Time for a Career Change? Become a Class 1 Driver Instructor.

Do you have a passion for driving?  Are you looking for a rewarding career where you can share your knowledge and expertise from your professional driving career?  

Due to our recent expansion into Thompson and our expansion of our Winnipeg operations we need great drivers that are looking for a change of career that will keep them close to home.  If you have your Class 1 license and have 4 years experience with a clean driving record, First Class may be the perfect fit for your new career as a Class 1 and Class 3 driving instructor.

If you are already a certified instructor, now is the time to join the top driver educators in Manitoba!  If you’re curious about becoming an instructor, and we can sense your passion for excellence, First Class will train and put you through an instructor course if you are the right fit. 

If you home base is Winnipeg or Thompson Manitoba, and you have the necessary experience, we should talk. 

Jim Campbell, President, First Class Training Centre.

204 632 5302


Experience the First Class Difference

Let’s face it, there are lots of truck driving schools.  The Winnipeg area, as a central hub of the Canadian trucking industry, has a number of them.

Why should you choose one over another?  What makes First Class Training Centre a leader among Winnipeg driver training schools?


All of the instructors at First Class are career truckers.  Demand for our solid training and unique perspective on the trucking industry has been fuelling growth, and we now have six instructors on staff, with combined on-the-road trucking experience that exceeds two centuries!

Any truck driving school can teach you how to drive a truck.  At First Class Training Centre, we teach you how to be a truck driver.  All aspects of the job are covered in our training.  We don’t limit our instruction to the things that will help you get a license; we want to help you get a job.  We’ll do this by sharing the kind of insight that can only be earned by spending years doing the job, and helping you prepare for a career in the industry, not just a road test.

We know that trucking isn’t for everyone.  While the career offers great rewards (and all the trucking schools will tell you about the security and higher wages you can expect as the number of available drivers shrinks over the coming years) we can tell you the real story, and prepare you for the real career.  All of our instructors know exactly where the rubber meets the road.

If you want to find out if trucking is for you, come talk to our instructors.  First Class Training Centre is an excellent source of information for the curious and training for the committed. Our mission is to help our students build careers in the trucking industry. Contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.

In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

Information Sessions – Thompson, MB

Today is the day!

We will be holding 2 information sessions today in Thompson, Manitoba for drivers that are interested in receiving Class 1 or Class 3 Driver Training and becoming a professional driver.

The information sessions will take place in the TRCC Multi Purpose Room at 3:00 pm and again at 7:00 pm.

Interested in arranging a group driver training session? Give us a call at 204-632-5302.

Passing on the Knowledge – A Career in Driver Training

Most people who come to First Class Training Centre are looking for our industry leading instruction and help in obtaining the credentials required to start a career in truck driving.
Some people, however, have an eye on the long term. They want to be truck drivers, but they also have an aptitude for teaching, and a desire to help others. People with these attributes tend to find roles for themselves teaching others, some as driver trainers.

It is true that almost all driver trainers are experienced truckers. It would be hard to teach people about the rigors of the road without having experienced them firsthand. That’s why all of our instructors are “old hands”, who have done their time out there on the highway, and earned their stripes in the business. If you’re interested in a job training the truckers of tomorrow, the best thing your can do is become the best driver you can be today.

Winnipeg’s First Class Training Centre offers you the opportunity to learn practical, real-world skills that lead to jobs in trucking. Topnotch instructors will give you the skills you need to take on the challenges of the transportation industry, and you’ll learn firsthand what type of person makes a good driver trainer.

To find out more about opportunities for truck drivers, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.

In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

Shunt Driving

Often overlooked by drivers looking for a foot in the door in the trucking industry, jobs as Shunt Drivers at warehouse facilities are a great way to get experience with equipment, and an opportunity to handle a great deal of freight without having to travel too far. In fact, most shunt drivers spend their whole day in one yard.
Moving trailers from the dock where they’re loaded to the yard for storage and later pickup is essential to the operation of any warehouse. The docks themselves are very busy, and as soon as a trailer is full (or empty) it needs to make way for another one. This “back and forth” movement is called shunting, and many warehouses employ a driver expressly for this purpose.

You’ll need to be organized, and able to deal with paperwork and data entry. You’ll need to be able to pick up and drop trailers in all kinds of conditions, sometimes in very crowded lots. Drivers who have worked as shunt drivers early in their careers will never be intimidated when making deliveries to warehouses, because they’ve become experts at backing trailers into tight spaces.

Shunt driving jobs are often considered “entry level” trucking jobs, because they tend to pay less than short or long haul cargo jobs, and may occasionally entail physical work in loading or unloading trucks, depending on the employer. They can, however, lead to other jobs in the industry, both on the trucking side and on the warehousing and logistics side of the operation.

First Class Training Centre offers you the opportunity to learn practical, real-world skills that lead to jobs in trucking. Our instructors have years of experience in the business, and have helped countless people down the road to rewarding careers in one of the country’s fastest growing industries.

To find out more about careers in the trucking industry, and the steps you need to take in order to make it happen, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302. In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

The Myths About the Trucking Profession

The general public’s perceptions about the trucking industry can be outdated, and sometimes just plain wrong. When discussing trucking as a possible career choice, people will often tell you what’s accepted as “the truth” about the business. Here’s the real story behind some of the most common misconceptions about being a trucker:

1) Truck driving pays poorly
In every business, there are employers who specialize in “getting the most for the least” out of their employees. Thankfully, in trucking they’re a relative rarity. Companies are constantly recruiting drivers, and in order to attract good employees have to keep wages competitive. In Manitoba, the average company driver earns more than $900 dollars weekly, with some experienced drivers earning considerably more. Owner/Operators run their own businesses, and stand to earn high profits. Truck drivers, as a whole, earn wages well above the national average.

