Class 1 Driver Training

Time Investment Favours a Career as a Professional Driver Compared to Other Trades.

As the new year approaches, will you be heading back to your same limiting job, or are you ready to look at your career options? A bigger question to ask; “Am I really happy doing what I am currently doing?”. Considering we spend almost our entire waking week at work, career satisfaction is a huge part of our daily happiness and a defining factor in our mental health too. If you are not academically inclined, you have some great career options. Let’s take a look at three different career paths that compare favourably in salaries.

Plumber

To become a plumber, you will need to spend many years in training, gaining experience to hone your skills. Once you are past the training, you will be in a position to earn a reasonable living. After training and experience, you can expect to earn around $50,000 per year, but you will also face stiff competition in the marketplace – whether you work for yourself or for someone else. The job is also unpredictable, and one in which you must respond to client calls at any time – day or night. You may have difficulty to create a regular set of hours that you can build a routine around. 

Electrician

Electricians require even more training than plumbers, requiring classroom time as well as on the job training.  An electrician will obtain different certifications in order to move up the pay scale ladder.  This will often take many years to achieve the highest rating. The pay will be  slightly better than plumbing, but it will take a few years to get there. Again, as with being a plumber, being an electrician can mean unpredictable hours, and taking the work whenever and wherever it comes.

Class 1 Professional Driver

Becoming a professional class 1 driver/operator is another career option worth considering. After completing the intense 244-hour training, you will be able to command an entry level position that will be in the $40,000 to $45,000 range. Because there is still a huge demand for qualified drivers in North America, your ability to quickly move up the pay-scale is there for the taking. To attract drivers, many trucking firms are offering regular routes to allow operators to enjoy a routine outside of the cab.

Learn more about why a professional driving career is one of the fastest paths to a well-paying and rewarding job. If you want the best opportunity to be placed in the transportation industry upon graduation you’ll find out why most firms consider First Class Training Centre as the premier educator for Class 1 drivers in Winnipeg, Brandon and rural Manitoba. 

Make the New Year something to celebrate.

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Secondary Education Not For You?

It’s that time of year where you may be having second thoughts about the career path that you are exploring in  university or college. You may be coming to the conclusion that post secondary education may not be right for you. 

You want a good paying job, but the time it’s going to take to get a degree or certificate for a “maybe” position in 4 years does not have the appeal it did in July. 

You enjoy visiting new places in North America and you love road trips. Perhaps you are ready to consider a career in long haul trucking.

For the right type of person, long haul truck driving is a great job, but it’s not for everyone.

The Perfect Fit
The right type of person for long haul driving is self-motivated, loves travel, and enjoys being alone. It’s ideal for independent people who can work without supervision, and still get the job done. 

There’s nobody out there on the road with you (except other drivers), so you’ll have to be able to spend long periods of time by yourself, with nothing but your thoughts and your playlist for entertainment.

The most important quality in a long haul driver, in our experience, is a love of travel. It’s not a job for homebodies. The best truck drivers enjoy the freedom of the open road, and while they might enjoy the comforts of home, are equally happy out on the road.

Requirements
In Manitoba, you’ll need a Class 1 License to drive a transport truck, and undergo a regular medical examination. To work in the United States, you’ll need to be at least 21 years of age. You’ll need a good driving record, and in some cases you might have to pass a criminal background check and drug testing.

First Class Training Centre has instructors who can prepare you for your career on the road. We’re Manitoba’s Premiere Truck Driving School, and we have decades of hands-on experience in the business. If you’re ready for a well paying career without spending 4 years getting there, we should talk.  Contact us Toll Free in Manitoba at 1-(855) 632-5302.

What Road Is Your Career On?

Now is the Time to Think About Your New Professional Truck Driving Career

Class 1 Training

Fall is here and most of us are now back to our regular routines. Does your routine include a dead end job with no future? Maybe it’s time to change it up. If you want to be in a job in 2020 that really pays, you need to start planning for your success now.

It’s no secret why First Class Training Centre is fully booked with Class 1 Training students until the end of the year. Our success rate of placing our graduates into great professional driving jobs is the best in the industry.

There is a shortage of drivers.

