Class A Driver Training

 Hands-On Class A Driver Training

Hands-On Class A Driver Training

Code:MOTR 2411
Length:200 hours
Dates:Monday – Friday 7:45 am – 4:00 pm
August 28 – October 20 / October 2 – November 24 / November 13 – January 12
Cost:

$8,020.00

includes non-tax deductible supply fee

This course qualifies as a Second Career program course.

Transport Your Career to the Next Level with Class A Driver Training

Mandatory entry level Training (MELT) is now in effect. Obtain your licence with Durham College Class A Driver Training. Our program is MELT approved and prepares our students for a successful career in the trucking industry. 

An aging workforce is putting tremendous strain on an industry already facing a major shortage of qualified truck drivers. If you’re thinking of a first-rate career move, now is the perfect time to become a Class A licensed driver. A valid Class A licence will enable you to tow a trailer that weighs in excess of 4,600 kilograms, giving you endless career possibilities, and helping to meet the critical demand for highly skilled truck drivers. This intensive eight-week program gives you 101 hours of theory and 99 hours of hands-on training in the truck. Our Class A driver training instructors have MTO signing authority making them qualified to conduct your road test once you have completed the course.

Instructor

Curriculum Overview

The Ontario Highway Traffic Act governs the number of successive hours you can legally operate a tractor trailer. In this section, you will learn how to access this essential info, along with hours of service for Canada and the U.S., and the importance of obeying them. You’ll demonstrate your ability to properly complete daily log books, as well as use electronic onboard recorders, something the industry is moving towards.

We pride ourselves on making sure you keep Ontario’s roads the safest in North America. Here’s where you will learn how to conduct a thorough pre-trip inspection and complete all the necessary paperwork to be sure every aspect of your vehicle is road safe, so you can drive with confidence.

Your number one job is to be safe on the road. Yet an insecure load is the most common violation truck drivers’ encounter during an inspection. We’ll show you how to properly secure loads onto trailers, tarp loads, and inspect chains and straps. The motoring public is counting on you to make sure your load doesn’t shift or fall off your truck, causing a disaster.

Load Security

Out on the road, you are responsible for hauling millions of dollars’ worth of cargo, and today, cargo theft is a booming industry. Here’s where you’ll learn how to be safe while loading and unloading deliveries.

Hazardous materials require extra precautions before transporting. In this section, you will receive an overview of how to transport dangerous goods safely, and complete the extra paperwork and display the proper vehicle signage that goes with them.

For the efficient movement of your freight, you need to carefully plan your trip before you hit the road. In this section, you’ll learn how to use the truck drivers’ atlas as well as GPS systems to choose where to buy fuel, safe rest stops, and more.

Whether you are crossing an international border or driving across the province of Ontario, here’s where we carefully review required documentation. We’ll cover what to expect when you cross the border including everything from going through customs to having your vehicle searched.

Boost your shifting expertise. Through classroom instruction and one-on-one in-vehicle training, we’ll show you how to expertly shift gears on unsynchronized manual transmissions.  Double clutching is a highly skilled shifting technique that takes plenty of practice. Our expert drivers can show you how to properly double clutch during the process of downshifting and upshifting.

You will learn how to drive defensively in adverse weather conditions, and keep a sharper eye on traffic so you can better anticipate the actions of pedestrians and other drivers. We’ll show you how to compensate for your truck’s handling characteristics through various defensive driving techniques.

Students in this program attend our career day for a chance to make important connections with employers who are in need of highly trained drivers. Employers share important industry information and provide the students will opportunities to as the questions that are important to them and their careers.

Additional Information

Prerequisites are to be completed prior to the start of first class:
Applicants must be 18 years of age and must possess:

  • Grade 10 English
  • A valid Ontario Class “G” licence;
  • Air brake endorsement “Z”;
  • MTO medical report, vision test and written test;
  • Driver’s abstract;
  • Criminal Record Check; and
  • Required safety equipment: safety boots, glasses and work gloves.

Withdrawals and refunds:

Refunds will be issued only if the Official Withdrawal form is received no later than three business days prior to the program’s scheduled start date.

Please note: all refunds are subject to a cancellation fee.

Class A Driver Training FAQ

New Class A applicants must complete mandatory entry-level training (MELT) before attempting the Class A road test. To complete mandatory entry-level training, applicants are required to enroll with an approved Class A Driver training provider recognized by the province.

Yes.  The Durham College Class A Driver Training program is MELT approved. This means the training course meets the new standards and prepares students for a successful career in the trucking industry.

The “AZ” program consists of 216 hours of training. It is scheduled to be completed over 8 weeks, and is considered to be a full time course.

Approximately 50 hours. Each lesson is 4 hours long, with 1 hour being spent on yard work. The remaining 3 hours will have you behind the wheel and driving the truck.

Three of your lessons will be dedicated to backing, for a total of 12 hours. In addition you will reverse your trailer into a parking space at the completion of each driving lesson.

Our lessons begin with the tractor and trailer separated. This is the most common scenario in the trucking industry. After doing a pre-trip inspection on your tractor, you will hook up to a trailer. At the end of your lesson, you will back the trailer into a parking spot. After a post-trip inspection you will unhook the trailer to complete your lesson.

Our course is accredited by the MTO (Ministry of Transportation – Ontario) as a signing authority. We are also recognized by the MAESD (Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development). This means your training and testing is conducted at our location.

The Durham College program is MELT approved. This means the training course meets the new standards and prepares students for a successful career in the trucking industry.

Our Class A driver training Instructors conduct all testing for this program with the exception of the written test on the rules of the road, and we will make sure you are well prepared for the test. Air Brake tests and road tests are conducted here at Durham College by our own instructors.

Most of our training is done with just you and your instructor in the cab. The only exception will be when you take your highway trip. Due to the length of this trip (12hours) we schedule 2 students to work with 1 instructor.

The highway trip is a real hit with our students. It consists of an extended lesson, scheduled to start in the afternoon and conclude at night. You will drive to a distant destination and return. The driving will be shared with your partner. Subjects covered during this lesson will include, night driving, inspection stations, observation of wildlife, sharing the road with other vehicles, changing weather conditions, and fatigue.

We offer a variety of equipment for you to drive while you are at DURHAM COLLEGE. We have day cab tractors, sleeper tractors, 10 speed transmissions and 13 speed transmissions. All of our trailers are 53 foot vans; some are loaded while others are empty. This way you get to compare and see for yourself how a load affects your driving.

Our instructors have all achieved their Fleet Driver Trainer accreditation. This course is required to become road test certified by the Ministry of Transport. Our minimum standard to become an instructor at Durham College is 5 years in the transportation industry. Several of our instructors were previously owner operators.

  • Our Air Brake course has a ratio of 15 to 1.
  • Our Class A driver training program is 12 to 1.
  • Our in cab training is 1 to 1 (exception: highway trip)

If you fail your road test on your first attempt, we will schedule an extra lesson to work on your weak areas, and then we will re-test you. There is no additional charge for this service; however, you must wait 10 days before we can re-test you. If you fail a second attempt, all further testing will have to be conducted at a DriveTest Centre, and the costs will be the responsibility of the student.

Students in this program attend our career day for a chance to make important connections with employers who are in need of highly trained drivers. Employers share important industry information and provide the students will opportunities to as the questions that are important to them and their careers.