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First Class Training Centre Expands To Thompson Manitoba

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It is with much excitement that First Class Training Centre is expanding to Thompson.  The new branch will be located in the University College of the North, 55 UCN Drive, in Thompson. 

The identical 244 hour Class 1 training course offered to 100’s successful students in Winnipeg and Brandon will be available to Thompson residents starting January 3rd in 2020.

If you are a Thompson (or surrounding area) resident and you are interested in starting a rewarding career as a professional driver, please learn more about the course by clicking here, or by contacting Shelley Le Texier at 1 866 627 8500 (ext 8601), or email

Learn why First Class Training Centre is Manitoba’s premier truck driver training program and is a respected partner to many of Manitoba’s transport providers. 

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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.


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. 


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.

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

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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.  

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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.