Online Drivers Education

***IMPORTANT UPDATES***

  • September 10, 2021:  DRIVING Update:  Due primarily to issues caused by the impacts of Covid, the time it takes for students to complete the “6 hours of Driving with an Instructor” is taking longer than usual. Normally from the time a student’s RIP is verified by Mountain Professionals, it takes between 30 to 90 days to be scheduled for the driving. At this time, it may take up to 120 days to be scheduled for driving. We apologize for the delays and appreciate your understanding of this matter. Mountain Professionals personnel, who handle running the driving part of Drivers Education, are doing everything they can to improve the situation and minimize these delays as much as possible. If you have further questions about the driving part, contact Mountain Professionals by email at driversed@wresa.org or call 828-483-4708.
  • September 10, 2021:  NEXT COURSE Update:  Due to updates that need to be made to the Online Drivers Ed course, the next course which was tentatively scheduled for October, 2021 has been moved to November, 2021. We will be sending out emails no later than Sept 23 to all FALL 2021 Waiting List students (who have not gotten into a course) with more information on registering and paying for the upcoming November course.
  • September 1, 2021: SPRING and SUMMER 2021 Waiting List Students: We have finished the 2021 SPRING and SUMMER course offerings. We will be closing those waiting lists and will not be automatically sending out emails to those students.  However, if you are on the Spring or Summer 2021 Waiting List and still want to get into a course, contact Richard Gabriel at rgabriel@wresa.org .

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“NEED TO KNOW” about the ONLINE DRIVERS EDUCATION  program

  • DE Waiting ListGetting onto the DE Waiting List does not cost anything. The DE Waiting List does not register you for a course. However, it is the first step in getting a student into an online drivers ed course. Once a student is on a waiting list, when a course is available that the student is eligible to take, an email will be sent to the “Contact Email” in the student’s registration with more information on registering and paying for the course.
  • Contact Email:  It is very important to provide a Contact Email that gets checked regularly. The Contact Email will be used to notify you about updates such as when a course is available to register and pay for. In most cases, it is best to use a parent email since we have found that parents usually complete the official registration and pay for the online drivers ed course. If the student is entering the information, it is best to enter your parent’s email or a student personal email that you check regularly. It is highly recommended NOT to us a school email, since often school system will block incoming emails.
  • Online Course:  The Drivers Ed courses offered on the WRESA website are all completely ONLINE using pre-recorded videos. There are a certain number of units due at the end of each week, and the students can work around their schedules to complete the work for that week. As long as students have a computer with wifi access, they will be able to work on their assignments. An online drivers ed course takes 5 weeks to complete. If you prefer to take a face-to-face course, contact your school for more information about any face-to-face courses being offered.  You can also check into Mountain Professionals, who is contracted by some of the schools to teach face-to-face courses. You can go to Mountain Professionals  website and click on “School Classes” to see the face-to-face courses they are currently offering.
  • Check for Updates:We recommend checking the WRESA Drivers Ed website page for updates about once a week. We also encourage you to check for emails as well. Be sure to check your SPAM, Trash, Promotion and other folders where suspected junk email might have been placed. You can also search for WRESA emails by putting “wresa” in your email search bar.  If you are expecting an email and still cannot find the email,  contact Richard Gabriel at rgabriel@wresa.org

Registration Schedule for Online Drivers Ed Waiting Lists 

Waiting ListWaiting List Registration StatusStatus for Courses Being Offered Must be Born BeforeCourses Starting betweenNext Email To be Sent No Later Than
FALL 2021CLOSEDACTIVEApr 12, 2007Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2021Sept 23, 2021
WNTR 2021-2022CLOSEDWAITINGMay 12, 2007Nov 1, 2021 - Feb 28, 2022Oct 31, 2021
SPRING 2022OPENWAITINGJuly 12, 2007Mar 1, 2022 - Jun 30, 2022Feb 23, 2022

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Online Drivers Ed Waiting List Registration Section

 

*** IF YOU ARE ALREADY ON A WAITING LIST, DO NOT REGISTER ON ANOTHER ONE!***  

Click Here to Register onto the Spring 2022 Online Drivers Ed Waiting List

 

For questions about the Drivers Education program you may contact Richard Gabriel at rgabriel@wresa.org

 

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More Detailed Online Drivers Ed Course Information Below:

Note that the Drivers Education process involves 3 primary steps which students must complete:

1) 30 hours of Classroom Instruction:   Students can take our online drivers ed course, or they can take a face-to-face course. Students/Parents will need to complete the RIP form and submit it to Mountain Professionals either while the student is taking the online course or upon completion of the online course, but not PRIOR to taking the course. The student will not get put onto the Driving Instructor’s list to be scheduled for driving until the RIP form has been received by Mountain Professionals and verified.

