Commercial Driver Training Program

Program Description

What is this program about?

The British Columbia Trucking Association predicts there will be a shortage of 25,000-30,000 professional drivers nationwide and 2,200-4,500 drivers in BC in the next few years. The Commercial Driver Training Program is designed to offer students a hands-on opportunity in gaining basic understanding of the operation, safety, driving techniques, and other related components of the professional driver occupation. Students will also learn about this highly skilled career and how to obtain a professional Class 1 license.

The Commercial Driver Training Program consists of five courses in total. An introductory Level 1, 4 credit course followed by a one semester program (16 credits) at the Trades and Technology Centre at the NorKam Secondary School Campus. Students who currently hold at least a Class 7 (L) driver’s license should consider this program. Students enrolling from another school in School District 73 will return to their home school at the end of the semester.

 

Credits

What do students earn if they take this program?

Upon completion of Level 1 and successful screening into the Commercial Driver Training Program, students will be scheduled into four, 120 hour  courses taken in one semester.  These courses, Level 2A, Level 2B, Level 3A and Level 3B, will earn 4 credits per course which will be recorded onto the Dogwood Diploma. Each course will be recognized as a Grade 12 elective.

 

Benefits to Students

Why should students take this program?

The Commercial Driver Training Program is a unique opportunity to learn about this  highly skilled occupation which has such a high demand for new employees. Students will experience what it feels like to drive a commercial vehicle using a state of the art simulator to learn basic driving techniques.

Taking the Program will allow you to:

  • Make informed choices for yourself and your future. Before investing time and money or making assumptions about this occupation,  you will know:
  1. If you like the occupation and if it’s for you;
  2. What the occupation is about – skills, expectations, job requirements, rigor, and future training opportunities;
  • Experience the program through theory and hands-on work;
  • Learn from a Class 1 Professional Instructor who has experience behind the wheel, will help guide you through the course, and will provide you with real-life experience inside the classroom and on site.
  • Apply the skills and knowledge learned to obtain a Class 1 Professional license.
  • Use this program as formal training to take to an employer to seek employment.

If you are open to learning new practical skills, and looking to have an advantage in this job market over other applicants with no experience, the Commercial Driver Training Program is for you.

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Level 1

In this 120 hour course, students will learn the basics of the operation, safety, driving techniques, and other related components of the professional driver occupation. Students will also learn about the career and how to obtain a professional Class 1 License.  Level 1 is a prerequisite course for the Commercial Driver Training Program. Units of study will include:

  • Occupational Training
  • Basic Driving Skills
  • Truck Systems

 

Did you know?

Not only is being a professional truck driver a great profession but there is a massive demand for this highly-skilled occupation.  A 2013 Conference Board of Canada report concludes that the age of the average truck drivers has increased more rapidly than the age of the average worker due to fewer young workers entering the industry.  At the same time, demand for trucking services is projected to increase.  By 2020, the gap between supply and demand of drivers is projected to be between 25,000 and 30,000 nationwide.  In BC, the gap is anticipated to be between 2,200 and 4,500 depending on the strength of the economy.  Because trucking plays an integral service role for so many industries, insufficient supply of truck drivers could have significant negative economic implications for the Canadian economy.

 

 

Level 2

Level 2 requires successful completion of a screening process and consists of two, 120 hour courses where students will learn the basics of the operation, safety, driving techniques, and other related components of the professional driver occupation. Students will also learn about the career and how to obtain a professional Class 1 License.

Level 2A (4 credits) – Units of study will include:

  • Basic Driving Skills
  • Air Brakes
  • Heavy Vehicle Braking

Level 2B (4 credits) – Units of study will include:

  • Basic Driving Skills
  • Air Brake Adjustments
  • Driving with a Trailer
  • Regulations

Level 3

Level 3A and 3B courses are a continuation of the Commercial Driver Training Program. Units of study will include:

Level 3A (4 Credits):

  • Basic Driving Skills
  • Industrial Roads
  • Signs, Signals and Road Markings
  • Fuel Efficient Driving

Level 3B (4 Credits):

  • Basic Driving Skills
  • Trip Planning
  • Hours of Service requirement
  • Obtaining a Class 1 BC Driver’s License

 

 

School District 73 would like to acknowledge the expertise and support from the British Columbia Trucking Association and Asian Pacific Gateway Skills Table in preparation of this program.

 

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