Professional Driver Improvement Course (PDIC) – 3 Demerit (Alberta) BIS



Professional Driver Improvement Course (PDIC) – 3 Demerit (Alberta)


This Professional Driver Improvement Course (PDIC) is specifically designed for drivers in the transportation industry as both a refresher on safe driving attitudes and techniques, and an introduction to new safe driving concepts.

This program is Alberta Government approved for a 3-point demerit reduction. Within 48 hours of successful completion of this course, a verified certificate will become available. Use the information provided on the certificate to submit your certificate and driver information for demerit reduction. Processing of demerit reduction may take 2-3 weeks.

This program is Alberta Government approved for 3 demerit reduction upon successful completion of this course with a minimum 80% passing grade.

The course is divided into 8 modules, which can be completed at the learners pace and does not have to be completed in one sitting. Each module utilizes a variety of interactive scenarios, videos, and knowledge checks to help provide an engaging and memorable learning experience.



  • Important Links and Downloads
  • Driver Readiness Quiz

Module 1 – Core Philosophy

  • What is an acceptable risk when driving?
  • Collision Statistics
  • The Challenge
  • Preventable Collisions
  • Driver Competency Model
  • Quiz

Module 2 – SAFER System of Defensive Driving Part One

  • Space
  • Attitude
  • Foresight

Module 3 – SAFER System of Defensive Driving Part Two

  • Eyesight
  • Responsibility
  • Quiz

Module 4 – Adverse Conditions

  • Adverse Conditions
  • Weather Conditions
  • Light Conditions
  • Road Conditions
  • Traffic Conditions
  • Driver Conditions
  • Vehicle Inspections
  • Vehicle Breakdown
  • Quiz

Module 5 – Two-Vehicle Collisions

  • Six positions of a two-vehicle crash
  • Proper passing techniques
  • Quiz

Module 6 – Other Vehicle Collisions

  • Backing Collisions
  • Wild Life Collisions
  • Jackknifing Collisions
  • Rollover Collisions
  • Quiz

Module 7 – Emergency Driving Techniques

  • Emergency Braking
  • Visual Targeting
  • Collision Avoidance
  • Antilock Brakes
  • Passive Safety Systems
  • Active Safety Systems
  • Wheel Drop Off and off-road recoveries
  • Tire Blow Out
  • Quiz

Module 8 – Drinking, Driving and Drugs

  • Drinking and Driving – The Statistics
  • Myths around impaired driving
  • Effects of alcohol on driving ability
  • The impact of impaired driving
  • Penalties for Drinking and Driving
  • Vehicle impoundment program
  • Other Drugs both illegal and prescription
  • Conclusion
  • Quiz

Module 9 – Fatigue

  • Fatigue statistics
  • The definition of fatigue
  • Fatigue causal factors
  • The concept of sleep loss and the impact of not getting enough sleep
  • Circadian rhythms and the factors that can disrupt those rhythms
  • Work and medical factors that can impact sleep
  • Sleep cycles
  • How age affects sleep
  • Rhythms of alertness and sleepiness
  • The impact that fatigue can have on your life
  • Fatigue indicators
  • The impact of fatigue on night driving
  • The Stanford Sleepiness Scale as a way to judge your level of fatigue
  • Aids to better sleep
  • Good sleep practices
  • Ways to manage time and stress management
  • Strategies for journey management
  • Strategies that work minimally
  • Strategies that do not work
  • Strategies that do work
  • Responsibility and fatigue
  • Quiz

Module 10 – Conclusion


Approximately 6-7 hours


Testing conducted in this online Condensed Defensive Driving program is designed to reinforce the information presented. A mark of 80% must be achieved in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants are able to repeat the course twice if the pass mark is not achieved.


Upon successful completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available to download and print.

Important: A government certificate will be mailed to you within 3 to 5 business days. Take the government certificate to any Alberta Registry office to have the demerits removed.