At First Class Training Centre, our focus is to be the best truck driving and safety training school in Winnipeg, Brandon, Manitoba and Canada.

Excellence in Driver Training

It’s no wonder our graduation rate is one of the best in North America.  Our dedication to being the best helps you to be your best behind the wheel.

It all starts with a dedication to quality in everything we do.  Our instructors are at the top of their game and we have the best instructor to student ratio in the business.  Our equipment is modern, clean and in superb condition.  We also offer the only mobile driver simulator in Manitoba.  At First Class, we create an environment of excellence.

What does this mean for you when you graduate from your Class 1, or Class 3 training?

Simply put, First Class Training is recognized in the industry as one of the premier training centres for driver training.  The trucking industry recognizes our graduates are road ready and can contribute to their organization immediately.

If you are thinking of a career in a big rig, or you are looking to upgrade your truck driving skills, you need to know that First Class Training Centre is the high road to success

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At First Class Training Centre, we get many inquiries for students seeking information about training to attain a Class 3 (tandem axle truck) licence. A Class 3 licence allows the holder to only operate a dump truck or 5-ton straight truck. And if they do pull a trailer, it can’t exceed 4,600 kg (10,000 lbs).

Potential students of First Class are considering a career move that will involve some sort of driver training. Short term thinking may limit the potential of a student to maximize their career.  As an example. If the job driving a Class 3 vehicle disappears, wouldn’t it be better to have more options than less for your next career move? As well, having a Class 1 license will generally move you up the pay scale quicker even if the unit you are driving is only requires a Class 3 designation..

Class #1 & #3 License Comparison
Class #1 Class #3
Can operate any class of license except motorcycle Can operate only a tandem axle truck and passenger vehicles
Probability of getting job: Excellent Probability of getting job: Fair
Training Cost: $8400 Training Cost: $1600
Course Time: 244 Hours Course Time: 20 Hours

Some companies will only hire drivers with a Class 1 license.  This makes total sense as a Class 1 driver can operate any vehicle.  Class 3 drivers are limited in what they can and can’t drive.

First Class Driver Training is the industry leader in driver education in Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba.  Our graduates are successful in job placements throughout North America. We are MPI accredited, and have a proven track record of success.

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Given that the trucking industry is such a lifestyle-based profession, there are probably as many opinions as to what an attractive compensation package is are there are truckers. The trucking industry can include so many variables in terms of compensation that go beyond a salary and a rate paid per kilometer travelled.

Our friends at Trucking HR Canada, a national partnership-based organization, have written a blog to guide organizations through the compensation development process, and have laid out some great tips to help manage the expectations of employer and employee.

Click here to read the article and here to learn more about Trucking HR Canada.

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Our love affair with anything on wheels is legendary. That’s one reason why World of Wheels has remained such a popular show, not only in Winnipeg, but in major cities across North America. It’s no secret that Winnipeggers love our street rods, vintage cars, and custom cars, which is why the World of Wheels show regularly boasts tens of thousands of attendees in our fair city alone.

Whether you’re there to get some inspiration for your project car or trying to meet one of the celebrities on hand, keep an eye out for First Class Training Centre. We’ll be there with Canadian Trucking Magazine’s Dave Mackenzie, along with our mobile driving simulator, as an exhibitor for the 43rd Annual World of Wheels, sponsored by Piston Ring. Held in the RBC Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg, this 3-day event boasts Guest Appearances, a Student Career Day, and many other Features & Specials to delight and excite!

Our driving simulator will show you what it’s like to drive a big rig on whatever challenging terrain you choose, so be sure to stop by!

The show begins on Friday, March 24th at 3:00pm and ends on Sunday, March 26th at 6:00pm. Discount tickets are available at Piston Ring, find one near you. See you soon!

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“GET YOUR WILDHOOD BACK” at this year’s Manitoba RV Show & Sale and discover the latest in the RV camping and leisure industry. First Class Training Centre will be on hand in booth 51 as an exhibitor as the Manitoba RV Show partners with the Winnipeg Golf Expo in downtown Winnipeg’s RBC Convention Centre. Purchase a ticket for the Manitoba RV Show & Sale and for an additional $5.00 you can also attend the Winnipeg Golf Expo.

Life on the road in an RV or motorhome is a great way to spend the summer, but if your RV or vehicle/trailer combination has more than 2 axles or weighs more than 4,540 kilograms (10,000 pounds), you might need to upgrade your licence to a Class 3 instead of the more common Class 5.

If you have your eye on the RV of your dreams, come to our booth and ask us how to confirm the weight of your new home on wheels. Don’t forget to factor in the weight of your contents, it all adds up!

The show begins on Thursday, March 9th at 3:00pm and ends on Sunday, March 12th at 5:00pm. Opening day marks a special event, Salute to Service, from 4-9pm, whereby official members of service receive free admission (I.D. required). Not only that, it’s also Ladies Day, where ladies get in free and pay no admission on Thursday, March 9th, so bring the whole family and come explore your next adventure.

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Join First Class Training Centre this coming Saturday, September 10th, as we cap off National Trucking Week by participating in the 2016 World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics.

A unique fundraiser, The World’s Largest Truck Convoy® is an international project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) working in conjunction with members of the trucking industry. Convoys take place in cities throughout North America in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics athletes.

The Manitoba convoy has been the largest in North America on more than one occasion, and it’s quite a sight to behold!

