Commercial Driver Training Program

Earn your Commercial Driver Training Program certificate upon successful completion of this course

COMMERCIAL DRIVER TRAINING PROGRAM ONLINE COURSE OVERVIEW

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.

COMMERCIAL DRIVER TRAINING PROGRAM ONLINE COURSE TOPICS

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

Weights and 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

Defensive Driving Fundamentals Online Course Topics

  • THINK AND LOOK AHEAD
    • Understanding and applying advanced observation and recognition skills
    • Eye lead time
    • Scanning techniques
    • Situational awareness
  • ANTICIPATE HAZARDS
    • Identifying hazards
    • Recognizing potential hazards before they become critical
    • Predicting other traffic movements and planning responses in advance
  • KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN
    • Space cushion driving
    • Establishing and maintaining a safe following distance
    • Optimum spacing at stops and intersections
    • Freeway and highway space risk management
  • MANAGE THE RISK
    • How to make good decisions to minimize risk in common driving situations
    • Identifying safe speeds
    • How to take proactive steps to reduce risk in critical situations
  • CONTROL WITH FINESSE
    • Maintaining vehicle balance and stability
    • How to develop superior steering, braking, and accelerator control
    • Correct use of anti-lock brakes

Distracted Driving Online Course 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 Study Guide Course Topics

  • Section One: Air Brake Curriculum Part 1
    • Introduction
      • Program Outline
    • Air Brake Pretrip
      • Reservoirs Full
      • Reservoirs Empty
    • Airbrake System Overview
    • Supply System
    • Service System
    • Park Brakes
    • Tractor / Trailer
    • System Failures
  • Section Two: Air Brake Curriculum Part 2
    • Foundation Brakes and Adjustment
    • Air Operated Disc Brakes
    • Driving Tips
      • Braking
      • Retarders
      • Icy Roads
      • Downgrades
        • On Highways
        • Pre-hill Inspections
        • In Town
        • Runaway Lanes
      • Anti-Lock Braking Systems
      • Automatic Traction Control

Firefighting & Fire Extinguisher Safety 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 Course Topics

  • 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 2015 (GHS) Online Course Topics

  • WHMIS and GHS definition and responsibilities
  • The six classes of controlled products
  • WHMIS labels
  • Canadian material safety data sheets
  • International material safety data sheets and WHMIS 2015 safety data sheets
  • Implementing WHMIS and WHMIS after GHS in the workplace

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

Duration

Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 16.5 hours.

Testing

Knowledge Assessment

Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.

Certificate

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.

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