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Delivery and courier drivers drive automobiles, vans and light trucks to pick up and deliver various products. They are employed by dairies, drug stores, newspaper distributors, take-out food establishments, dry cleaners, mobile caterers, courier and messenger service companies and many other establishments, or they may be self-employed.
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- Operate and drive automobiles, vans and light trucks to pick up and deliver various products, such as fast food, newspapers, magazines, bakery and dairy products, and items such as dry cleaning, envelopes, packages and parcels
- Perform pre-trip inspection of vehicle
- Sell products over established routes and accept or make payments for goods
- Record information on pick-ups and deliveries, vehicle mileage, fuel costs and any problems encountered
- May communicate with central dispatch using cellular telephone or citizens' band (CB) radio.
Education & Job Requirements for Delivery and Courier Service Drivers in Lanaudière Region
Education and job requirements can vary by region. Workers in regulated occupations require a licence to work legally. Workers in non-regulated occupations do not require a licence, but employers may have other certification requirements.
Employment requirements are prerequisites generally needed to enter an occupation.
- Completion of secondary school may be required.
- A driver's licence appropriate to the class of vehicle being driven is required.
- One year of safe driving experience is usually required.
- On-the-job training is provided.
- Eligibility for bonding and transportation of dangerous goods (TGD) certification may be required for courier drivers.
Regulation by Province/Territory
Some provinces and territories regulate certain professions and trades while others do not. If you have a licence to work in one province, your licence may not be accepted in other provinces or territories. Consult the table below to determine in which province or territory your occupation/trade is regulated.
|Province and Territory||Regulation|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||
|Prince Edward Island||
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Employers place a strong emphasis on essential skills in the workplace. Essential skills are used in nearly every occupation, and are seen as “building blocks” because people build on them to learn all other skills.
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Delivery and Courier Service Drivers
Delivery and courier service drivers drive automobiles, vans and light trucks to pick up and deliver various products. They are employed by dairies, drug stores, newspapers, take-out food stores, dry cleaners, mobile caterers and many other establishments.
- Read memos about work schedules and changes to delivery routes, dates and times. (1)
- Read memos about policy changes or new products or memos giving instructions, such as changes in delivery routes. (2)
- May read safety manuals about the operation of vehicles or manuals giving information on the transportation of dangerous goods. (3)
- Read traffic and street signs and names and numbers on houses or businesses to make deliveries. (1)
- Read the telephone book and street finder index to locate addresses and phone numbers. (1)
- Read labels, tags and lists which identify the goods being delivered. (1)
- Complete a Delivery Route Log to record arrival and departure times at each stop and how many packages were delivered or picked up. (1)
- Complete a Vehicle Maintenance Sheet and safety check forms. (1)
- Enter odometer readings on a mileage form. (1)
- Read maps to find the location of a delivery. (2)
- Read bills of lading, manifests, credit-card slips, delivery receipts and waybills (bills of handling). These may contain the names, addresses and signatures of clients, check boxes and tables for entering information. (2)
- Read work schedules. (2)
- Read rate schedules to determine the rate charged for a particular destination for packages of a particular weight. (2)
- Complete a manifest report which lists the day's transactions, waybills and cash receipts. (2)
- May scan the computer screen to enter or log information about an order. (2)
- Use tariff tables to calculate the costs of shipping packages. (3)
- Fill out accident reports, listing names and addresses of witnesses and describing road conditions. (3)
- Enter names and addresses on waybills and note anything unusual about the delivery. (1)
- Write reminders to themselves or make entries in their date books to remember deliveries. (1)
- Write names and addresses given to them by the radio dispatcher. (1)
- May leave notes on the door of residences, when the delivery cannot be made. (1)
- Record information about each delivery, such as when the order left the store, when it was delivered and coupons used. (1)
- Complete a variety of forms. (see "Document use") (2)
- Total the cash pickups. (1)
- Calculate the charge for a delivery, including the relevant taxes, accept payment by cash, cheque or credit card and make change. (2)
- Calculate the charge for a delivery, sometimes deducting a coupon. (2)
- Total receipts before giving them to their supervisor. (1)
- May schedule their deliveries, either planning the sequence and timing of stops to complete the route by a certain time or determining the most efficient way to handle batches of deliveries, such as when delivering pizzas. (2)
- May record mileage driven each day using odometer readings. (1)
