Driver Training and Testing
Fanshawe Corporate Training Solutions offers flexible training delivery including evening and weekend courses. Training is available for corporations and individuals.
Steps for obtaining an A, D, or F class license
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to obtain an advanced license class via Fanshawe College and can be applied to A, D, and F licenses. Please see the Z (Air Brake Endorsement) section below for instructions specific to that class.
- Obtain a medical report form from any DriveTest Ontario location and have your family physician complete it for you. If you are a current Fanshawe student, you also have access to the Fanshawe College campus doctor who can complete the form for you. Click here to book an appointment at the Fowler Kennedy Sports Clinic.
- Complete the written knowledge test at any DriveTest Ontario location (you will need to bring your completed medical form with you to the DriveTest Centre).
- Register for your desired training course via the links below (full tuition is due upon registration).
- A and D license class students must provide proof of Z Airbrake endorsement prior to scheduling their road test with the college. Please see Air Brake Endorsement 'Z' section below for information on how to obtaining your Z Airbrake Endorsement through Fanshawe College.
Once you have successfully completed the course at Fanshawe College you will be eligible to upgrade your driver’s license. To upgrade your license, you are required to go IN PERSON to the DriveTest centre. The DriveTest centre will have access to your test results 3 business days after your course is complete.
- Step 3 can be completed before steps 1 and 2, however, your practical training in the course will be delayed until step 2 is completed. Prior to your road test, you must complete step 4.
- Course test results are valid for six months only. It is the student’s responsibility to process their license upgrade within the allowable time frame.
As a sponsor, you will be able to register an employee and defer payment until you receive an invoice. Employers that have applied for the Canada Ontario Job Grant must register their employee as a sponsorship. For instructions on how to register an employee for a course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon registration, the employee/participant will receive a confirmation of enrollment via e-mail specifying the day, time, and location of the module(s) and indicating a balance due. As the sponsor, you will be invoiced for the balance due. Please wait to receive the sponsor invoice before sending payment. We will ensure that you are billed for the module(s) you have specified in the sponsorship agreement. If the module is cancelled or the participant withdraws (within the published timeline) the sponsor will receive the appropriate credit or refund, unless you have authorized a transfer of the sponsorship agreement to be applied to the next available offering of the course.
Sponsorship is subject to the Fanshawe College Corporate Training Solutions calendar refund and withdrawal policies and procedures. Cancellation of a sponsorship must conform to College withdrawal policies and is required to be submitted in writing. If you have are having any issues with filling out the appropriate paperwork, please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance. We look forward to working with you!
Fleet Certification - Signing Authority Program
This Ministry of Transportation approved driver certification program trains experienced truck drivers to become approved truck driver trainers who have the signing authority to test and train participants in A, D and F license classes.
'A' Driver Training
This training program consists of a combination of theory and practical training to prepare students to write the MTO Class 'A' license exam. A road test will be conducted by Fanshawe signing authorities in a college vehicle.
'D' Driver Training
A valid 'D' license is required to operate any truck or vehicle combination that weighs in excess of 11,000 kilograms. The 'D' driver’s license training program will assist 'G' licensed drivers in obtaining the necessary knowledge to successfully complete the MTO 'D' road test. A road test will be conducted by Fanshawe signing authorities in a college vehicle.
Air Brake Endorsement 'Z'
Gain the knowledge necessary to operate air brake systems safely and detect faults in these systems. Upon successful completion of the written test, participants will take the practical test. After successful completion of both tests, you will be able to upgrade your license with the 'Z' endorsement from the MTO. A minimum of a full 'G' license is required.
Steps for obtaining an Air Brake Endorsement 'Z'
When obtaining your Z Airbrake Endorsement through Fanshawe College, you are not required to complete any testing at a DriveTest centre prior to the course start date. Both the written and practical tests are completed at the College.
Once you have successfully completed the written and practical examinations at Fanshawe College, you will be eligible to upgrade your driver’s licence to include the Z Endorsement. To upgrade your licence, you are required to go IN PERSON to any DriveTest Ontario location. The DriveTest Centre will have access to your test results 3 business days after your course is complete.
