Get an on-highway air brake endorsement
To get an on-highway air brake endorsement for a single-unit in B.C., you must:
A road test is not required.
To get an on-highway air brake endorsement for a combination-unit vehicle in B.C., you must:
- Pass the Class 1 knowledge test, which includes air brake content
- Complete the B.C. Class 1 MELT course, which includes all required air brake training
- Pass an air brake pre-trip test as part of the Class 1 road test, using a combination-unit vehicle equipped with air brakes
- Pay for your road test fees and licence
Studying and preparing for your tests
To get ready for your tests, we highly recommend studying the applicable air brake chapters in
Driving Commercial Vehicles.
The commercial knowledge test is multiple choice. The test is offered in English. Translators are not allowed.
Where to take your tests
Book an appointment to take your test at an ICBC
driver licensing office.*
not available at Cloverdale and Surrey Guildford.
Three attempts at the single-unit air brake knowledge test
You can attempt the single-unit air brake knowledge test up to three times. If you're unsuccessful after three attempts, you'll need to complete an additional 7 hours of air brake theory training before trying again. This also applies to those with previous air brake experience who were exempted from training.
There are no limits to the number of attempts for the commercial Class 1 knowledge test, which includes air brakes. There are also no training requirements to take the knowledge test.
Retest waiting period
Study hard so you can pass the test the first time. If you don't succeed, you can take the test again after
Combined Class 1 and air brake knowledge test starting Fall 2021
If you haven’t passed both the Class 1 and air brake knowledge tests by October 18, 2021, you will need to complete the new combined Class 1 and air brake knowledge test.
If you were previously issued a Class 1 learner driver's licence, you’ll be required to surrender it if you are unsuccessful on the new combined knowledge test.