In Quebec, the mandatory Driver Training Program has been implemented since January 17, 2010. The program is divided in 4 phases where Classroom modules alternate with In-Car Sessions. The course consists of 12 two-hour theory modules and 15 In-Car Sessions.
Within each phase, some modules are interchangeable but it is recommended to take them in the preprogrammed order.
In each one of the phases, self-learning periods are highly recommended.
Phase 1 (Prerequisites for the Learner’s License)
This phase must be spread over at least 28 days. It consists of 5 modules. On the 5th module the student is evaluated at the School. If he succeeds, he is given a certificate that entitles him to go and pass an eye examination at the SAAQ. Then after paying the required fees, he obtains his learner’s license.
Phase 2 (Guided Driving)
This phase must also be spread over at least 28 days. Accompanying riders are invited to attend module 6 in the classroom. It is recommended to wait till phase 3 before the student begins practicing with his accompanying rider. That gives the in-car instructor enough time to make sure the learner faithfully implements the basics.
Phase 3 (Semi-Guided Driving)
This phase must be spread over at least 56 days. The student will be given 2 formative practical evaluations on In-Car Sessions 5 and 10. It is possible to combine 2 In-Car Sessions in order to give a two-hour practice. Module 10 must be given after the first 4 In-Car Sessions of phase 3 have been completed. It is recommended to give the students a few weeks of free time between phases 3 and 4 so that they can practice driving with their accompanying riders.
Phase 4 (From Semi-Guided to Independent Driving)
This phase must be spread over at least 56 days. Once a student had had his Learner’s License for 10 months and after he attended Module 12, he may take his SAAQ knowledge test. It is possible to combine 2 In-Car Sessions in order to give a two-hour practice.
In-Car Sessions 12 and 13 must be combined in a two-hour Session on the road with 2 learners in the vehicle. Each Learner, in turn, is the observer and then the driver. In-Car Session 15 is a Synthesis Session prior to the road test. This Session must be given after the SAAQ knowledge test.
SAAQ driver education program