More and more Canadians are making the choice to enter the trucking industry because of the great pay, great benefits, flexible work schedule and excellent job prospects. (The average truck driver salary in Canada is over $70,000/year.)
We know how great a career in the trucking industry can be; all of our instructors have extensive experience in the field. If you have questions about how to become a truck driver or how to find truck driver jobs, we have the answers. Find some of the most popular FAQs below.
How To Become A Truck Driver In Ontario
If you want to drive a truck in Ontario, you need a commercial truck driver’s licence. The type of truck licence you need depends on several factors, including the weight of the vehicle and whether or not the vehicle is equipped with air brakes.
How to get air brake endorsement?
The full Class A truck licence is the only licence that covers full air brake systems on both tractors and trailers. You must complete a government-approved entry-level training course before attempting the Class A road test.
How long is truck driver training?
Entry-level training will include at least 103.5 hours of instruction and cover the knowledge and skills needed to safely operate a large truck in Ontario.
Who must complete truck driver training?
You must complete truck driver training if:
you have a restricted Class A (AR) licence and want to upgrade to a full Class A
you had a full Class A licence, but it is invalid (e.g. expired, downgraded, suspended) for three or more years
you have a commercial driver’s licence from another country
you have had a Class 1 commercial licence (Class A equivalent) from a Canadian province other than Ontario for less than 12 months
How much does it cost to become a truck driver?
Most approved training providers are private career colleges—including KnowledgeSurge. Contact us today for information about the cost of truck driver training.
Note: You may be eligible to get help paying for truck driver training from government programs such as Second Career.
How KnowledgeSurge Helps Grads Secure Truck Driver Jobs
KnowledgeSurge is a top-rated trucking school in Barrie, Ontario. In addition to our award-winning training, KnowledgeSurge provides our students with career advisors who help them get truck driver jobs straight out of school (and sometimes while still completing the program!)
Our goal is to get you on the road as soon as possible. That’s why we go the extra mile by helping grads:
develop their truck driver resume;
providing referrals to our extensive network and contacts (many of our instructors have been working in the industry for more than 20 years); and
sending postings for truck driver jobs to students with the relevant qualifications.
We also host recruitment and networking events that help connect our graduates to companies actively looking to hire truck drivers, as well as to develop relationships with other professionals in the trucking community.
Ready to get started in a career as a truck driver in Ontario? Contact KnowledgeSurge today!