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 a Professional Class 1 Driver – You Will Be Part of the GREEN Movement.


It looks like the flywheel is finally starting to turn to find solutions to climate change issues on the planet. If you are going to become a professional big rig driver in the next 3 years, then you will be at the epicentre of that change.


Electric is already being used in some test routes for both Canadian and US transport companies that are eager to be early adopters for new technologies.  Now, hydrogen is becoming an option as Alberta will begin a test pilot for the route between Edmonton and Calgary next year.  This is an exciting time to be a Class 1 driver entering the workforce.  You will be part of history as this traditional carbon industry turns green in the next decade.


If you are considering a career as a big rig driver, and you want to be a part of the climate change answer, then your path should lead you to 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 you to make a meaningful career change and be a part of a bigger more important change for our climate. 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.  


Be a part of an industry looking to become carbon neutral by 2050. Become a professional driver.  Contact us today to learn more.

Career In Long Haul Trucking Puts You at the Front of the Vaccination Line

In addition to being a great career that delivers a living wage right out the gate, becoming a professional cross border driver does have many more perks including priority vaccination.  The governor of North Dakota and premier of Manitoba have announced that North Dakota will be offering Manitoba truckers a vaccine shot at a North Dakota rest stop near the international border. This means that the almost 4000 cross border drivers can become vaccinated, ahead of schedule. 


Both the US and Canada recognize the importance of a secure and efficient supply chain as essential goods need to move to markets both south and north. This vaccine program will ensure that drivers will be protected so that they can continue to do the important work that they do.


If you are considering a career change to become a professional long haul semi truck driver, your best path forward is with  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 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.  

Be a part of something important to the world. Become a professional driver.  Contact us today to learn more.

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. 

The Amazon Effect Bodes Well for a Career In Trucking

Purchasing online has become even more common during the COVID crisis. Many people are now getting everything delivered to their door rather than risk crowds in malls. This “Amazon” effect is projected to continue to gain more traction as we enter 2021 and beyond. 


What most online shoppers don’t realize is that this growth in e-commerce doesn’t continue without a strong trucking industry. Getting online orders from stores and warehouses to your door means that the transport business will continue to be in demand for many years to come. Is the industry that you are currently employed in enjoying this type of growth?


Consider a career as a professional driver.  With your Class 1 license, you can finally have a job that pays well and will be secure for the foreseeable future.  First Class Training Centre is recognized by the transportation industry as the driving school leader in providing trucking companies with road ready recruits to fill the ever growing need to transport goods. With classrooms in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson, there is a school near you that can let you take advantage of global trends that aren’t going away.


Contact us today to learn more if a career as a professional truck driver is right for you. 

CERB Benefit Will Expire – What’s Next For You?

The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit has been a big help to those whose jobs have been affected by the COVID crisis.  Although the benefit has been extended for a few weeks, what will you do when it runs out?


Maybe it’s time to think of a new career that is insulated from almost every economic downturn, and that is becoming a Class 1 driver. Most goods on the planet are transported by semi-truck. Regardless of how other sectors are performing, the supply chain stays open. If you want to know during the next pandemic that you won’t be downsized, now is the time to register for the next Class 1 training from First Class Training Centre.


First Class is the premiere education centre 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. 
Enjoy your CERB while it lasts. Now is the time to change your future for the better.  

Contact us today to discuss your new career as a long haul driver.

Professional Truck Driving Jobs Don’t Evaporate in Pandemics

Are you at home right now, struggling with not going to work?


In these troubled times, many Canadians find themselves stressing about whether they can make rent or put food on the table. Perhaps they are still waiting for their first government cheque to cover some of the living expenses. Meanwhile, essential workers are being applauded and appreciated by society as their efforts are keeping critical parts of the economy functioning.


Professional truck drivers fall into the essential worker category. Their work to keep supply chains intact for food and medical supplies is not only necessary, but courageous as well. Class 1 drivers are being noticed by news outlets for their dedication and work ethic. Many folks, realizing the important role that truckers are playing, are lining highways and waving hand-made signs with “Thank You” stencilled on.


Maybe it’s time that you considered how essential your current work really is, and think about a career as a professional Class 1 driver.  First Class Training Centre is the most respected Class 1 educator in Manitoba. Why not give us a call to discuss your future today.  Although our classes are shut down until it’s safe to resume, we would be pleased to talk with you about why a future as a professional driver is becoming more respected and appreciated with each passing day. 

You deserve better.

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. 

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. 

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!