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Are you considering a career in the transport industry? There hasn’t been a better time! Come join one of the most reputable truck driving school in Montreal.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance has conducted the study – Understanding the Truck Driver Supply and Demand Gap – forecasting a shortage of 33,000 drivers by 2020. If you are wondering whether there are jobs in this sector, the answer is YES!
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5 Easy steps to get your truck driver’s license:
Step 1: Meet the SAAQ’s Requirements
HAVE A GOOD DRIVING RECORD:
- The applicant must have less than 4 demerit points entered on their driving record.
- When applying for a heavy vehicle license, you are eligible if you have 3 demerit points; 4 points is not eligible.
- However, demerit points are removed from the driving record 24 months after an individual is found guilty of an infraction.
- The applicant’s driver’s license must not have been suspended or revoked in the past 2 years.
- The SAAQ will only look at suspensions that resulted from an accumulation of demerit points or a driving-related Criminal Code offense.
HAVE THE NECESSARY DRIVING EXPERIENCE:
The applicant must have at least 36 months of driving experience with a Class 5 driver’s license (i.e a car). The 36 months is an accumulation of the probationary license and regular driver’s license.
The applicant must have at least 24 months of driving experience with a Class 5 driver’s license (i.e a car). The 36 months is an accumulation of the probationary license and regular driver’s license.
Must have completed 260 hours of driving a Class 1 vehicle on public roads, along with having completed 40 hours of road practice with a driving school.
So which option do you fall under? If you 24 months of driving experience, give us a call. We can get you the necessary hours behind the wheel to ensure your eligibility for the Class 1 license.
Step 2: Medical Examination & Vision Test
- To be able to proceed to Step 3, the SAAQ demands that candidates undergo a vision test that is performed at an SAAQ service outlet. Candidates are also given a medical form to be filled out by a doctor. You can contact your family doctor to complete the medical form.
- If you do not have a family doctor, any general MD can be consulted. However, CLSCs do not aid in completing the medical form.
- Once completed, the form is to be submitted at the SAAQ, if everything goes well, we are on to Step 3.
Step 3: Register for a Heavy Vehicles Driving Course (Theory Test)
The purpose of registering for a driving course is to get expert help and guidance to successfully pass your theory test and driving test. Our step 3 does just that!
The SAAQ has set out some recommended study material to prepare for the theory test.
- Driver’s Handbook
- Driving a Heavy Vehicle
- We take it one step further and offer an Online Driver’s Education Program (ODEP)
Our theory program offers the above. We know your time is important, the ODEP allows students to prepare for their theory test at their own convenience. Once students have successfully passed the theory test at the SAAQ, they can now move on to preparing for the driving test.
Step 4: Register for a Heavy Vehicles Driving Course (Driving Test)
- After the successful completion of step 3, there are some important factors to consider.
- Candidates must wait the 30 days set in place by the SAAQ, prior to enrolling for the road test. The 30 days begin from the day they pass their theory test.
- During the 30 days period, candidates are encouraged to enroll in a driving course. The SAAQ recommends completing 20 hours of supervised driving prior to attempting the road test.
- The road test consists of two parts; driving & pre-trip inspection
We offer a variety of driving courses that are tailored to each student’s needs. However, the following course layout establishes the norm for the driving course:
- 20 hours of observation at the instructor’s discretion, normally consists of two students and the instructor. Observation hours can be applied to different sections of the program, i.e shifting, pre-trip inspection, back-up, etc.
- 20 hours of practical training, traditionally performed as a one-to-one session with the instructor. However, can be accompanied by an observing student. The practical section of the driving course covers all the aspects needed to successfully pass the exam, i.e driving, back-up, and pre-trip inspection.
Note: The above recommended hours are guidelines. Each student has their own learning pace.
Step 5: Enrol for the SAAQ Road Test
Finally, we are now at the last step. Once candidates have successfully completed the practical training in accordance with the instructor’s guidelines, it’s time to take the road test at the SAAQ.
The practical test at the SAAQ has two parts:
- Driving: students are tested on a variety of safety aspects relative to driving a heavy vehicle. Including but not limited to safety margins, control of the vehicle, correctly upshifting and downshifting, navigating the flow of traffic, and backup/docking.
- Pre-trip Inspection: The PTI has to be completed within the allotted 20 minutes.
Once you have successfully passed both parts of the exam, you are ready to hit the road! If you have more questions or inquiries, do not hesitate in getting in touch with us at 514-747-1234. We have been helping people start their trucking careers for over 20 years.
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