Driver Education

Enrolling in MPI’s Driver Z Program

Overview

We’re excited to launch the beta release of MPI’s Driver Z Program in 20 high schools this spring, with the full program launching across the province this fall.

A mix of interactive eLearning using an online app with gamification, in-class lessons and in-car experience, it’s driver education for the next generation. Progressing through a series of “zones”, students will gain the tools, knowledge and confidence to improve their driving ability, reduce risk, and prevent serious and even fatal collisions.

Seasoned gamers know that a beta version is close to perfect but that there might be bumps along the way. Students enrolled in the Driver Z beta program have the chance to share their experiences through the Driver Z web app, in surveys, and by providing feedback to their instructors.

Enrolling

You must be at least 15 1/2 years of age to enroll in MPI’s Driver Z Program. Enrollment has many benefits, including remarkable driver education training, the ability qualify for a Class 5 Learner’s Licence at 15 1/2 and one attempt at the Knowledge Test included with enrollment.

Sign up for MPI’s Driver Z Program courses in two easy steps:

1. View a list of available courses on our Driver Education Course Finder.

2. Go to an Autopac agent or MPI Service Centre to get set up as a customer, register and pay for the chosen course.

A parent or guardian must go with you to the Autopac agent or MPI Service Centre, or they can sign a Parental Consent Form if they are unable to attend.

You will need to bring documents to verify your identity. For a complete list of all acceptable identity documents, please review Establishing Your Identity.

You will need to provide an active email address when you register to receive the link to the online app that houses eLearning, and to receive important in-app emails and messages throughout the course. The app also provides helpful resource tools for students and parents, co-pilots and supervising drivers.

Certificate requirements

To earn a certificate from MPI’s Driver Z Program, you must:

  • Attend the Kick-Off scheduled on the same day as the first in-class session. One parent or co-pilot is also required to attend.
  • Complete all of the prerequisite work online prior to the first in-class session.
  • Attend at least 18 hours of the scheduled 20 hours of classroom time.
  • Take part in all 15 hours of instructor-led in-car training lessons, which includes a one-hour readiness assessment.
  • Obtain 80 per cent on all classroom tests and assignments.
  • Complete at least 45 hours (we recommend 100 hours) of in-car practice time with a supervising co-pilot (a parent or other designated supervising driver with a Class 5F licence, valid for three years). The practice time will need to be entered and validated in the Driver Z app.

Class 5 Learner’s Licence requirements

Once you’ve completed the program requirements, you need to pass the Knowledge Test before you can get a Class 5 Learner’s Licence and get behind the wheel. Depending on the situation, there are four possible outcomes:

1. You passed the Knowledge Test and vision screening

  • Congratulations! Go to an Autopac agent or MPI Service Centre to pay the applicable fees and get a licence. Remember to bring the following items:
  • A signed Parental or Legal Guardian Approval form. Or you can bring your parent or legal guardian with you to co-sign the driver’s licence application in person.
  • Customer number – the document you received when you registered as a customer has your number (it’s called a Change Particulars document).
  • Corrective lenses (if required).
  • Payment for the licence ($20, plus premium of up to $45).

In rural locations without an Autopac agent or MPI Service Centre, a Mobile Examiner can do this for you.

2. You didn't pass

That’s okay. Not everyone passes the test on the first try. You must wait seven days before you can re-take the test at an MPI location. You'll need to bring the same items listed in the You Passed section, as well as a $10 test re-write charge.

3. You couldn’t write the test in class

If you couldn't take the Knowledge Test in the classroom because you were absent, you'll have to book an appointment at an Autopac agent or MPI Service Centre, and then take the test at an MPI location. You will need to bring your customer number and a letter from your instructor marked “Special Consideration”. This will entitle you to take the test once without charge.

4. If you need a vision screening re-test

If you couldn’t do the vision screening in the classroom because you were absent or you need to have a re-test, you’ll have to visit an MPI location.

If you have questions about the test or other licensing procedures, visit the Driver Testing page or call us at 204-985-7000 (Winnipeg) or toll-free at 1-800-665-2410.

Class 5 Road Test

You are eligible to take your Road Test a minimum of nine months after obtaining and maintaining your Class 5 Learner’s Licence. For more information about how to book, how to prepare and additional helpful resources, please visit our Driver Testing page.

Class 5 Learner’s Licence cancellation

Under the Drivers and Vehicles Act, the Registrar may cancel a Class 5 Learner’s Licence if the person to whom it has been issued is less than 16 years of age and is expelled from MPI’s Driver Z Program or fails to meet the requirements of the program.

Parents/guardians may cancel a Class 5 Learner’s Licence for their son or daughter who is under the age of 18. For more information about how to cancel a Class 5 Learner’s Licence, call the MPI Contact Centre at 204-985-7000 or toll free at 1-800-665-2410.

Medical requirements and concerns

If you have a medical condition that may impair your ability to drive safely, you (or a parent or guardian if you’re under the age of 18) must inform MPI’s Driver Fitness department (please see below for contact information) prior to attending MPI’s Driver Z Program.

A medical condition is any injury, illness, disease or disorder that may impair the functions necessary for driving. These functions are categorized as cognitive, physical/motor or sensory (vision and hearing).

Impairment resulting from medications and/or treatments that have been prescribed for a medical reason is considered a medical condition. Developmental delays, general debility and a lack of stamina are also considered medical conditions that may impair the functions necessary for driving.

You may be required to file medical reports and/or complete a specialized functional assessment. You may also require vehicle modifications prior to taking in-car training. These medical requirements can take several months, and therefore, it’s recommended you notify Driver Fitness as soon as possible — you can contact us even before registering for the program.

Important note: All information provided about any medical conditions are kept confidential.

More questions about medical conditions? Please contact Driver Fitness 204-985-1900 (Winnipeg) or 1-866-617-6676 (outside Winnipeg).