2) 6 hours of Driving Instruction:  Mountain Professionals handles this Driving Portion of drivers ed for most of the online drivers ed students. From the time Mountain Professionals sends the student and parent an email verifying that the RIP form is complete and that the information has been sent to the Driving Instructor, it typically takes about 30 to 90 days for the Driving Instructor to call the student to schedule the driving.

3) Apply for a Learner’s Permit at the DMV:  Students must take the Driver’s Education Certificate (which students receive after completing the 30 hours of Classroom instruction and the 6 hours of driving instruction)  and the Driving Eligibility Certificate (which students receive from the school which indicates that the student is in good academic standing), to the DMV to apply for a Learner’s Permit.

***Note that homeschool students will need to apply online for the Driving Eligibility Certificate.  Go to the NC DOA “Student Driving Info” for more information.

Other Important Information Prior to Signing up for the Online Drivers Ed Course:

  • COST:  When you receive the email to register and pay for a course, note that it costs $60 for the online drivers ed course, payable by credit card.  The registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable; please be sure you can complete the requirements during the times specified for the course prior to registering.
  • COURSE TYPE and DURATION:  The Drivers Ed courses offered on the WRESA website are all completely ONLINE using pre-recorded videos. There are a certain number of units due at the end of each week, and the students can work around their schedules to complete the work for that week. As long as students have a computer with wifi access, they will be able to work on their assignments. An online drivers ed course takes 5 weeks to complete. If you prefer to take a face-to-face course, contact your school for more information about face-to-face courses being offered.
  • ELIGIBILTY: Classes are available only to students residing in the following counties: Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Henderson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey.  If you reside in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon, McDowell, Swain, or attend school out of state, the driving portion will be done with your county’s Driver’s Ed and there may be an additional fee.  Jackson County and Haywood County students are not eligible to take this course unless they use a private driving company.

​​Classroom Portion Requirements:

  • Upon successful online registration, registrants will receive a confirmation email. Also, on the Friday in which the course begins, registrants will receive an email from the instructor of course with directions for enrolling in the course and completing the Orientation, which should take about 30 minutes to an hour to complete and must be done during a 3-day window.
  • All sections and quizzes must be completed for Units by the end of the week that they are assigned.
  • Road Signs Test and Final Exam must be completed on one of the designated dates during the designated time.
  • Students must earn an overall grade of “60” to receive credit for this course.

​**Please note:  Students must complete assignments during the time frame outlined in the schedule.  The student has the flexibility to work on the specific week’s units anytime during that week that works best for the student’s schedule.  The units for that week, however, must be completed by the end of that week. You will NOT be allowed to makeup any assignments.**

SCHEDULE OUTLINE:

Orientation – –     3 Days to complete

First Week – –      Units 1 – 3    (Due by the end of the week)

Second Week – – Units 4 – 6    (Due by the end of the week)

Third Week – –     Units 7 – 9    (Due by the end of the week)

Fourth Week – –   Units 10 – 13  (Due by the end of the week)

Final Exam – –      Choose one of the 2-hour window options over 2 days

Driving Portion including Restricted Instruction Permit (RIP) form:   

Following completion of the online course (or, the student can actually complete and submit while taking the course), each student must fill out and mail the Restricted Instruction Permit (RIP) form to Mountain Professionals.  Here are the steps to complete the RIP:

1)  If you need to print a copy of the RIP form, you can download it here: Restricted Instruction Permit.

2)  Student needs to fill out the student information section at the top of the form, which also requires both student and parent signatures. Complete the RIP form in BLUE or BLACK ink. Have a parent/guardian sign in BLUE or BLACK ink.

3)  Note that the DMV will NO longer accept eye exams from a doctor. To find out about options for getting the eye exams, click on  Mountain Professional RIP.

4)  Mail the RIP form to the following address:

Mountain Professionals, Inc.

PO Box 212

Bakersville, NC  28705

5)  When received, Mountain Professionals, Inc (MPI) will verify the RIP form and the student’s grades for the course.  If all looks good, Mountain Professionals will send the RIP form to the driving instructor in the student’s district. Mountain Professionals will also email the student and the parent to inform them that the RIP was received and has been sent to the driving instructor.  Once the driving instructor receives the RIP form, the student will be scheduled to drive in birth order, with the oldest driving first.  Typically, a student will receive a call from the driving instructor within 30 to 90 days after receipt of the RIP, depending on the student’s age and the number of students in that district.

*** Students will not be able to drive until the RIP form is turned in to Mountain Professionals and the RIP form has been verified.

***For questions about the Driving Portion and RIP form, contact Mountain Professionals, Inc. at 828-483-4708 or you can email driversed@wresa.org.