About Us

1. students taking notes and learning about safe driving in driver’s ed class

Our History

Established in 1972, Certified Driving School has been providing driver’s education classes to teens and adults throughout Northwest Indiana for over 4 decades. Jerry Mazur, who devoted 39 years to teaching biology, started Certified Driving School with a vision of educating teen drivers about the importance of safe driving. More than 45 years later, Mazur continues to teach a majority of the classes at our Highland office.

Jerry’s partners include Garry Burkhart, a retired teacher and wrestling coach at Hobart High School, and Nick Byrd. The rest of our friendly staff features over 30 current or retired teachers who are experienced in educating students about respecting the road and driving safely.

We have two locations in Northwest Indiana located in Highland and Crown Point. In addition, Certified Driving’s reputation is well known throughout the region and has allowed us to partner with local schools for summer driver’s education programs. Currently, we’re partnered with Lowell and Griffith High Schools, as well as former programs at Lake Central, Highland, Bishop Noll, and Andrean.

Our Philosophy

New drivers only get one chance to learn how to drive safely, and being a new driver comes with great responsibility. The instructors at Certified Driving School are committed to teaching our students to be the safest drivers on the road. Our licensed instructors guarantee our students will receive the most up-to-date techniques, information, and safe-driving standards. Let our Certified Driving School experts make the transition easier for you in becoming a new, responsible driver.


“Great experience with Certified. Always found a way to work with our schedule. I have confidence that my son can get out on the road by himself now after the training he received there.”-Elizabeth

“My daughter just completed all the requirements and will get her license next week! I am extremely thankful for Mr. Waddle and his patience while teaching her to drive. He made her feel confident and comfortable through the entire process. Thank you!”-Michelle

“Certified is incredible! Price is fantastic for what is given, kids love it, teachers are calm, motivating and fantastic. Definitely prepared them for exams, driving and safety. Money well spent!”-Paula

“Outstanding service! They worked around my daughter’s busy schedule with ease. The best part is that my daughter’s driving doesn’t even make me nervous.”-Chuck

“My son took drivers education through Certified. A great staff who has patience with teens and really strived to make sure my son was comfortable behind the wheel and trained to drive appropriately. Mr. Waddle did a great job!”-Jodee

Safe Driving

Join the tens of thousands of students who’ve learned to drive the certified way.