Based on a trucking industry validated job skills analysis, this program was designed by trucking industry professionals to train new straight truck 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 straight truck in today's heavy traffic environment.
The Class G to DZ licence training program can be taken during the daytime or the evening. The program takes four to five weeks if taken during the day or six to seven 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 40-hour in-class component of training is offered on a monthly basis and can be scheduled for either five consecutive weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or over nine evenings (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. for a period of three weeks).
3. After completion of the first two components, students will receive six by appointment driving sessions totalling 12 hours. Appointments can be booked between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. on a Monday to Friday basis. The vehicle is 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 training. Medical forms and copies of the Official Truck Handbook are available through the Ministry of Transportation.
- Applicants must hold a valid Class G licence (not a G1 or G2 licence)
- Applicants must pass a written test to assess driving knowledge
- Applicants must be able to 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: This program is not recommended for persons that have driven less than 20,000 kilometres in the province of Ontario during the past 12 months. Having less than this experience may result in your inability to meet the course objectives.
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; it must, therefore, be filled out independently by the applicant, without the assistance or input of others.
New programs begin every six weeks. End dates will vary due to the custom delivery of the in-vehicle training.