From Learning to Licensing: Our Dual Approach to Driving Excellence

Fanshawe College emerges as the leading destination for driver training and testing services, catering to both businesses and individuals. Fanshawe College stands out as the exclusive publicly funded institution within the region that pioneers this dual training and testing offering.

Our instructors not only provide training but also conduct road tests for participants to obtain their license. This unique combination showcases our commitment to producing drivers who not only possess the necessary skills but also adhere to the highest standards of road safety. 

Our professional driver training courses cover various needs – from developing new recruits and improving existing staff skills to meeting industry rules and gaining employability skills. 


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Steps for Obtaining an A, D, Or F Class License

Below is a step-by-step guide on obtaining 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.    

  1. 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. Book an appointment at the Fowler Kennedy Sports Clinic.
  2. 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).
  3. Register for your desired training course via the links below (full tuition is due upon registration).
  4.  A and D license class participants 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. 
Please Note:

  • 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 participant’s responsibility to process their license upgrade within the allowable time frame.
  • Participants must be a minimum of 18 years of age to register for these commercial driving courses.

Driver Training Courses

'A' Driver Training

This training program consists of a combination of theory and practical training to prepare participants to write the MTO Class 'A' license exam. A road test will be conducted by Fanshawe signing authorities in a college vehicle.

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'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.

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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.

Register for 'Z' Driver Training & Test


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.


  • Participants 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 participant’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.

Register for 'F' Driver Training & Test

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 and regulations. Participants who successfully complete this MTO certified course will receive both a College Certificate and the Canada Pro Drivers (CPD) Driving Instructor Certification.

Register for Basic Driver Instructor for In-Vehicle.

Defensive Driving

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.

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Pre-Trip Inspections

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.

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In-Cab Inspections 

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.

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Distracted Driving

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.

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Electronic Log Device (ELD)

The Electronic Log Device (ELD) is mandated on December 16, 2019. Let our Ministry of Transportation (MTO) certified instructors walk you through the ELD system. The ELD course will help a professional driver manage the hours of service on the road and stay in compliance with the regulations.

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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.


Register for Fleet Certification

Upcoming Dates | 60 hours
February 2024

*exact dates to be confirmed shortly

Employee Sponsorship

As a sponsor, you can register an employee and defer payment until invoiced. Employers applying for the Canada Ontario Job Grant must register employees as sponsorships. For employee course registration, email


After registration, employees get an enrollment confirmation email with course details, balance, and sponsor invoice. You are billed for chosen modules. Cancellations follow set timelines, with credit/refund options. Sponsorship adheres to Fanshawe College policies. Cancellation conforms to withdrawal policies, in writing. Contact us for paperwork assistance. We are excited to collaborate with you!

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