Many companies are in desperate need of road ready drivers. First Class Training Centre enjoys great relationships with all of the major transport companies in Manitoba. Let us help you to not only get the best training for your Class 1 license, but also benefit from our reputation in the industry.  Long Haul Trucking is one of the fastest routes to making over $50,000 per year.

Contact us today to discuss the possibilities…

Whether you live in Brandon, Winnipeg, or in rural Manitoba, find out why First Class Training Centre is the industry leader in Class 1 and Class 3 training.  If you are looking for the best truck driving school to springboard your career, First Class should be at the top of your list.  Find out why our students recommend First Class to their friends looking for a career as a professional driver.

Call us today at 204 632 5302 to discuss why your future looks bright behind the wheel!

Humboldt Tragedy Reinforces Why First Class Cares So Much

Long before the tragedy involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, First Class Training Centre was focused on delivering the most prepared graduate drivers to the  trucking industry.  While many training providers were offering 2 and 3 week courses in preparation for Class 1 testing, First Class began their existence by only offering a 244 hour curriculum for Class 1 training.  It’s no secret why transport companies seek us out to provide them with new drivers.  They know that First Class has covered every detail of what it takes to drive a big rig, as well as install a sense of responsibility in our driver students. 

We are proud to display a framed jersey from the Humboldt hockey team in our training room as a constant reminder of the need for vigilance and safety on the road.  

First Class Driver Training

If you want the best training to prepare you for a career as a professional driver, you’ll appreciate all that we do to get you road ready. We don’t cut corners. We take our job seriously because your success matters.

Women Becoming Commonplace as Professional Drivers

Next time you’re on the road and you happen look in to the cab of a semi –truck, don’t be surprised if you see a smiling woman’s face.  At First Class Training Centre we are excited about the trend of the growing numbers of women choosing to become a professional driver.

First Class Driver Training for Women

The career of a professional driver is rewarding, challenging, and inclusive.  As the North American economy heats up and driver shortages become more critical, the industry is lucky to see more women enter the workforce.

First Class is the leader in Class 1 training for everyone.  Our facilities are bright, modern and welcoming.  We continue to be committed to excellence in everything we do.  If you are interested in driver training in Winnipeg or rural Manitoba, check out First Class and ask a graduate about us.  They’ll tell you that our professionalism, attention to detail and the best instructor to student ratio in the business makes a difference.

Here’s to you for making the right choice for driver education.

The Class in Class 1 at First Class Training Centre

At First Class Training Centre, we like to think that we put the class back into Class 1 Driver Training.  Let’s talk about “class” from 3 different perspectives.

Excellence in Driver Training

1.  Class is where you go to learn.  Our “classes” at First Class offer the some of the best student to teacher ratio in the country.  All of our instructors have years of experience in the trucking industry and our curriculum is industry recognized as one of the best in the business
2.  First Class is really First Class. Everything we do at First Class is done with the highest standards in the industry.  Our facilities in Brandon and Winnipeg are modern and bright, and the equipment you train on is the latest generation tractor trailers.  We also offer the only mobile training centre in Manitoba.   We treat you with respect and have more one on one time than any other truck training provider.
3. It’s about giving you class. We know that you have made a big commitment to get your Class 1 Driver Training through us.   By the time you finish your training, you will have developed the self confidence to be great as a professional driver.  We want you to be proud of your career and build your confidence to be the best you can be.

Back to School is Just Around the Corner – Are You Ready to go back to school for a Career as a Professional Truck Driver?

Many people think of the start of September as the time when kids go back to school.

Maybe you have a young family, and find yourself in a job that doesn’t seem to fit or pay that well.  You’re having trouble to make ends meet.   Maybe it’s time to think of your next career move to start making some real money.

A career as a professional truck driver is rewarding and pays well.  The good news is that there is a definite need for graduates of Class 1 licensing.   Better news is that First Class Driver Training is the most respected and well run training school in the province of Manitoba. First Class Driver Training has offices in Winnipeg and Brandon and offers mobile training to most parts of Manitoba.

First Class Driver Training is the industry leader in driver education in Winnipeg and Manitoba.  Our graduates are successful in finding work all across Canada and the United States. We are PVI accredited and have one of the best teacher to student ratios in the business.

Graduation Rate linked to Job Placement

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

Class 3 vs Class 1. Invest a little more to get more.

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.

Compensation in the Trucking Industry: What’s Fair?

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.