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Driver training

To get the most out of your quad experience in complete safety, the Federation invites you to take the ATV (motoquad) driving course, at the end of which you will receive a certificate of proficiency. Certification is compulsory for all drivers aged 16 and 17, as well as for anyone carrying a passenger on a motoquad originally designed to carry just one person and modified by the addition of a passenger seat. A valid driving license is required for all drivers.

The Fédération Québécoise des Clubs Quads (FQCQ) is mandated by the Quebec government to provide motoquad driving training. This training is the only one recognized by law in Quebec for those under 18 years old. However, on federated trails, only training courses authorized and validated by the FQCQ will be recognized.

Training lasts 4 to 6 hours (theory and practice) and is given by instructors recognized by the Fédération Québécoise des Clubs Quads (FQCQ). For this training, the equipment required is a vehicle that complies with the law, a helmet with visor or goggles, gloves, boots or shoes that cover the ankles, and appropriate clothing for the weather. The cost of this training course is $124, taxes included.

Please note that if you do not attend the course, you may register for a future course for an additional fee of $30.00. At the second training session, if you are absent again, there will be no refund.

For information:
514 252-3050 / 1-888 252-3554 extension 2229

Who Should Take the Driving Course?

New drivers aged 16 and 17 (all off-road vehicle drivers must be at least 16 years old)

LVHR (c.V-1.3), article 16

The only person authorized to drive an off-road vehicle or a maintenance vehicle on a trail, road, public land or private land owned by a municipality is a person 16 years of age who holds a valid driver’s licence appropriate to the class of vehicle used and who meets the requirements set out in this section.

To drive an off-road vehicle in the areas referred to in the first paragraph, a person aged 16 or 17 must also hold a training certificate attesting to successful completion of the examination or training prescribed by regulation of the Minister.

Any person wishing to transport a passenger on a motoquad designed for one person and on which a passenger seat has been added.


LVHR, section 21.1
“Notwithstanding section 21, a motoquad on which the vehicle manufacturer has not installed a passenger seat may be modified to include such a seat, provided it is installed in accordance with the seat manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations.

The driver of a vehicle modified in accordance with the first paragraph must, when carrying a passenger, hold a certificate obtained from an agent authorized by the government attesting that he or she possesses the skills and knowledge required to drive such a vehicle with a passenger (under the training regulation, the FQCQ is the government’s agent and offers the only recognized training). 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 him to drive a road vehicle on a public road within the meaning of the Highway Safety Code (chapter C-24.2).”


The course offers user-drivers and workers the chance to improve their knowledge of safe driving by taking a theoretical aptitude test and doing driving exercises in the field, under the supervision of a certified instructor trained by our FQCQ master instructors.

  • ATV safety program updated to meet the specific requirements of the Quebec Off-Road Vehicle Act
  • Program entirely revised in 2023 by the three master instructors recognized by the FQCQ
  • Safe driving program for motoquads and autoquads (side-by-side)
  • Program recognized and supported by the Ministère des Transports et de la Mobilité durable
  • Only program recognized on federated trails in Quebec
  • Only program recognized by FQCQ member clubs
  • Only program recognized by club and FQCQ trail agents


Introduction and safety awareness

Safety alert – Risk awareness – Risk management

Inspection before driving

An effective pre-trip inspection of your motoquad will ensure a safe ride and prevent mechanical problems.

Vehicle Commands

Starting and stopping procedures – Knowing how to position the vehicle’s controls helps you develop good automatic reflexes while driving.


Posture – Getting started – Shifting gears – Braking – Parking


Basic turning rules – Fast turns – Tight turns – Understand and practice weight transfer to negotiate all types of turns.


Learn different braking techniques to ensure a safe stop in different circumstances.

Driving preparation

Clothing – Warming up – Learning and recognizing signals to follow your instructor’s instructions during training

Virtual and face-to-face driving strategies

Study different driving techniques with the help of several images and contextualization, in order to adapt the best driving strategy.

Quick stops and swerving

Familiarize yourself with emergency driving in all circumstances.

Negociate obstacles

Know the right techniques to clear an obstacle without incident

U-turn and hills traverse

Climb, cross perpendicularly and descend a slope using appropriate techniques to travel safely on hilly terrain.

Negotiate Obstacles

Learn proper techniques to negotiate various obstacles without incident.

Closed circuit or trail driving

Applying driving strategies during a closed circuit or trail ride

Boarding and transportation of a motoquad

Boarding – Disembarkation – How to attach the motoquad

Safe driving practices

Planning – Survival kit – First aid – Trail marking – Towing – Laws and regulations – Environmental issues – Civic-mindedness – Where to practice off-road vehicle sports

Theoretical evaluation

During the online theory section, candidates will be given an assessment of the knowledge they have acquired. (coming soon)

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