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Commercial Driver Training Program

This program includes a variety of required and recommended courses for professionals working in the Commercial Transportation Industry.

Upon successful completion of each course, you will be provided with a certificate of completion for that course.

Below is a listing of the courses within the program, and the topics covered by each course.

CANADIAN FEDERAL HOURS OF SERVICE NSC Standard 9 TOPICS

  • The history of Federal Hours of Service legislation
  • The human body clock and fatigue
  • When driving is prohibited
  • Which vehicles the regulations apply to and which are exempt
  • Logbooks and daily duty status categories
  • On-duty limits and off-duty requirements
  • Sleeper berth requirements
  • Cycles, cycle limits, cycle resets, and cycle switching
  • Special permits for various vehicles
  • Exemptions for emergencies or adverse driving conditions
  • Out-of-service declarations
  • Inspections

NORTH AMERICAN CARGO SECUREMENT NSC Standard 10 TOPICS

  • Why cargo securement is important
  • What federal regulations mean to drivers and carriers
  • How cargo securement affects CSA scores
  • Working load limits
  • Direct and indirect tie-downs
  • Proper cargo loading and securement techniques
  • Performing pre-trip and en route flatbed and cargo inspections
  • Best practices for securing common commodities

 

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DAILY TRIP INSPECTION NSC Standard 13 TOPICS

  • Module 1: Preparing for the Pre-Trip Inspection
  • Module 2: Inspecting the Air Brake System
  • Module 3: Defects and Major Defects
  • Module 4: Performing the Inspection

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS TOPICS

  • Factors that influence commercial vehicle weight allowances
  • The legal load limit, required safety measures, and related exemptions
  • Factors that determine the maximum allowable length for a vehicle and load
  • The difference between primary highways and local roadways
  • Road bans and their impact on you
  • Conditions under which an over-dimensional permit must be obtained and used

 

DEFENSIVE DRIVING ATTITUDES ONLINE COURSE TOPICS

  • Pet Peeves
    • Explores situations and the actions of other drivers that may cause irritation or changes in decision making as well as an increase in risk-taking behaviour
    • Encourages a more tolerant outlook toward other drivers
  • Stress
    • How stress affects drivers mentally, emotionally, and physically to promote risk taking behaviour
    • What drivers can do to reduce or manage stress and their reaction to it
  • Anger
    • Anger is the most dangerous emotion when mixed with driving
    • Understand two kinds of anger that can result in reactionary or risk taking driving actions
    • Simple and effective anger management tools that can be used while driving
    • How to avoid personal confrontations and road rage incidents
  • Aggressive Driving
    • Understanding the nature of aggressive driving
    • How anyone can turn into an aggressive driver if stressed or provoked
    • How to reduce risky driving actions which could cause incidents
    • Reducing vehicle abuse, fuel, and repair costs
  • Emotional IQ
    • How willingness to take responsibility for resolving even bad situations in a positive way can reduce stress and empower drivers
    • How unrealistic expectations of others leads to disappointment, stress, and escalated risk tolerance

DISTRACTED DRIVING TOPICS

  • Introduction – It’s Your Job, What You’ll Learn, What is Distracted Driving?
  • Recognizing Driving Distractions – Distractions Happen, Technology Distractions, Texting, Types of Distractions, Inattention Blindness
  • Managing Driving Distractions – Why Drivers Get Distracted, Dealing with Distracted Drivers
  • Avoiding a Distraction Disaster – Steps to Avoid a Disaster, Stay Focused, Recognize Signs of Distraction, Manage Distracted Drivers
  • Conclusion – Time to Review

 

AIR BRAKES ONLINE COURSE TOPICS

Section One: Air Brake Curriculum Part 1

  1. Introduction
    1. Program Outline
  2. Air Brake Pretrip
    1. Reservoirs Full
    2. Reservoirs Empty
  3. Airbrake System Overview
  4. Supply System
  5. Service System
  6. Park Brakes
  7. Tractor / Trailer
  8. System Failures

Section Two: Air Brake Curriculum Part 2

  1. Foundation Brakes and Adjustment
  2. Air Operated Disc Brakes
  3. Driving Tips
    1. Braking
    2. Retarders
    3. Icy Roads
    4. Downgrades
      1. On Highways
      2. Pre-hill Inspections
      3. In Town
      4. Runaway Lanes
  4. Anti-Lock Braking Systems
  5. Automatic Traction Control

FIREFIGHTING & FIRE EXTINGUISHER SAFETY ONLINE COURSE TOPICS

  • Understanding how fires burn
  • The fire triangle
  • The fire tetrahedron
  • Physical states of fuel
  • Types of heat
  • The role of oxygen in fires
  • Fire classifications
  • Fire extinguisher ratings and classifications
  • Fire extinguishing agents
  • Types of fire extinguishers
  • Fire extinguisher inspections
  • Basic firefighting procedures
  • Controlling fires

BACKING TRACTOR TRAILERS ONLINE COURSE TOPICS

After completing this course, drivers will understand:

  • The dangers of backing
  • Basic guidelines for reducing the risks of backing
  • How to survey the area before backing
  • Tips and techniques for successful backing
  • Jack and Chase maneuvers
  • Techniques for straight-line backing
  • Techniques for alley dock backing
  • Techniques for jack-knife backing
  • Techniques for blind-side backing
  • Techniques for parallel parking

WHMIS ONLINE COURSE TOPICS

  • What WHMIS is
  • Key components of WHMIS regulations
  • WHMIS classes and hazard symbols
  • WHMIS label types and requirements
  • MSDSs
  • WHMIS exemptions
  • Emergency response
  • Personal protective equipment

 

TRANSPORTATION OF DANGEROUS GOODS COURSE TOPICS

  • The requirements for TDG training and certification
  • Dangerous goods classification
  • Packing groups
  • Shipping name
  • Compatibility groups
  • Placards and UN numbers
  • Label requirements
  • Safety marks
  • Packaging and vessel requirements
  • Requirements for documentation
  • Exemptions
  • The ERAP (Emergency Response Assistance Plans)
  • Reporting requirements
  • Containers
  • TDG schedules

Course Details:

Price: $599.95
Duration: 15 hours
Pass Mark: 80%
Attempts: 2
Certificate: Yes

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