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

  • Welcome and respect for foreign shootings
  • Analysis of filming locations – 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 law 430
  • Knowledge of specialized filming trailers (camera, ccm, etc.)
  • Organization of a “route sheet”
  • Working with drones and helicopters
  • Base camp management
  • Safety code – camera car
  • Truck securing, preventive driving, and practice
  • Hazardous materials
  • Safe use of aerial work platforms
  • Working with water. Rain, pool, boat, and ice field
  • Film Laurentides – Policies, permits, and photo library
  • Estrie Audiovisual and Multimedia Office (BEAM) – Policies, permits, and photo library
  • Saguenay Film Office – Policies, permits, and photo library
  • Quebec – Policies, permits, and photo library
  • Safe use of a forklift

Mandatory basic general course

Here is the content of the mandatory basic general course for all training:

  • “Masterclass” type conference for everyone
  • History of Quebec cinema
  • First aid course
  • Teamwork / Interaction with other departments / Hierarchy
  • Understanding of hazardous products (WHMIS)
  • Occupational health and safety. Ergonomics advice/Thermal control (cold and hot). Fire zone (fires, propane, gas). Fire line-corridor
  • Criminal and penal responsibilities
  • New sanitary measures (COVID).
  • Physical and psychological harassment
  • Law on driving heavy vehicles (law 430)
  • Stowing (general), SAAQ road code.
  • Transportation Policies-Drugs, Alcohol, tickets, fines. ATV-Golf cart
  • Awareness of residents and the unpredictables of locations-Impact on shooting locations-living environment
  • Understanding of direction and production documents
  • Understand the chain of all departments associated with a production
  • Application of green sets
  • Equipment responsibilities
  • Thorough knowledge of the AQTIS-514-IATSE union agreement
  • Introduction to associative life – AQTIS 514 IATSE
  • What is a producer? Role in production and interaction with the technical team
  • Relationship between the actor’s profession and technicians
  • Personal finance