DZ Truck Driving Program

Acquire the necessary driving skills to operate a straight truck in today’s heavy traffic environment. This 58 hour program includes classroom, fieldwork ,and operating instruction to provide you with the training required to successfully obtain your DZ license.

Location: Sudbury
Start dates:
October 1
November 5
December 3

Download the program outline (PDF, 356 KB).
Registration Form (PDF, 345 KB)

Admission requirements:
In order to enroll in this program, participants must be at least 18 years of age, hold a valid class ‘G’ license and possess a minimum education level of Grade 10 English or equivalent (TTSAO Admissions Test). Prior to starting the program, the participant must, at their own cost, complete and approve a MTO Medical, show proof of completion of the MTO written test, and obtain a current statement of driving record (Abstract).

Total hours: 58 (classroom 38 hours, practical instruction 20 hours)

A minimum of thirty eight (38) hours of instructor led classroom theory. This includes:

  • Air Brake
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Hours of Service
  • Defensive Driving
  • Trip Planning

A minimum of twenty (20) hours behind the wheel. All training must be done on a non-synchronized heavy transmission minimum 8 speed.

Basic Operation

  • Interaction between trainer and the vehicle
  • Shifting
  • Control Maneuvers (i.e. steering, braking, acceleration and turns)
  • Safe Operating Practices (i.e. personal injury prevention, etc.)
  • Vehicle Inspection
  • Backing

Defensive Driving Techniques (Safe Operating Practices)

  • Interaction between trainee, vehicle and the highway traffic environment
  • Visual Search and Hazard Perception
  • Communication
  • Space Management
  • Speed Management
  • Extreme Driving Conditions
  • Protection of Other Road Users

Advanced Operating Practices and Procedures (Theory)

  • Emergency Maneuvers
  • Vehicle Skid(s) and Controlled Recovery
  • Accident Procedures and Fire Prevention

Non-Vehicle Activities

  • C.V.O.R
  • National Safety Code
  • Hours of Service
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Personal Health/Safety
  • Trip Planning
  • Border Crossing
  • Handling Cargo (i.e., weights and limitations, load security, etc)
  • Life Skills/Employment Interviews
  • Public and Employer Relations

Contact Information
Tel: 705-235-3211 x 2270
Email: training@northern.on.ca