Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Class 1 Long/Short Haul

Canadian Driver


This course is designed for those students who want to change careers or are being retrained as a commercial truck driver. The course includes 20 hours of highway and mountain training where the student will learn to read road grades and fine-tune their shifting skills. Students will also be taught vehicle handling characteristics, collision avoidance, load security and weigh scale procedures. This three week, sixty hour Driver Training Program provides the training and information you will need to prepare for the Class 1 road test. A licensed instructor individualizes training using hands-on practice and demonstrations. Practical training is scheduled in four and eight-hour lessons using industry current tractor-trailer units. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the confidence and skills required applying for in-town and highway driving positions.


Participants entering this course must be 19 years of age or older and produce a valid Class 1 learner's permit with an air brakes endorsement.

Course outline

  • Vehicle Familiarization
  • Airbrake Refresher
  • Full Pre-trip Training (pre/post trip checks)
  • Proper Transmission Operations – utilizing double clutching
  • Training on the Splitter – half shifts
  • Engine Operation – peaks torque, operating ranges, shift points, fuel economy
  • Rural, Urban and Highway Driving Techniques
  • Collision Avoidance
  • Proper Cornering Techniques
  • Traffic and Highway Laws Refresher
  • Reading Road Grades
  • Fundamentals of Backing a Trailer
  • Proper Coupling and Uncoupling of Truck and a Trailer
  • Mountain Operating Procedures
  • Braking Techniques Engine Brake – ie Jakebrake
  • Pedestrian and Cyclist Awareness
  • Logbook Documentation
  • Pre-Hill Brake Checks
  • Weigh Scale Procedures
  • Brake Adjustment Training
  • Stopping Distances
  • Load Security
  • Tire Chain Installation


For prices and scheduling information, please contact us.

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