Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Professional Driver?

Commercial truck driving is generally categorized  as a driver of a semi-trailer on a long haul route.  For those who want to have the freedom and adventure of being paid to drive across Canada, and the US, long haul domestic and international driving is a dream come true.

Being a long haul driver of an 18 wheeler is not for everyone.  In fact, it is for a very specific breed of individual. Those who drive long haul, have to be self motivated and have the  training and licensing to do so.  Drivers must be able to problem solve, work independently and enjoy their own company. 

If you are feeling the need to get a better career, and enjoy the open road, becoming a professional driver may just be the ticket. If you’re serious, contact Manitoba’s premiere driving education provider – First Class Training Centre. They can give you all the information you need to make this important decision about your future. With offices in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson, the best class 1 or class 3 license training is close to you. 

Are you ready for success?

Thanks To All Our Essential Workers (Especially the Truck Drivers)

At this time of uncertainty, we would like to thank all of our essential workers throughout Manitoba that are providing necessary goods and services. 
It goes without saying that we are especially thankful  and proud of the hundreds of professional truck drivers that are keeping essential goods and services flowing in and out of our province. These drivers are risking their health in order to ensure supply chains for groceries, medical supplies and other goods remain viable during these troubling times. 

We wish all our past, present and future students good health and remind everyone to practice the government protocols of social distancing and extreme hand hygiene while we all deal with the silent threat that has turned all of our lives upside down. 

As of March 18th, First Class Training Centre has suspended all training. Please check back regularly for further updates.

Stay safe.

Update during COVID-19

UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2020

After much consideration and concern for the health of our instructors and students we have decided to suspend training as of Wed March 18th for the next 3 weeks.

We want to do our part to help reduce the spread of this virus and social distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. Student and instructors being confined in the truck cab does not follow the recommended protocols of social distancing thus our reason to stop training.

Once we have more information we will be contacting current students and future students with start dates to begin training again.

We will have minimum office staff available should you have questions. Please feel free to call our office.

Thank you for understanding and remember to stay safe out there. We will all get through this if we all try to do our part.


During this very uncertain time we at First Class are watching the COVID-19 situation very closely as the health and safety of our employees and students is our number one priority. We will continue to be cautious to ensure we are keeping safety measures in place.
We will continue to keep our staff and students updated as we get more information from the Manitoba Government but until then we will continue training while we keep a close eye on the situation. Right now we are taking this as a day to day situation.

Everyone be safe out there.…/d…/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

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

Driver Shortage in Canada Will Increase 50% in Next 4 Years

The 22,000 openings for professional drivers will increase to 34,000 in the next 4 years according to a CBC article published in late December 2019.

As many semi-truck drivers slip into retirement, the driver shortage will reach critical mass in Canada. For a career that offers a starting salary of near $50,000 for an investment of only 244 hours of training, why aren’t more people moving towards a career as a long-haul trucker?

Especially if you are 21 years of age, the opportunity is huge. Most states south of the border require you to be 21 or older to cross state lines as a professional driver. That means that you are in demand as a critical component to the growing global logistics puzzle. 

Being in driver demand will lead to faster pay raises and better routes for the cream of the crop. If you’re looking to quickly move ahead in your career, consider leveraging your opportunity by becoming a Class 1 driver.

The good news is that First Class Training Centre is the premier driver training academy in the province. They have the best reputation and the best connections with the transportation industry to get you that important first posting.  

With offices in Winnipeg, Brandon and now Thompson, First Class Training Centre is focused on delivering driver education close to where you are. Take a moment to read the CBC article and then give us a call at 204 632 5302 to discuss how lucrative your future can be. 

First Class Training Centre Expands To Thompson Manitoba

Driver Training Thompson

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. 

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

Class 1 Driver Training

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.

Secondary Education Not For You?

First Class Training

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

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.