Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Licensing Information

Procedures for obtaining Class 1, 2, and 3 with air brakes

  1. Contact ICBC in person and get pre-screened to see if you are eligible to upgrade your driver's license. Pick up a drivers abstract and ask about any medical concerns at this time.
  2. Attend the TRU air brake course; the certified airbrake course is 20 hours in length. The non-certified airbrake course is 16 hours.
  3. Write the air brake exam at the ICBC Driver Services office within 90 days of completing the course. Cost of writing test is $15. Write the Class 1, 2 or 3 Learner’s Exam at the ICBC Driver Services office. Cost of writing the exam is $15. Note: If you write both exams at the same time you will only be charged $15.
  4. Now you are ready to begin the driver training program at TRU/Columbia. Upon completion of the driver training program, you will complete a two-hour road test which will be pre-booked for you. Cost of:
    • Class 1: $60
    • Class 2: $50
    • Class 3: $50
  5. When you successfully pass the road test you will be issued a new driver’s license. The cost for a duplicate is $17. A five year renewal is $75. A medical processing fee of $28 is charged for the medical form. You will also be issued a medical form, which you can take to the TRU Health Services to complete a physical if you are in the Kamloops area, or to your family physician. Cost of the physical is $100 at TRU. Return the medical form to the ICBC office so ICBC can mail you your new license.
Practice exams are available at the following:

Please note: It is highly recommended that you take the air brake course before you start any training course. You must successfully write and complete your air brake test and learner’s license test before you begin your training.