Commercial Driver Training Courses

Saskatchewan Trucking Association

Due to COVID-19, all training will be held in our Regina Training Centre – Virtual training through the internet (using your computer and webcam) is available for all courses.

Training for Commercial Drivers

As proactive trusted advisors, the STA is a knowledgeable membership Association that represents the collective interests of the truck transport industry through authentic advocacy and education. Part of this education is through the offering of a variety of training courses created specifically for the commercial trucking industry.

There are some courses which drivers are required to have in order to operate certain types of equipment, such as long combination vehicles (LCVs) and haul certain types of products, such as dangerous goods. Other training courses are directed at helping carrier companies and their drivers understand regulations that govern the trucking industry, such as Hours of Service and Cargo Securement.

The STA also offers customized training courses, developed to meet the specific needs of companies. Every trucking company is different and requires education on different topics for different types of operations – the STA can create custom courses to ensure that all of the training needs of the company are met.

Training courses are offered in a variety of settings and locations throughout the province. The STA office at 103 Hodsman Road in Regina has a training classroom where scheduled and customized courses can be held. On-site courses are also available for companies.

Please note: Information on pages pertaining to our training, including and not limited to, course offerings, prices, prerequisites, and conditions, may be subject to change at any time.

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On-Site & Customized Training

If your company or organization has a number of people who require training, there may be an opportunity for one of our instructors to provide training on-site, at your location. In some cases, the course may be customized to better suit your specific needs. There are many benefits to customized training:

  • Hosting training on-site may save on participants’ travel and accommodation costs
  • You determine when and where the course will be delivered – available anytime through the year
  • Include company-specific material and experiences
  • Convenience and flexibility to tailor the course to meet your specific goals

A minimum number of participants is required and costs for the instructor’s expenses such as travel and accommodation for distant locations may also apply. For more information or questions about these opportunities, contact the STA office.

Driver Evaluations

The STA understand the need to carrier companies to understand the skills of a driver prior to hiring them. To meet this need of the industry the STA offers Pre-Employment Road Tests. Fully customizable by the carrier company looking to hire drivers, the Pre-Employment Road Tests are scheduled as needed by the company.

About Our Instructors

STA instructors are veterans of the trucking industry. With a complete background on regulatory and compliance requirements, holding class 1A licenses and trained to educate others, STA trainers are true industry professionals.

How to Register

How to Register

  • Check the Training Calendar for scheduled dates
  • Be sure to check the prerequisites and complete a registration form (forms can be downloaded here)
  • For Instructor courses, please also complete an application (applications can be downloaded here)- and submit supporting documents for prerequisites (if required)
  • Payment is due before the training start date
  • It is our policy that only companies which are members of the Association may be invoiced – VISA and MC are accepted

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Commercial Driving Training Courses

By the Saskatchewan Trucking Association

Cargo Securement Course

Safe practices while securing cargo can save money, jobs, and lives as well as prevent carrier profile infraction points.

Course Details

Cargo Securement

Description:

This course will cover general cargo securement and requirements that apply to most goods hauled by commercial motor vehicles. The standards covered pertain to both the United States and Canada and aim to help you to:

  • Stay in compliance with regulations
  • Safely load and secure various types of commodities
  • Inspect a secured load for compliance

This Training is Modular:

The first two modules are for everyone (carriers, drivers, shippers, etc.)

  • The Fundamentals
  • General Cargo Securement Requirements: Equipment and Methods

11 additional modules are based on participants’ needs, and may include the following:

  • Logs
  • Dressed Lumber and Similar Building Materials
  • Metal Coils
  • Paper Rolls
  • Concrete Pipe Loaded Crosswise on a Platform Vehicle
  • Intermodal Containers
  • Automobiles, Light Trucks, and Vans
  • Heavy Vehicles, Equipment, and Machinery
  • Flattened or Crushed Vehicles
  • Roll-on/Roll-off and Hook Lift Containers
  • Large Boulders

This training can be done either in classroom style at our training facility, or on-site at your location, for a customized hands-on experience more specific to the types of cargo that you need to secure.

