615 hours (5 months)
MANDATORY INFORMATION SESSIONS ARE SUSPENDED for an indefinite period.
To find out THE ADDRESSES AND TRAINING HOURS for all our points of service, visit the section NOUS JOINDRE.
The Truck driver program is intended for beginners. It leads to a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DEP) and is given full time, Monday to Friday (30 hours/week), in French and English, day and evening.
COST OF TRAINING: $132
Payable upon confirmation of the course start date.
Step #1 – Make sure you meet the admission requirements (see below);
Step #2 – Obtain all the ORIGINAL documents to provide (see below);
Step #3 – Click on the link in red to obtain the Online Registration Procedure which states HOW TO CREATE A PERMANENT CODE;
Step #4 – Click on the link in red AdmissionFP and complete the application for the 5291 program (training in French) or 5791 (training in English);
Step #5 – At the end of your online application, choose the option By Internet to send ALL the required documents electronically OR the option By mail to print the admission form and then submit your complete file in PERSON BY APPOINTMENT ONLY **DO NOT SEND YOUR DOCUMENTS BY MAIL**
ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS TO BE PROVIDED
(IF SENT ELECTRONICALLY, YOU WILL BE INVITED TO PRESENT THEM IN PERSON WHEN THE TIME COMES)
- Admission form completed and printed on the AdmissionFP website, dated and signed;
- Birth certificate, LARGE FORMAT, issued by the Registrar of Civil Status;
- Proof of education (diploma, statement, certification);
- Recent driving record to be ordered online on the SAAQ website (saaq.gouv.qc.ca);
- Photocopy of your driving license;
- SAAQ DOCUMENTS: proof (receipt) attesting to the success of the visual test and proof (receipt) attesting to the receipt and processing of the medical report OR click on the link in red to download the M-28 Medical Examination Report and have it filled out by a doctor, and tell him to fill out the section concerning vision, the SAAQ will take it into consideration;
- Proof of residence for people born outside Quebec or Canada who reside in Quebec: proof of permanent residence or Canadian citizenship, Quebec health insurance card (RAMQ), Quebec selection certificate (CSQ) or lease or municipal taxes and recent bill, etc. (in special situations, the school service center is entitled to require the combination of several documents in order to establish proof of residence in Quebec).
DO NOT CONTACT US ABOUT THE PROCESSING OF YOUR REQUEST
- Your request will be considered only when we have received ALL the required documents;
- The processing time for your request could take up to 6 weeks given the high number of files received; when your file will be processed, we will contact you by email, and if any documents are missing or non-compliant, you will be notified at that time;
- Depending on the school documents provided, you may be invited to take a language test;
- If you have to come in person, access to some of our centers is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. BEFORE INTRODUCING YOURSELF, contact us at 1 877 435-0167, extension 7101.
CONDITIONS OF ADMISSION
1. Meet the requirements of the Ministry of Education:
- Possess a Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES) or
- Possess the units of fourth year secondary in the language of instruction, secondary language and mathematics or
- Possess the functional prerequisites (general development test – TDG) or
- Possess the equivalency of the secondary level (AENS) or
- Possess a notice of equivalence of studies or the comparative assessment of the Department of Immigration or
- Possess a Diploma of Vocational Studies with the prerequisites of 4th secondary
2. Comply with the requirements of the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) to obtain a Class 1 license:
- Be the holder of a Class 5 license for at least 36 months (or 24 months after successfully completing the DEP truck driver training);
- Have a driving record which must not contain more than three demerit points;
- Have a driver’s license that must not have been suspended or revoked within the past two years as a result of an accumulation of demerit points or a Criminal Code offense committed at the wheel of a road vehicle;
- Pass the SAAQ Class 1 visual test;
- Obtain from the SAAQ the M-28 Medical Examination Report and have it filled out by a doctor.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the language of instruction.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM
This program is designed to make the graduate an efficient truck driver upon his entry on the labour market. It also teaches the mastery of economical driving methods and the respect of preventive driving rules, the acquisition of basic driving techniques as well as the necessary knowledge and skills in vehicle maintenance and travel planning.
The student will learn a method for resolving problems applicable to issues relating to the legislation. He will be able to develop his sense of responsibility and his professional conscience, his ability to manage his time and to cope with unforeseen circumstances, and his concern to project a positive image of the company.
During the training, a fleet of equipement consisting of over 250 units of different makes and models of trucks and trailers is put at the disposal of the students.
CONTENT OF THE PROGRAM
List of courses (Hours)
- Knowing the reality of the profession
- Understand the training project
- Confirm your career orientation
- Initiate your integration
- Specific characteristics of a truck
- Engine capabilities
- Methods of using the transmission system
- Methods of optimizing braking system performance
- Capabilities and limitations of suspension systems, steering systems and wheels
- Determining when it is necessary to consult the regulations
- Selecting information sources
- Gathering of information
- Processing of information
- Finding the solution
- Gathering the necessary information
- Determining the condition on the vehicle
- Minor repairs
- Follow up on vehicle repairs and maintenance
- Transmitting of information to persons concerned
- Truck start-up
- Hitching and unhitching a semi-trailer
- Truck driving
- Backing up a Truck
- Gathering of information about the intended trip
- Finding information on maps
- Calculations required for trip planning
- Drawing up a trip itinerary
- Preparing the work
- Positioning the vehicle
- Loading and unloading manoeuvers
- Weighing and adjustments
- Cargo securement and cargo unloading
- Trip preparation
- Truck inspection and start-up
- Truck driving
- Reporting to a weigh station
- Vehicle storage
- Trip planning
- Truck inspection and start-up
- Taking possession of shipment
- Truck driving
- Workplace characteristics
- Occupation related activities
- Complying wth regulations and company rules
- Defensive driving rules and economical driving techniques
- Communicating with company staff and supervisors
INFORMATION ON THE PROFESSION
Professional truck drivers transport goods or materials on urban, intercity, provincial and international roads. Their duties require them to drive trucks of all types (dump trucks, crane trucks, semi-trailers, etc.) or vehicle combinations weighing between 15,000 and 55,000 kilograms, with three or more axles.
- Carry out pre-trip inspections to ensure that the vehicle complies with standards for tires, headlights, brakes, warning signals, etc.
- Report all irregularities and ensure that the vehicle has a supply of fuel of the appropriate quality.
- Hitch and unhitch semi trailers.
- Where necessary, secure the load on the truck with straps, hooks, chains and tie-downs.
- Prepare manifests for loaded and delivered shipments.
- Drive the truck to the destination, always obeying safety and traffic regulations.
- Ability to understand, learn and think quickly.
- Ability to imagine and visualize geometric shapes and objects in space.
- Ability to coordinate sight and movement of hands and fingers quickly and with precision.
- Ability to move hands with dexterity and ease.
- Be in good health.
- Be able to move a weight of 5 to 25 kg on a regular basis.
- Be able to perform manual work.
- Be able to remain seated for long periods.
- Be able to adjust to irregular work hours.
Personal suitability requirements
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to cope with stress.
- Critical thinking skills.