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Manitoba Fall Short in Implementing Minimum Training For Class 1 Licensing.

Good news and bad news. Based on the fallout from the Humboldt tragedy last year, the Manitoba government has stepped to the table by requiring a minimum number of hours of training before someone can get behind the wheel of a big rig.  The 121 1/2 training hours that will be required are consistent with Saskatchewan and Alberta, which also moved to bring in mandatory training since the Broncos crash. It came into effect this month in both provinces.
Although 121 plus hours is a big improvement, is this enough?

Most industry members suggest that the government has fallen short in providing the public with the industry-accepted standard for registered schools of 240 hours, or six weeks of training.

Jim Campbell, president of First Class Training Centre agrees with what the industry recommends; “Our Class 1 License course is 244 hours. Our industry partners know that when they hire a First Class Training Centre graduate that they are getting an individual that is truly road ready. The minimum training is a good first step, but the government needs to listen to the industry rather than come up with some half baked number.”

With offices in Winnipeg and Brandon, First Class Training Centre is the most respected Class 1 educator in Manitoba. We continue to receive positive feedback from the industry as to how well our recruits are trained and how quickly they can be assimilated into the workforce. If you are looking for the fastest path to the best paying semi-truck driving jobs, First Class is the place for you.

Could Better Training For Truck Driver in Bronco’s Crash Made a Difference?

The Driver of the Semi-Truck that caused the Humboldt Broncos tragedy has pled guilty to 14 counts of dangerous driving causing death. Could better training have prevented this tragedy?


We all know that we are not perfect.  Humans make mistakes. It is also a fact that the better trained someone is to perform a task, the less likely they are to succumb to sub-standard performance.

The semi truck driver was not influenced by alcohol or distracted by a cell phone.  The stop sign was clearly marked with a flashing light on top, and signage was posted 400 metres before the intersection.

There’s a reason why airline pilots have to go through hundreds of hours of accreditation in order to earn their license. It trains them to be prepared for most eventualities that will happen.   Training gives them a heightened sense of anticipation of potential challenges.  Unfortunately, Class 1 licensing across many jurisdictions in Canada does not include mandatory training. This leaves many drivers on the road with just a few hours of actual experience.  Can you imagine if the pilot on your next flight had less than 20 hours of training before he or she took off?

It’s time now for the federal government to legislate mandatory training for Class 1 licensing.

First Class Training Centre believes that there is a societal responsibility to train professional driver properly.  That’s why our class 1 training course in the most extensive in the province.  We want our students to be the best equipped to handle any and all driving situations.

First Class believes that being a professional driver means being trained professionally. If you are serious about being road ready when you graduate to your Class 1 license, First Class Driver Training is the best choice to make.  Whether you live in Winnipeg, Brandon, or any part of Manitoba, take your professional driving career seriously.


4 Things to Consider When You Are Looking for Class 1 Training

In Manitoba, there are many options for you to consider when you are looking for the best Class 1 Driver Training.  Here are 4 points that you should be thinking about as you make your choice.

  1. Longevity.  Look for a school that has been around for a significant number of years.  You want to put your trust into a school that has staying power in the marketplace.
  2. Referrals.  Check out the website and social media to see what others are saying about your options for a Class 1 Driving School.  You will be able to see right away what schools deliver what they promise.
  3. Instructor to Student Ratio. This is a very important question to ask if you are serious about becoming a professional semi driver.  The best schools will have a very small instructor to student ratio.  This ensures that the extra  attention that you need to learn is available to you.
  4. Job Placement. What is the record of the training facilities that you are considering for job placement.  You want to put yourself in the best position to get a job from your class 1 investment.  Your school should have a great track record of placing students in the marketplace.

First Class Training Centre is the preferred choice for you Class 1 course in Manitoba.  With offices in Winnipeg and Brandon, First Class has the reputation for delivering the best professional driver training in the industry. Needless to say, we encourage you to apply the points that you need to consider to First Class Training.  You’ll quickly find out why First Class is the best training for you!