Welcome, This page is your guide to becoming a truck driver and starting a fun, challenging and rewarding career the right way.
Note: This process describes what RICHARDS Truck Driving School students go through, not all schools cover the same material or go to the same level of detail we go to, so do your homework before choosing a school to begin your Truck Driver Training in Ontario.
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- G class license or higher. This is a requirement from the Ministry of Transportation's Highway Traffic Act. G1 or G2 applicants cannot upgrade to any commercial drivers license until they obtain their full G class license. B class, C class and D class drivers can apply any time.
- No DUI (Driving Under the Influence) convictions in last 10 years. If you have received a pardon for your conviction, you are eligible to obtain a A-Z License. Technically, even people with convictions can obtain their license, but it will be very difficult for them to find work in the industry as drinking and driving is a very serious offense and taboo in the transport industry. Note that Driving while under the influence of cannabis is the same legally as drunk driving.
- Over 18 years old (Over 25 years old preferred). Anyone over 18 is able to obtain their license, but due to Insurance Companies charging very large premiums to insure individuals under 25, it will make many employers seek older applicants. Note: This applies mostly to A-Z applicants, B,C and D-Z licensees don't seem to run into this issue as often.
- Have a High School Diploma, GED or equivalency completed in the English Language. You may apply without a diploma or equivalents by applying as a mature student and passing our Competency Test.
- Be able to pass a M.T.O. (Ministry of Transport) Medical Test. This is a basic test to ensure you are healthy enough to become a commercial vehicle driver. This test can be conducted by any doctor practicing in the province of Ontario. Because it is not covered under O.H.I.P., most doctors charge fees for these exams. A fair cost is $60-$80 for this examination.
Note: Physicians and Optometrists are required by law to report any conditions that may impair your driving ability physically or mentally so be aware that you may need to consult a specialist to obtain permission to obtain your drivers license.
You can download the form required to be filled out by the doctor below;
Reasonably Priced M.T.O Medical Facilities - MTO Medical Facilities
Medical conditions that the M.T.O. qualifies as impairing your driving includes but is not limited to those listed below:
|High Risk Conditions:|
|Advanced dementia or Alzheimer's disease||Uncontrolled seizures or diabetes|
|Substance abuse, psychiatric disorders with symptoms of suicidal thoughts, extreme agitation, impulsive or violent behavior etc.||Uncontrolled sleep apnea refusing treatment||Vision poorer than 20/30 examined with both eyes open|
|Low Risk Conditions:|
|Controlled sleep apnea||Seizure occurring one year ago or more|
|Controlled diabetes||Heart disease|
|Stable psychiatric disorders||Field of vision less than 150 degrees horizontally or 20 degrees vertically|
Note: There is a Medical Waiver Program run by the MTO, so some people with the above conditions may still be able to get their licenses.
If you have any further questions regarding medical conditions, or if you have been sent for medical review, you can contact the M.T.O.'s Medical Review Board, at (416) 235-1773 or toll-free at 1-800-268-1481.
The Ministry of Transportation's new M.E.L.T (Minimum Entry Level Training) standard comes into effect July 1, 2017. The course is 104 hours of training consisting of 67 hours of in vehicle training and 37 hours of in class training as per the standard. The tuition for the new M.E.L.T. compliant course is $6995. As always we do not charge H.S.T. and all tuition fees are income tax deductible (T2202A issued).
37 Hours of In-Class Instruction
50 Hours if In-Cab Instruction
17 Hours of On-Yard Instruction
Vehicle Supplied for 1 M.T.O. Road Test
12 Hour - Z Endorsement Air Brake Course - $298.80
Same as above with 3 attempts at M.T.O Road Test and driver refresher training before each test will come to $6995.
Note: The student is still responsible for M.T.O Fees for each Road Test (approx $96) payable directly to the ministry.
Note: We offer training on manual and automatic transmission tractor trailers. The students choose which gearbox they wish to train on including a recommended hybrid option which allows students to train on manual and automatic transmissions. Your certificate will reflect which transmission you have trained on and reached a required level of competence with.
- Having a clean drivers abstract or driving record. As a new recruit, this is your best proof of how good/safe a driver you are. One or two minor tickets aren't huge problems, but the cleaner your driving record the easier it will be for you to be employed/the better transport company you can get in to.
- Having a clean criminal record. Because trucks cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the cargo they carry runs into the millions, a clean criminal record will make you eligible for all types of transport work.
- Having previous experience with large trucks. Ever worked on a construction site driving heavy equipment? Ever worked as a mechanic or apprentice in a truck shop? Ever shunted trailers in a yard, all this can come in handy when learning for your A-Z license.
- Being able to drive a manual transmission. This helps because 85% of the A-Z vehicles out in the field are equipped with manual transmissions, meaning this is a job critical skill. Manual transmission drivers of automobiles already possess the co-ordination (2 foot driving vs 1 foot driving) required to graduate to non-synchronized transmissions that are on most rigs.
1. Pass M.T.O. Medical Exam - (Form can be obtained from most M.T.O. locations, some doctors and our office free of charge)
3. Complete In Class Training - This prepares you for your written test, gives you the building blocks for your in vehicle training and covers all that you will need to know to do your job properly and within the law every day you're on the road.
|Topics Covered in Class:|
|Pre-Trip Inspections||En-Route Inspections||Post-Trip Inspections|
|Space Management||Speed Management||Backing and Turning Maneuvers|
|Hours of Service Regulations (U.S and Canada)||Transportation of Dangerous Goods|
|Air Brake Endorsement (M.T.O Signing Authority)||Drug & Alcohol Awareness||Defensive Driving Techniques|
|Load Securement||Accident Prevention||Accident Reporting|
|Border Crossing Procedures||The Law and You||Written Test Preparation|
3. Pass M.T.O. A Class Permit Written Test - This test covers everything you have learned in class. It is 70 questions, 30 A class, 20 Z (Air Brake) Class and 20 Road signs & General Traffic Law Rules questions. It can be done at any DriveTest location in Ontario.
4. Complete in vehicle driver training - This is the most important part of your course as its where you area learning the trade hands on. Only 1 on 1 training meaning just you and your instructor in the cab, no one watching you over your shoulder slowing your progress. We offer a safe and private 1.5 acre training yard to give you a safe/comfortable place to start, and move on to public roads when you are ready. Parking for all students is FREE.
5. Pass M.T.O. Road Test - The road test consists of a Pre-Trip Inspection, Coupling/Decoupling the unit, a 90° Backing Maneuver, On-Road driving and On-Highway driving.
6. Job Placement - This is your entry into the trade as a professional truck driver. As with all parts of the training, we will assist you with choosing the right carrier for you.
If you have any more questions please contact us here or call (905) 281-0764