Driver’s Education Online Sessions

Watch the following short informational video to find out more about our Online Drivers Education Program.

Read through the remainder of this page for registration information and for more detailed course information. After doing so, if you have further questions about the Online Drivers Education Program, email Richard Gabriel at rgabriel@wresa.org.

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*** Updates:  Thu, July 30, 2:00pm ***

  •  What is the registration date for the next online drivers ed course?  When we have dates for the next online drivers ed courses, we will post them on this website.  Thank you for your interest in the Online Drivers Education Program.  
  •  Students currently taking an online drivers ed course:  Get a head start and fill out an RIP form and submit it to Mountain Professionals.  This is a form that must be completed and submitted to Mountain Professionals prior to a student being able to start the Driving Portion.  If already completed, then once a student completes the online course, Mountain Professionals can update the RIP form and send it to the Driving Instructor so the student can be put in the queue to drive.  Click on MOUNTAIN PROFESSIONAL RIP for more information.
  • The Driving Portion continues to run!  This is good, since the Driving Portion is what drives us being able to offer more online courses. If the Driving Portion gets too backed up, we have to wait until it gets back to a reasonable level before we can offer another online course.  Mountain Professionals handles the Driving Portion, so if you have questions about the Driving Portion, contact Mountain Professionals at 828-385-4477.

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Drivers Education Registration Section

We periodically offer online driver education courses for high school students.  To qualify to register for a course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Student must LIVE in one of the Western North Carolina counties which we are authorized to serve:   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.
  2. Student must be in high school (or completed 8th grade and going to high school)
  3. Student must be 14 1/2 years of age prior to the time the course begins

***Note:  If you live in another county not listed above, click OTHER COUNTIES  to register you name and county with us.

 Here are a few things to note when preparing to register for one of our online drivers ed courses:

  • COURSE WORK: The course is about 5 weeks and is completely online.   The student must be able to commit to working on the course for the duration of the course and be able to have to time to complete the work that is required each week.

  • REGISTRATION INFORMATION: No ID/form/certificates are needed to register.  Information you will need to fill out is basic student information (name, address, county, school information, birth date), and parent information (name, email, and phone). The cost is $60, which is non-refundable, and is due at the time of registration. You may pay using a credit card or through Paypal.

  • MOST CRITICAL:  Students need to have a valid email (personal or school) which the instructors will use to communicate with the students throughout the course. A personal email is preferable since some school systems block outside emails. You can always check with your school system or with other students at your school who have taken the course to see if they had any issues.

  •  TIME CRITICAL:  REGISTER as close to the opening time for registration of the course.  Each course allows a limited number of students, and most courses fill up within 15-20 minutes.  

When the next course is available to register, a link will be provided as indicated below:

                *****   A Link will be provided here to click on when registration is open for an online course   *****

For registration questions, contact Richard Gabriel at rgabriel@wresa.org. 

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More Detailed Online Drivers Ed Course Information Below:

We also recommend that you read the following detailed and important course information for the online drivers ed course prior to signing up for the course:

*NOTE: $60.00 Registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable; please be sure you can complete the requirements during the times for each session.

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.

Classroom Portion Requirements:

  • Upon successful online registration, you will receive a confirmation email. Also, within a couple of days of registration, you will receive an email from the instructor of course with directions for enrolling in the course and completing the Orientation, which should take about 20-30 minutes to complete and must be done during a 2-3 day window. 

  • All sections and quizzes must be completed for Units during the designated time.

  • Road Signs Test and Final Exam must be completed on one of the designated dates during the designated time.

  • You must make an overall an over all grade of “60” to receive credit for this course. 

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

SCHEDULE OUTLINE:

Orientation – –     2 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 fill it out ahead of time), 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 need 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)  Student must have eyes checked at the DMV and they will fill out their section on the RIP form.  Note that we are also able to accept optometrist eye exams done within 6 months of submission, and they must include visual acuity (in terms of 20/20 etc.), and note any corrective lenses.  For visual acuity worse than 20/40 with no corrective lenses noted, they will need to submit a vision form directly to the DMV (DL77 fax number located on form). Eye exam must be on Dr’s letterhead, not the RIP form. Send the eye exam along with the RIP form to Mountain Professionals. To find out about another free option to get the eye exams, click on  Mountain Professional RIP.

4)  Mail the 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 if all looks good, and the student has successfully completed the online course, 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 828-385-4477.