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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.

Humboldt Tragedy Reinforces the Need for Proper Training For Class 1 Licensing

A recent CBC article posted this week showed the disparity of knowledge and training between semi – truck drivers across Canada.  A recent Class 1 licensee from Saskatchewan completed just 16 hours of training before managing to pass his Class 1 license. There is no minimum training requirement for Class 1 applicants in most Canadian jurisdictions.   CBC’s marketplace had the new driver take a series of skill testing road tests with the Ontario Truck Driving School of which you can see how he did by watching the video below
  Click here to watch the video.
Currently Ontario is the only province requiring a minimum of 103 hours of training before they can challenge the Class 1 test.   First Class Training Centre’s Class 1 course is 244 hours.  It’s no surprise that First Class Training Centre has developed the best reputation in Manitoba to provide well trained, road ready Class 1 drivers to the Trucking Industry.  It’s time the Canadian trucking industry institutes minimum training standards across the country.  Perhaps a better trained driver would have meant a better outcome for the Humboldt community.
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 right choice to make.  Whether you live in Winnipeg, Brandon, or any part of Manitoba, take your professional driving career seriously.