2) Trucking isn’t secure
Truck driving is one of the few jobs in Canada that offers career-long security. A recent study has shown that the high number of retirements expected in the next decade will result in a severe shortage of drivers in the 2020s.

3) Truck driving is “man’s work”
While traditionally attracting few women, the current need for more drivers means that companies are actively seeking female recruits. The number of women truckers on the road is increasing all the time, and so is the number of women employed by trucking companies in other capacities – dispatchers, sales reps, etc.

4) Truck driving isn’t safe
Canadian truck drivers are among the safest in the world. We have high standards for the safety of our roads and trucks, and stringent licensing requirements. Trucks are involved in fewer than 4% of all road accidents.

First Class Training Centre is one of Manitoba’s premiere truck driving schools. If you want to find out if trucking is the career for you, contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302. In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

Talking the Talk – Trucker Slang

It takes a special type of person to be a trucker. Despite the long hours spent alone, there is a community out there on the highway. Anywhere truck drivers meet and talk (rest stops, roadside restaurants, or over Citizen’s Band radio chatter) they express their camaraderie through a special language. Trucker slang has changed since the Smokey and the Bandit movies made it famous in the 1970s, but it remains a “code of the brotherhood (or increasingly, sisterhood)” of truck drivers.

It’s a unique and entertaining form of language. Here is an abridged guide to some of the more entertaining euphemisms you might hear out on the road:

Alligator – a piece of a tire that’s lying in the road. Looks like a little like a resting reptile.
Back door – behind you. Eg. “I’m knocking at your Back Door”
Bambi – a deer, dead or alive. Moose is a “Swamp Donkey”
Bear – law enforcement officer
Bedbuggers – moving companies
Bobtail – tractor with no trailer attached. Verb for is “bobtailing”
Brake check – when traffic slows for no apparent reason
Bumper sticker – a tailgater
Chicken coop – weigh station
Covered wagon – a gravel truck with a tarp on top of it’s load
Dead head – to haul an empty truck. Usually unpaid.
Double Nickel – 55 mph speed limit
Flip-flop – a U-turn
Four-wheeler – any vehicle not a truck or bus
Granny lane – the right, or “slow” lane
Parking lot – a truck hauling cars in a “piggy back” trailer
Reefer – refrigerated cargo trailer
Roller skate – a small car
Skins – tires
Stagecoach – a tour bus
Thermos bottle – a tanker trailer
Yard – the parking lot at a drivers company eg. “Sitting in the yard ready to go.”
Yardstick – kilometer or kilometer marker on a major highway
Wearing out your bumper – tailgating

By no means is this an exhaustive list. At First Class Training Centre we’ve got more than half a century of combined experience in the business to draw on, and we will help you find out everything you need to know about the trucking industry, including the language. If you’re interested in finding out if truck driving is the career for you, contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302. In Winnipeg call 204-632-5302.

Untapped Potential – Women in Trucking

Canada could be facing a shortage of 25 000 truck drivers by the year 2020, according to a recent Conference Board of Canada study, commissioned by the Canadian Trucking Association.

Why? The factors include increased demand for goods transported by road, retiring drivers, and a lack of skilled drivers. Companies are going to be looking outside of traditional areas when they search for new recruits. Women in particular represent a large population of people who are currently under-represented in the field, and could be attracted to careers in trucking.

Currently, fewer than 3% of all company-employed drivers are female. Women make up only 4% of all owner/operators in the country. If the Canadian trucking industry is going to deal with the coming shortfall behind the wheels of the nation’s trucks, this dynamic is going to have to change.

Granted, there are some challenges for women to overcome. Truck driving is generally perceived as unfriendly to female drivers. It often involves long hours away from home, physically and mentally challenging work, and a lot of the time accommodations are actually inside the truck. In spite of the challenges (that face men, too) many of the women who have pioneered the long-haul landscape have found the work to their liking, and the companies they work for are finding that gender makes no difference in job performance.

More and more of the companies looking to hire truck drivers are actively trying to attract women. As the approaching driver shortage drives up demand for skilled professionals to take the drivers seat, these efforts are likely to increase.

If you’re interested in a career in the fast-paced, challenging motor freight industry, you owe it to yourself to find out more. In Manitoba, contact First Class Training Centre online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302. In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

A New Year, A New Career

Are you where you want to be? Are you getting what you want from your career? Is 2013 the year you challenge yourself to enter the trucking industry?
There is a constant need for professional drivers – our highways are a seemingly endless lineup of trucks, hauling raw materials to processing centres and bringing manufactured goods to market. First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg is a professional driving school, ready to share more than 50 years of experience in the business with you.

If you’ve dreamed of the challenge, freedom, and income potential that the trucking industry provides, you owe it to yourself to investigate further. Trucking isn’t for everyone. Over the road (long haul) driving can keep you alone and away from home for long periods of time. If you are the sort of individual who fares well under these conditions, you could very well find yourself at home in this business.

At First Class Training Centre, we’re committed to developing professional drivers to serve the trucking industry. By enrolling in our Class 1 Practical Skills Driver course, you will be taking the first step to a new career. After 38 hours of practical training, you’ll be ready to take the test (with our support, of course) that leads to your first and most important credential as a new truck driver – your Manitoba Class 1 License.

To encourage potential drivers, First Class Training is offering to discount tuition for you if you enroll in our Class 1 Practical Skills course before February 1st. We recognize that this time of the year is when people take stock of their lives and make resolutions, but that it’s often the time of year when people have less money available to make such a significant investment in themselves. We want to help you achieve your goals.

To take advantage of our offer, and take the exciting first steps toward your new career, contact us online or call 204-632-5302.