A Tractor-Trailer Commercial Driver operates a tractor-trailer for commercial purposes to transport goods, products and materials across provincial, national and international routes. Specifically, a Tractor-Trailer Commercial Driver:
This apprenticeship program typically consists of 3000 hours of on-the-job learning and skills development. The first phase of the program consists of 4 to 8 weeks of mentorship in classroom, in-cab and other workplace settings. Learning and skill development continues through the remainder of the apprenticeship program. There may be circumstances in which the duration varies from this guideline.
An apprenticeship involves practical training provided on-the-job by a skilled worker, or trainer. The skills or competencies to be developed are set out by the trade’s Apprenticeship Training Standard and are recognized by the industry as being essential to the practice of the trade.
As these essential skills are developed, the apprentice’s sponsor or trainer signs the relevant sections of the training standard to indicate that the apprentice has met the individual training objectives by demonstrating the skills required of a skilled worker, or journeyperson, in the trade.
As of April 1, 2018, there was a change to the registration and completion requirements for this trade. Effectively April 1, 2018, the Ontario AZ license is not required to register as a Tractor Trailer Commercial Driver (638A) Apprentice. The previous AZ requirement expired as of March 30, 2018. Individuals are now required to show proof of AZ license at the completion stage of the Apprenticeship Program.
The apprenticeship program for tractor trailer commercial driver is currently composed of an in-cab mentorship segment as well as on the job competency requirements. Learning outcomes include:
Tractor-Trailer Commercial Driver is a trade named under the Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades Act, 2021. This trade has an apprenticeship program that is administered by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Upon completion of an apprenticeship program, the Ministry issues a Certificate of Apprenticeship.
Because there is no certifying exam in this trade, Skills Trade Ontario does not issue a Certificate of Qualification.
The information of individuals practicing this trade will not appear on the Skilled Trades Ontario Public Register.