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WHY TRUCKING?

The Trucking Industry is growing! It’s about providing goods and services to your family, friends, neighbours, community and your country. The Trucking Industry values the work ethics of the Professional Qualified Driver and we want you to share your ability and knowledge in Canada’s fastest growing Industry.

The Trucking Industry employs over 600,000 Canadians of which approximately 235,000 are Truck Drivers. As a result of this growing Industry, there are an additional 280,000 Canadians employed as goods and services suppliers to the Industry.

Benefits of Working In The Trucking Industry:

  • Great People
  • Great Income
  • Travel North America (and get paid for it)
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Share your work ethics and experiences

BE PART OF IT!

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STANDARDS FOR TRACTOR TRAILER TRAINING

The standard for tractor trailer training is criteria that has been set by the Trucking Industry that is deemed necessary for successful entrance into the Trucking Industry. Trucking Industry representatives form a Standards Committee to ensure that new entrants are receiving the necessary skills and education required to become Professional Truck Drivers.

The standard for tractor trailer training was developed in 1995 with involvement from Trucking Industry stakeholders, government and private training institutions. The standard was adopted by the Province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Education and Registry of Motor Vehicles in 1997. This is the only recognized training endorsed by the Trucking Industry.

In December 2008, based on the success of the Nova Scotia Standard which is managed by THRSC Atlantic, the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association adopted the Nova Scotia standard as the standard for truck driver training in Atlantic Canada.

Managing this standard is a priority for THRSC Atlantic. The Trucking Industry continues to face challenges recruiting skilled workers to the trucking industry – training standards are key to the success of the new entrant seeking a rewarding career as a professional truck driver in today’s industry.

Contact us for further information on the Standard for Tractor Trailer Training.

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Considering a Career in the Trucking Industry?

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Speak with Industry

There is no better person to speak with about your future career than the person who is going to hire you. Ask the questions and get answers to from the people who do the job every day.

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Visit the Schools

Find out what each school has to offer, visit the location and be sure this is where you would like to take your training.

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Student Employment Success Rate

All schools should be aware of their student success rate, ask what the rate is.  The Trucking Industry is hiring, with proper training that meets the standard everyone should be employed at the end of training.  Ask what companies are participating in the internship component of the program – this is critical to your success. If the school isn’t offering an internship, find one that does.

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Educate yourself on the Industry

Learn about the Industry you want to start working in. The Trucking Industry employees close to 500,000 people and has a lot of good things to offer. Ask questions, the good and the bad, it is better to know up front what is expected of you.

Checklist for Training

Class 1 Medical
  • Medical form can be obtained through your local Registry of Motor Vehicles
  • To be valid, must be within 4 months of Truck School Training end date
  • If you have any medical conditions noted on your medical, the medical will be forwarded to the Medical Review Board for approval of a Class 1 Upgrade
Driver’s Abstract
  • Obtained from local Registry of Motor Vehicles
  • The driver’s abstract shows employers what your driving habits are, a clean abstract is ideal, however exceptions can be made for 2-3 infractions depending on the severity of the infraction
  • Lengthy driver’s abstracts will cause barriers to employment opportunities
  • If you have infractions on your abstract and aren’t sure if you face employment obstacles, contact THRSC Atlantic or speak with employers
Criminal Record Search
  • Obtained from your local Town Police or RCMP detachment
  • A clean criminal record search is ideal for employment in the Trucking Industry
  • Having a criminal record may prevent you from crossing the border
  • Having a criminal record may limit your employment opportunities in the Trucking Industry, limiting you to local or Canada only work.
  • It is always best to speak with THRSC Atlantic or a potential employer to determine whether or not you are employable with your criminal record.
Letter of Intent
  • The Letter of Intent is not a guarantee of employment
  • The Letter of Intent is acknowledgment from an employer that you have sat down and spoke with them about the Industry
  • The Letter of Intent acknowledges that based on the information you have provided to the employer at the time of writing the letter, that they would consider hiring you
  • If you have a criminal record, the Letter of Intent should acknowledge that the employer is aware and that you are still able to be employed
  • Speaking with employers about the Letter of Intent will enable you to see what your career opportunities will be after you successfully complete training
Valid Driver’s License
  • Must have a valid Class 5 license
  • License must be free of graduated licensing (“N” must be removed) prior to training
  • Air Brakes, depending on Training Institution requirements

RESOURCES

12 Week Internship Program, TOWES Test and Schools in Atlantic Canada

12-Week Tractor Trailer Internship Program

The industry standard among Atlantic Canadian trucking companies is the (minimum) 12 Week Tractor Trailer Internship Program. THRSC Atlantic partnership with Industry, Government and Training Providers developed the 12 Week Tractor Trailer Internship Program.

The 12 Week Tractor Trailer Internship program has consistently a 95% – 98% success rate. The internship component is the finishing piece that yields optimum graduate success.

The Trucking Industry is hiring, if you are unable to find work upon successful completion of the full 12 Week program, contact THRSC Atlantic for assistance.

