Why First Class is the Best Professional Driver Training School for 10 Years Running

Almost 10 years ago, First Class Training Centre Inc. began training students to be professional drivers. A decision was made at the time, that our training would be the best, and most comprehensive in the industry. We limit our class size to ensure that each and every student gets the attention that they deserve. Our standards are the highest in the industry and all of our instructors are Certified by the provincial government. 

As a long time member of the Manitoba Trucking Association, we have dedicated ourselves to improving the lives of professional truck drivers as well as understanding what the industry wants in new driving recruits. We meet regularly with industry leaders and transportation company owners – thus providing a unique bond and an open dialogue for job opportunities for our students. 

First Class Training Centre is the industry leader for Class 1 and Class 3 driving schools.  Contact us today to learn why this is your best option for a new career. 

As Supply Chains Recover From Pandemic – Freight Expected to Increase.


Many of the supply chains are beginning to recover from the pandemic. As the flow of  goods increases, the need for long haul drivers will increase as well. 
It is expected that freight in the US will grow at a robust annual rate of 6% in 2021.  Some of that demand is driven by the increase in e-commerce as many households decided to have items shipped to them during the pandemic rather than venture out to stores.  A bigger factor is the overall recovery of the economy as a society wakes up from lock downs and other restrictions. 

The trucking industry will need to hire more drivers to meet demand. Currently, the transport industry has a shortage of drivers which is driving up wages. This is good news for students of First Class Training Centre as graduates are being snapped up quickly by companies hungry to meet increasing freight demands.

If you are considering a career as a big rig driver, the best path to a career is through First Class Training Centre. First Class has been open for business in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson throughout the pandemic and continues to safely train a new workforce for the supply chain. Your 244 hour investment is all it will take for doors to open for you to make a meaningful career change. As the best educator for Class 1 and Class 3 training in Manitoba, First Class Training is recognized in the transport industry as the best provider of well trained and road ready drivers for their fleets.  

Take advantage of the industry driving shortage.  Become a professional driver.  Contact us today to learn more.

SUEZ CANAL BLOCKAGE REMINDER OF HOW IMPORTANT SUPPLY CHAIN JOBS ARE


When the Suez Canal was blocked for almost a week, the world’s supply chain held its collective breath. Oil prices increased almost 2% and some countries began to ration fuel.  The world’s attention was focused on this massive container ship that was wedged sideways and wondered how long it would be before more than 10% of global shipping would begin to flow freely again.


The world, your world, depends on a strong global supply chain. That’s why work as a professional class 1 driver is so important in our society. As a long haul trucker, you are a key component of transporting goods to market. These coveted jobs are not going away any time soon.  If you are tired of  bouncing from low paid job to low paid job, it’s time to consider a career in the global supply chain. They need you now more than ever.

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, Thompson and rural Manitoba.  

2020 – A Year to Remember

2020 will go down as a year like no other. The COVID crisis has been a huge disruption to everyone’s life. We know that you’ve gone through a lot, and the pandemic has been challenging both socially and economically. Now that we are on the cusp of a new year, perhaps it’s time to start a new career that is resilient and rewarding. 

Time for Change

A career as a professional Class 1 driver will virtually guarantee a steady income through thick and thin. The demand for drivers remains strong, and the pay is phenomenal.

First Class Training Centre has been open for business in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson throughout the pandemic and continues to safely train a new workforce for the supply chain. Your 244 hour investment is all it will take for doors to open for you to make a meaningful career change. As the premier educator for Class 1 and Class 3 training in Manitoba, First Class Training is recognized in the transport industry as the best provider of well trained and road ready drivers for their fleets.

2021 is your year! Contact Us today to learn how a driving career can change your life for the better. 

Automation Not a Factor For Many Years in the Trucking Industry.

Many young people are concerned that automation will limit the amount of truck driving opportunities soon.  This is just not the case for the foreseeable future for an industry that is facing a severe driver shortage that could exacerbate disruptions to supply chains caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Approximately 300,000 truck drivers in Canada move an estimated $850-billion worth of goods annually, including $550 billion in imports and $300 billion in exports. While automation is expected to replace some drivers in the long-term, it’s not going to solve the labour shortage anytime soon. 

Some estimate it will be at least 10 to 15 years before automation will have any impact at all on employment. Many are suggesting that like an airplane pilot, drivers will still be a necessary part of the driving equation to complete the supply chain.

With the average wage of a professional big rig driver closing in on $70,000CDN, trucking is a great opportunity to take your career to the next level.  First Class is the best educator for Class 1 and Class 3 licensing in Manitoba.  With locations in Thompson, Winnipeg and Brandon, there is a school close to you. Once you graduate, we have the relationships with the transport community to get you the introduction that you need to start your new career. 


Now is the time to change your future for the better.  Contact us today to discuss your new career as a long haul driver. 

New Location Expands Footprint for First Class Training of Winnipeg

Due to our expanding student load, First Class Training Centre is moving to bigger premises in April 2020. The former premises of Murray Kozie Trucking at 485 Lucas Ave will soon be the home of Manitoba’s premier truck driving school. The new location will allow for expanded Class 1 and Class 3 classroom space where students will still enjoy one of the best student to instructor ratios in the industry.  First Class offers one of the best Class 1 driver training schools in Manitoba


Find out why we are expanding. Our success is your success.  There has never been a better time to become a professional driver. 

New Home of First Class Training Centre


Learn more about why a big rig 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 now Thompson Manitoba. 

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.

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.