To get the most out of your quad experience, the Federation recommends taking an ATV rider course after which you will receive your certificate of competence and knowledge. It should be reminded that this certification is mandatory for users aged 16 or 17, as well as club members using a modified cargo box seat.
For an $85 fee, the 4 to 6 hours training can be taken in every region in Québec, and is delivered by instructors certified by the Canada Safety Counsel. Participants must provide their equipment: vehicle, helmet, gloves and boots. A valid ID must also be presented to confirm the driver’s age in case of a minor (16 or 17).
The Fédération des clubs quads du Québec is an agent of the Government of Québec for off-road driving training.
Who Should Take the Driving Course?
New drivers age 16 and up
« If the operator is a minor, he must hold a certificate obtained from an officer authorized by the Government and that attests that the operator has the competence and knowledge required to operate an off-highway vehicle. This paragraph does not apply to the holder of a driver’s licence issued by an administrative authority other than the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec authorizing the holder to operate a road vehicle on a public highway within the meaning of the Highway Safety Code (chapter C-24.2).
To operate an off-highway vehicle on a public highway as provided in this Act, a person must hold a licence authorizing him under the Highway Safety Code to drive a road vehicle on such a highway and must comply with the conditions and restrictions attached to the licence.. »
Any user carrying a passenger on a quad bike that has been modified by the addition of an add-on seat.
« Despite section 21, a quad bike on which the manufacturer has not installed a passenger seat may be modified to add one provided it is installed according to the instructions and recommendations of the seat manufacturer.
An operator of a vehicle modified in accordance with the first paragraph must hold a certificate obtained from an officer authorized by the Government attesting that the operator has the competence and knowledge required to operate such a vehicle when transporting a passenger. This paragraph does not apply to the holder of a driver’s licence issued by an administrative authority other than the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec authorizing the holder to operate a road vehicle on a public highway within the meaning of the Highway Safety Code (chapter C-24.2) »
The Canadian AQCC Safety Institute (CASI) – a division of the All-Terrain Quad Council of Canada (AQCC) – has joined forces with the ATV Safety Institute (ASI) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) to offer CASI’s new ATV RiderCourse.
The hands-on training allows students to expand their security knowledge and to practice basic driving skills in a controlled environment under supervision by a certified instructor.
- Key Program Elements :
- Most current ATV safety program in Canada
- Most hands-on ATV safety program available
- Based on the well-recognized ATV Safety Institute (ASI) program
- Program enhanced with input from Chief Instructors across Canada
- Supported and endorsed by the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council and through the Council – all ATV major manufacturers
Exercices and content
Inspection before driving
Complete an efficient vehicle inspection before any expedition to ensure a safe travel and prevent any unexpected mechanical issues.
Signals, regulations and warm-up exercices
Familiarize with signals and rules to follow adequately your instructor during the training
Fully master control positions to develop adequate reactions during driving
Starting and Stopping the ATV
Master engine start-up, moving and stopping the vehicle to ensure proper control during training
Getting in Gear and Shifting
Learn about the transmission and variable gear ratios
Get trained on different breaking techniques to assure secure stoping in various conditions.
Study different driving techniques with illustrations and context to asses correctly the landscape while traveling off-road and adapt the best handling strategy
Turning, Sharp Turns and Sudden Breaking
Understand and exercise weight transfer to correctly negotiate turns with a vehicle without a differential.
Quick stops, Straight Lines and Corners
Become familiar with vehicle operations in a context of emergency in various situations.
Immobilize the ATV with a quick stop while performing an avoiding action.
Learn proper techniques to negotiate various obstacles without incident.
Safe Driving Practices; Environment Issues
Take part in a group discussion about rules of safety and conduct, and areas where circulation is allowed.
Practice riding on rugged terrain while applying weight transfer and precise driving.
Driving in the Trails
Circulate in trails with the instructor to get familiarized with different rules and signage in effect.