Commercial driving is a great way to make a living in Saskatchewan. It is a rewarding career that allows you to travel all over the nation and see new sights. There are just a few things that you need to do to get your commercial driver’s licence in Saskatchewan and begin driving for a living.
There are several different types of commercial driving licence in Saskatchewan. A Class 4 license allows you to drive taxis, ambulances, and small buses. A Class 3 licence enables you to drive a truck with more than two axles. A Class 2 licence is for drivers of buses with more 24 passengers. A Class 1 licence allows you to drive virtually any vehicle, including power units, semis, and trucks towing trailers more than 4,600 kg.
Most commercial drivers will need to get a Class 1 licence, which allows them to drive vehicles in all of the classes. In order to apply for this licence in Saskatchewan, the driver must already have a Class 2, 3, 4, or 5 licence, pass a medical screening exam that shows they have good vision and are physically capable of driving large vehicles, and be over the age of 18. In addition, the applicant cannot be a new driver with a novice restriction on their driver’s licence.
Getting a professional licence in Saskatchewan is very affordable compared to the entry costs for other careers. In addition to paying for training, the person applying must pay $65 for their testing as well as $10 each for any extra endorsements, such as a hazmat endorsement allowing them to transport hazardous materials.
The Saskatchewan state government certifies all schools that offer training for a Class 1 licence. Completion of one of these programs is the first step to learning all that you need to successfully pass your test. These programs teach both in classroom and in the truck to prepare for both written and road tests.
Once you meet the requirements to apply and have completed a training program, the last and final step: testing. There will be two different portions of the test: written, and road.
In order to take a test, you will need to have two forms of identification that have your name, birth date, and signature. These documents must also prove that you are legally allowed to reside in Canada and that you are a resident of Saskatchewan. Most people use their birth certificate, passport, and/or immigration cards, but other forms of identification and proof of residence may be allowed if you do not have these. A lease or paycheck stub is sufficient proof of residence.
The next step is to make an appointment. Certain locations of the drivers exam offices, such as satellite locations, may not offer certain tests so making an appointment is important. On the day of your exam, you will be asked to perform a pre-trip inspection, or circle check before your road test. If you cannot read and write well, you may be able to take your written exam orally.
There are several steps to getting a commercial driver’s licence in Saskatchewan. However, they do not take long to complete. Once you have completed them, you will be qualified to work as a commercial driver.