- May calculate the cubic weight of packages using a formula. (2)
- May compare the number of papers returned at each delivery location to the number delivered to adjust the number to leave next time. (1)
- May monitor the number of items handled for a specific client each day and calculate the average number each month to determine if a volume discount applies. (2)
- May estimate the weight of packages. (1)
- May estimate freight charges, when taking orders over the phone. (2)
- May estimate the time required for a particular delivery, considering distance, traffic conditions and the number of packages to be loaded and unloaded. (2)
- Receive messages which co-workers have left on answering machines and pagers. (1)
- Interact briefly with customers when making deliveries to exchange pleasantries, obtain information, explain the transaction or to discuss service times and prices. (1)
- Talk with the dispatcher and other drivers during the day, on the two-way radio or telephone, to co-ordinate pickups and deliveries. (1)
- Discuss routes, customers and work procedures with co-workers. (1)
- Take direction from supervisors and report to them any problems with customer payments, delays or work schedules. (2)
- May discuss vehicle problems and repairs with mechanics. (2)
- Sometimes find their delivery schedules are interrupted or delayed. They reorganize their schedules to compensate. (1)
- Are sometimes unable to find an address. They phone the customer or contact the dispatcher for directions and may have to adjust their route, changing the sequence of deliveries for greater efficiency. (1)
- May find a delivery does not include all the requested items. They either locate extras or replacements or offer customers credit or an adjustment in their account. (2)
- May find that shipments have been delayed or mixed up, for reasons beyond their control. They try to trace missing shipments by examining relevant paperwork, contacting the shipment originator and calling the customer for more information. (2)
- Sometimes experience mechanical problems or vehicle break-downs. They arrange for towing and repairs and reschedule their deliveries. (2)
- When an item is not ready for delivery, decide whether to wait for it or to leave a message for another driver to pick it up. (1)
- Decide what commodities to transport, based on whether items meet transportation and safety requirements. (1)
- Decide how many deliveries they can make and whether to take extra work. (2)
- Decide which routes and streets to take, based on traffic, the number and location of deliveries and their familiarity with the route. (2)
Critical Thinking information was not collected for this profile.Job Task Planning and Organizing
Delivery and courier service drivers perform routine, repetitive tasks. They are assigned destinations to deliver items to throughout the day. Some are assigned routes to follow and given a prearranged schedule. Others organize their routes and schedules themselves for maximum efficiency, adjusting this plan in response to traffic conditions and "rush" orders. (2)Significant Use of Memory
- Remember which routes are the most efficient at different times of the day.
- Remember the location of streets and the names and addresses of clients.
- Remember when to make specific pickups or deliveries they were assigned for that day.
- Find out suitable delivery or pickup times by calling the customer. (1)
- Make telephone calls or check paperwork to find out about the status of a particular shipment or item in a shipment, when a shipment is missing or incomplete. (1)
- Locate addresses by checking them in telephone books, looking them up on maps or by asking other drivers, the dispatcher or the customer. (2)
- Use other computer applications. For example, they may use computer operated-equipment such as computer pagers which display calls from the dispatcher. (1)
- They may keep trip logs. (2)
- They may use a computer to check airline arrival times. (2)
Working with Others
Delivery and courier service drivers mainly work alone, though they may work with a partner or helper, for example, when handling heavy loads. They may work as a member of a team, for example, to sort items for delivery.Continuous Learning
Delivery and courier service drivers may learn new routes and addresses. They may take driving courses or learn new safety procedures.
Information for Newcomers
Provincial credential assessment services assess academic credentials for a fee. Contact a regulatory body or other organization to determine if you need an assessment before spending money on one that is not required or recognized.
The assessment will tell you how your education compares with educational standards in the province or territory where you are planning to settle can help you in your job search.
- British Columbia - International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
- Alberta - International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
- Saskatchewan - International Qualifications Assessment Service The Government of Saskatchewan provides this service through an interprovincial agreement with the Government of Alberta.
- Manitoba - Academic Credentials Assessment Service – Manitoba (ACAS)
- Québec - Service des évaluations comparatives d’études (SECE)
- Northwest Territories - International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS). The Government of the Northwest Territories provides this service through an interprovincial agreement with the Government of Alberta.
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