Local Employment Requirements
Completion of secondary school is usually preferred, though it is not a requirement.
A Class 1 license is required to operate a tractor-trailer combination. A Class 3 license is required to operate a straight truck.
Employers often look for individuals who have taken training at an industry-recognized Driver Training Program.
In addition to a good driving record, employers usually require drivers to have no criminal record.
Cross-border long-haul drivers need to be familiar with documentation and procedures for clearing goods through Customs. They must also be familiar with highway rules and transportation regulations associated with operating a truck in Canada, the United States or Mexico.
Employers generally prefer tractor-trailer drivers, holding a Class 1 license, to be over 21 years of age. They prefer drivers involved in cross-border activities to have at least 2-3 years of experience.
Other requirements may include forklift operator certification, and first aid/CPR certification, FAST Card, knowledge of cargo securement, hours of service in the North American marketplace, food safety, weights and dimensions, and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHIMIS).
Some companies require drivers to under go a drug-screening test before they are hired, and subsequent tests from time to time during the term of their employment.
Local Skills Requirements
The most important essential skills required are reading, oral communication, working with others, writing, and job task planning and organizing. The ability to perform minor truck maintenance is considered an assit.
For additional information about Essential skills, please visit: http://www.rhdcc-hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/essential_skills/general/home.shtml
Additional information for Foreign Trained workers may be found at the Canadian Information Centre for International credentials: http://www.cicic.ca/en/index.aspx
There are often specific abilities, aptitudes and knowledge that are prerequisites to obtain employment in an occupation.
Most employers who advertise are looking for workers who have the following experience and skills:
Operate and drive straight or articulated trucks to transport goods and materials. Receive and relay information to central dispatcher. Loading and unloading of goods.
Professionalism in customer service.
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Training in English:
Atlantic Transport Training Academy Ltd.
60 George Street
Apohaqui, NB E5P 3N7
Tel: (506) 432-4913
Fax: (506) 432-4886
Elite Driver Training Services Ltd.
245 Rte 555
Bedell, NB E7M 4M7
Tel: (506) 328-8785
Fax: (506) 328-8905
G.W. Driver Training
720 Coverdale Road
Riverview, NB E1B 3L8
Tel: (506) 387-7759
Fax: (506) 386-7405
Versatile Training Solutions
P.O. Box 4591
Sussex, NB E4E 5L8
Tel: (506) 433-5832
Fax: (506) 433-5530
For additional information about training institutions, please visit http://canlearn.ca