Local Employment Requirements
The Ministry of Transportation administers road tests for the various classes of licence including the Ontario class A, D and AZ licence. In Ontario, a G license is required to upgrade to a commercial drivers license. For more information on commercial licence requirements, visit the Ministry of Transportation website at: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca.
Drivers must have appropriate documentation and clearance to cross provincial and/or international borders. Increasingly employers look for drivers with Free and Secure Trade (FAST) approval. FAST is a commercial clearance program which allows registered drivers employed by approved carriers to transport goods between Canada and the United States. More information is available at the Canada Border Services agency website: http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/fast-expres/menu-eng.html
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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Some secondary school education is usually required. Training is offered through registered, private driver training schools throughout the province. More information on registered private trainers can be found on the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Web site at http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/ when searched under `Ontario Private Career College Search Service'.
Earning Your Wheels (EYW) is the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council (CTHRC) entry level truck driver training program. According to the Council, 'Earning Your Wheels' (EYW) is the only truck driver training course in Canada that is nationally recognized, and which certifies graduates to the national standard. Consult the Council's website at http://www.cthrc.com for a list of schools accredited to deliver this program.
In addition, the American Professional Truck Driver Institute Inc (PTDI) provides certification of truck driver training programs which meet optimum North American standards. There are a few training schools in Canada which carry this designation. Consult their web site at http://www.ptdi.org for a list.
The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario also provides a list of schools which meet the standards of their organization. Consult their web site at http://www.ttsao.com for a list of schools.
An apprenticeship program for the trade of tractor-trailer commercial driver is another career path option. To be eligible for training, apprentices need a valid Ontario AZ license or equivalent. The new voluntary trade is regulated under the Apprenticeship and Certification Act. Information on apprenticeship programs in Ontario is available on the Ministry of Education / Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website at:
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) provides secondary school students an opportunity to gain training in an apprenticeship occupation while completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). For more information, please visit the OYAP Web site at http://www.oyap.ca/.