Commercial Truck Driver Training Standard (Class A)
WHAT IS THIS LICENSE GOOD FOR?
“AZ” license holders are qualified to drive a motor vehicle and towed vehicles where the towed vehicles exceed a total gross weight of 4,600 kilograms (10,000 lb). This also includes straight trucks, dump trucks, garbage trucks and vans should they wish. Job placement assistance is provided with this course. Adding an optional “C” endorsement to this license permits the holder to drive coaches (buses) and large (up to 24) passenger vans.
WHAT IS MELT?
Effective July 1, 2017, the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has implemented mandatory entry-level training for commercial Class A truck drivers.
All new drivers attempting the Class A road test on or after July 1, 2017 will have to successfully complete the mandatory entry-level training course before attempting their Class A Road Test. Canada Trust Driving School Inc. is one of the few qualified schools in Ontario delivering the Mandatory entry-level (MELT) training program. The biggest reason the province made this change was to ensure that all new commercial Class A truck drivers are trained to the same minimum standard before taking the Class A road test.
MELT PROGRAM OUTLINE
Duration: 104 hours over 5 weeks.
This program includes all mandatory objectives set forth in the Ministry of Transportation’s Commercial Truck Driver Training Standard (Class A), released July 2016. Subjects of the program include:
- Employment in the Commercial Vehicle Industry
- Vehicle Components & Systems
- Basic Driving Techniques
- Professional Driving Habits
- Tractor-Trailer Off-Road Tasks and Manoeuvres
- Documents, Paperwork and Regulatory Requirements
- Vehicle Inspection Activities
- Hours of Service Compliance
- Cargo Securement
- Handling Emergencies
This program includes both classroom and practical training. The hands-on training takes place in the yard and on the road using a tractor-trailer, while under the instruction of a qualified trainer. Students will also engage in various classroom activities to help prepare for a career as a professional driver.
- AZ Training on Manual Transmission
- AZ Training on Automatic Transmission
- AZ Truck for a Road Test
Air Brake Adjustment
The Air Brake Adjustment course is designed to give the student the skills and knowledge necessary to inspect and correct the air brake within the prescribed limits. Course prerequisites: air brake endorsement (Z) in the license.
- Air Brake Adjustment Certificate from the Ontario Safety League.
Air Brake Endorsment Course “Z”
This course is designed to provide students with complete and thorough knowledge of the air brake system. Students will be able to identify all of the air brake components and ensure that they are in proper working order. It is mandatory for the operator of an air brake equipped vehicle to have a “Z” endorsement in their license.
- Air Brake Endorsement Certificate from the Ontario Safety League.