Defensive Driving Courses (DDC) – Defensive Driving Courses are suitable for drivers holding any class of Alberta operator’s license. The content deals with basic rules of the road, such as rules for stopping, turning and safe driving, as well as driver attitudes.
Defensive Driving Courses may be attended by drivers wanting to receive a Course Completion Certificate to reduce the number of demerit points on their driving record. While the Course Completion Certificate is a product of this course, the first objective of the course provider should be to develop drivers that are knowledgeable, competent and display a responsible attitude.
Professional Driver Improvement Courses (PDIC) - Professional Driver Improvement Courses are developed specifically for persons who drive commercial vehicles as a profession. The content for a PDIC will be similar to the content of a DDC but will include information relevant to operating specific types of commercial vehicles.
Professional Driver Improvement Courses provide the client with a Course Completion Certificate upon successful completion, but tend to be more initiated by employers wanting their commercial operators to be better informed about safe driving practices or due to a Regulation requirement for the profession. While the Course Completion Certificate is a product of this course, the first objective of the course provider should be to develop drivers that are knowledgeable, competent and display a responsible attitude.
Approved courses can be delivered by two types of organizations:
Driving School – Any organizations that provide driver training (including a DDC or PDIC) to the public for a fee must be licensed as a driving school by Alberta Transportation.
Certified Employee Driver Training Agency – Organizations that want to deliver recognized driver training courses to their own employees must be certified by Alberta Transportation. These recognized courses include DDCs and PDICs.
Clients successfully completing a DDC or PDIC will receive a Course Completion Certificate that will allow a maximum three demerit reduction to their operator record. This is available only once every two years.
For information about opening a driving school, please visit transportation.alberta.ca/4474.htm.
Defensive Driving Courses (DDC) Policy (pdf 613.03 KB)
Professional Driver Improvement Courses (PDIC) Policy (pdf 554.86 KB)
Professional Driver Improvement Courses (PDIC) for Light Vehicles Policy (pdf 90.28 KB)