A Short Note on Air Brake Program


If you are a Class 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 drivers, you must complete an authorized air brake course in order to get a Q endorsement on your driver’s license, which allows you to operate a vehicle with air brakes.

First and foremost, you must complete the air brake endorsement in Edmonton before you can apply for a Class 1 driver’s license.

Air brakes function by generating air pressure at an engine-driven compressor and sending that pressure to the vehicle’s foundation brakes via a network of hoses, reservoirs, and control valves.

Farm trucks with a single motor

If you are driving a single-motor vehicle registered as a farm vehicle in Alberta, you do not need to have an air brake endorsement on your license. 

An air brake endorsement in Edmonton is required if you are operating a farm vehicle combination that requires the driver to possess a Class 1 driver’s license, which is not always the case. 

Even though the vehicle you will be driving is classified as a farm vehicle, you will be required to provide documentation of your air brake qualifications when applying for a Class 1 driver’s license.

What is it, and how does it work?

Step 1- Complete class program 

Completing classroom instruction is the first step. You must engage in an in-person classroom training session offered by a registered driver training institution. A minimum of 6.5 hours is required for the classroom session.

Each student receives a copy of the Air Brake Manual: A Guide for Students, which serves as a reference and study guide for the course.

Step 2- Complete your practical training

It is mandatory for you to participate in the practical training session once you have completed the classroom instruction.

An instructor demonstration will take place first, followed by each student doing the air brake pre-trip examination twice more.

Step 3- Pass the practical examination

Using the Air Brake Practical Test form, the practical assessment is carried out in a one-on-one environment and must be completed within the 15-minute time restriction. 

Prior to being obliged to do extra training, just one practical re-assessment is permitted. The re-assessment must take place on a different day than the first.

Additional training requirements will be determined in collaboration with the licensed driver training school and the student. 

You will be handed a Notice of Air Brake Program Completion form after you have successfully completed the practical assessment portion of the program.

Step 4- Pass the knowledge assessment

If you have completed the Notice of Air Brake Program Completion documents, you may take the driving knowledge exam at any Alberta register agent. There will be a government fee as well as a service charge.

The knowledge exam is administered online, and it is only accessible in one language: English. There is no paper or translated versions of the exams available.

The multiple-choice questions in the knowledge exam total 30 in number. You must properly answer 25 out of 50 questions to pass the exam. If 6 questions are answered wrong, the exam will be terminated immediately.

There are no time limits or restrictions on how many times it may be taken when it comes to the knowledge exam. Any further tests will need to be completed on a separate day.

You will get a Q endorsement on your driver’s license if you pass the knowledge exam for air brake endorsement in Edmonton. The Q endorsement will be shown on your driver’s license card after it has been issued. The Q endorsement does not need to be renewed on a yearly basis.