About the training

Mandatory entry-level training will include at least 103.5 hours of instruction and cover the entry-level knowledge and skills needed to safely operate a large truck on Ontario’s roads.

Once you’ve completed the training, your driving record will be updated automatically.

If you meet all the other Class A requirements you can take a Class A road test at a DriveTest centre.

The training will be valid for life.

Who must get training

You must complete mandatory entry-level training before taking a road test if you:

  • have a restricted Class A (AR) licence and want to upgrade to a full Class A
  • had a full Class A licence, but it is invalid (e.g. expired, downgraded, suspended) for three or more years
  • have a commercial driver’s licence from another country
  • have had a Class 1 commercial licence (Class A equivalent) from a Canadian province other than Ontario for less than 12 months
    • if you had it for 12-24 months, you will have the option to complete mandatory entry-level training or the Class A knowledge and road test

You do not have to take the training if you already hold a valid full Class A licence.

Where to take the training

You must be trained by an approved training provider recognized by the province. This includes:

  • a registered Private Career College
    • If you are a truck training school, to deliver or continue to deliver the Class A mandatory entry-level training program you must register as a Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

Cost

Training providers set their own costs. Use the Private Career College search service to find approved providers who deliver mandatory entry-level training and how much they charge.

You may be eligible to get help paying for the training from government programs such as:

Employers can apply for funding to help pay for employee training through the Canada-Ontario Jobs Grant.

Getting a Restricted Class A licence

You do not have to complete mandatory entry-level training to get a Restricted Class A (AR) licence. If you want to upgrade from an AR to a full Class A licence, you will have to complete the training at that time and take a road test in a full Class A vehicle.

As of July 1, 2022, the type of transmission in the vehicle you use for your road test will determine what types of Class AR vehicles you can drive in Ontario.

Class A manual transmission restriction

Ontario has changed the implementation date for the Class A Manual Transmission Restriction to July 1, 2022. This change will ensure that all truck driver training schools are ready to transition to manual training if they choose, and to adequately prepare students for their road tests.

As of July 1, 2022, if you complete your Class A or Class A restricted (AR) road test in a vehicle with an automatic transmission, semi-automatic or automated-manual transmissions, you cannot drive class A/AR vehicles with a manual transmission. You can only operate automatic, semi-automatic and automated-manual transmission Class A/AR vehicles. This restriction will be noted on your driver’s record and driver’s licence. It will not apply when operating lower-class vehicles such as class G or D. 

A motor vehicle is considered to have a manual transmission if it has a driver-operated clutch that is activated by a pedal or lever and a driver-operated gear-shift mechanism that is operated by hand or foot and does not use the assistance of automation. To drive Class A/AR vehicles with a manual transmission, you must complete your road test in a vehicle with a manual transmission that consists of at least eight forward gears with a high-low range.

This restriction does not apply to anyone who completed their Class A/AR road test before July 1, 2022.

Updated: July 30, 2021
Published: July 17, 2017