Category Archives: Class 1 Driver Training

Attitude Goes a Long Way In Your Class 1 Training

Many of you are researching the best Class 1 training school in the province.  At First Class Training Centre, we are confident that we provide the best experience and results for our students.
We understand that many of you are considering a career as a big rig driver because something in your life has suddenly changed and you are in need of a new career start.
Regardless of whether you have lost your job, or you are frustrated with your current employment, or just looking for a fresh start, you will need to come to First Class with a positive attitude and a willingness to work hard to learn the skill sets that you will require to succeed.
The training is intense and detailed.  We believe our curriculum is the best in Canada to prepare you for your work as a professional driver.  We need you to be at your best for the training so that together we can both reach our goals of being great.
During the training, you may feel overwhelmed.  You may doubt your ability to get through it, or you may begin to question whether it was a good decision in the first place. This is a normal reaction and we will help you every step of the way to get through your education and to pass your road test.
We understand that your success is a partnership.  With your positive attitude and a willingness to work hard, we have every chance of success. 
The team at First Class Training Centre are the best at what they do.  They are the most respected Class 1 trainer in the province.   Whether you live in Winnipeg, Brandon, or rural Manitoba, contact  them today to discuss your next career move.
Together, we can succeed!

Finished High School?  Why Not Start Your Well Paying Class 1 Job in the Fall?

As school winds down and thoughts turn to summer, many high school graduates are wondering…”Whats Next”?
We know that university is not for everyone.  There are many careers that are well paying that do not need the 4 years of training.  If you’re looking to move quickly up the pay scale, there is no faster way than to get your Class 1 license and become a professional semi-truck driver.
We have openings in our 244 hour Class 1 course that starts in September, and graduates in October.  Chances are you can be in a professional driving career before Christmas.  That means that you can begin earning in excess of $40,000 per year by year’s end.
The team at First Class Training Centre are the best at what they do.  They are the most respected Class 1 trainer in the province.   Whether you live in Winnipeg, Brandon, or rural Manitoba, contact  them today to discuss your next career move.


Autonomous driving vehicles are coming.  Certainly, they will be a big part of the trucking industry in the future. Many existing drivers are worried that their jobs will be at stake and this is doing nothing to promote the professional driving industry to young people. Why would they join a workforce that will be obsolete in a few years?

But could autonomous driving actually be a boon to getting millennials into the cab of a big rig?

Some industry experts are suggesting that autonomous semi-trailer trucks could contribute to solving just about every road issue the trucking industry has right now, and it could help to fuel the recruitment of new drivers to the industry.

Equipping any truck with autonomous technology does not mean that the truck doesn’t need a person in the cab. A driver would still be needed in the vehicle, for emergencies, for handling the exit or entrance from the interstates, and for actually driving on the local roads. Current and foreseeable technology suggests there will be limitations with weather, quality of road markings, and other not so common road occurrences.

Autonomous technologies will actually make the job of driving easier, safer and maybe even more fun.

Also, a truly autonomous vehicle isn’t going to be standard anytime soon, especially when you consider just how much is involved for safety and security.  Many industry experts think it will be at least 10 to 15 years before there is a significant industry uptake.  Drivers shouldn’t think it means they’ll be out of work. If anything, they’ll just work differently, and perhaps enjoy their work more.

It may be similar in scope to an airline pilot. Sure, the plane can be on auto-pilot for long stretches of time, but when it comes to important work like landings and take offs, that’s when most people are comfortable in the knowledge that a real person is at the controls.

Over the next decade, the whole trucking experience will change such that it will be appealing to young truck drivers. The technology will be exciting and will engage young people brought up in the digital world. Like an airplane, semis will have so many safety features, graduates of Class 1 licenses will not need as much experience as seasoned road veterans to accomplish the same level of competency and confidence.

Autonomous technology should attract more women to the cab as well. This could really help fill the employment funnel with eager young drivers that may help to solve the global driver shortage.

Why not consider a career as a professional Class 1 driver? 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.


In a recent CBC Article, it was suggested that the chronic semi-truck driver shortage in Ontario could be solved through immigration. This may make sense to ease the labour challenge, but are there any plans to ensure these “new Canadian” drivers are trained to be Canadian road ready.

There has been an outcry from the public to have mandatory training in place for all Class 1 Canadian licenses based on the Humbolt tragedy last year. Unfortunately, the driver responsible had only minimal training before he was allowed to get behind the wheel.

