Based on a trucking industry validated job skills analysis, this program was designed by trucking industry professionals to train new tractor-trailer drivers. Graduates of this program will understand how to comply with the regulatory issues related to the industry and will have acquired the necessary driving skills to operate a tractor-trailer in today's heavy traffic environment.
The Class DZ to AZ licence training program can be taken during the daytime or the evening. The program takes between four to five weeks if taken during the day or seven to eight weeks if scheduled evenings. The length of program is determined by the scheduling choices that each student makes.
This program consists of three components:
1) A Z air brake endorsement course scheduled over two days (Tuesday/Wednesday or Saturday/Sunday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) The practical test (1/2 hour) required in obtaining the Z endorsement is scheduled by appointment.
2) The 50-hour in-class component of training is offered on a monthly basis and can be scheduled for either seven consecutive weekdays (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or over 12 evenings (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. for a period of four weeks).
3) After completion of the first two components, students will attend seven, three-hour by appointment driving sessions. Appointments can be booked where available between the hours of 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on a Monday to Friday basis. The vehicle is also supplied for the road test with the Ministry of Transportation.
Students must obtain their Learner's Permit and pay their road test fee to the Ministry of Transportation prior to scheduling their in-vehicle activities. Medical forms and copies of the Official Truck Handbook are available through the Ministry of Transportation.
- Applicants must hold a valid Class D licence and have a minimum of one year of verifiable straight truck driving experience
- Applicants must pass a written test to assess driving knowledge
- Applicants must demonstrate a minimum of an Ontario Grade 10 literacy level
- Applicants must pass a Ministry of Transportation driver's medical and visual examination
- Applicants must obtain a classified licence learner's permit from the Ministry of Transportation
Note: A driving skill evaluation will be conducted prior to any offer of admission to this course. The cost for this evaluation is $150 and will be applied toward the course fee at the time of registration.
Persons wanting to register for this program must apply in person at the Transportation Training Centre, 55 Woodbine Downs Blvd., 2nd floor between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. No appointment is necessary.
All interested applicants must fill out a suitability questionnaire. Applicants will be interviewed by a member of our staff to assess candidate eligibility. The suitability questionnaire will be utilized to assess written communication skills, technical background and interest.
New programs begin every six weeks. End dates will vary due to the custom delivery of the in-vehicle training.
The cost of this program includes the in-class and the in-vehicle training, the Z air brake course and course materials.