Air Brake Courses

Individual Driving Lessons in North Vancouver

North Shore Driving School offers a comprehensive air brake course in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, and throughout BC to teach students the ins and outs of controlling air brake-operated vehicles. From pre-trip requirements to end-of-service checks and everything in-between, we get you ready to traverse difficult terrain and arrive at your destination safely. To earn an air brake certification in Burnaby or elsewhere in BC, you must be 16 or older, have a valid BC driver’s licence, complete an air brake training course, pass a knowledge test, and pass a pre-trip inspection test.

Ins & Outs of How Air Brakes Work

Brake safety is incredibly important, and air brakes operate differently than regular vehicles. Typically found in trucks, buses, trailers, and semi-trailers, air brakes use air (instead of fluid) to transmit pressure from your driver’s control to the service brake. In Burnaby and throughout BC, it is required that drivers take an air brake course to be able to operate these vehicles. Air brakes are really three different braking systems combined: a service brake system that works when you use the brake pedals, a parking brake system when you use the parking brake control, and an emergency brake system used to stop the vehicle if your other brake system fails.

Why Are Air Brakes Used in Trucks?

Air brakes are typically preferred in heavier trucks and buses because of their powerful stopping power – when they work and when they fail. If you have a brake line leak in a hydraulic system, your brakes are likely to fail because not enough friction is created to sufficiently slow your wheels. However, if you have a leak in your air brake lines, the air pressure should still decrease, activating the brakes and bringing your vehicle to a complete stop. Air brakes make driving large trucks in Abbotsford, Richmond, and throughout BC safer for you and others on the road.

Why Should You Take Our Air Brake Course in Abbotsford, Richmond, Surrey, or Burnaby?

Learning to operate vehicles that utilize an air brake system is required for Air Brake Certification in Abbotsford and throughout BC. Our air brakes program in Burnaby deals with the control of air brake-operated vehicles in depth, as well as the pre-trip requirements and road test. With our Burnaby air brakes course, our government-certified instructors will provide comprehensive training that will prepare you for the challenges on the road. You’ll learn how to drive a commercial vehicle safely, as well as practice parking and driving in traffic. We have many times to choose from, so if you're ready to take our air brake course in Richmond, Surrey, Burnaby, or Abbotsford, sign up today!


North Shore Driving School also provides our air brake course for Coquitlam, Langley, and Vancouver area truck drivers. Call our Truck Division directly at 604-299-9292.


North Shore Driving School is a leader in Air Brake training. For your safety and those around you on the road, we provide a very thorough course for you to gain the knowledge and confidence to be able to operate Air Brake equipped vehicle.


Please contact us to register for our next course.

ATTENTION ALL THOSE DOING AIR CERTIFICATION

North Shore Driving School Ltd. Disclaimer


5.11.1 - Certification does not guarantee that ICBC will issue a Licence or Air Brake endorsement;

5.11.2 - ICBC may require a Certified Trainee to be retested by a Driver Examiner; and

5.11.3 - ICBC will have access to the Trainees training and Assessment Records


In plain English, if you owe ICBC money or have outstanding issues with them (ICBC), they have the power to not issue you a licence or endorsement. Contact North Shore Driving School in Burnaby for more information or to schedule an air brake course in Surrey, Abbotsford, Burnaby, and Richmond today!

2018 Air Brake Theory Course Dates

July 21 – 22 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekends - Sat, Sun

July 24 – 25 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekdays - Tues, Wed

August 4 – 5 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekends - Sat, Sun

August 14 – 15 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekdays - Tues, Wed

August 18 – 19 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekends - Sat, Sun

August 28 – 29 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekdays - Tues, Wed

September 8 – 9 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekends - Sat, Sun

September 10 – 11 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekdays - Mon, Tues 

September 22 – 23 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekends - Sat, Sun

September 24 – 25 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekdays - Mon, Tues

October 4 – 5 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekdays - Thurs, Fri 

October 13 – 14 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekends - Sat, Sun 

October 16 – 17 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekdays - Tues, Wed

October 27 – 28 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekends - Sat, Sun

October 29 – 30 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekdays - Mon, Tues

November 8 – 9 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekdays - Thurs, Fri

November 19 – 20 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekdays - Mon, Tues

November 24 – 25 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekends - Sat, Sun

December 3 – 4 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekdays - Mon, Tues

December 8 – 9 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekends - Sat, Sun

December 17 – 18 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekdays - Mon, Tues

December 22 – 23 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Weekends - Sat, Sun

Classroom Training - 16 Hours: $150 (excludes GST)

 Basic Air Brake System and its Components

 Complete Air Brake System for Single Unit Vehicles

 Basic Air Brake System for Trailers

 Complete Air Brake System for Combination Vehicles

 Principles of Operation of Combination Air Brake Systems

 Successful candidates are eligible to apply to write their Air Brake test at ICBC. This is required before you can add Air Brake Endorsement to your licence.


To save you time and extra costs, we are licensed through ICBC to train and certify you for the pre-trip component.

Pre-Trip Training - 4 Hours: $150 (excludes GST)

 Pre-Trip Inspection of Air Brake System

 In-Service Operation

 Pre-Hill Checks

 End-of-Service Checks

 Characteristics of Single and Combination Units

Air Brake Endorsement - 20 Hours Total: $300 (excludes GST) 

(Air Brake Theory & Pre-Trip)

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Car Division

1821 Lonsdale Avenue North Vancouver, BC V7M 2J8

Phone: 604-988-1138 

Toll Free: 1-866-988-1138
Email: car_div@nsds.ca

Business Hours

Monday - Friday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Truck Division

2990 Norland Avenue Burnaby, BC V5B 3A6

Phone: 604-299-9292

Toll Free: 1-888-571-5777

Email: truck_div@nsds.ca

Business Hours

Monday - Thursday 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Friday 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM

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