- Students who are unsuccessful with either the written or practical test during the Airbrake Endorsement course are able to re-take the course at a fee of $65.00 during the next available course or during a private lesson at fee of $135.
- Course test results are valid for six months only. It is the student’s responsibility to process their licence upgrade within the allotted time frame.
'F' License Training & Testing
This course prepares you to safely operate an 'F' class vehicle. After your training, a 1-hour road test will be conducted by Fanshawe College signing authorities in a college vehicle.
'A' Restricted Licence
What you can drive
The restricted Class A (condition R) licence is meant for drivers operating smaller truck-trailer combinations, such as a recreational, horse or utility trailer. You can also drive: a car or light truck covered by a Class G Licence and heavy trucks covered by the Class D Truck Licence.
What you can't drive
With a restricted Class A licence, you can't drive: a full-size tractor-trailer, trailer equipped with air brakes, drive a vehicle pulling a double trailer or train another driver on a vehicle that requires full Class A privileges to drive.
To obtain a restricted Class A licence (condition R), you must to:
- be at least 18 years old
- hold a valid Ontario G licence
- pass a vision test
- submit a valid medical report to Driver Test prior to written AR test
- pass a knowledge test about operating large trucks and tractor-trailers
- pass a road test using a vehicle that meets the requirements for Class A(R)
- Road test will be here at Fanshawe College
To remove the "R" condition and upgrade your licence to a full Class A, you must successfully complete the MELT program and road test using a vehicle with a full Class A vehicle configuration. This includes: A trailer with a Manufacturer’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (MGVWR) of at least 4,600 KG and a full air brake system on both the truck and trailer.
Delivery: Virtual Class on Teams/In class
Time: 62 hours
Note: Email addresses are required as a part of the registration process
'G' License Training
A valid ‘G’ license is required to operate a car, van, small truck or combination of vehicles that weigh up to 11,000 kilograms. The ‘G’ license training program offers new drivers the opportunity to learn how to drive in a program that targets many styles of learning and effectively prepares beginner drivers for their G1 driver test by teaching them how to drive to proactively avoid road hazards and remain incident-free.
Basic Driver Instructor for In-Vehicle: 'G' License
This training program includes both Practical ‘Hands-On’ instruction in a vehicle and classroom training on vehicle operation, rules & regulations. Students who successfully complete this MTO certified course will receive both a College Certificate and the CPD Driving Instructor Certification.
For employees who drive either a company vehicle or their own vehicle on the job, safe driving is a matter of occupational safety. When an employee is involved in an accident, insurance rates can skyrocket and C.V.O.R.’s are affected. There can also be many indirect costs, including recuperation time, re-staffing, retraining and lost productivity. A defensive driving course can benefit all employees (and family members). Traffic crashes are preventable by defensive driving.
- Simulator evaluations (Verbal discussions within the group)
- Interactive class discussions.
- Specific techniques to help drivers avoid all types of traffic collisions despite the actions of others or the driving conditions.
- Drivers learn the principles of defensive driving and essential collision avoidance techniques.
The first step in safe driving is to be sure the vehicle you are going to operate is safe before you leave. Make sure that your employees are familiar with all the new Minimum Entry Level Training (MELT) approved standards.
Let our Ministry of Transport (MTO) certified instructors ride along with your employee to ensure safe driving practices are being observed. Bad habits develop over time and this is the best way to correct them. A written report will be generated for the employer to determine if a driver needs extra training to develop additional safe driving practices.
Distracted driving is a serious problem in Canada, and many collisions can be prevented if drivers focused on the driving task at hand. Commercial motor vehicle drivers will better understand how attention capacity affects drivers, and learn strategies to cope with distracted driving.
Electronic Log Device (ELD)
The Electronic Log Device (ELD) is mandated for December 16, 2019. Let our Ministry of Transportation (MTO) certified instructors walk you through the ELD system. The ELD will help a professional driver manage the hours of service on the road and stay in compliance with the regulations.