PRSD to Launch North Peace Commercial Driving Academy


The Peace River School Division (PRSD) is excited to announce that they have received collegiate school status for a Driver Training School for Class 1, Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT), and Air Brakes Q Endorsement program.

This Driver Training School will be known as the North Peace Commercial Driving Academy, which represents the program’s partnership between the Peace River School Division and Northwestern Polytechnic.

This project started in November of 2022, when the idea was presented to the PRSD Board of Trustees. The viability of offering a Class 1 Driving School was discussed and information was provided on how it could be structured, the costs it would take to facilitate, and the benefits it would have for the Division and local economy. During this time, it was also explained how this opportunity could positively impact high school completion rates and student enrollment within the PRSD.

Now, with approval from Alberta Education, PRSD is eager to continue the next phases of planning and preparing the program to launch in 2024.

Program information and updates can be found on the PRSD website and the North Peace Commercial Driving Academy FAQ [PDF/392KB] sheet, or by contacting Natasha Directo, North Peace Commercial Driving School Program Coordinator at 780-624-3601 ext. 10810 or