teaching at more than one branch office or school, licences must be displayed at each location. You'll need to request additional licences and submit a $15 fee for each additional licence.

The certificate and fee(s) should be mailed to:

ICBC Driver Training Industry Support
PO Box 3750
Victoria BC V8W 3Y5

If you have any debts owing to ICBC, these may need to be paid before an instructor’s licence is issued.

After receiving your course completion certificate and fees, we’ll send you your instructor licence. When you receive it, you can begin instructing at a licenced driving school.

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