Specifics:

  • This is a one-day course
  • Successful completion of the course requires a minimum of 80% on the final exam
  • Each participant receives a handbook
  • Wallet card issued by the STA
  • Certification expires every three (3) years

Fees:

Member: $300.00
Non-Member: $350.00

Prerequisites: 

None

Hours of Service with Logbook Guidance

This course is primarily based on Federal Hours of Service regulations with notes regarding the variances with Provincial (Saskatchewan) and the United States rules. Compliance with the rules is a necessity and it has been established that a poor understanding of the regulations is the main reason for violations.

Course Details

Hours of Service Overview With Logbook Guidance

Description:

The STA considers this to be an overview on Hours of Service because it is not exhaustive of all the regulation details, but it aims to cover most everything that a typical commercial driver will need to understand. Examples of daily log entries are used to demonstrate concepts; as a result, this along with some exercises, provides comprehensive guidance on how to complete a logbook.

Participant Program Details

Prerequisites: 

  • None

Specifics:

  • This is a half-day course
  • Each participant receives a handbook
  • Wallet card issued by the STA
  • Certification expires every three (3) years

Fees:

Member: $140.00
Non-Member: $175.00

Professional Driver Improvement Course (PDIC)

This course is designed for any and all drivers, regardless of the amount of time they have been involved in the transportation industry.

Course Details

PDIC (Professional Driver Improvement Course)

Description:

Professional is defined as engaged in, or worthy of, standards of a profession and also as a person who does something with skill. You need to acquire the knowledge and gain practical skill somewhere. This course covers safety best practices, driver image and attitude, defensive driving and much more.

The course includes information on Vehicle Trip Inspections as per the regulations of the Highway and Transportation Act. Under these regulations in Saskatchewan, commercial vehicles must be inspected every 24 hours when being operated and must be recorded appropriately. This standard aims at early identification of problems that could cause or contribute to collisions or vehicle breakdowns.

An overview of the Canadian Hours of Service Regulations is also provided. These regulations aim at ensuring drivers are not fatigued to the extent that they are unable to safely operate a commercial vehicle.

The Modules:

  • Module 1 – Attitude, Image and Public Relations
  • Module 2 – Driver Fitness, Fatigue and Alertness
  • Module 3 – Hours of Service Overview
  • Module 4 – Vehicle Inspections
  • Module 5 – Airbrakes Overview
  • Module 6 – Professional Defensive Driving Techniques
  • Module 7 – Passing, Following and Stopping
  • Module 8 – Backing
  • Module 9 – Determining Preventability
  • Module 10 – Adverse Conditions
  • Module 11 – Off-Highway Driving

Participant Program Detail

Specifics:

  • This is a one-day course
  • Successful completion of the course requires a minimum of 80% on the final exam
  • Each participant receives a handbook
  • Wallet card issued by the STA
  • Certification expires every three (3) years

Fees:

Member: $275.00
Non-Member: $350.00

Prerequisites: 

  • None

Long Combination Vehicles (LCV)

Long Combination Vehicles (LCV’s) are also referred to as Energy Efficient Motor Vehicles (EEMV’s). This course was funded by the Canadian Trucking Research Institute (CTRI) of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and developed by the Alberta and Saskatchewan Trucking Associations.

Course Details

LCV (Long Combination Vehicles)

Description:

This training was designed to comply with the Harmonization of Special Permit Conditions for Operation of Long Combination Vehicles in Western Canada. This Memorandum of Understanding is an agreement signed by the Governments of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. In the agreement, drivers must meet a minimum standard for qualifications and training. It is the carrier who is responsible for ensuring that those qualifications are met, but the STA assists carrier companies by providing training for their drivers. The STA is also the provincial designate responsible for certifying LCV instructors.

In the training, we pay special attention to make certain that the participant is well-informed on the requirements as set out by the Memorandum of Understanding. Another important aspect of our training is an in-depth look at the permits. A quick look at the topics covered in the Modules will provide a representation of how comprehensive and valuable this training will be to professional drivers.

