Driver-transport course - MONDEL – L’Atelier du Cinéma – Training Center for Technical Cinema and Television Professions


The driver is responsible for operating a vehicle to move people, objects, or equipment from one place to another, in accordance with the instructions of the producer or one of his representatives and, if applicable, the logistics manager, the production manager, the transport coordinator, or another person designated by the producer. The person assigned to transport operates under the supervision of the transport coordinator or, if applicable, the logistics manager, the set director, or the producer.

More specifically (but without limiting the generality of the foregoing), the driver usually, but not exclusively, performs most or all of the following tasks:

  • Operates a vehicle according to applicable rules to safely transport people, objects, or equipment;
  • Ensures the proper functioning of the vehicle(s) for which he/she is responsible;
  • If necessary, assists the logistics manager or the producer in various tasks related to production logistics, understanding that these tasks cannot constitute all of his/her work.
The specialized driver is a person who, in the performance of their duties, is primarily responsible for driving a vehicle whose operation requires a Class 1 (heavy vehicles), 2 (buses), 3 (truck), or 4B (mini-bus) driver’s license.

*Please note that the use of the masculine gender is for ease of reading and is not intended to be discriminatory.

Course plan

  • Foreign sets : to be welcoming and respectful
  • Analysis of filming locations and the living environment
  • Municipal regulations: other municipalities
  • Montreal Film and Television Office (BCTM)
    • Regulations (Permits, stickers, base parking, closures, intermittence, etc.)
  • Montreal Film and Television Office (BCTM)
    • Managing street blockages, detour plans
  • Montreal Film and Television Office (BCTM)
    • Policies on towing and truck parking on streets
  • Basic knowledge of automobiles and trucking
  • In-depth knowledge of the PECVL (Bill 430)
  • Knowledge of specialized trailers (camera, ccm, etc.)
  • Organization of a route sheet
  • Working with drones and helicopters
  • Base camp management
  • Safety code for camera car
  • Truck securing, preventive driving, and practice
  • Hazardous materials
  • Safe use of aerial work platforms
  • Working with water: rain, pools, boats, and ice fields
  • Film Laurentides
    • Policies, permits, and photo library
  • Saguenay Film Office
    • Policies, permits, and photo library
  • Quebec
    • Policies, permits, and photo library
  • Safe use of a forklift
  • Real-life scenario

Mandatory basic course

Here is the content of the mandatory basic course that takes place in the first 3 weeks of all training programs:

  • History of Quebec cinema
  • Presentation of key departments associated with a production
  • First aid course
  • Teamwork, interacting between departments and hierarchy
  • Understanding Direction and Production documents
  • The producer’s role and relationship with his technical team
  • The Actor’s role and relationship with the technical team
  • Presentation of the AQTIS-514-IATSE union agreement
  • Introduction to the union – AQTIS 514 IATSE
  • Personal finance
  • Awareness regarding the impact of shooting on location and its environment
  • Ecology: How to be green on sets
  • First Aid Training
  • Hazardous Products and WHMIS
  • Occupational Health and Safety on sets
  • Sanitary measures and the pandemic
  • Prevention of physical and psychological harassment
  • Criminal and Penal Responsibilities (Bill C-21)
  • Act respecting owners, operators and drivers of heavy vehicles (Bill 430)
  • Transportation Policies
  • Individual responsibility and rental equipment
  • Masterclass conference, open to the public