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8-Week in School Training

Training Institution Instructors instruct students on the proper techniques to operate a Tractor Trailer over an 8-week period. This includes but not limited to:

  • Log Books
  • Cross Border Training
  • Day and Night driving techniques (minimum 40 hours behind the wheel)
  • Winter driving
  • Field work / Manoeuvring skills
  • Air Brakes
  • Safety skills
  • Dangerous Goods
  • First Aid
  • Professional Driver Improvement Course
  • Forklift Familiarization
  • Life skills – includes nutrition, essential skills and computer / GPS / satellite

4-Week Internship

Qualified Professional Drivers, trained as Professional Coaches, bring their multiple years of experience to help assist you as you begin your career.

  • Students drive for a minimum 100 hours (behind the wheel) over the 4 week period*
  • Internship allows students to increase their skills with the assistance of a Qualified Professional Driver
  • Students have the added benefit of having someone experienced when crossing the border, stopping at the scale house and experiencing real life driving experiences
  • Advice and information on an Industry from an expert in the field

* at the Coach’s discretion, provided the student shows skill and progress throughout the 4 weeks

Schools in Atlantic Canada

The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association members, in partnership with the Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic, endorse the industry developed truck driver training standard. This is a 12 week training program offered at various schools in Atlantic Canada. This program combines a minimum 8 weeks at a professional training institution and 4 weeks internship with a host fleet /coach.

Upon successful completion of the 12 week program graduates receive a certificate recognizing their success from the trucking industry of Atlantic Canada.

For more information on the industry recognized 12 week training program, please contact the APTA or THRSC Atlantic.

Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic

1-877-858-1908

Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association

1-506-855-2782

Training Providers currently offering the 12 week industry recognized program:

NOTE: Training providers offer various programs – be sure the one you’re taking is the right one!

Commercial Safety College

Commercial Safety College

Masstown, Nova Scotia

Established in 1959, Commercial Safety College is a locally owned and operated private career college dedicated to provide the highest quality training in truck driving, bus driving and heavy equipment operation. Each of our programs were designed with industry in mind, ensuring students that they have the training needed to enter the workforce. In addition, each of our programs have met the approval of industry standard bearers and the Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island Departments of Education.

P.O. Box 848
Truro, NS, B2N 5G6
1-800-667-5455
safetycollege.ca

Trans-Canada College

Trans-Canada College

Moncton & Fredericton/Oromocto & Sussex, New Brunswick

Trans-Canada College is the original New Brunswick owned and operated truck driver training school. They have over 25 years experience training long-haul truck drivers. Trans-Canada College offers solid and highly respected programming, in order to best position you for a career as a transport truck operator. The campus is located just 10 minutes from the Moncton Airport! Trans-Canada College been providing professional quality truck training since 1984. Trans-Canada College Brochure & Course Information

Moncton Campus
80 Harrisville Blvd, Unit 3
Moncton, NB, E1H 3N4
1-800-363-1194
www.transcanadacollege.ca
Fredericton/Oromocto Campus
281 Restigouche Rd.
Oromocto, NB E2V 2H5
Sussex Campus
616 Main St.
Sussex, NB E4E 7H8
JVI Provincial Transportation and Safety Academy

JVI Provincial Transportation and Safety Academy

Summerside, Prince Edward Island

J.V.I. — one of Canada’s best driver training facilities — was founded in 1994. It is owned and operated by former truck driver David Anderson. J.V.I. has modern classroom facilities with up-to-date training aids and materials. Most courses include First-Aid, WHMIS and Dangerous Goods training as well as complete training in Airbrakes, Vehicle Weights and Dimension legislation and Hours of Service regulations.

PO Box 92
Slemon Park, PE
C0B 2A0
1-800-363-1194
www.jvidrivertraining.com

Transport Training Centres of Canada

Transport Training Centres of Canada

Moncton, New Brunswick & Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

TTCC is Canada’s largest provider of Truck Driver and Heavy Equipment training. As industry leaders, programs at TTCC are designed with your new career in mind. We work hand in hand with employers to ensure our graduates meet and exceed employer expectations. Combine that with unlimited use of our state-of-the-art driving simulators and you get the best training centre in the entire country. Call today for more information!

Atlantic Transport Training Academy
125 MacNaughton Avenue
Moncton, NB, E1H 3N3
506-854-4049 ext.110
1-800-805-0662 ext.110
ttcc.ca
Foundation Career College
9 Pettipas Drive #1
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1K1
902-468-8999 ext.110
1-800-805-0662 ext.110
McKenzie College

McKenzie College

Sydney, Nova Scotia

McKenzie College has been a leader in career education and training in Sydney, Nova Scotia since 1988. McKenzie College is a leader in training people as operators for commercial truck and earth moving operations. These skills are highly employable in Cape Breton by a wide variety of employers. We offer Straight Truck training as well as Earth Moving (Class3, dump truck, backhoe and mini-excavator).

