Driver Certification Program

Passionate about trucks and looking for a great career?



Grace Transport Inc. offers a
Drivers Certification Program where you can gain your license and career all in one place.

Program Overview

The Driver Certification Program will get you your AZ license, a completed apprenticeship as a 638A Tractor-Trailer Commercial Driver and a lifelong career.
 
The first phase of the program consists of 4-6 weeks of mentorship in the classroom, in-cab and other workplace settings.
 
The second phase of the program consist of 3000 hours of logged driving time.
 
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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Must have a valid G license.
  • Must have a valid travel document and willing to cross the border.
  • Current drivers abstract with no more than three (3) demerit points or two (2) moving violations.
  • Clean police background check.
  • MTO Medical that meets requirements including vision.
  • DOT pre-employment drug test with negative result.
  • Required to be away from home for 4-7 days.
  • Clean criminal record check
  • $500 fee for training materials
  • High school diploma is an asset

OUR MISSION

Grace Transport Inc. located in Strathroy Ontario is a family-owned business that has operated for over 25 years and has since grown to include an experienced team of professional drivers and support staff. At Grace, we have been focused on our employees from the onset and believe them to be of the highest value of any of our assets. Our employees and the commitment we share with them drive our business and together we strive to provide our customers with first-class service, on-time at reasonable rates. We would like to invite you to explore our Driver Certification Program further by contacting us! 

Get your AZ licence today!

Join our Driver Certification Program and be a part of the Grace Transport family!

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MEET OUR TRAINERS

RON BUTTERY
RON BUTTERY

In class AZ instructor

Ron has been driving since 1976 and achieved his A license in 1984. Ron drove over the road hauling van, reefer and tank up until 2009 when he started training drivers at a school here in SW Ontario. Ron started working for Grace 11 years ago and in 2018 obtained his signing authority at Ontario Safety League in Toronto. His favourite part about the course is seeing good drivers being put out on the road. When the program is not running, Ron completes all of Grace’s pre-employment road tests for new drivers, teaches the in-class portion of our load securement course and renews our current drivers AZ licenses.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and his grandkids and is an avid collector of antique farm equipment and has machinery dating as far back as 1840.

JOHN CARVELL
JOHN CARVELL

In Truck Driver Trainer

John started in the trucking industry 17 years ago, where he drove over the road for years with Nesbitt Trucking and then dispatched for a few years for Grace when we purchased Nesbitt. This experience has given him the perspective both from a driver and from the office and he believes this has made him an all-around better driver and trainer. John went back to driving in our local division and when we decided to offer the Driver Certification Program, John got his training certificate from Fanshawe College. He claims his favourite part of the program is seeing trainees and the improvements they make from start to finish. He also likes the fact that outside of the MTO requirements, he gets the opportunity to show the new drivers what goes on in the real world and expose them to loads we haul. John also holds the title of Flatbed Health and Safety Rep and is the instructor for our load securement course.
Outside of the truck, John enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and curling in the winter!

BRETT McNAUGHTON
BRETT McNAUGHTON

In Truck Driver Trainer

Brett got his AZ licence back in 1998 and has been driving for Grace for the last 10 years. Brett has drove all types of equipment and currently works in our Bulk division hauling B Train dumps. When we decided to offer the Driver Certification Program, Brett got his training certificate from Fanshawe College and has been one of our driver trainers ever since. Brett also holds the title of Bulk Health and Safety Rep for Grace. He claims he enjoys being involved in the Driver Certification program because he gets to work hands on with his trainees showing them not only how to operate a transport truck but also the real life experience of loading and unloading freight we haul. When Brett is off-duty he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, watching hockey (Go Leafs) and NASCAR.

MIKE CANN
MIKE CANN

In Truck Driver Trainer

Mike got his AZ Licence in 2012 at Ontario Truck Driving School and a week later started driving over the road at Elgin Motor Freight (Challenger) hauling majority of automotive parts. He made the career move to Grace in 2019 and shortly after Grace sent him to Fanshawe to obtain his Fleet Certification Signing Authority certificate. Since then Mike has been a trainer for our Driver certification program and also for new drivers needing some extra one on one training. Mike currently drives in our local division loading and unloading in the GTA, London area and Michigan. Mike says that he favourite part of the Grace Driver Certification Program is he likes how the training involves actual dispatches so that he can teach the trainees the whole job and that the trainees get to experience hauling a variety of freight across all divisions before going on the road solo. When Mike is not driving his hobbies include hiking, camping, photography and spending time with family.