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Behind the Wheel Training

Registration is Temporarily Closed

BCIU is happy to announce that the Behind the Wheel program is beginning to schedule in-person lessons! Instructors will schedule students who had started lessons prior to the COVID-19 closure so they can complete the course.  Then instructors will begin scheduling students who were registered prior to closure but had not yet started. We are not able to reopen registration at this time, but hope to do so in the near future.

BCIU is concerned about the safety of students and staff and has developed Health and Safety Procedures specifically for the Behind the Wheel program. Students will be asked to review, acknowledge, and abide by the procedure before lessons begin. We look forward to offering this service to Berks County students once again! Click here to review the Health and Safety Procedures.

Please keep checking this webpage for updates.

Behind-the-Wheel Driver's Education

The Berks County Intermediate Unit offers behind-the-wheel driver education for students in Berks County. 

Behind-the-wheel instruction provides high school students with six (6) hours of training in a BCIU provided-vehicle with an instructor certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Training can be taken separately or in conjunction with theory instruction. Students may receive .10 academic credits for successfully completing behind-the-wheel instruction, depending on school district policy.

Instructors will make individual appointments with students for behind-the-wheel training on Saturdays, Sundays, and weekday evenings.

There is no deadline for registering for behind-the-wheel instruction. Registrants will be contacted by the instructor, who arranges the time and day of driving instructions. Names are added to the behind-the-wheel training list as registrations are received.

Did You Know?: Some insurance companies offer a premium discount to drivers who complete behind-the-wheel instruction. Upon completion of the course, students should access their Frontline Education account to print the Certificate of Driver Training. Students should contact their insurance company for more information. 

Parent & Student Requirements

  • Students must possess a current learner's permit to register for behind-the-wheel instruction.
  • Students must complete 55 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction prior to the start of the first behind-the-wheel lesson.
  • This course is designed solely for high school students. A student may remain in the behind-the-wheel program up to and including August 31, after high school graduation, to pass the behind-the-wheel course. After this time, the BCIU is unable to administer the end-of-skill driving test.
  • Students must complete 65 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction to qualify to take the end-of-skills test.Students must also pass either the online theory instruction course or an accredited classroom course.
  • Students are entitled to receive one end-of-skills driving test from the driver education teacher.If the student fails the test, he or she must schedule the next test with the local driving center.
  • Your credit card will be charged $305.00 when the instructor confirms the date of the student's first lesson.
  • Refunds will not be granted once the behind-the-wheel instruction begins.
  • The student or parent must cancel at least 24 hours ahead by either contacting the instructor or the BCIU at 610-987-8584.If you do not call and do not arrive for the lesson, a $30.00 fee may be assessed before your can receive a certificate of completion. Instructors will wait 15 minutes after the scheduled start time of a lesson. After the 15 minute grace period, the student has missed the lesson and will be charged accordingly.
  • If additional lessons are necessary after the completion of the six required lessons, a $30.00 fee will be assessed for each additional lesson.
  • Students must provide a Driver ID Number and Driver Test Eligibility upon enrollment.Failure to provide your Driver ID Number and Driver Test Eligibility Date to drivertraining@berksiu.org immediately following registration on Frontline Education will delay completion of your registration.
  • Please note that because of a high volume of students served, there is generally a waiting period to schedule the first lesson.

Please note: Students are required to have with them a valid learner’s permit at the time of each lesson. Students may not drive without it. Failure by the student to bring his or her permit will be considered a missed lesson.

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