LCVs must only be operated by drivers with at least two years of driving experience with articulated vehicles and a solid clean driving history. Please be aware of the prerequisites and note that the STA requires documentation to support the requirements.

The Modules:

  • Chapter 1 – LCV Productivity and Driver Qualifications
  • Chapter 2 – LCV Characteristics, Permit Conditions, and Coupling
  • Chapter 3 – Inspections
  • Chapter 4 – Urban Driving
  • Chapter 5 – Highway Driving
  • Chapter 6 – Driving Accident Prevention
  • Chapter 7 – Regulation Variances

Note: Although the STA issues a wallet card, employers must still issue annual certification per regulations.

Participant Program Details

Prerequisites:

  • Valid PDIC
  • Must be employed by a company that holds a valid LCV/EEMC permit – copy of permit requested
  • Valid Class 1 license with airbrake endorsement
  • Clean Driver’s Abstract (within 30 days)
  • No driving-related criminal code convictions in the prior 36 months; no more than 2 moving violations in the prior 12 months; and no more than 3 moving violations in the prior 36 months
  • Has a minimum of 24 months or 150,000 km of driving experience with articulated vehicles

Specifics:

  • LCV is a one-day course
  • Successful completion of the course requires a minimum of 80% on the final exam
  • Each participant receives a handbook
  • Wallet card issued by the STA

Fees:

Member: $300.00
Non-Member: $350.00

Resource Industry Driver Enhancement (RIDE)

The purpose of this course is to provide the resource industry, namely oilfield and forestry, and their professional drivers, sufficient training that is acceptable to the employers within the industry and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Transportation.

Course Details

RIDE (Resource Industry Driver Enhancement)

Description:

This course will be of special interest to companies applying for an “Oil Well Service Vehicle Permit (OWSVP)” because RIDE has been approved by the Saskatchewan provincial government as appropriate training. Oil well service vehicle drivers typically need to work for longer periods than the cycle limits imposed by the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations. Section 63 of the regulations (Oil Well Service Vehicle Permits) allows the Provincial Director to issue annual permits to oil well service vehicle carriers/drivers exempting them from certain provisions of the regulations. Requirements include training such as the RIDE course as well as a Fatigue Management Program and training for all employees (conditions of the OWSVP in Saskatchewan as of 2012.)

RIDE is also an excellent course for anyone driving off highway, and for employers and professional drivers who would like relevant knowledge and practical skills to use on the job every day. Learning to operate your vehicle in a safe, efficient and conscientious manner helps avoid costly accidents and saves lives.

The Modules:

  • Module 1 through 10 – Professional Driver Improvement Elements
  • Module 11 – Off-Highway Driving
  • Module 12 – Map Reading
  • Module 13 – Regulatory Requirements
  • Module 14 – Weights and Dimensions
  • Module 15 – Cargo Securement Overview
  • Module 16 – Transporting Dangerous Goods Overview
  • Module 17 – Hand Signals
  • Module 18 – Fire Prevention and Fire Extinguishers
  • Module 19 – Vehicle Mounted Equipment

Participant Program Details

Prerequisites:

  • None

Specifics:

  • This is a one-day course
  • Successful completion of the course requires a mini-mum of 80% on the final exam
  • Each participant receives a handbook
  • Wallet card issued by the STA
  • Certification expires every three (3) years

Fees:

Member: $300.00
Non-Member: $350.00

Transportation Dangerous Goods (TDG)

Employers have the responsibility to ensure that their employees are adequately trained for their duties and responsibilities as they pertain to handling, offering for transport or transporting any dangerous goods. 

Course Details

TDG (Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Truck)

Description:

Employers have the responsibility to ensure adequate training for employees pertaining to dangerous goods, but they must also ensure that this is done in compliance with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (or Hazardous Materials Regulation in the United States.) Training for TDG is extremely important and certification is required every three years.

The Transport Dangerous Goods Directorate has prepared “Guidelines for Training Criteria” to clarify, but not replace, the training requirements contained in the Regulations. These guidelines are intended to help employers determine which employees should be trained and what should be included in the training.