74 Townsend Street
Sydney, NS,B1P 5C8
902-562-8549
mckenziecollege.com
South Shore Career Training Centre
320 Logan Road
Bridgewater, NS, B4V 3J8
902-530-3606
Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick

Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick

Grand Falls, New Brunswick

The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) has been providing high quality educational services and training for over 50 years in the province. We have recently added a new component to our program list in continuous learning. The CCNB Mobile Trucking Training Center is the only school in Atlantic Canada to offer truck driver training in French. The 12 week full time Tractor Trailer program leads to a class 1 driver’s license. It combines in class delivery, workshops, driving on simulators, in trucks and a two week internship in industry. Other training also available: class 3 to class 1, class 3, Professional Driver Improvement and Ecoefficient Driving. Potential students and businesses are welcome to call for more information.

CCNB Edmundston Campus
Grand Falls Training Site
160 Reservoir Street
Grand Falls, NB, E3Y 3W3
506-473-7764
www.ccnb.ca

Breton Commercial Truck Training

Breton Commercial Truck Training

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Breton Commercial Truck Training is the newest truck training facility in Cape Breton. Breton Commercial Truck Training is centrally located in Sydney’s new “Harbourside Industrial Park”. We may be new but our instructors have many years of experience in the trucking industry and with instructing driver training.

We are currently offering Class 1 (tractor trailer) program with Class 3 (straight truck) coming soon.

270 Stable Drive
P.O. Box 336
Sydney, NS
B1P 6H2
902-562-2088

Maritime Environmental Training Institute

Maritime Environmental Training Institute

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Maritime Environmental Training Institute’s Class 1 Driver – Tractor Trailer Program is a 15-week program that provides you with the knowledge, skills and 55 hours behind the wheel driving experience needed to meet the industry demands of a Class 1 Operator.

Our Construction & Oilfield Driver Certificate Program – Class 3 Driver Training provides you with what employers are looking for, with 225 hours of quality training.

Founded in 1991, M.E.T.I. is a licensed Driver Training School in accordance with the Motor Vehicle Act.

We provide environmental health and safety training and services, full-time programs, individual safety courses, and we accommodate over 700 managers globally who train their employees with our on-line training. M.E.T.I. is also proud to be working with over 400 businesses and organizations, providing instructor-led occupational training, coast to coast.

Visit us at metiatlantic.com, or call us 902-539-9766 (Toll Free: 877-800-6384).

301 Alexandra Street
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1S 2E8
902-539-9766
(Toll Free: 877-800-6384)
www.metiatlantic.com

Commercial Safety College

Commercial Safety College
11490 Nova Scotia Trunk 4
Debert, NS, B0M 1G0
1-800-667-5455

Trans-Canada College Moncton Campus

Trans-Canada College Moncton Campus
80 Harrisville Blvd #3
Moncton, NB E1H 3N4

Trans-Canada College Fredericton/Oromocto Campus

Trans-Canada College Fredericton/Oromocto Campus
281 Restigouche Rd.
Oromocto, NB E2V 2H5

Trans-Canada College Sussex Campus

Trans-Canada College Sussex Campus
616 Main St.
Sussex, NB E4E 7H8

JVI Provincial Transportation and Safety Academy

JVI Provincial Transportation and Safety Academy
10 Slemon Park Drive
Slemon Park, PE, C0B 2A0
1-800-383-5957

JVI Provincial Transportation and Safety Academy

JVI Provincial Transportation and Safety Academy
75 Kensington Road
Charlottetown, PE, C1A 5J2
1-800-383-5957

Transport Training Centres of Canada

Foundation Career College
9 Pettipas Drive #1
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1K1
902-468-8999 ext.110
1-800-805-0662 ext.110

Transport Training Centres of Canada

Atlantic Transport Training Academy
125 MacNaughton Avenue
Moncton, NB, E1H 3N3
506-854-4049 ext.110
1-800-805-0662 ext.110

McKenzie College

McKenzie College
74 Townsend Street
Sydney, NS,B1P 5C8
902-562-8549

McKenzie College

McKenzie College
320 Logan Road
Bridgewater, NS, B4V 3J8
902-530-3606

Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick

CCNB
160 Reservoir Street
Grand Falls, NB, E3Y 3W3
506-473-7764

Breton Commercial Truck Training

Breton Commercial Truck Training
270 Stable Drive
Sydney, NS, B1P 6H2
902-562-2088

Maritime Environmental Training Institute

Maritime Environmental Training Institute
301 Alexandra Street
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1S 2E8
902-539-9766
877-800-6384 (Toll Free)

Trucking TOWES

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The Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) is the entrance test used by the Trucking Industry in Atlantic Canada to ensure that new entrants have the essential skills required to enter into this Industry. Essential Skills are the basic skills you use every day: reading, document use, numeracy. To schedule an appointment to write TOWES, you can contact the training provider of your choice, or contact THRSC Atlantic by phone 1-877-858-1908 or by email.

TOWES is the sole property of Bow Valley College and is sold through authorized distributors only.