The Programme enrichi d'accès à la conduite de véhicules lourds (enriched heavy vehicle driver training program) is a program that aims to enable young probationary licence holders to obtain a Class 1, 2 or 3 driver's licence more quickly and with safety in mind.
Candidates must attend a training program to drive a truck, bus or straight-body truck offered by a designated training centre, and complete a supervised traineeship with a view to facilitating their employment integration.
Your business must:
The program aims to:
Participation in the program begins when students start their training and ends once the mandatory 24 months of driving experience with a probationary licence have elapsed. The duration of the program can therefore vary among participants. Classes 1, 2 or 3 can be added to a participant’s driver’s licence only once the program has been completed.
As part of the enriched heavy vehicle driver training program, the SAAQ issues two types of attestations that set out assistance conditions that differ from those usually applicable to learner drivers. These attestations are subject to specific conditions.
Attestation 1 may be issued to enriched heavy vehicle driver training program participants during their training at a transport training centre only if they hold a probationary licence and a learner’s licence bearing Class 1, 2 or 3, and if they have passed all the SAAQ road tests.
This attestation authorizes participants to drive a heavy vehicle with the assistance of an authorized instructor who is either seated alongside them or driving an accompanying vehicle.
Attestation 2 may be issued to enriched heavy vehicle driver training program participants during their traineeship with a business, as long as they are aged 18 or older and they have successfully completed the training program in a training centre and passed all the SAAQ road tests.
This attestation authorizes participants to be alone when driving a heavy vehicle belonging to the business where they are completing their traineeship. However, it prohibits:
In order to benefit from the special assistance conditions detailed above, participants must always have these three documents with them:
Trainees’ participation in the enriched heavy vehicle driver training program ends upon the expiry of their probationary licence. The validity of Attestation 2 expires automatically at that time. Accordingly, participants are no longer authorized to drive a heavy vehicle alone until Class 1, 2 or 3 is added to their new Class 5 driver’s licence.
To obtain a Class 1, 2 or 3 driver’s licence, participants must go to an SAAQ service centre after their probationary licence has expired. These licence classes cannot be added before that date. For faster processing, participants should have the following documents with them:
Contact either of the two transport training centres that offer the program:
Last update: September 24, 2023