The STA course satisfies the requirements for:

Guideline “A”: Training for all persons involved in the handling, offering for transport and/or transporting of dangerous goods; and
Guideline “D”: Additional training for all persons involved in the transporting of dangerous goods

Note: Additional training will be required to meet the requirements of Guideline “B” (for handlers) or Guideline “C” (for shippers) and the nature of some dangerous goods calls for specialized training.

This course is designed for those who transport dangerous goods by land (by truck) and is predominantly based on the publication “Transporting Dangerous Goods by Truck” from the Canadian Trucking Alliance and developed in conjunction with several trucking associations including STA.

Participants will gain a good sound knowledge of those aspects of the regulations as they relate to their job as professional transport drivers. The regulations and requirements change often and the information is exceedingly detailed and comprehensive. For that reason, the program aims at providing the fundamentals of each topic and at coaching the participant on how to find the information they require, and when they require it – on the job!

Participant Program Details

Fees:

Member: $150.00
Non-Member: $175.00

Prerequisites: 

None

Specifics:

  • This is a one-day course
  • Successful completion of the course requires a mini-mum of 80% on the final exam
  • Each participant receives the publication “Transporting Dangerous Goods by Truck”
  • Wallet card issued by the STA
  • Certification expires every three (3) years

Note: Although the STA issues a wallet card, employers must still issue a wallet card as per regulations

    Instructor Training

    Instructor courses are offered periodically. However, it is our policy to only provide these instructor courses and materials to employees of companies that are “CARRIER MEMBERS” of the STA. Additionally, if the company leaves the membership, instructor privileges will be revoked.

    Course Details

    Instructor Courses

    The STA will ensure that participants for instructor courses not only have experience in the truck transport industry, but that they are capable of teaching adults effectively.   All instructor courses are 2 day courses and include the Adult Facilitation Skills course.

    Offerings and Fees:

    All instructor courses are 2 Day Courses and include the Adult Facilitation Skills course

    Price:

    – Hours of Service Overview / Logbook Guidance INSTRUCTOR

    $340.00

    – PDIC (Professional Driver Improvement Course) INSTRUCTOR

    $475.00

    – Long Combination Vehicle INSTRUCTOR

    $500.00

    – Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Truck INSTRUCTOR

    $350.00

    Instructor courses have prerequisites – please refer to the applicable course description for details.

    How to Register:

    An Instructor Application is required for Instructor courses and you can download that form here. The STA reserves the right to refuse training to individuals that do not meet the requirements. Instructors are required to sign an agreement with the STA, stating they agree with the policies outlined, such as:

    • Instructors are required to offer the course in a classroom only delivery method.
    • Instructors are required to proctor (monitor) the examination of students in their class during the examination process. They are also responsible for marking exams and certifying successful participants.
    • The content provided to instructors is intellectual property of the Saskatchewan Trucking Association.
    • Instructors are required to provide training at least three (3) times over their three years as qualified instructors, and at least once must be in the last year of their certification. If this requirement is not met, an instructor may need to attend the course again before they can be re-certified.

    Failure to comply with agreements and STA policy may result in the decertification of the instructor.

    Methodology for Instructor Training

    Instructor courses are very much hands-on. The participants will be required to take their turn in the role of instructor and demonstrate their ability by teaching a module of the topic being learned. The purpose of this exercise to provide feedback to the participant and create an interactive environment where the group of participants can learn from each other as well as from our instructor.

    As an instructor much of your effectiveness is measured by your ability to speak with clarity and conviction in getting your messages across. The participants will be coached and presented with ideas such as raising arguments to issues and paraphrasing important or complex points. This is a process in which the instructor stops the action and gives real-time feedback. Participants are not only supported in the role play, but this also fosters behavior change by allowing participants to experience the impact of applying the new skills as they increase their effectiveness.

    These instructor courses give an organization the ability to meet all their training needs on their own schedule, within their own financial goals.

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    The Saskatchewan Trucking Association is the leader and voice for truck transport in the province of Saskatchewan.  As proactive trusted advisors, the STA is a knowledgeable membership association that represents the collective interests of the truck transport industry through authentic advocacy and education.