Class 3 Truck Driver

Heavy-vehicle drivers play an essential role in ensuring the efficient transport of goods and materials over a variety of routes. As a truck driver, you make a valuable contribution to society, whether on urban, interurban, provincial or even international routes.

Class 3 Licence

Your job also involves moving trailers between loading docks and transit yards. In this warm and friendly environment, trucking professionals distinguish themselves by making a valuable contribution to society. Your dedication and energy make you an indispensable player in the functioning of the economy.

With a Class 3 license, you can drive a two-axle truck with a net weight of 4,500 kg (4.5 tons) or more, as well as any other truck with three axles or more.

Job description

  • Carefully plan each route and interpret a road map
  • Carry out rigorous maintenance checks on your vehicle to ensure its safety
  • Know and apply Quebec regulations to ensure compliance with standards
  • Maintain total control of your vehicle in all circumstances, regardless of climatic or geographical conditions
  • Provide efficient, attentive customer service.
  • Meticulously monitor and protect the goods you transport
  • Carefully secure cargo to ensure its stability en route
  • Take an active part in the handling of goods, either by handling them yourself or by helping out.
  • Keep up-to-date the various registers and documents associated with your work

The main duties of professional truck drivers vary according to the distance of their deliveries. If you’re involved in long-distance routes with heavy trucks (over 4,500 kg), you’ll need to plan your trips carefully, make sure you obtain all the necessary documents, thoroughly inspect your vehicle and its cargo, and comply with freight laws and regulations as part of a team with the dispatcher and mechanic.

If you opt for short-haul trips within a city or between close-by towns, your role is to carry out thorough inspections of your vehicle, as well as frequent loading and unloading of your cargo.

Job characteristics

Annual salary

Between 27 040 $ and 52 000 $

Future outlook

  • Driver-trainer

  • Dispatcher

  • Prevention and training manager

Job opportunities

  • 85.9% of graduates are employed
  • Unemployment rate in this sector: 7.9
  • Considering the expected evolution of labor demand and the unemployment situation, prospects for integration into the job market are excellent.


  • High school diploma 
  • Driver’s license classes
  • Necessary certificates or endorsements
  • Employers may also require completion of accredited college or vocational training.

Ideal profile

  • Passion for the road/travel/adventure
  • Perseverance
  • Able to move weights from 5 to 25 kg
  • Able to sit for long periods
  • Good coordination skills
  • Ability to perform manual tasks
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Maturity
  • Organizational skills
  • Excellent customer service
  • Bilingualism (if intercity transport is desired)


  • Hold a Secondary School Diploma (DES) or have completed the 4th year of secondary school in French, English and mathematics, or have the functional prerequisites, i.e. pass the TDG (Test de développement général – General development test) or equivalent learning (TENS) recognized by the Ministry of Education (MEQ).
  • Have held a Class 5 driver’s license for at least 36 months (certain relaxations are possible with the PEACVL and the 24-month measure)
  • Have a driving record containing no more than 3 demerit points and free of suspension (due to a Criminal Code offence or loss of all demerit points) in the two years preceding the application.
  • Agree to abide by the policy on narcotics, drugs and alcohol

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