Come and support our wonderful legion of Manitoba truckers, bring your friends and family, pick a spot along Winnipeg’s perimeter and witness over 200 trucks making a difference in the lives of Special Olympics Manitoba athletes.

The day starts with a pancake breakfast and registration at 8am at the Oak Bluff Recreation Centre. The Convoy gets going at 11am and the day concludes with a BBQ, silent auction, and awards ceremony for top fundraisers – a great day for a great cause!

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It’s been a busy summer full of successful graduates (check out our Facebook page for pics), but now we are gearing up for National Trucking Week and wanted to take a moment to recognize the significant contribution of Canada’s truck drivers to the Canadian economy and workforce.

National Trucking Week, celebrated September 4th thru 10th this year, is a great time to consider the truck driving occupation and the benefits it has to offer. Canada’s national trucking group, The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) launched National Trucking Week in conjunction with the provincial trucking associations, as a way to recognize the men and women who keep the country’s freight moving.

Today, there are about 400,000 truck drivers in Canada, representing over 1% of the population and 1.5% of the labour force – that’s a lot of coast-to-coast movement for one industry!

Check out what the Manitoba Trucking Association has planned for National Trucking Week.

First Class Training Centre will be capping off the week by participating in one of our favourite charity events – Special Olympics Manitoba’s World’s Largest Truck Convoy. The event takes place on Saturday, September 10th, 2016, and this will be our fourth year of participation. We’re proud to be a sponsor of this very worthy cause, and will have trucks participating in the convoy, so look for us around the perimeter!

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According to Service Canada, the past few years have shown an increase in the number of truck drivers in Canada. The increase is due primarily to Canada’s overall economic growth and more specifically, growth in international trade, particularly with the United States. Job prospects in this occupation are considered fair and the number of truck drivers is expected to increase slightly in the coming years.

Increased job opportunities will result primarily from the need to replace retiring truck drivers, with the 2011 National Household Survey data reflecting 54.5% of employed truck drivers are between the ages of 45 and 64.

While the job opportunities may be there, you have to know yourself and recognize whether you will enjoy the lifestyle that goes along with being a truck driver. Some examples of occupational titles include: bulk goods truck driver; dump truck driver; flatbed truck driver; logging truck driver; long-haul truck driver; moving van driver; tow truck driver; etc.

Whether you choose to work as a long-haul truck driver or short-haul truck driver, a good portion of your time will be spent alone and possibly away from home, friends, and family for extended periods. If that sounds like it would suit you fine, you can rest assured that opportunities exist in the trucking industry, and a stable, long-term career is essentially guaranteed.

Employment requirements can vary, and oftentimes, on-the-job training is provided, however completion of secondary school is usually required. It’s probably also beneficial to have a good driving record!

Driver licensing requirements vary from province to province, but certain things are standard, such as the air brake endorsement requirement for drivers who operate vehicles equipped with air brakes, and the transportation of dangerous good (TDG) certification is required for drivers who transport hazardous products or dangerous goods.

The only thing that you need to decide is whether a stable career in a growing industry is something that appeals to you, and you can talk to us about the rest, we’ll steer you in the right direction!

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The Province of Manitoba has a class licence system that differentiates a professional driver from a non-professional driver. But sometimes, even if driving isn’t part of your career, how you spend your leisure time might have an impact on what class of licence you require.

It’s safe to say that most people in the province drive under a Class 5 licence, permitting the operator to drive passenger cars, trucks with two axles, SUVs, vans, and most (but not all) RVs. If your RV or vehicle/trailer combination has more than two axles or weighs more than 4,540 kilograms (10,000 pounds), you may need to upgrade your licence to a Class 3. To confirm the weight of your RV, look for the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), typically located on a sticker inside the driver door, or in your owner’s manual. Don’t forget to estimate and include the weight of your contents, it can add up quickly!

The requirements for Class 3 licensing are designed to ensure that anyone driving a vehicle within these parameters has received proper instruction about how to operate a vehicle with increased height and weight. These vehicles have logistical challenges that are unique to them, such as visibility issues and changes in driving conditions like rain, snow, or high wind.

If you think you need to upgrade your licence, contact First Class Training Centre. If you have questions, we can help you understand Manitoba’s licensing requirements. We offer the highest standard of Class 3 driver training, combining in-class instruction with practical in-vehicle training to give you the knowledge and confidence you need to navigate safely in your RV.

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Our love affair with anything on wheels is legendary. That’s one reason why World of Wheels has remained such a popular show, not only in Winnipeg, but in major cities across North America. It’s no secret that Winnipeggers love our street rods, vintage cars, and custom cars, which is why the World of Wheels show regularly boasts tens of thousands of attendees in our fair city alone.

Whether you’re there to get some inspiration for your project car or trying to meet one of the celebrities on hand, keep an eye out for First Class Training Centre. We’ll be on hand, along with our mobile driving simulator, as an exhibitor for the 42nd Annual World of Wheels, sponsored by Piston Ring. Held in the newly -renovated RBC Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg, this 3-day event boasts Guest Appearances, a Student Career Day, and many other Features & Specials to delight and excite!

Our driving simulator will show you what it’s like to drive a big rig on whatever challenging terrain you choose, so be sure to stop by!

The show begins on Friday, March 18th at 3:00pm and ends on Sunday, March 20th at 6:00pm. Discount tickets are available at Piston Ring, find one near you. See you soon!

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