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Program Overview


Professional Class 1 Driver

Are you interested in travelling for work and have imagined yourself as a long-haul truck driver? This is the program for you.

Professional Class 1 Driver is ten-week skills development training program formally endorsed by the Alberta Motor Transportation Association (AMTA) and in partnership with Gennaro Transport Training, a certified driver training school. The program is designed to prepare students to succeed in the commercial transportation industry. Classroom and hands-on skills training for this program are offered through the Women Building Futures Training Centre in Edmonton.

This ten-week program provides students with the essential safety awareness and certification, Best Practices for Working in Construction, exposure to the technical skills and hands-on training needed to support and prepare them to successfully obtain their Class 1 license. 

Entrance Requirements: Class 5 Driver's License (no GDL) and a 5 year driver's abstract.

Certificates included:

  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • Standard First aid CPR A & AED
  • H2S Alive
  • Air Brake Endorsement
  • Road Builders Safety Training System (RSTS)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Professional Driver Improvement
  • Load Securement

To support employment opportunities upon completion of this program, students will also have support in job search and introductions to employers in the field. 

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate an aptitude and preparedness in the safe practices for working as a Class 1 Driver
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of a Class 1 Driver
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of personal financial preparedness
  • Demonstrate the best practices for working in construction in a safe and productive way
  • Demonstrate preparedness for working conditions and expectations of future employment

This program is officially endorsed by Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA). Tuition for this program is sponsored by Caron Transportation Systems, Rosenau Transport, TrimacWatt &  Stewart and Westcan.

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“As the voice, the standard, and the resource, for the commercial transportation industry, the AMTA encourages hiring in underrepresented groups. Women represent a highly skilled, potential workforce, yet make up only three percent of professional drivers. We are proud to support WBF’s Professional Class 1 Driver training program in creating a pathway for women to develop careers in commercial transportation.” – Chris Nash, President, Alberta Motor Transport Association  

On October 10, 2018, Alberta Transportation announced they are mandating entry level training for new commercial drivers and strengthening safety requirements for commercial carriers to enhance public safety. This applies to Class 1 training programs.The WBF professional driving programs are recognized as some of the best in the province and we will ensure our program curriculum and in-truck training meets and fully complies with the regulated requirements that come into effect on March 1, 2019.

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