Occupational training and refresher and updating training

Occupational training of drivers is available to:

  1. Citizens of a Member State of the European Union or the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation permanently residing in Estonia or persons who hold a long-term resident’s residence permit, a temporary residence permit or a permanent right of residence.
  2. Aliens who have been registered in the Population Register and work for the carrier under an employment contract or another contractual relationship.

Persons whose permanent residence is in Estonia or who work for the carrier under an employment contract or another contractual relationship are able to participate in refresher and updating training.

The persons must carry a valid Estonian driving licence or a valid driving licence issued in a foreign state specified in subsection 99 (1) of the Traffic Act.

To participate in occupational training and refresher and updating training, a person has to submit to the training establishment:

  • A driving licence, including a provisional driving licence, if it has been issued to the person or an ID card or another identity document.

  • A valid medical certificate of a driver of power‑driven vehicle if the person is applying for a first issue of a driving licence.

A truck driver or a bus driver who has held the right to drive a vehicle of the corresponding category for less than two years will be accepted to either a 140-hour occupational training course or a 70-hour accelerated occupational training course, as he or she wishes.

A person who has held the right to drive a vehicle of the corresponding category for at least two years will be accepted to a 35-hour truck driver or bus driver occupational training course. The person will be accepted even if he or she has previously not passed occupational training.

 

Application for a professional certificate

 

After passing occupational training or refresher and updating training, a person will submit to a bureau of the Estonian Road Administration for the formalisation of a professional certificate:

  • A driving licence or a provisional driving licence.

  • An ID card or another identity document if the person is submitting a driving licence issued in a foreign state.

  • A valid medical certificate of a driver of power‑driven vehicle unless information regarding the medical certificate of a driver of power‑driven vehicle in the traffic register is valid and the state of health of the driver of power‑driven vehicle has not changed or the issuer of the medical certificate has submitted the information to the Estonian Road Administration electronically.

  • A copy of a payment order or information regarding paying the state fee.

After checking the information, the Estonian Road Administration will issue to the truck driver or bus driver who has successfully passed the examination a professional certificate and enter the required information in the traffic register.

In case of occupational training connected to initial training, information regarding the theory test and driving test taken to receive the right to drive must be entered in the traffic register.

The Estonian Road Administration will issue to a person a professional training certificate of a truck driver and a bus driver within ten working days of the person submitting an application for a certificate of a truck driver or bus driver.

The validity of a professional training certificate of a truck driver and a bus driver issued by the Estonian Road Administration is, as a rule, five years, however, the validity of the first professional certificate is four to seven years due to the replacement period of the driving licence.

A person has the right to apply for a new certificate from the Estonian Road Administration in replacement of a lost, stolen, damaged or unusable professional training certificate.