The Role of Your Firm

As a trainee sponsor, your firm will provide on-the-job training, mentoring, and employment to the candidate. In return, you get a professional driver who is trained to national occupational standards and trained to the specific needs of your firm.

On-the-job training

Your firm must have an on-the-job training coach in place before the candidate is placed. Coaches are required to obtain training or demonstrate equivalency from a recognized coach training program (training is available through the Manitoba Trucking Association). Coaches are required to perform assessments of drivers. The coaching period is 240 hours in duration. Coaches must meet the following criteria:

  • Class 1 Driver’s Licence, including Air Brake Endorsement, for a minimum of three years
  • Not more than two (during past three years total) violations under the:
  • Highway Traffic Act
  • National Safety Code
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods regulations
  • Not more than two reportable at fault accidents in any North American jurisdiction during the past three years
  • No unpardoned convictions under the Criminal Code of Canada for the past three years while driving or having care of a vehicle

Good communication skills and an adult learning/training background are preferred, but not required.

On-the-job mentoring

After the on-the-job training period is completed, your firm provides a mentor to the candidate for a period of six months. The mentor will assist or direct the candidate to the appropriate contact for assistance, and be in active communication with the candidate on a regular basis. Communication may be in person, by phone, e-mail or in some cases in the truck.

It is recommended that the mentor not be the candidate's fleet manager.

Depending on the timing of the training, some subjects may not have been addressed in the on-the-job coaching period.

The mentor will address any training gaps during the mentoring period. Mentors will be required to perform independent assessments of candidates using a standard report card.

At the end of the mentoring period (six months) a more detailed report will be filed.


Once the on-the-job training and mentoring periods are completed, the candidate is fully qualified to operate independently.