Jim Campbell, president of First Class Training Centre is also concerned about the lack of a national strategy to train driver’s properly. He states; “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of detailed training for Class 1 license applications. We have a responsibility to the public to get this right.”

 The Manitoba Trucking Association recognizes the labour shortage as well. Terry Shaw, the Executive Director adds; “The Province of Manitoba’s most recent Labour Market Information report forecasts that over the next 7 years provincially we need to hire, train and retain over 3,000 truck drivers.  Of 500 specifically listed occupations in Manitoba, truck driver is the 5th most in demand putting it in the top 1% of forecasted net job openings.  This is a common situation across North America.  Because of this, industry and government both are looking at a range of tools to meet this need; immigration being one of those tools.”

Before another tragedy occurs, let’s get a national strategy in place for the training of professional Class 1 drivers. We urge you to contact your local member of parliament to voice your concerns.

First Class Training Centre is the most respected provider of Class 1 education in Manitoba.  First Class has offices in Winnipeg and Brandon and offers the highest standard of Class 1 and Class 3 education in the province.


Could Better Training For Truck Driver in Bronco’s Crash Made a Difference?

The Driver of the Semi-Truck that caused the Humboldt Broncos tragedy has pled guilty to 14 counts of dangerous driving causing death. Could better training have prevented this tragedy?

We all know that we are not perfect.  Humans make mistakes. It is also a fact that the better trained someone is to perform a task, the less likely they are to succumb to sub-standard performance.

The semi truck driver was not influenced by alcohol or distracted by a cell phone.  The stop sign was clearly marked with a flashing light on top, and signage was posted 400 metres before the intersection.

There’s a reason why airline pilots have to go through hundreds of hours of accreditation in order to earn their license. It trains them to be prepared for most eventualities that will happen.   Training gives them a heightened sense of anticipation of potential challenges.  Unfortunately, Class 1 licensing across many jurisdictions in Canada does not include mandatory training. This leaves many drivers on the road with just a few hours of actual experience.  Can you imagine if the pilot on your next flight had less than 20 hours of training before he or she took off?

It’s time now for the federal government to legislate mandatory training for Class 1 licensing.

First Class Training Centre believes that there is a societal responsibility to train professional driver properly.  That’s why our class 1 training course in the most extensive in the province.  We want our students to be the best equipped to handle any and all driving situations.

First Class believes that being a professional driver means being trained professionally. If you are serious about being road ready when you graduate to your Class 1 license, First Class Driver Training is the best choice to make.  Whether you live in Winnipeg, Brandon, or any part of Manitoba, take your professional driving career seriously.


Pros and Cons of Becoming an Owner Operator After You Graduate With Your Class 1 License

Most truck drivers begin their semi-truck driving careers working for a trucking company, which provides the equipment, schedules the loads, and pays the driver by the kilometer.

When you get your Class 1 license and start driving, some professional drivers see the potential in becoming Owner/Operators, meaning that they will buy a truck and handle the business aspects for themselves.

There is increased earning potential in owning your own truck, as well as a lot more freedom to make decisions about what you’ll carry, where you’ll take it, and for whom you’ll work. Many Owner/Operators enjoy the business so much that they’ll purchase additional trucks and hire more drivers. For the right type of person, it’s an excellent opportunity.

Like everything, being an Owner/Operator isn’t without its downside. The potential for earning is larger, but so is the risk. All costs of the truck (maintenance, repair, fuel, licensing) will be your responsibility, as is managing loading of your truck. Every moment your wheels aren’t turning or your trailer is empty costs you money.

If you have what it takes to be a successful long haul truck driver (self-motivation, responsibility, and a desire for freedom) it’s likely you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Most people begin their careers by working for someone else, and learning the business from the inside. They then take what they’ve learned (both the things they liked, and those they didn’t) and strike out on their own.

First Class Training Centre has instructors who can prepare you for your career in the road freight industry. We’ll do more than just help you get a license – we’ll help you start a career. We have decades of hands-on experience in the industry, at all levels. Contact us online or call Toll Free 1-(855) 632-5302.

First Class Training Centre is the preferred choice for you Class 1 course in Manitoba.  With offices in Winnipeg and Brandon, First Class has the reputation for delivering the best professional driver training in the industry. Needless to say, we encourage you to compare First Class to the competition.  You’ll quickly find out why First Class is the best training for you!

Class 1 Training – Are You Winter Ready?

