Step 3 Certificate of competence and knowledge for 16- and 17-year old drivers

If you are 16 or 17 and want to drive a snowmobile or an all-terrain vehicle, you must have certificate of competenceThis document attests that a person under 18 years of age has the competence and knowledge required to operate an off-road vehicle. and knowledgeThis document attests that a person under 18 years of age has the competence and knowledge required to operate an off-road vehicle..

The certificate is issued after completing the mandatory training that all new drivers should ideally undergo, regardless of their age.

For snowmobiles

This training is given by ConduiPro network of driving schools (website in French only). You can also contact the Fédération des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec.

for all-terrain vehicles (quad bikes, trail bikes, etc.), with the exception of recreational off-road vehicles

The training is given by certified monitors listed on the Fédération québécoise des clubs quads website.

Note that for complementary information on the rules you must follow when riding a trail bike in parks and on trails, you can contact the Fédération québécoise des motos hors route or refer to their website. The Fédération can also let you know which of Québec’s federated trails you can ride on with your trail bike. 

For recreational off-highway vehicles

A certificate of competence and knowledge is not required to drive a recreational off-road vehicle because you can only drive that type of vehicle if you are 18 or older.

Useful information

If you are 16 or 17 and live outside Québec

You do not need to obtain a certificate of competence and knowledge, provided you hold a driver’s licence issued by the appropriate authority in your home jurisdiction (e.g. an Ontario driver’s licence).