250-729-9397          parkwaydriving@shaw.ca

Commercial Driver Training on Vancouver Island

Are you looking for a new career in the transportation industry? Give us a call today. We can talk about various driving courses available for you. Parkway Driving Academy has been offering a complete line of commercial driver training courses on Vancouver Island for over 15 years. Whether you’re considering class 1 driver training or an air brake course on Vancouver Island, we can help you get started on the right path.

We offer the following professional driver training classes at our Nanaimo facility:
Class 1 

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4

Air brakes

Class 1 Driver’s License

This driver’s license allows a person to operate semi-trucks and all other classes of vehicles except motorcycles. We require class 1 learner’s license and air brake endorsement in place as a prior condition.

Class 1 Training Options:

  • 38-hour course – 9*4 hour sessions and use of the truck for road test

  • 42-hour course – 10*4 hour sessions and use of the truck for road test

  • 54-hour course – 13*4 hour sessions and use of the truck for road test

  • 66-hour course – 16*4 hour sessions and use of the truck for road test

Please note: All programs come with additional classroom time and include all materials.

Full Training Packages:

Class 1 Full Package “A” - Total Hours: 122

  • 12 hours of theory
  • 20 hours of air brake course
  • 2-hour road test
  • 84 hours of one-on-one driver training
  • 4 hours of transportation of dangerous goods course

Class 1 Full Package “B” – Total Hours: 102

  • 12 hours of theory
  • 20 hours of air brake course
  • 64 hours of one-on-one driver training
  • 2-hour road test
  • 4 hours of transportation of dangerous goods course

Class 1 Full Package “C” – Total Hours: 90

  • 20 hours of air brake course
  • 12 hours of theory
  • 52 hours of one-on-one driver training
  • 2-hour road test
  • 4 hours of transportation of dangerous goods course

We expect that all fees must be in place before training commences. Students are responsible for all ICBC fees as well as medical fees. Contact us for pricing.
*Use of the truck and trailer for the road test is provided to the students who take one of our training programs.

Class 2 Driver’s License

This driver’s license allows a person to vehicles in Class 2 and Class 4.

Requirements: Must be 19 years of age and hold a BC Class 5 license.


Steps Involved:

  • Obtain Class 2 learner’s license

  • Take an air brake endorsement course

  • Register for driver training

  • Take pre-trip and road test at ICBC Driver Services once the training is completed

  • Do a driver’s medical

Training Packages Include:

  • 22 hours of driver training
  • Pre-trip and use of bus before the exam
  • Air brakes are sold separately

We expect that all fees must be in place before training commences. Students are responsible for all ICBC fees as well as medical fees. Contact us for pricing.
*Use of the bus for the road test is provided to the students who take our training program.

Class 3 Driver’s License

This driver’s license allows a person to operate trucks with more than 2 axles such as dump trucks, mobile truck cranes, and large tow trucks.


Requirements: Must be 18 years of age and obtain driver’s abstract from ICBC Driver Services.


Steps Involved:

  • Obtain class 3 learner’s license

  • Take 20 hours of air brake course

  • Register for driver training

  • Take pre-trip and road test at ICBC Driver Services once the training is complete

  • Do a driver’s medical

Training Packages Include:

  • Package 1
  • 30 hours of one-on-one driver training program
  • Package 2
  • 38 hours of one-on-one driver training program

Please note: All programs come with additional classroom time and include all materials. Lessons are taught in 4-hour blocks. 


We expect that all fees must be in place before training commences. Students are responsible for all ICBC fees as well as medical fees. Contact us for our pricing.

Class 4 (Unrestricted) Driver’s License

This driver’s license allows a person to operate a bus with a maximum seating capacity of 25 persons, and also taxis, limousines, ambulances, and other vehicles used to transport people with disabilities. The primary focus of the program is pre-trip inspection, road craft, and passenger safety. The students will be provided with a handbook of instructions for easy reference. 


Requirements:

  • Must be 19 years of age

  • Must have a class 4 learner’s license in order to register for the program

Training Package Includes:

6-hours of training (use of the van for the road test) - $650.00

We expect that all fees must be in place before training commences. ICBC fees are paid separately.


*Use of the van for the road test is provided to the students who take our training program.

Government Certified Air Brake Course

With this course, we’ll provide the students with both theoretical and practical knowledge on operating vehicles that are equipped with air brakes.


Training Package Includes:

  • 16 hours of air brake theory

  • 4-hour practical training on trucks, pre-trip inspections, and brake adjustment instructions

  • An examination on practical learning is conducted on a one-on-one basis with the instructor

  • Completion certificate will be taken to ICBC Driver Services within 90 days, and a computerised exam is conducted

  • Upon successful completion, you’ll have an air brake endorsement 15 on your driver’s license

  • Course also includes an air brake manual

Requirements and Policy

  • Fees are due when participant registers for the course

  • Refunds given up to 7 days prior to the course minus a $20.00 cancellation fee

  • Attendance for the 2 ½ days is mandatory for obtaining the completion certificate as per ICBC regulations

  • There are no refunds if a person does not complete the course

To learn more about our professional driver training courses on Vancouver Island, give us a call today.

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General Information

Parkway Driving Academy

#12-4376 Boban Drive

Nanaimo, BC

V9T 6A7

Phone: 250-729-9397

Email: parkwaydriving@shaw.ca

Fax: 250-729-9349

Hours

Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Service Area

  • Vancouver Island

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