At First Class Training Centre, we recognize that many of our graduates will be driving in tough winter conditions.  Understanding the challenges of sub-zero driving requires professional drivers to alter their summer driving habits.  At First Class, we spend a lot of time with students to understand what is required to get through the toughest winter tests.

When you are new to semi-truck driving, you need to err on the side of caution.  Although we prepare you for all road conditions, only experience  can dictate when it is not safe to be on the road.  As a professional driver,  you have a responsibility to be safe and be cognizant of the safety of others.

Driving in bad weather, especially in snow and on ice, is risky due to more ‘stop time’ required, poor visibility, poor traction and the increased unpredictability of other drivers on the road.  During your Class 1 training we spend time to ensure you have good maneuvering and skid control skills.  You will need to react quickly if called upon to avoid collisions.

There are many reasons why First Class Training Centre is the trucking industry’s trusted source for road ready Class 1 drivers.  Whether you are in Winnipeg, Brandon or elsewhere in Manitoba, your education is too important to leave to chance.  Learn how to drive with the best in all conditions.  For more information, contact us either at our Brandon or Winnipeg office.

Humboldt Tragedy Reinforces the Need for Proper Training For Class 1 Licensing

A recent CBC article posted this week showed the disparity of knowledge and training between semi – truck drivers across Canada.  A recent Class 1 licensee from Saskatchewan completed just 16 hours of training before managing to pass his Class 1 license. There is no minimum training requirement for Class 1 applicants in most Canadian jurisdictions.   CBC’s marketplace had the new driver take a series of skill testing road tests with the Ontario Truck Driving School of which you can see how he did by watching the video below
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Currently Ontario is the only province requiring a minimum of 103 hours of training before they can challenge the Class 1 test.   First Class Training Centre’s Class 1 course is 244 hours.  It’s no surprise that First Class Training Centre has developed the best reputation in Manitoba to provide well trained, road ready Class 1 drivers to the Trucking Industry.  It’s time the Canadian trucking industry institutes minimum training standards across the country.  Perhaps a better trained driver would have meant a better outcome for the Humboldt community.
First Class believes that being a professional driver means being trained professionally. If you are serious about being road ready when you graduate to your Class 1 license, First Class Driver Training is the right choice to make.  Whether you live in Winnipeg, Brandon, or any part of Manitoba, take your professional driving career seriously.

4 Things to Consider When You Are Looking for Class 1 Training

In Manitoba, there are many options for you to consider when you are looking for the best Class 1 Driver Training.  Here are 4 points that you should be thinking about as you make your choice.

  1. Longevity.  Look for a school that has been around for a significant number of years.  You want to put your trust into a school that has staying power in the marketplace.
  2. Referrals.  Check out the website and social media to see what others are saying about your options for a Class 1 Driving School.  You will be able to see right away what schools deliver what they promise.
  3. Instructor to Student Ratio. This is a very important question to ask if you are serious about becoming a professional semi driver.  The best schools will have a very small instructor to student ratio.  This ensures that the extra  attention that you need to learn is available to you.
  4. Job Placement. What is the record of the training facilities that you are considering for job placement.  You want to put yourself in the best position to get a job from your class 1 investment.  Your school should have a great track record of placing students in the marketplace.

First Class Training Centre is the preferred choice for you Class 1 course in Manitoba.  With offices in Winnipeg and Brandon, First Class has the reputation for delivering the best professional driver training in the industry. Needless to say, we encourage you to apply the points that you need to consider to First Class Training.  You’ll quickly find out why First Class is the best training for you!


Looking for Job Security?  A Class 1 License is the Ticket

Many students that come to First Class Training Centre for professional driver training are tired of the merry-go-round of lay-offs and downsizing that they have experienced up to this point.  Getting your Class 1 License is the ticket to stopping the madness.

As a big-rig truck driver, your skills are in high demand.  Yesterday there were 87 jobs posted alone in Winnipeg needing to be filled by Class 1 operators.  The beauty of driving a semi-truck is that the transportation of products spans many different industries. Whether you are in construction, the food industry, agriculture or manufacturing, products need to get to where they are going.

For an investment of only 244 hours, you can be in a position to make a great living and be in the driver’s seat to control your career.

First Class Training has all the industry connections to make it happen.  Recruiter come to us because they know the drivers that we train are road ready and eager to perform.

Change your life today.  Become a professional truck driver.  For more information, contact us either at our Brandon or Winnipeg office.